A while back I did a series of guest posts over at Travels With Pain all about weight management skills I use while traveling, you can find them here:
Part 1, Vacationing
Part 2, Business Travel
Today I am traveling for business again. I find that I need to have some good weight management days after an indulgent weekend, but I had to get up early this morning to catch a flight. So I’m practicing my travel weight management skills, which requires an extra level of vigilance. Here’s how I’m handling today:
- Before I left for the airport I had a filling breakfast of oatmeal with a sprinkle of brown sugar (my favorite).
- At the airport I made sure to always use the stairs.
- On the plane I asked for ice water when the stewardess came around, and declined the peanuts.
I knew I had to go straight from the rental car lot to my meetings without any time for lunch, so I decided my best option was to grab something at the airport and eat it before heading down to claim my suitcase. I’m extremely familiar with the Southwest terminal at LAX – I’d estimate I’ve through there around 50 times a year for the last few years. I know they have the typical fast food dangers – McDonalds, fast Mexican food, a frozen yogurt place, a pub-style restaurant. None of those were going to be supportive, but I also knew there is a deli, so I grabbed a Greek salad, a bottle of water (for my afternoon meeting) and a banana (for a midday snack).
If you travel enough you begin to realize that the pre-made salads available in US airports are exactly the same at every airport. It’s terribly boring, but it’s also familiar and predictable, so I already know that the Greek salad has around 470 calories, including the dressing. I threw out the dressing because it is almost all oil, which dropped my salad down to around 300 calories – lettuce, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese and olives. Almost all the calories are in the cheese and olives. This is a totally reasonable tally for my lunch.
Plan for the rest of the day:
Tonight I plan to hit the hotel gym (the fitness room at Embassy Suites is possibly the most boring, depressing gym in hotel history but I’ll cope) for 30 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical machine, maybe some strength training, and then I’ll get a soup and salad for dinner at Mimi’s – there’s one that shares the parking lot with my hotel when I’m here.
Overall, it looks like it’s going to be a great weight management day, even though I’m traveling! Feels pretty good.