I have now completed 4 weeks of my training. As you can see from my photos, my body is changing! I have lost almost 5 pounds (4.8 to be exact) and measured 16.3% body fat this past Monday which is down from 17.5% last week (down from 23.1% when I started my training). And, interestingly enough, I haven’t done ANY cardio yet to have achieved these results! Once again, it proves how important your food intake is in this process and in life in general. Healthy food choices matter!
Last week, my husband, Tim, and I traveled to Orlando, Florida, for 4 days for a dental conference. Although it can be challenging to travel when training, with some planning and organization, it CAN be done. I packed several flavors of protein powder in ziploc bags, Clif Builder protein bars, and Turkey Perky Jerky in my carry on so I would have food on hand in the air. On our trip down to Orlando, time allowed us to eat in the restaurant, Tequileria, in the Charlotte airport. Although I was unable to locate their nutritional values online for their menu, I was able to find something that worked for me. I ordered the shrimp tacos on corn tortillas with black beans as my side. Using the app MyFitnessPal, I was able to look up and log what I ate. Most chain restaurants do have the nutritional values listed online for their menus, so look it up before you order then you can be assured of the nutritional values and not have to guess or assume! In my suitcase, I packed more protein powder and my oat bran/oatmeal that I ate every morning. We ordered coffee, hot water, and Tim’s breakfast every morning through room service. Another good breakfast option is an egg white omelet or scrambled egg whites and wheat toast, and depending on your fat gram allowance, you can add some cheese to your omelet. I actually had a piece of bacon a couple of mornings! Most hotels and restaurants are happy to accommodate your special requests. I did eat a lot of yummy grilled shrimp and fish dishes too for my other meals with a lot of steamed or sautéed veggies.
I was also able to get my workouts in while there. Most hotels and resorts have fairly decent fitness centers. Most have free weights and a majority of my strength training workouts only require free weights. I had doubled up on my workouts one day before I left, so I didn’t workout on my travel day (Wednesday) to Orlando. I was able to do my leg workout on Thursday and my tri’s/bi’s on Friday.
This coming week, I will be traveling again! My husband is taking his staff to the Dominican Republic for some R&R. So, I will let you know how it goes while training and eating in another country at an all-inclusive resort. I am thinking that this trip might be a bit more challenging, especially since most all-inclusive resorts have unlimited food buffets and alcohol! I have already verified that there is a fitness center. Now I just need to get mentally prepared for all of the temptations that will be around me!! I think the resort will be making a lot more money on me than on those I will be traveling with……
I leave you with this quote: “Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince”.