The 5-day Business Trip: Prep

The stress has been mounting. Tomorrow at 5 am, I will leave home for a 5-day business trip. I’ve been busy with wardrobe, workout, meeting pre-work, and food prep. Did I mention laundry??? Oh the laundry!

Here are this week’s challenges:
– Don’t overeat. Stay away from the rolls and dessert buffet!
– Stick with the 3 drink maximum.
– Get a decent night’s sleep
– Exercise daily

Here is a sampling of my travel snacks:

2 servings Fiber Select cereal, 2 Quaker Life Nutrition Oatmeal bars, Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick bar, apples, orange, and a banana!

2 servings Fiber Select cereal, 2 Quaker Life Nutrition Oatmeal bars, Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick bar, apples, orange, peanut butter, and a banana!

A fair portion of the above is for the long flight. And, while there is no shortage of delicious meals and snacks at these corporate events, the buffets tend to overwhelm. They are also heavy on the carbs. I try to load up on the fresh fruit offered during breakfast, and stick with my high fiber cereal or a breakfast bar. The apples help during that mid-afternoon slump.

Aside from breakfast buffets, some of my other meeting downfalls include the ROLLS! Gotta stay away from the rolls! I used to fall prey to the desserts offered at every lunch, but they are not as tempting as a good roll with butter. Alcohol is another challenge. You’d think I’d learn to adhere to the 2-3 drink max, given how gross I feel when I exceed my limits. This time around, I vow to stick to no more than 2-3 glasses of wine or light beer.

Another thing to work on – Sleep! Ugh. My work day begins at 5 pm tomorrow evening. Yep, that is 12 hours after I leave home. I have this thing about not wanting to miss out on the social networking opportunities at these things, and I end up staying up way too late.

Finally, the exercise: I’ve been doing pretty well with this one, and the time zone change should help a little. My workout plans include 2 running days, one high intensity interval workout, and yoga.

Wish me luck!

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