I bet we all have been there. Going on a trip or vacation, whether business or pleasure, and finding ourselves either starting out with great resolve to stick to our plans or throwing our hands up in the air and deciding to eat whatever we please, whenever we please and then lounge around in our vaca clothes. Yes, yes...the best-laid plans of mice and men (and people who desperately need a vacation) often go awry. The only way I could ever keep to any kind of eating or exercise plan is through serious planning.
On Day 6 of these 32 days, I headed out by car to make the 6 hour trek from Phoenix to Burbank, CA. Oy, trips can rattle the nerves! There is the preparation...do I have everything? Then, there is the boyfriend hopping around you like Muhammed Ali, freaked out that a) you are driving across the desert alone; b) wondering if he remembers how to make his own sandwiches; and c) maybe more excited than freaked out that he will have 11 days in the house all to himself.
The options for the eating portion of the drive were pretty cut and clear. Just ok choice -- pick something from a fast food menu that isn't too offensive. Every fast food joint I can think of has a grilled chicken salad or sandwich, which is probably the lesser of all evils (as long as you don't add a large order of fries). A better option -- Subway. You can always get something healthy there, whether it's a turkey sandwich or some sort of salad. Finally, and the best choice of all, pack your handy dandy cooler with your own food. Fruits, cut up veggies, packets of water-packed tuna, hard-boiled eggs, a string cheese, and some water will keep you going for the day, whether you're traveling by train, plane or automobile. Add a couple of snack packs of almonds and you are pretty well set.
Me? Welllll....the preparation flew out the window. I remembered everything except the cooler. Meaning, I had a couple snack packs of almonds and a big container of ice water. So, I went the fast food route and made the healthiest choices I could and called it a day.
As for exercise, I bought a Groupon for $39 for a fancy shmansy health club here in Burbank. I figured for 10 days, I was basically paying $3.90/day. Groupon, LivingSocial, and other such sites are chock full of fitness specials in pretty much every city you can think of. And since I'm dog sitting for an elderly dog that needs to go out frequently, I'm going on short walks about 5 times a day.
But, as with any vacation, there are distractions. Getting to spend time with my daughters is the main focus of this trip. MY best-laid plans had included twice a day trips to the afore-mentioned fancy shmansy health club. The first two days are kind of a blur now of mom duties and activities, but I'm still committed to getting there at least once a day. And I haven't blown my eating plan in any way, shape or form, for which I am extremely proud.
Wherever you're going, whether it's across the country or across the world, take some time to plan out the eating and exercise part of your trip. And for heaven's sake, don't let your freaked out boyfriend make you forget anything. :)