Since Iâ€™ve been traveling a lot for work, Iâ€™ve realized that healthy living on the go really requires just one thing: PLANNING! With a little research, itâ€™s easy to squeeze in workouts and healthy meals, even on there-and-back business trips. (Here are my tips for healthy eating in the airport.)
Iâ€™ll admit â€“ this trip was easier to plan for because Iâ€™ve been to Williamsport before â€“ I came to Pennyslvania College of Technology last April for an Operation Beautiful event. But really â€“ the key is planning ahead and researching hotels, places to workout, nearby grocery stores and restaurants, etc. Otherwise, you get stuck or end up wasting a lot of valuable work/vacation time.
I did a bunch of research before booking my hotel and made sure to get a room with a fridge and microwave. I stopped by Wegmanâ€™s supermarket (just like last time!) to hit up the hot bar. Not only is â€˜makingâ€™ my own meals healthier, but itâ€™s way cheaper.
Last year, I complained that Wegmanâ€™s didnâ€™t have organic yogurt, but a few local readers assured me that it did â€“ itâ€™s just in a special case in itâ€™s own section. I remembered this little tidbit and scoured the supermarket until I found it!
Guess what Iâ€™m having for breakfast?!
Anyway â€“ hereâ€™s lunch:
I hit up the Asian bar for some brown rice and chana masala (spicy chickpeas). On the side was a bunch of veggies.
After eating, I promptly passed out in my hotel bed for a power nap.
Another part of my hotel research was finding a hotel with a POOL!
Swimsuit, goggles, and a swim cap take up a lot less space in a suitcase than running shoes!
Doing laps in the hotel pool was a little awkward â€“ eight strokes and Iâ€™d hit a wall. I kind of felt like a hamster on a wheel, but honestly â€“ Iâ€™m so thrilled to be doing any sort of cardio (currently have an injury that prevents impact workouts) that I didnâ€™t care. I banged out 30 minutes with some breaks.
And then it was time for a Wegmanâ€™s dinner.
Dinner was from the salad bar because I realized it would be difficult to microwave a hot meal (nothing microwave safe to put it in!). I made a big raw veggie salad with a scoop of a wheatberry and kidney bean salad + a boiled egg.
The actual presentation went great. PCT is super welcoming, and my new style of presenting (didnâ€™t want to repeat last yearâ€™s!) went over really well.
My Operation Beautiful event was part of PCTâ€™s Eating Disorder Awareness Week. They have so many great events for the week, like private assessments and a presentation about healthy eating for kids.
After my talk, we had a Post-It party and bombed a few bathrooms with tons of notes.
I have the earliest flight ever (5:55 AM) so I better hit the hay!