Wow, I took quite an extended break from here.. sorry to everyone! Although, I’m still working with Dave and Pulse Advanced Nutrition, I’ve been pursuing another career, outside of the fitness industry. It’s been a huge, intimidating, humbling, and yet incredibly rewarding change in our lives. Now that I’m settling into a routine, and am getting my feet back under me.. I want to share with those who could use some tips, mentally and physically to “live the fitness lifestyle” without literally LIVING in the gym… like so many of our admired “gurus” are able to do.
My first week on the job was GLORIOUS.. it was home study, and I didn’t have to change one thing about my life.. I met Dave for our lunchtime workouts, spaced my workouts throughout the day… didn’t have to dress up with my hair and make-up to fit into a professional setting.. it was exactly what I’ve been doing my entire career.. living in the gym! Easy!
- wake up at 6, do fasted cardio
- make breakfast and prep meals for the day
- 2nd cardio (I was doing doubles for the beach)
- study, chill, help Dave with business stuff
My second week, I was asked to do a bit more traveling.. I had a dinner to attend 2.5hours away, with an overnight stay at a hotel, before coming back home the next morning. I also had a couple long days out in the field, running around, driving for hours! I knew about the dinner, and consulted with Dave about what the best options would be, given the type of restaurant I was going. I ended up ordering a tuna steak with steamed green beans, with a house salad as an appetizer. It was delicious, satisfying, AND others followed suit with how I requested my order…what a trend setter, I was!
- wake up at 5, do fasted cardio
- make breakfast and prep meals for the day
- hurry up and shower and get all professional-woman-looking
- ride around with my trainer all day, learning the job, chugging my gallon of water and eating out of my tupperware!
- go to the gym around 6p
- 2nd cardio
- study, crash
I prepped my meals for the night and next morning for my overnight this week. It was easy, I had a microwave and fridge in my room, and used the gym in the morning to get my cardio in… didn’t miss a beat!
Third week… UGH! It was an emotional breakdown of a week! I had to spend 6 nights across the country, locked up in corporate for 45+ hours.. Dave said to take this week down from weight training, so I wouldn’t alienate myself when meeting all the important people so early in my career. Ok, so… wrap my head around that… THEN, we’re given a small allowance for food each day, but lunch is catered, and non-reimbursable if I chose not to eat what was served, and dinner was with the team…wherever they chose. I think I had no less than 12 panic attack sessions. So, this is what I did. The rental car was in my name, and one other girl joined me, because she didn’t want to join in the gorging shenanigans either…
-went to the local grocery store (Yelp is quite an amazing app, btw) and bought:
- veggie steamers
- tuna packets
- ready-made hard boiled eggs
- plain greek yogurt
- a couple quest bars
- gallon of water (I refilled it each day in the hotel “gym”)
My Days were like this:
- wake up at 5, do fasted cardio in hotel gym
- I initially tried the hotel eggs, but they were just overwhelmingly salty and fatty by the second day, I was dying (hence the pre-made hard boiled eggs)
- At corporate from 8-5:30ish.. ate a bar or yogurt, or tuna packet and steamers for my meals before and after the catered lunch
- Catered lunch.. with the exception of Friday, each day had a salad… so I loaded up on that, and then secretly cried while I ate the deli meat or other catered meat option.
- Dinner… I had a little say with these choices, so I always requested some sort of steakhouse style restaurant.. Almost always able to get a grilled chicken and vegetable and/or a nice modified salad…
I tried to make decent choices this week, choosing chicken breasts and vegetable options wherever we went. Next time I go out for corporate training, I’ve found a “healthy” food catering company, who preps your meal plan (aka, you can eat what’s on the paper), and they deliver all your meals to you. THIS is what I would highly recommend doing if you’ll be somewhere you cannot prep your food and you’re away from home for an extended time. Finding hotels with kitchenettes would be the best choice, though, when possible.
Fourth week and since has been better. I have to take coffee, breakfast and lunches to offices nearly on a daily basis. I stick to my routine, of cardio, meal prep, and hit the road. I’ve timed my meals so I’m eating my tupperware meal just prior to serving the office their food, so 1) my mouth isn’t stuffed with chicken and asparagus while they’re attempting to ask me questions. 2) questions aren’t directed toward what I’m eating, why I’m eating it, why I’m not eating what I brought for them, etc 3) I don’t feel like I’ve ruined my day because I caved to the catered food, because I’ve eaten mine, therefore I’m not hungry for theirs. A lot of offices request I bring their meals from certain places, places where I’d never dream of eating from, so that also makes it much easier to not join them in their feast.
Planning and preparation really is a priority. Do I WANT to wake up at 4:30am to get my cardio and food prep completed on mornings I have to take breakfast into an office? Not so much. But it’s a priority for me. Once you fall out of a routine, it’s really difficult to get back into it if your mind isn’t there. Just like with any goal, if you make it a priority, everything else will fall into place. If staying on track with your eating is a true priority for you, then you’ll MAKE time for it. Remember, you always have a CHOICE. You always have a choice as to what you CHOOSE to put in your body, and you always have a CHOICE about how you CHOOSE to look at any situation. It all comes down to priorities. I’ll delve further, next time, into how I’ve personally been creating a change mentally, to become stronger with my lifestyle decisions, while still accomplishing the social responsibilities my job/life requires, to succeed.