Wednesday, March 07, 2012
This past weekend was Gryphcon in Guelph. It was like a trial run for my new lifestyle/diet changes and the realities of attending a gaming convention, and all the trials that come with that.
Gryphcon was local, it was small, and I was able to go home every night to sleep. In a couple of weeks, I'll be in a hotel in Saint John New Brunswick for CAiNE, and in game proximity all day long for three days. On the plus side, there will be a pool and a fitness room. On the negative side, far more temptation.
Gryphcon I think went fairly well. The snack cart, which comes by twice a slot offering pop and chips and chocolate bars for sale, actually had apples (and oranges, at the start) for sale. I was very glad to see that! I was able to purchase 2 apples for the price of 1 bag of chips(score!) which satisfied the urge to snack, and kept me far fuller than the chips would have. I must have eaten 6-8 apples over the con, most of those on Saturday. The lesson for me from this is to make sure I bring a bag of apples as well as a bag of carrot sticks with me to avoid the siren call of the chips and other snack foods that are sure to be everywhere.
I managed to stay fairly active during both LARPs, walking around rather than simply sitting in one place for four hours. Sadly, Dr. Who and Kobolds Ate My Baby were table top games, and so I did just sit for those. CAiNE is nothing but LARP, however, so I should be able to keep more active.
In addition, I did manage to get my walks in, regardless. I walked in the morning on Saturday, and in the afternoon on Sunday, and managed to get in some arm pilates as well. So that was good. I think I just have to keep my exercise goals modest for Saint John and, except for my Saturday afternoon plan to walk to the Reversing Falls and do some touristy stuff, not expect to walk more than a mile on any given day. I don't think I'll have any issue with going for some pool time, and I am not going to 'lane swim' but just enjoy the water and have fun. The goal here is to maintain activity, not get in hours of exercise on top of the con activity itself! I'll just burn out or let it slide altogether.
As for dinner - I was able to bring some dinner on Friday night, have lunch at home on Saturday and Sunday, and relied on Subway for dinner on Saturday. It is going to be trickier at CAiNE. There will be a trip to a grocery store when we get to Saint John for some Con Camping, and I will have a fridge in my room. No microwave, but I will be able to store cottage cheese and fruit & veg & baby bels, and sandwich stuff, so breakfast/lunch should be fairly good. Dinner will be tricky, I'm not sure what's nearby, but I will make the best choices from what's available.
The hardest part will be the drive up and back, I think - 18 + hours in the car, nothing but fast food, and stops only to refuel the car and grab a bite. I will do my best to be active before and after the drive, and go for my walks as early as possible since I simply won't be able to on the drive itself. I'm going to try and push for the group of us to stop at subway or similar places for food, and make the best choices no matter where we end up - probably meal sized salads (with broiled instead of fried chicken and less dressings), or maybe chicken sandwiches without fries and a side salad instead. No chips or beef sticks at refueling stops, and water instead of pop.
Hopefully I will get through CAiNE without too much damage to myself or my diet! Gryphcon proved to me that I can do both, with some modifications and lowered goals/expectations (it is a vacation after all)