Everything is always changing. When it comes to life (and particularly your health), there really is no such thing as homeostasis. So after this long holiday weekend, I decided it was time to review my rules for traveling fit and in the process realized the application of one of them was not producing the results I was hoping for. You can read all about all of my guardrails here but for this post, I am going to focus on just one:
“Rule #3: Don’t eat anything fried – For the most part I avoid anything fried while on the road (there is a wonderful place in Fort Lauderdale that has lobster corn-dogs that I make an exception for though…unbelievably good and you can check them out at http://www.coconutsfortlauderdale.com). What this also means is I do not do ‘cheat meals’ on the road as my cheat meal usually involves something fried. Those are saved for being at home with the family where we can enjoy it together.”
When you spend 60-80% of your time on the road, you find that some of your world gets completely turned around. Most people see travel as a reason to let go, have fun and not pay quite as much attention to what they are putting in their body or how much they are exerting themselves. I have found over the recent months that this relationship has flipped itself on me. I am hyper aware on the road but not giving it the same attention at home.
Dessert every night? – No problem, it is a treat that I am home. Besides, I made it so how bad could it be?
Cooking with rich ingredients? – No problem, I am not home to do this every day.
2500 Calorie Breakfast? – No problem, it’s a treat. Besides, when I am not here the boys are eating cereal if we are lucky.
Portion Control? – Are you kidding me, we never eat the leftovers so it needs to be eaten now.
Snacking late at night? – I never do this on the road so this should not be an issue, right?
I realized this weekend that the mentality that most people have on the road when it comes to calories I have adopted at home. The idea that the small splurge will not hurt the long term plan is actually a valid one. The problem for any RoadWarrior is that you need to be disciplined both on the road AND at home. Couple all of these excuses with a strong desire to serve my family and my love of cooking and basically every weekend has become a ‘Cheat Meal’. Heck, just this weekend I made both Chocolate French Toast for Breakfast and Inside Out Apple Pie for dessert on the same day (pictured below but man were they good).
My idea of a splurge is turning into a habit of rich meals when home and deprivation on the road.
Not good for anyone.
So as we are half way through this year, I am reassessing how my road habits can become better home habits. What are you evaluating? Where are you strong and where do you need help?
Just a bit of musing for a Monday.
Looking forward to seeing you on the road.