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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!
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    AWESOME JOB!! Hey not gaining while traveling is QUITE THE ACCOMPLISHMENT!! WTG!!

    I've been doing yoga before bed and YES it does help!! I am heading in a few to do a 25 min one for the lower back, that's mostly sitting or laying down. It has relaxation poses in it. It's taken my pain level down from a 8 to a 3. At 8 I am ready to die!!

    YEAH on the water, and hey, most likely weeks 1 and 2 LTGL will be emoticon emoticon emoticon !! You'll be ready to MAX THAT EACH DAY!! WOOHOO!!!

    249 days ago
    Sounds like you have a good plan in place. NOT GAINING is progress especially with you being on the road. There's something about traveling that makes me want to eat more...gotta nip that in the bud!
    249 days ago
    Any chance I could travel in one of your suitcases? Sounds amazing! Plus you're doing a wonderful job focusing on maintenance. Happy recovery from the travels. Enjoy!
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    251 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing very well under uncertain circumstances. You're maintaining your foundation of healthy habits: tracking, hydrating, yoga.

    And, you're aware and making adjustments. Remaining aware is huge. Keep up the good work!

    Safe travels to Sweden and wishing you restorative recovery days in the meantime.

    251 days ago
    Be careful in Scandinavia, they have the best butter in the world!
    251 days ago
    Good plan
    251 days ago
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