Do you ever look back on a journey and ask “what was the second step?” No. Most everyone remembers the first step, the proverbial hardest one, but very few remember let alone talk about the second, the third, the fourth, etc. Well that is what I want to talk about today.
When I first started focusing on my health and fitness level while traveling, I had to start somewhere, right? Noone just makes a massive change in everything they do, do they?
Certainly not me.
So where does one start on this journey towards a healthier version of yourself? Here are the 3 changes I made to start.
Change #1: Nothing Fried
OK people, don’t underestimate how big a change this really was for me. I would literally eat burgers with fries or fish & chips every day I was on the road. Literally!! So this was the first real change I made. If it came out of a deep fryer, I was not eating it.
The first change here is funny to look back on but I no longer ordered the fish & chips and went with the burger (or chicken sandwich) instead. I would then substitute a dinner salad for the fries. I must have had this combination hundreds of times and still do pretty regularly actually.
Change #2: Do Something – Every Day!!
With how much I love to work out now, it is hard to remember back to a time when I did nothing but that was exactly what I did for years. Now mind you, I would pack workout clothes every trip but they never saw anything but the inside of a suite case. In fact, for a while, I was traveling to Houston so often that I literally set up an apartment at one of my communities. With how much I love to work out now, it is hard to remember back to a time when I did nothing but that was exactly what I did for years. Now mind you, I would pack workout clothes every trip but they never saw anything but the inside of a suite case. In fact, for a while, I was traveling to Houston so often that I literally set up an apartment at one of my communities. They gym there was fantastic. I think I can count on one hand how many times I actually used it back then.
This change is actually where my guardrail for Workout before Wine came from. I figured if I wanted to have the extra calories contained in the alcohol, I needed to earn it first….and I really like wine.
Change #3: Rethink “Free”
Extra (fattening) calories are everywhere for the RoadWarrior!! The cookie at check-in with the hotel. The waffle maker and bacon at breakfast. The evening desert bar in the concierge lounge and THE ALCOHOL EVERYWHERE!!! Hotel and airlines are very good about making sure their best travelers are well taken care of.
These freebies are anything but free. It is way too easy to find yourself on glass #3 or desert #2 or having desert every night you travel. My big change was to eat on the road like I would at home. I do not have desert every night at home. I am not having 3 glasses of wine a night at home.
Now notice I did not say I gave all that up. Nope, I just was conscious in my choices of what I would partake in and what I would not.
So those were my steps two, three and four. Nothing majorly groundbreaking. No healthy living overhaul. Just 3 things I could do every day to get closer to RoadWarriorFit.
So how about you?
What is your next step?