|Staying healthy on a business trip|
(and winning second place in a writing contest)
Photo: Christy Dorrity
It's week five of the Irish dance diet and I'm steadily plodding along.
My husband and I went out of town to a conference over the weekend and it wasn't easy to eat healthy and stay focused. I was dreading the scale when I got home, but pleased to see that I had more than maintained--I had actually lost weight.
Tips for Eating Healthy on The Run:
1-Bring your own snacks.
When you know that you won't be able to control what is offered for meals while you are away, pack some healthy alternatives. That way, you can eat less of the calorie high dinners and go back to your room and have a healthy snack if you are still hungry.
2-Don't forget to exercise.
It may be different than what you do on a daily basis. You can park your car and walk, take the stairs in the hotel, and take in the sights of a new city on an early morning run. Take advantage of the pool or exercise room in your hotel.
3-Mentally track what you eat.
Even if you don't have time to keep track of your eating, keep a mental tally of the high calorie foods. If you've had a bit much, take it easy the next day.
4-Don't step on the scale just yet.
When you get home, don't step on the scale right away. Chances are you will be up quite a bit from traveling, retaining water and extra food in your system. Get right back on your diet and wait a day or two before you step on the scale. You may find that you didn't gain any weight at all.
Weight lost=1.4 pounds
Total weight loss=3.9 pounds