When I arrived at my job site Tuesday, the owner had pizza waiting for me. Pizza? Seriously? I need some kind of chart from KB…”If you eat this, your punishment is…” I had my eye on some ice cream over the weekend and there was talk of 300 sit-ups! But now I have a dilemma, I don’t want to be rude, but I also don’t really want the heart-attack on a plate. Well, ok, I really do want the heart-attack on a plate, but I shouldn’t have the heart-attack on a plate. What to do…what to do? I decided have a slice, a single slice! And that went pretty well, I didn’t offend anyone and I didn’t blow my meal plan all to hell.
I’d love to say that was my only dietary challenge for the week, but it wasn’t. I thought things were going to be ok when I found that my hotel room had a mini kitchen complete with a fridge and microwave, off to the local grocery store. It’s always nice when I can go shopping and get “real” food, fruits, veggies, etc. And this place had a nice sushi bar...WIN!
However, my best laid plans whet to hell when the following day when I was physically unable to keep my eyes open. I have no idea what the problem was. If I had gotten say, 3 hours of sleep, that would explain it, but 9 hours of good sleep should have been enough! The obvious solution here was to ingest large amounts of caffeine. Coffee is the easiest way to achieve this goal, but they didn't have coffee, but they did have Mt. Dew (yup, I see more sit-ups in my future!) Once upon a lifetime ago (about 4 months or so) I could survive on nothing but Mt Dew, Code Red was my general flavor of choice, but any of them would do in a pinch. I debated long and hard before I went back to the bottle, but it finally happened. The good news is I was wide awake after that! The bad news (or maybe it's good news) it made me sick as a dog!!!
To make things better, the owner insisted on taking me to dinner that night. The restaurant was fantastic! And I feel like I did pretty well, I got a surf-n-turf called the Oscar. I had a petite filet and king crab legs (which are my favorite!), with a side of steamed asparagus. Yes, I did splurge a little and split a chocolate lava cake! OK, it wasn’t the healthiest meal, but it wasn’t pizza either and now, I can focus on eating good and clean the rest of the week.
Not so fast! The following night the managers all wanted to go to dinner. The 6 of us hit a little Irish pub that was recommended to me by a friend that used to live in the city I was in. Again, I did pretty well; I had a small caesar side salad and a turkey melt sandwich. I also had a few chips, ok, maybe more than a few!
On the bright side, the first day I was there I went two buildings down to the Anytime Fitness and talked to a very nice lady there and got a key-fob thingy that I could use for the week. The gym was pretty nice, small, but it had everything I’d need for the week. I did miss Wednesday’s workout and ended up pushing everything by a day and then decided in my infinite wisdom to do two days’ worth of workouts on Friday morning to catch up. What the hell was I thinking? My daily workouts generally ruin my life for a while, what in God’s name made me thing that doing two back to back was a good idea? Who knows, but I did it and I was pretty sure I would never function like a normal human being again!
I think the funniest moment came when I saw that KB had given me 200lbs on the leg press. I was pretty sure this had to be a typo; my legs are used to more weight than that every time I stand up! So I sent KB a quick IM to verify. It was not a typo, but she did give me the green light to go heavier, thank God!
It was nice to know that I could both workout and eat like a somewhat responsible adult while on the road, I’ve had some challenges on the road, but like everything else, it’s getting better with practice.