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Need help!! Diet and exercise during travel....can I do it???

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hi Sparkers,

I am going on quite a long business trip out of the country in a few days...I will be gone for 3 weeks. I'm stressed and worried I won't be able to keep up my good work with diet and exercise during this period.

I will be in Paris for a week (oh, don't feel too bad for me!), then Korea for a week, then individual day trips throughout China for the 3rd week. Because I love French food and hate Asian food, I'm worried that I am going to overdo it for the entire trip - eating too many bad things, especially carbs. I cannot carry any food with me due to the length of the trip and the number of times I have to manage through customs etc.

In France, who doesn't love a freshly baked buttery croissant for breakfast? And a ham and cheese on a buttered baguette for lunch! And then, of course, dinner will only start at 8pm, last for 3 hours and include multiple glasses of wine (probably Sancerre)! Plus, countless cups of cafe au lait to keep me alert and motivated to get my work done at the shows during the day.

In Korea, I really don't like any Korean food, so I tend to eat a huge breakfast and suffer the rest of the day until dinner-time, which is certainly a dinner out with vendors. In Asia, cold vegetables, like a salad are nearly impossible to come by. In the past, I relied on steamed rice, but I've been trying to lay off the carbs..so I don't know if I should revert to this alternative or not? And, it's not like Western countries where you can ask for "plain" anything - they just don't get it...everything is loaded with garlic and sauces. Yuck, double yuck.

And, all the flying in between - so many meals are actually on planes...and you know what kind of food that's like. And this is not the USA...requesting a special meal means a local speciality...don't depend on food you can recognize.

My schedule is so jam-packed, I also need to sleep every moment I can, which derails my 5:30am workout on the treadmill (not even sure if these hotels will have a gym).

Any tips or tricks for traveling while maintaining good eating habits as well as quick work-outs in the hotel room would be really helpful....if I can get in something, at least I will feel better about not falling off the wagon for 3 weeks.

Oh, and I don't have free weekends...if I am not flying from one country to the other, I am most certainly working...so when I say it's a long trip and the furthest thing away from glamorous, I truly mean it!


Thanks for your support!!

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  • no profile photo COURTNEYBIKINI
    A big part of how this trip turns out is the way you WANT it to. Do you want to indulge, enjoy and let loose because after all, you are in amazing countries with food you might not get again for a long time? This will mean you will either stay at your current weight or most likely gain.

    The other alternative you have is to totally make this trip into a PROGRESS trip. You don't need the treadmill, you can walk like crazy everywhere and see everything! When you won't be over indulging in the food you will feel lighter and have more energy for this. You can come back having made PROGRESS on your goals even. You will be at work, but this can also be you time. You can journal and even read some self discovery type material. When you go back home you will feel great that you turned this trip into progress time instead of stagnant or time going backwards.

    What's the outcome that you want at the end of the trip? How do you want to feel when it is all said and done? You can take this even that you fear and turn it around and make it a time where you are even more productive at getting to your goals.

    Honestly, you have all the time in the world for food. But you can not put off being the person you deserve to be any longer. So I say, FIGHT! And turn this fear around.
    2724 days ago
    Well, I've been to France & I have to say... I'm not too jealous! (yeah right). That is where I fell in love with crème brulee! So uh, eat lots of meat & cheese - and NO wine!!! As for Korea and Asia... no clue! Wish I could be of help. However, I'm sure you can do it!!! I imagine you'll be doing a lot of walking, so even if you over eat on the calories or carbs, just move more! Hopefully your hotels will have exercise rooms. If not, you can always run in place, plank, dance! You may have to get creative, but at least you're heading out knowing what you need to do! Good luck & have an amazing time.

    And don't forget to drink a LOT of water :)
    2724 days ago
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