The Year of Traveling

As I sit here on the Sleep Number bed in my hotel room (my number is 40, by the way), I can’t get over how much time I’ve spent in hotels this year. I know a lot of people travel all the time for their jobs, so the amount I travel pales in comparison, but for me this year has been crazy with the amount of trips! Check it out:

    • January: San Diego, CA – one week – Work Conference
    • May: Baltimore, MD – 3 days – FitBloggin’
    • June: Indianapolis, IN – 4 days – Work Conference
    • June: New York, NY – 3 days – Visit Family
    • July: Shenandoah Valley, VA – Birthday Getaway
    • July: Boston, MA – 3 days – Bachelorette Party
    • August: Philadelphia, PA – 3 days – Healthy Living Summit
    • September: Charlotte, NC – 8 days – Work Conference
    • September: New Orleans, LA – 4 days – Work Exam
    • October: Chicago, IL – 3 days – Weight Watchers Training
    • November: Sacramento, CA – 3 days – Work Course
    • November: San Francisco, CA – 3 days – Pleasure

Notice, 11 of those 12 trips have been in the past 6 months, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some. Whew!

Speaking of staying in hotels, the one I’m currently at has the cutest toiletries!

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Do you see what’s peaking out from back there?

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A loofah! I’ve never had a hotel give me one of those and I LOVE them and realize it’s one of the things I miss the most from my shower at home.

It’s funny because as I was trying to make sure I didn’t forget any of the trips, I searched my blog for “hotel” and the first sentence of many of the posts were “healthy living didn’t go so well” and “time to get back on track”. Clearly traveling is something I majorly struggle being healthy with – so don’t be surprised if you see another one of those “Back on Track” posts next week…

That said, I did workout over the lunch break from the course yesterday, and it was AWESOME. I ran about 4.0 miles in 40 minutes outside, and then did 3 sets of this circuit (that I came up with myself as I was doing it) back in my hotel room:

    • 10 squats
    • 10 lunges on each leg
    • 10 pushups
    • 10 dips (on the coffee table)

It had my heart pumping and I ended up burning 575 calories in 55 minutes according to my Polar. I probably should have added some abs in there to make it more well-rounded, but too late for that! I took a quick shower, got dressed again, and was back at the course just before the 1.5 hours were up. I wish I had that long for lunch normally! It was such a pick me up in the middle of the day and left me feeling great for the rest of the day.

And with that, I’m heading to San Francisco tonight and I could not be more excited! It will be my first time ever visiting and I have heard SUCH great things. The thing I’m looking forward to least is the redeye back on Monday evening – my first one ever. I am pretty great at sleeping on planes but I can’t imagine it’s going to be that fun regardless.

Where is your favorite place to visit in the US?

25 Comments on The Year of Traveling

  1. Megan S.
    November 4, 2011 at 8:46 am (9 years ago)

    What polar watch do you use? I would love to get one and want to make sure it has the calories on there too! Does it record your mileage and time as well? Thanks!

    • Beth
      November 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm (9 years ago)

      Hey Megan! I use the Polar FT7. It doesn’t track miles, so when I run or bike outside and care about my speed/distance, I usually use my Garmin. The Polar I use for basically everything else, especially when I’m working out in a gym. I LOVE it, and it gets a very accurate calorie count. Sometimes it’s nice when I’m running not to focus on pace, instead just to focus on running itself or running for a certain amount of time like I did yesterday.

  2. Jenny
    November 4, 2011 at 9:10 am (9 years ago)

    Have fun in San Francisco! I went last May and had a blast. We walked everywhere and boy, those hills (especially from the Financial District up to Russian Hill) were hard!

    If you have the time to walk around try getting to Pacific Heights and then walking down to Cow Hollow and the Marina. Such great shopping and lots to see – people, cool houses, etc.

    Have fun!!!!

    • Beth
      November 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks for the recommendations! I think for the first few days I’m going to be tied down to FoodBuzz, but then I should have some flexibility to explore new areas come Sunday afternoon. I can’t wait!

  3. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    November 4, 2011 at 9:42 am (9 years ago)

    Wow that’s a lot of traveling!

    Our favorite place to visit is Kauai. Well Hawaii as a whole every year but the years we go to Kauai feel the most like home, which is odd our place is on the Big Island. Go figure! LOL

    • Beth
      November 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm (9 years ago)

      I’ve never been to Hawaii but would LOVE to go. I’m sure that would be high on my list if I’d been there!

  4. Jennifer
    November 4, 2011 at 10:00 am (9 years ago)

    I used to travel 100% of the time for my job…I do NOT miss that! I’m actually traveling this week for my job, but only do so a couple of times a year. Right now I’m in Jacksonville, FL. I’m doing my best to eat healthy this week.

    I love to visit Phoenix. I used to live there and still enjoy getting back to all the sunshine. It’s an easy flight, I know my way around and they have amazing restaurants.

    Have a great time in San Francisco!

    • Beth
      November 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm (9 years ago)

      I want to go to Phoenix! Never been to AZ.

      And I agree – traveling 100% would be waaaaaayyy too much, but a few times a year is great. This year has just gotten out of hand a little bit. Next year I only have 3 trips scheduled!

  5. Happy Healthy Girl
    November 4, 2011 at 10:33 am (9 years ago)

    Good for you for working out while traveling! Other than some hiking here and there when I am in a beautiful place, I almost never work out while I’m away. Bad, but true!

    • Beth
      November 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm (9 years ago)

      It’s way easier NOT to work out, but it makes me feel a little better since my eating tends to be more indulgent than usual with all the eating out and such.

  6. Hilary
    November 4, 2011 at 11:03 am (9 years ago)

    I love going to North Myrtle Beach. My family used to have a condo there and I went every year growing up. And love your DIY workout…isn’t creating your own workouts in hotels so empowering? I did that when I was on vaycay in Vegas last May…and mine included stair running…I felt so hardcore.

    • Beth
      November 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm (9 years ago)

      It is kind of fun making up your own workout. I must have done something right because I am SORE today!

  7. Erica Pottorff
    November 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm (9 years ago)

    Beth, Have a great time in San Francisco! Make sure to check out North Beach for Italian food and Chinatown which is right next to North Beach. Chrissy Field in the Marina is an excellent area to go for runs along the water, people come out all year to play vollyball, soccer, walk their dogs. It’s amazing!

    I live about 30 minutes away. SF is one of my favorite cities in the world!

    • Beth
      November 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks for the tips! I really want to run over the Golden Gate Bridge while I’m there but I appreciate some other running ideas as well! It must be awesome to live just 30 mins from there… I can’t wait!!!

  8. Heather
    November 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm (9 years ago)

    Have fun in San Fran this weekend, I’ve always wanted to go there! My favorite place to visit in the US is NYC, I wish I could live there!

  9. Mary (A Merry Life)
    November 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm (9 years ago)

    Have fun in SF! I loved my visit there last year. It’s a really cool city, possibly my favorite place to visit in the US. Actually, it’s probably between Chicago, New Orleans, SF, and Portland. So far. I still have a few places I really want to go like NYC and Hawaii. 🙂

  10. robin
    November 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm (9 years ago)

    ugh, wish I was thereeeeeeeee too! ( whiney text)

  11. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    November 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow- I am totally in the wrong profession- I would love to travel for work!
    My favorite place to visit in the U.S. Is Colorado. I can’t pick just one city in Colorado, there are too many that I love!
    And you will love San Fran- it’s awesome! If you have time, head north to Marin county to Muir Woods or Sausalito, or even more north to Wine Country!
    My cousin is the director of education at the Aquarium by the Bay at Pier 39- be sure to head over towards there and check out the Sea Lions (you will hear them from far away!) have fun!!

  12. mary lynne
    November 4, 2011 at 11:27 pm (9 years ago)

    Washington DC, I just love the history there!
    New Orleans for the food
    Outer Banks of North Carolina for the beach

  13. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    November 6, 2011 at 10:43 am (9 years ago)

    Have a great time in SF! That is A LOT of traveling for one year!! Traveling is fun but definitely exhausting. I went on two big work trips this year for the first time ever and it made me realize how exhausting work travel is!

  14. jm@inspirationforweightloss
    November 6, 2011 at 10:49 am (9 years ago)

    How I love hotels, I think it’s because of the lack of housekeeping I have to do! I haven’t traveled even half as much as you this year though, I think my grand total is only two weeks this year. Maybe my love for them would change if I had to stay in them a lot 🙂

  15. cristina
    November 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm (9 years ago)

    OMG, Beth!!! I have traveled my fair sharshare and never have I ever experienced a puker. As usual, you have such a good attitude about it 🙂 good for you!
    What a fun year of travel you’ve had!! My favorite places to visit in the U.S are: D.C (for sentimental reasons. I lived there for 10you years and love going back), Sedona, AZ (for the amazing views and tranquility) and SFO (for the food, sites and gorgeous neighboring areas).

  16. Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    November 8, 2011 at 8:23 am (9 years ago)

    Man oh man, do I hear you! Travel is tough, but I’ve been doing it enough that I’ve really found a “travel routine” that works. I think it helps that 80% of the time I’m traveling by myself so I can do whatever I need to do!

  17. Liz
    November 8, 2011 at 10:14 am (9 years ago)

    Ok, did I miss something, or was it a secret….just got my Fitness mag in the mail, congrats!!!!

  18. Roz
    November 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow Beth, it’s a whole lotta frequent flyer points!!! Hope you enjoy San Francisco. It’s a fantastic city. So far, my favorite US city has been NYC. We had such a great time there! Safe travels!!!!


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