How to do a convention Spark style
Friday, April 24, 2009
I just got back from six days in Minneapolis, plus pretty much two days travelling there and back. I actually lost weight in that week, after having been plateaued for a while now. And it's because I made conscious decisions to stick with my new Spark lifestyle. In spite of spending much of my day sitting in various conference sessions (which were fun and fascinating).
First, when I registered for the conference months ago, I made the decision not to stay in one of the conference hotels but to stay about a mile away, and walk back and forth. I did this, even in the rain, even in 35 degree weather, even after a full day of conference sessions and a few hours in the exhibit hall and with a backpack overflowing with goodies from the exhibitors. Other than from and back to the airport, I took one additional taxi (it was 10 PM and I wasn't too sure if the neighborhood was safe to walk alone).
Second, I ate mostly healthful foods. My hotel included breakfast, where I had a waffle with yogurt and a sliced banana every morning. I picked up an apple for a snack. If I had dessert, it was when I was dining with others and we could share. I avoided fried foods, fatty meats, and focused on fresh items like salads, vegs, fish, or sharing an entree. Even on travel days, eating airport food (since we can't take fresh fruit/vegs through Customs when we leave the VI), I made sure to get fruit/vegs at the airport concessions.
Third, I wore my pedometer everywhere and made sure I walked a minimum of five miles a day. When meeting up with my niece and her family, we walked through a park. Or through the museum's sculpture garden. Walk, walk, walk.
And, I bought a bottle of water, refilled in every day (or twice a day), and carried it everywhere, so I could get in my daily quota of water.
Did I eat things I don't normally eat? Well, yeah, I'd have an afternoon snack of a chai tea latte and a biscotti. But with skim milk, and I know the biscotti was better than a chocolate chip cookie. Did I miss meals, because there were so many interesting and fun sessions to go to? Yes, but with planned snacks, I never was so hungry that I'd eat things I didn't need. I also stayed in a hotel suite, so I had a fridge to keep snacks like fruit and low-fat cheese and crackers, again for snacking or a quick meal.
It feels good to know I've internalized by Spark skills, and can make smarter decisions than I did previously.