Sorry for the hiatus from blogging! Once Friday came and my coworkers arrived, things got a lot more hectic, and unfortunately a lot less healthy. During the first few days in San Diego, I was staffing the course, so I was there by myself and had a pretty easy schedule, with evenings off starting at 4:30 and an hour break for lunch.
Once Saturday came, I was working over 12 hours a day straight, with barely enough time to eat (though trust me I managed not to miss one meal). Since we didn’t have a lot of time, I had less options for food than I did for the first few days, but I have to say that my shopping trip was definitely a saving grace and something I will try to do every time I travel from now on. It was so great to have fruit, string cheese, peanut butter, and bread to snack on if I was hungry, rather than the cookies and brownies that were put out way too often. I did manage to have a healthy breakfast almost every day, mostly resembling this:
Besides breakfast though, I definitely fell off the healthy eating train. Here’s a breakdown of my trip as it related to healthy living.
First, the positives:
- I ran 3 times during the 6 days I was there. 3.5 miles, 3 miles, and 3.5 miles, only missing one 5k pace run from my training plan.
- I had the “morning off” yesterday (meaning I had to be at the conference at 8:45 instead of 7am) and instead of sleeping in, I woke up and ran 3.5 miles.
- I drank a LOT of water each day. The fruit infused water bar made that super easy – I have never been so happy to have a reusable water bottle with me!
- I had a healthy breakfast every day – peanut butter and banana on toast, greek yogurt with blueberries, or fruit and oatmeal.
- I ate a lot of fruits and veggies, and made really good decisions about eating when I got to choose (healthy options, dressing on the side, water to drink etc).
Now, for the less than stellar parts:
- I ate a lot of sweets because they were there. There was cookies or brownies out for afternoon breaks every day, and when we ate lunch at the hotel they always served dessert (delicious chocolate cake). I don’t normally have that much of a sweet tooth, but towards the end of the trip I was tired and it was there, so I ate it. It tasted delicious, so I had another one (or two).
- I drank more alcohol than normal – only two nights while I was there but I don’t usually drink much so I woke up feeling not so hot twice during the trip.
- At the conference receptions, I ate way too many of the passed appetizers, a lot of which were fried (stuffed artichoke hearts which were to die for, spanakopita, etc.)
- I wasn’t very good about paying attention to my hunger cues when I was full and just kept eating when food was there. One of the things I struggle with the most is portion control, so when I prepare my own meals, I measure things out and know I can eat the whole plate. When eating at a restaurant or when someone else is making your food, it’s a lot harder for me.
Now that I write it all out, it actually doesn’t sound as bad as it could have been. In my Healthy Travel Tips, I mentioned being realistic with your expectations, and I really don’t think I followed my own advice on this one. I really was expecting to be as good as I am when I’m home, and it just wasn’t feasible. I was sleep deprived and surrounded by a lot of my trigger foods, and I couldn’t really do much about either of those things. I could have exercised more self control obviously, but I did make some good decisions and it definitely could have been a lot worse.
That aside, I seriously am in love with San Diego. I’m in the airport right now laying over in Phoenix, getting on a connecting flight to DC within the hour, where it’s cold and supposed to snow tomorrow. I’m not looking forward to that AT ALL! Argh. I am looking forward to getting back to my normal routine, being in my own kitchen, and working 8 hour days instead of 12+!
I’ll leave you with a few photos from last night of me with my coworkers and some conference attendees at the Mexican restaurant where we had dinner and drinks.
Jackie, Me, and Kelly
Me and Bobbie
Kobi, Me, Phil, Tedra and Ted
Such a fun night! I want to go back to a place where I can sit outside in January not bundled up in winter clothes…
What’s your favorite way to get back on track after an indulgent weekend or vacation?