Guys. It is DAY 30! I have made it to the finish line of my Whole30 — an entire month without added sugar, dairy, grains (aka the Good Stuff). When I started this, I really wasn’t sure how if I would make it to the end, but I crushed this thing. A full recap will be forthcoming, but right now I’ll just say that I feel like, if nothing else, I understand a lot more about fueling my body in a healthy way, and I feel better than ever.
I can do hard things.
Before I start this post though, I just want to share some photos I took on my walk yesterday. I bought a new camera — this one, actually — and it is a game-changer! I can't wait to fool around with this thing all the time!
So, now I’m on to my next challenge. Yesterday was Day 1 of the 2017 Tone It Up Bikini Series, an annual eight-week fitness and nutrition challenge guided by the founders of Tone It Up. I’ve been following Karena and Katrina and their community for a few years now, but I’ve never actually completed one of their challenges.
Now, in TIU world, the Bikini Series is a big deal. They provide a free weekly workout schedule, as well as a meal plan if you are a nutrition plan member (I’m not, because $$$), and TIU Instagram goes crazy. I like the community aspect of it; I think it’s a great motivator and accountability tool. So this year, I want to complete it. My goal is to follow the daily workouts as much as possible and stick to eating healthy, even as I reintroduce non-Whole30 foods.
I was lucky with Whole30 because I got to do the majority of it from home. It’s a rarity that I spend an entire month without traveling for work, so it’s about time I get hit with a work trip, right? So today I’m heading to Georgia for the remainder of the week, which means I’ll have to get into the swing of the Bikini Series from a hotel and without my kitchen.
Anyone with health goals knows traveling can be tough. What should you eat? Where and how will you work out? What if the only food in that po-dunk town is McDonald’s?
The answer to all these questions starts with preparation. No, you can’t fly by the seat of your pants on this one. You’re going to have to make a plan. And after countless work trips over the last three years, I’ve learned a thing or two about what to do (and what not to!) while on the road.
Pack your own snacks
How you tackle this will probably depend upon your mode of travel. No, you’re not going to get that cooler of produce and kombucha on the plane, but that might be a good option if you’re traveling by car. For today’s trip, I’ll have a couple of Lara bars and an apple in my backpack to get me to Atlanta. It’s an evening flight, as well as my last day of worrying about staying W30 compliant, so I want to make sure there are no slip ups before the day ends. Once I get down there, I will likely pick up some of my favorite healthy snacks to store in my room and to carry around to the tournament I’m working.
While you’re at it, make sure you pack enough workout gear for your trip
I am a terrible packer. I usually just throw whatever is clean in my suitcase and call it a day. But then you end up with three tops and no sports bras, and you end up in trouble. So I plan to try to bring at least one “outfit” to work out in for each day I plan to be away. I could be gone for up to five days this week, so: five sports bras, five tech tops, five pairs of capris and five pairs of socks.
Do your research! Know what your options are
The beauty of the Internet is that you have the ability to find out what your food options are before you even get to your destination. Do a little digging and identify what the best options for you are. Have a set itinerary, or know you’ll be eating at a particular restaurant? Look up the menu(s) online and decide ahead of time what you’ll order.
Locate the gym
The first thing I do after dropping my bags off in a hotel room is find the gym. I scope it out to see what I’m working with, and then I’m not wasting time trying to find it while bleary-eyed at 6 a.m. (For some odd reason, the only time I can get myself to get to the gym in the morning is when I’m staying at a hotel. I blame my insanely comfortable bed at home).
Plan your workouts
Since I’m following the Bikini Series, I have an idea of what my workouts are going to look like each day, but even if you don’t normally follow a schedule, it’s good to have some kind of outline for the duration of your trip. Plus, having a plan will help you stick to it, while there’s less commitment to just winging it.
Work with what you’ve got
No gym? Find local running route or plan one out using a tool like MapMyRun. No free weights? A lot of hotel rooms come stocked with water bottles, which will do in a pinch (this probably won’t work for heavy lifters, sorry). Only one treadmill, and some guy has been on it for the last 45 minutes? Hop on the bike, or head back upstairs and queue up a HIIT workout on YouTube. (P.S. Click here to read more about the benefits of HIIT!)
What's the best piece of advice you've heard about staying healthy while traveling?