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Surviving Outside Your Fitness World

This past weekend I went home to visit my kids and run the Framingham Police Chase for Cure 5K in memory of my mother. She and I had a wonderful visit beneath the newly formed maple leaves casting a lace-like shadows along the path at the park. It was a beautiful day. As most of you know, my headaches make it hard to remember. I have a few flashes from along the course.

That is enough.

I also recorded my worst ever 5K time since I started running in 2012. It has been tough coming back after surgery. Plus I am not very active during the day. My step count is averaging about 3000 per day! That is down from 15,000 this time last year.

And Cialis is no help at all.

Traveling is tough on the diet. Unless you walk through the Atlanta airport, it's unlikely that you'll get in 10,000 steps for the day. Eating out all the time is also a commitment killer. I was thinking about what I should have done - and the things I have done before. I am working on trying to get my meal plan to match my level of activity.

Today I have some tips on living outside your fitness world, eating out, and traveling.

-1 When Airport Security says "empty everything out of your pockets," they mean everything sir!

-2 Chapstick can get you strip searched. (See #1)

-3 Before you eat out, read the nutritional menus online. All large restaurants have them, and in some states, even small restaurants need to give you a caloric heads up. Waiting to diddle with your SmartPhone during the order process at Hooters is not always a good strategy. Distracted research projects never end well.

-4 If you are going to take your belt off for TSA, make sure your pants fit. True story. 

-5 You can carry on a water filter and an empty water bottle. Drinking 4 bottles a day (you are drinking 8 cups, right!) at $3.00-$4.00 each, it will pay for itself quickly.

-6 Appetizers may be all you need. Some restaurants have a downsized portion of a their meals for an app. That and a large glass of water and you are all set.

-7 Exercise time can be tough to make on a vacation, a business trip, or even at work with long commutes. My first choice is a gym in the building. Even the worst ones have treadmills and some weights. Second choice is a run outside (yes, I prefer to be outside, it's just about time management and a shower) Then there is always calisthenics in the room and taking the stairs if there are some. Catching connections in another terminal after a delay is also good for your cardio.

-9 The break room and conference rooms at work (conferences) can be a killer. Possibly you can avoid it by bringing your lunch to your desk in a cool pack. Waiting to go in until most of the goodies are gone helps too.

-10 Plan on controlling as much as you can. It could be business lunches, the in-laws on a holiday, or day trip. Try to be prepared with your own snacks and water. Cut calories at 2 meals so you can enjoy a larger one later. I ate light breakfasts and dinners because I had business lunches every day.

-11 Education is the best tip. Learn how to order out. Double the veggies and skip the potatoes, eat more salad, and less bread. Get things on the side so you can add an amount that works for you. Grilled is better than sauteed or fried. Watch out for sauces, mayonnaise, dressings, and the like; they add up fast.

-12 If you can do it, order a kid's meal! This is great for delivery, take-out, and curbside pick-up at chains like Olive Garden, Uno's, Betucci's, Outback etc.

So when you are not in control, what do you do to manage your logging?

Thanks for the votes and comments (you can do both)!

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12 comments:

bluesrockerman wrote 28 months ago:
As usual you are right on the money with these tips! Hope you start feeling better!
kdbulger wrote 28 months ago:
The big thing for me is avoiding beverages with calories (stick with water or sparkling water). Also, get side salads instead of fries or other starches. Plan to eat half of a largish meal and box up the rest.
solieco1 wrote 28 months ago:
Requesting they not even bring bread to the table is great too if no one else cares. I find others usually appreciate it too. Great tips!
debk0718 wrote 28 months ago:
I travel a lot for work, so this resonated with the struggles I have. I try to pick a floor that isn't too high up at the hotel and only use the stairs, except for checking in and out. Not lugging my suitcase up and down the stairs. My go to when all else fails is to look at the salads offered. I try to pick one that I can customize, leave out crouton and cheese, and always ask for fat free dressing on the side. (I do this when I don't have a chance to visit the restaurant's website ahead of time.
babydee543 wrote 28 months ago:
I would love to hear the chapstick story one of these days!
rachelleahsmom wrote 28 months ago:
Once when I traveled for business I gained 5 pounds in a few days! We ate out every meal. Dinner time included appetizers, drinks, salads, breads, entrees, and desserts. What I learned from that experience was to try a bit of everything, but finish nothing. It helped!
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