Fitness Friday #3 – Traveling is Harder Than I Thought

Last week I talked about how surprisingly easy this weight loss journey has been. And I thought that is was because I work from home and have access to healthy foods, making it super easy to make the right choices.

And I was right.

I traveled to Orlando last week, and I struggled y’all. Struggled! And sadly, I had my first two non-blue dot days.

The hardest part was the accessibility to foods that fit in the plan. But maybe not in the way you think. The best part about Weight Watchers is that you can eat anything you want, you just have to account for it, track it, and not go too far over your points.

But you’re not always going to find low point foods. For example, when I landed in Orlando, I had a hard time finding a protein bar or quick snack that was under 7 points. I wanted something I could grab and go with. So I ended up just getting a Luna Bar, because they taste good, and I had a wicked migraine creeping up on me.

When I got to the hotel I had no daily points left. Now, I normally will take from my weeklies, and technically I had three more to stay in my blue dot range. So I bought a banana and some applesauce, and I had a cheese stick with me. This is a pitiful collection of food for dinner, and I know that.

My migraine took over and I didn’t end up eating anything, as I tried desperately to sleep off the headache. The next morning, I was worried I’d get a migraine again, since my diet was changing so quickly, and my body gets angry when I pull that shit. So for breakfast I scarfed oatmeal with banana and an egg white omelet. And throughout the day I ate everything that I could get my hands on, that was healthy. I’m talking fruits, veggies, Greek yogurt (that I later found out was not fat free), and even yogurt covered pretzels (one point each).

I was doing well, not hungry at all, and had points to spare for dinner. But that’s when things got tricky. We went to Epcot for a team building exercise. (Side note, I feel extremely lucky that I have a job that allows me to do such amazing things, and even with my Weight Watchers struggles, I cannot discount the experience). And I knew it was going to be a challenge.

After walking for hours with the team, I was desperate for food, and worried about my options. Again, with Weight Watchers, you can go over your daily points, heck you can even go over your weeklies, but not if you want a blue dot day.

Long story long, I ended up eating some fried chip puff things with guacamole, along with a few sips of a mango frozen margarita. And I went over my blue dot range. I enjoyed my night, but the next day, I was really disappointed that I missed that blue dot day.

The next day, I had another non-blue dot day, but I felt really good about my choices, and I was able to eat and enjoy without feeling guilty. I even had a burger and fries, 11 fries to be exact. I tracked everything, and I didn’t go outside of my weeklies.

The moral of the story here is that what I’ve embarked on is not just a diet, I am trying to change my lifestyle. I am learning to make better choices, and understand how my body works. And this journey includes stumbles and downfalls, it has to. The most important thing is that I’m still on it. And I intend to stay on it!

Phew! Ok, let’s get to the Fitness Friday deets!

Weight Loss

Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought
Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought

8.4 Pounds down so far! BOOM! I’m am so freakin excited!

Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought

The one down side to losing weight is that Weight Watchers lowers your weekly points. I went from 35 to 28!

Nutrition

Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought

My first non-blue dot days.

Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought

Exercise

I did one day of Couch to 5K last week, and it was the day I got a massive migraine when I was traveling. Then on the third day, my meeting went on for 11:30 hours and was followed by dinner with some coworkers. And, after that, before I knew it the weekend had come and gone.

Since it’s so cold, I’m going to hold off on the running until it warms up. I’m going to be doing inside training, and I’m going to aim for three times a week.

I’m bummed I didn’t do more with the program, but I’m giving myself the leeway to do a different program. And I’ll let you in on a little secret, I am terrified that I’m going to slip on the ice and bust my head open. I literally think about Dr. Atkins every time I walk on ice, and it terrifies me.

Menu

Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought
Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought
Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought

Seriously good eats this week!

Summary

I was pretty bummed that I wasn’t able to get all Blue Dot Days, but I’m kind of glad that I broke the streak. I know now that I just have stay within my weeklies, including my Fit Points, and I’ll still lose. That’s kind of the beauty of it all, you don’t have to be perfect all the time, you don’t have to be on a diet. You can eat anything you want, as long as you do it in moderation. I’m still so excited to be on this program and losing! I can feel my goal weight getting closer and closer!

Do you find it hard to eat healthy when you travel? What are your favorite travel foods?

Fitness Friday #3 - Traveling  is Harder Than I Thought
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  1. Reply

    I had my first non-blue dot in my first week, so I think I bring the bar to a new low.
    BUT, you are making good choices (and so am I) instead of our old choices, so that is an incredible thing.
    Also, I don’t know how you do it when you travel because you are at the mercy of always having to eat takeout or fried food.
    BUT, we live in a time where healthy eating options are at their highest and deep frying is at its lowest.
    So I say that puffy chip guacamole frozen margarita dinner was worth it.

    I need you to acknowledge that I have had THE worst weather week here in Chicago and I still am plugging away. I should be eating mass quantities of comfort food but am making healthy choices instead. Son of a bi%#…..

    1. Reply

      Huzzah to good choices! Even if it means no blue dot. I was so unprepared for the travel, honestly. I mean I packed a bunch of snacks for the plane, but nothing for the rest of the time. I intended to stop at the store on the way, but I’m a procrastinator and left too late. I almost missed my flight! They were calling my name over and over and some gracious humans let me cut in front of them to get on in time.

      I am so proud of you! Making healthy choices during craptacular weather is amazing! You totally got this!

  2. Reply

    That is awesome about your WW journey and I agree that it is hard to diet being on the road. I’m a WW Lifetime member from nearly twenty years ago. Have a great weekend!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Laura! And congratulations on Lifetime! I am hoping to get there by the end of this year, for sure. I hope you had a great weekend as well!

    • Mother of 3
    • January 30, 2019
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    I find travel or eating out is always my downfall.. often I don’t make good choices because I wait so long to eat and by the time I’m STARVING I want whatever I want; which is usually fatty and awful for me. Disney ( a real Disney week with the family) is the only vacation I have ever lost weight on and that’s usually because I am so focused on walking and seeing it all that I rarely take breaks for food. Maybe I should plan another Disney trip!

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