What an exhausting weekend! It seems like I’ve been going nonstop for two days
not counting naptimes. I didn’t get today’s workout squeezed in until 4:00, but at least I got it in there. There was almost no one at the gym at that time, which I plan to keep in mind for next Sunday.
Thank goodness tomorrow is a short travel day, about 3.5 hours, all interstate. I’m hoping to get there early enough to find a walking trail.
I have everything prepared to ensure I get some healthy foods in this week. In terms of calories, I didn’t do badly on my quickie trip last week, but I’d like to do better this week on the nutrition side of it, so today was spent getting things assembled.
It’s kind of embarrassing how much food I’m taking, but we do what we have to, right? Here’s what we have, starting in the upper left:
Popcorn – You can’t really tell what they are, but I’ve prepared 3 paper bags, each with 3 tbsp. of unpopped corn. Two of my hotels have in-room microwaves. If I’m hankering for a crunchy fiberlicious snack, I’m set.
Next to the popcorn are some Arnold Sandwich Thins. I have four left, and I’ll have one for breakfast tomorrow. The rest might come in handy later.
Protein powder – I just happened to have these packets of Jay Robb Chocolate Protein in my pantry, so I grabbed a couple to toss in the bag. If nothing else, I can stir half a packet into some Greek yogurt (if I can find any) for breakfast. Or I can bring them home unused. They don’t take up much space and give me an option.
Moving around, we have fruit and lots of it. What can I say, it’s easy and I like it.
Boiled eggs – I needed to use these eggs (probably should have already used them), and they’ll give me a good nutrient-rich breakfast or lunch for the next two days. (Tena, you also mentioned boiled eggs in your comments last week, proving that it’s true that great minds think alike. :))
Above the oranges are some chocolate protein muffins (these ones, only without the Truvia since the protein powder I used had sucralose listed). The recipe makes 10 mini-muffins at about 25 calories each, and they taste…okay, but not amazing. I didn’t realize they were so low calorie or I would have added in some nuts and/or chia seeds and/or chocolate chips. Anyway, it will be interesting to see if they hold up for the trip without going all rubbery.
Next up are a couple of plastic containers. One has the Holy Grail – four Ghiardelli dark chocolate squares and eight milk caramels. Can you think of a better way to end each day?
Tucked beneath the candy is a container of PB2 (peanut butter powder). I found a forgotten stash of PB2 in the freezer a couple weeks ago. If I can palm some jelly packets off the continental breakfast bar at the first hotel, I can have PB2&J sandwiches a couple days. Failing that nefarious plan, I can stir some into oatmeal or yogurt for a peanut buttery treat.
Somewhere in all that is a baggie with Sun Crystals (stevia and sugar blend, 5 calories per packet) for tea sweetening, and some salt and pepper packets in case I need them.
Not pictured are the half can of almonds still in the travel bag from last week. Almonds are a near-perfect travel food for me. They’re filling, but they’re not a food I overeat. Not currently, anyway. With me, that’s always subject to change.
Wow, it looks like so much, but it all fits neatly in one normal-sized tote bag along with a couple of plastic grocery bags I use to carry in just what I need each night (a piece of fruit, a piece of chocolate, etc.). If I want more, I can haul my butt back out to the car.
Okay, so we’ve got breakfast/lunch and all the snacks I could possibly
want need taken care of, that leaves exercise. This week doesn’t look good for full workouts, so I’m going to take my yoga mat and my Pilates for Dummies DVD:
I don’t think I ever reviewed this DVD, which I’ll try to remedy in the near-future, but I love it. Since I’ve been going to the gym so regularly, I haven’t done this workout in ages. It will be interesting to see what, if any, change I’ll see with this different type of exercise. If the weather and my work schedule allow, I’ll also try to get in a few walks, even if they’re short.
So that’s the plan. The big pay-off for this diligence will be on the final stop of my trip, which is the pancake house capital of the world: Pigeon Forge, TN. Seriously, there must be a pancake shop for every 10 people, and I’m not about to leave without having my serving! If I have a really good week, I might even splurge on real syrup. On the side, of course.
But this isn’t all about pancakes, with or without syrup. The biggest payoff I’m hoping for is an abundance of energy. I’ll be on my feet for about 8 hours for two of the training days, and I have to be “perky”. Eating right, fitting in some exercise, and getting proper rest are the only ways I know to do that. Beyond pharmaceutical intervention, that is.
Wishing you an awesome week ahead!