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The Right Stuff

9 Dec

This not an homage to NKOTB, the loves of my life in fourth grade. This is about having the proper equipment. Having the right equipment from the right workout clothes, to the proper knife in the kitchen, to the best quality ingredients can make or break achieving health goals.

Have you ever tried to lift weights without weights? You can’t. That’s obvious. What may not be so obvious are other pieces of equipment you need to keep up with your nutrition and fitness goals. As I mentioned in the Turkey Trot post I had dressed warmly enough for running outside. The  proper equipment, proper apparel and the right tools can give you that little edge in achieving nutrition and fitness goals.

This doesn’t just apply to fitness and nutrition, but it also applies to sanity day to day living.

For example, I purchased a travel mug from Starbucks because I liked it, it looked like one of their paper cups but a plastic version. After a couple of months of using it, it started to leak. I thought to myself, “I have to be careful, I’ll just hold it upright.” Well after a year and a half of spills in my car, in my backpack, on my coat, in my purse, on my pants and all over my arms and getting super angry each and every time… I bought a new mug.

oxo_mug

OXO mug

This OXO mug from Target is leak proof. I no longer waste time or energy screaming and wiping down my arm or my car. This helps not only in saving me energy, but it also helps save time and aggravation. It also encourages me to make coffee or tea at  home in the morning rather than buying coffee during the day.

You may be thinking it’s a mug, what’s the big deal?. Having a travel mug I like is important, it fulfills on my commitment to being calm, to saving time, to being environmentally conscious, to resisting temptation of buying high sugar drinks and to using only the highest quality ingredients (at home I use either raw grass-fed milk or almond milk and raw honey to my coffee).

Eating Away from Home

26 Oct

Do you remember when I took that trip to San Francisco last month? For that trip I had done some meal planning to make sure that I could eat well, on a budget and not get enticed by hotel junk food. If you recall, I did some research and found that there was a Whole Foods close to our hotel. I decided to buy groceries and store them in the hotel fridge for the weekend. All went well.

Friday Morning

Oats with fresh fruit and peanut butter

Oats with fresh fruit and peanut butter

We had not yet gone to Whole Foods, but oatmeal is a hotel breakfast I can always count on. I like to eat my oats with fruit and peanut butter. This hotel also had fresh squeezed OJ, it was perfect way to start the day.

Friday Afternoon

Turkey and veggies bagel

Bagel with turkey and veggies

The afternoon rolled around and we opted to wait until later to hit up WF, instead we ate lunch at a cute bagel shop. I ordered a sesame wheat bagel (hollowed out, I don’t like to get full on the bread I prefer to fill my sandwich with veggies) with turkey, cheese,  hummus, sprouts, lettuce, tomatoes and avocado. The sandwich was so filling that I ate half and saved the other half for later.

Finally that evening we made it to Whole Foods. I didn’t have a concrete list. I’ve done enough meal planning and grocery shopping that I was able to get just enough for the weekend. The only detail left to handle was that there was no fridge in our hotel room. If you’re ever in a situation where you want to have a fridge in your hotel room and don’t here’s what you do… call the front desk and ask for one. 🙂 It works.

The rest of the weekend we ate food from our stash and the only time I bought anything at the hotel was the occasional tea and this amazing fruit tart.

Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

It was delicious.

Overall this system worked out very well. The thing I will do differently next time is have a grocery list prepared ahead of time so that we can get to the store and get our food quickly. There was a bit of unnecessary running around.

I’ll be flying back to San Fran at the end of next month and will be in the same type of situation, staying at the same hotel, taking the same weekend class, with the same friends so I’ll get to test out this system again. For those of you who are committed to eating well and can’t make it to the grocery store, Whole Foods has a shopping and delivery service.

Getting Ready to Travel

20 Sep

Good morning everyone, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I’m liking this Monday today. It’s not a common thing for people to like Mondays, but I think Monday gets a bad rep. I feel like every Monday is a fresh start, a brand new work week filled with opportunities, opportunities to be more productive, to step up my game with workouts, to break old habits. Particularly when I get enough sleep on Sunday, this is my experience of Mondays.

For me, the best way to have a great Monday is to plan as much of my week as I can on Sunday. That includes having planned:
• workouts
• sleep
• meals for the week
• having my clothes ready and picked out for the morning
• setting my coffee maker to brew as soon as I wake up
• deciding which train to take (I travel to work on a commuter train with a set schedule).

Later in the week I will be traveling, I’ll be in a situation where I’ll responsible for all my meals, but mostly I’ll be stuck with hotel food options. Not that there is anything wrong with hotel food, I just don’t always make the best choices when eating at hotel restaurants, not to mention that for a person traveling on a budget hotel meals are not exactly the most cost efficient. I eat 4-5 meals per day along with a snack or two in-between and to be eating out that many times is just not going to work for me.

So I’ve been doing some planning, I’m going to find a grocery store near by and buy my own food for the week. I won’t be able to buy anything that requires cooking, and I may be limited to things like sandwiches and salads, but I think I’m on to something. I’ll be sharing my hotel room with a friend who has a special diet who eats exclusively raw. We are going to call the hotel to request that there be an empty refrigerator on account of his special diet. We also know that there is a Whole Foods near the hotel, we’re also going to find out the hours and find a time to buy the food we need from there.

As I commit to eating healthier and eating more raw vegetables and fruits I don’t want to leave my food choices up to chance. I know that if I spend the weekend eating pastas, pizzas, fries and other ‘junk foods’ I will be sluggish and it will be that much harder to get back into my routine when I get back home.

I’ve never tried anything like this before. It’s an experiment! I’m sure I will learn plenty about meal planning and travel that I’ll be able to share when I get back.

If you’ve attempted to meal plan to this extent while traveling and you have some tips for me, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

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