Monday, April 23, 2007

Travel Strategy

I'm getting ready this week to be away from home, away from my kitchen, for 4 days. I don't like that. I like eating my own food, I prefer making and preparing it myself. I'm never tempted to buy already made food. I'm so used to eating large quantities and varieties of vegetables, and that's hard to find at most eateries in hotels/airports. So it's time to think of some travel strategies.

With the new restrictions on flights these days, I can't bring my food on board the airplane. I would usually prepare at least 2 days worth of food in a cooler at just bring it with me. That way at least 1/2 the time I could eat the way I like. The hotel room, I think, does not have a fridge, so that makes it a little more difficult. Last year I took a couple of days worth of food and kept changing the ice in the cooler (ice is free!).

So I'll find out exactly what the restrictions are so I can at least bring my own food the first day. I can always pack my own "snacks" for the long weekend. Apples, dried figs/prunes, plenty of almonds and I'll bring some psyllium.

Warrior dieting is perfect for this type of situation. Fasting the first part of the day and eating the bulk of foods in the last half of the day. Last year I actually lost weight on this trip. I'm not afraid of gaining weight, I just like my own routine and eating what I like to eat.

Sunday AM weight 127.8 (I know there will be a delayed reaction to Sat. late eating)
2:30 5 mile walk, 1 hr. 15 min.


coffee/cream 70 cal.
steel cut oats/milk/1tsp. sugar/2 tbl. sliced almonds 300 cal.
veg stew w/fennel and 3oz. chicken 350 cal.
polenta 275 cal. (made with water and 1/2 &1/2!)
prunes (5) 100 cal.
spinach/tomato/asparagus salad w/garlic anchovy dressing, 3 oz. chicken 450 cal.
chocolate sucker 70 cal.

Total calories 1610

I made the most incredible polenta, that's what took me over the top with my calories! It would normally be a low calorie day after Sat., but my weight is where I want it. And I plan to do a snatch w/36 workout Mon. morning.

I managed my weight exactly the way I wanted to last week and I feel relaxed and at peace with the decision not to starve myself down to the 125-6's. I am vain enough to admit I just look better not so thin.

S 128.8
M 128.2
T 128.0
W 128.0
T 127.6
F 127.0
S 126.2

Another lovely week in my good life.


Kori Bliffert, NASM-CPT said...

Tracy I am assumming you are going to the RKC. I will be there too! It will be my first time, but my husband BJ will be an assistant instructor! See ya there!

Tracy Reifkind said...

Woo Hoo!!! I'll also be an assistant! No time for The Mall of America though, boo hoo.

leslie said...

I was going to ask where you're going, but guess I got my answer with Kori's comment. Have SO MUCH FUN, Tracy!

Christine said...

Have fun at the RKC. Travel eating is always hard. I gravitated towards hotels with mini fridges when I was at away games and meets. If they didn't have a fridge, I took an empty cooler with me, and hit the local supermarket and filled it up. Hotels always have ice machines!

Mark Reifkind said...


I will see you there too! BJ and Tracy got certified at the same cert last APril and now they are both assistants! Time sure does fly.see you both very soon.

Tracy Reifkind said...

Leslie, Thanks, and all I can say is I better find some time to get my workout in! At the very least I'm plannng on trying the 10 minute snatch test!!

And again, I tried to comment on your blog, but it didn't post????

Tracy Reifkind said...

Christine, I didn't make the hotel reservations. It's not a priority for the person who did, and can eat whatever he wants to!!

A mini fridge, ideal. A nearby grocery store more ideal. The RKC coming to me, the most ideal!!

Christine said...

LOL, I get the impression that Mr 1/2 Quart of Ice Cream booked the hotel. :)

Kori Bliffert, NASM-CPT said...

Tracy, We are stopping at the Mall of America on Monday when we leave. It is on the way home since we live in Wisconsin.

Tracy Reifkind said...

Christine, Yea, you would think the "freezer" portion of a mini fridge would be motivation enough!

Tracy Reifkind said...

Kori, Originally I wanted to go, not to be an assistant but, to shop for 3 days!! After all I am still building a wardrobe for a "skinny girl"!

I heard that it takes at least 3 days just to shop the whole Mall.

Kori Bliffert, NASM-CPT said...

It depends on what type of shopper you are. If you like to look at everything and every store, than yes. BJ and I go every year just to get away. We usually go around November so we can start Xmas shopping. I do recommend going at least once if you like to shop like me!