Pausing between catching up between road trips. Jiminy Cricket, I’ve been so busy!
Looking back through my mini-journal where I semi-log my fitness activities, I’m pleased to report lots of exercise on the last trip. Thanks to the Tuscaloosa River Walk, the beach, the Fairhope park system, and Bonita Lakes Park in Meridian, MS, I was able to get some really nice walks in. No real strength training, but I’m counting on the physical aspects of the job helping with that. Judging from my gym visit today, I’m holding my own. (Take that, pushups & jackknifes!)
If you discount birthday treats (and I do), then it wasn’t a bad week nutritionally, either. I kind of burned out on grilled chicken salads toward the end there, which meant I struggled to meet my long-time target of five fruits & veggies per day. When I’m at home, I usually average 7-9 servings each day, so I wasn’t happy with the decline. Still, I made it through in relatively good form, so I’ll take it and be grateful.
I recently discovered (or re-discovered, maybe, because it looks familiar) Healthy Dining Finder, a website for finding healthier dining options all over the U.S. Enter the city and the desired mileage radius, and voila!, you get a list of possibilities. Most are chain restaurants, but at least you’ll know there are options, right?
Here are the results HDF returned for my first stop on next week’s trip:
Clicking on each restaurant link displays some of the healthier choices they offer, along with suggestions on how to cut sodium or fat or whatever. Here’s the first item for Taco John’s:
I clicked the “dig in” link to display the nutritional info. I don’t like sour cream or those tortilla bowls, so the recommended adjustments are fine with me! (I doubt I’ll be eating here, though, since I’ll be indulging my Mexican(ish) cravings by going for the Taco Pizza at Hobo Mickey’s.)
So that takes care of the first three nights. The last two nights are another story entirely. Healthy Dining Finder doesn’t have any listings at all for the second destination. Even worse, I don’t see a real grocery store on the Google map! And I have to spend two nights there!
On the positive side, the hotel does apparently have an exercise room.
It’s tiny, but if the equipment works, it will do.
This is the last tough road trip for a while. I have a few more on the schedule, but they’re one city and I know where to find some decent meals. Even if most of them do involve salad. LOL
Tomorrow’s day trip starts early and ends late, so I’ll wish you all a very happy weekend now!