Thursday, June 12, 2014
I just got back from a short business trip in Denver. The trip and weather were nice. The return trip was a little rough, just little process breakdowns, but you know, you just have to set your expectations really low when you travel these days, that way, you may be pleasantly surprised if they go ok. The best part of my return home was sliding behind the wheel of my somewhat new Nissan 370 Z. Iíve had it about a year, but man, it never gets old!
I had a breakthrough and Iím not sure why I didnít put it together before. I lose weight when I travel. It happens every time. I gave it some thought to figure out why. Most people gain weight because they are forced to eat out. I lost because I always make good choices when I'm out in public (except for that Haagen Dazs Frappe at the airport, which I REALLY enjoyed). I need to always be a good role model, even when people aren't looking! Another factor is that I donít have access to food at the hotel and I wouldn't dare hit a vending machine the way I raid the fridge and pantry at home. Again, being that role model even when others aren't looking.
The last thing that may influence my weight when I travel is the amount of sleep I get. Sleep is not usually an issue that I monitor because I have sleep apnea, I use my mask regularly, and I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow for a solid 7 hours. But when I travel, I stay up later, not much later, but I probably average 5-6 hours instead of my normal 7. I also donít travel with the mask. I probably should, but itís a hassle. So, do you think the change in sleep patterns could be playing a part in the weight loss? It seems really counter intuitive based on what I know about sleep and the effects of cortisol. I need to look into this some more, I think.
In the mean time, my message to you all this week: Be the model, even when no one is looking!