First week of work travel
Saturday, June 22, 2019
So, I have managed to keep tracking, but I am not losing weight. However, I am also not gaining weight - so that's something!
I am not losing weight because, although I am tracking I am rarely within my calorie range for weight-loss. I'm not at that place, yet. I know I will get there. For the most part my calories are around the 2000 mark, which I'm fine with - that's a maintaining range, rather than a gaining range.
This week I was in York and Oxford. I didn't realise that this would be a four hour journey, and so, I was travelling for a lot longer than I had anticipated.
The camp I was at offered quite large portions of food. The food was served onto our plate and I wasn't expecting it to be done that way. I now know for the future to catch them before they plop a big spoonful of food on my plate and say I only want a little bit.
I think that my eating was actually really good. I did not overeat, but because I was mainly in a car or a train or a plane, or a meeting, or observing, for most of my time away, I was very stationary. I also noticed that I was drinking very little water and quite a lot of coffee.
I also had very little sleep. This comes with travelling and being in a different place every night. It may not be easy to change this, but I did find that doing yoga before bed released a lot of tension I didn't even realise I had!
So, I have decided that for this week I am going to focus on drinking 8 glasses of water a day. I noticed that when I returned home I couldn't drink enough water - so I must have been dehydrated.
My tracking is going well - I have a 23 day streak, now, so I think it is safe to move on to a new goal. I'm trusting that the more aware I am of what I am eating, the less will go into my mouth. With the unusual routine I have right now, I just need to keep aware of what I am eating and not slip into over-eating / bingeing. Even if I do not lose any weight over the next few weeks, the fact that I am not gaining anything is vitally important after the last few months of weight-gain. I am more interesting in regaining healthy habits at this point. I suspect that once we have relocated and have a more "normal" routine, the weight may then drop more easily because I have healthy habits in place.
So, I've learned that I need to make sure I am drinking more water. Yoga before bed helps me relax better after a long day of travelling. I need to ensure smaller portions are placed on my plate, and if they are large, perhaps divide my plate in half and only eat half of it. I also need to restrict my coffee intake to just two cups (even if I feel exhausted).
At the end of this week I will be going to Sweden for seven days. I have a few days to recover from the last trip and prepare for this one. My goal is simply not to gain any more weight. Losing a pound or two would be a bonus!