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“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home” – Matsuo Basho
Here was my five-day travel itinerary, starting last Saturday from My Home in Connecticut:
- Morristown, New Jersey to
- Long Valley, New Jersey to
- My Home in Connecticut to
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to
- Newtown, Pennsylvania to
- Point Pleasant, New Jersey to
- North Plainfield, New Jersey to
- Chatham, New Jersey to
- Bergenfield, New Jersey to
- Fort Lee, New Jersey to
- My Home in Connecticut.
I’ll save you the math; I drove approximately a heaping mass of miles in five days, with extended stays (more than a few hours) in a few of those destinations.
The travel was a split between work and pleasure, and I’d like to share how I managed to not let my eating and exercise completely slide while on the road, in either circumstance. While the words, “Hey Jenn, have you tried this bourbon?” and my subsequent enthusiastic attack of said bourbon might not have constituted the healthiest of choices, I did not let my efforts to live a healthy lifestyle come completely unraveled. And before you even speculate, the bourbon attacking was done on the weekend, not on the road or while working. Please, people.
Here’s what helped me not stray entirely off-track during my travels:
Starting each day with a shake for breakfast. I’ll write more about that in a later post, but these shakes are super nutritious and they start my day off right. If I start the day off making less than ideal food choices, it tends to throw me off for the whole day. If I start my day off with a shake, then it fills me up and encourages me to choose wisely for the rest of the day.
Fitting in physical activity as much as possible. Swimming, walking, plus bringing along workout DVDs that require no equipment and a limited amount of space, so I could get a full workout in without having to leave the cramped comfort of my hotel room.
Coffee. I drink it black. And while the hotel coffee tasted pretty much like the cardboard cup I drank it out of, the caffeine still helped wake me up and keep me alert on the road.
Water! And seltzer. I drink lots of both of those, but on the road I have at least 2 liters of water. It keeps me hydrated, fills me up, and makes me less prone to eating rest-stop food.
A cooler. In which I put extra water/seltzer, cut veggies, cheese sticks, peaches and hummus. If I was feeling snack-ish or just bored of driving (and therefore snack-ish), then I had food within arm’s reach.
Planning ahead. Planning ahead to bring/have/get/do all of the above prevented me from falling back on previous road trip bad habits (e.g., any calories consumed in the car TOTALLY do not count!) and kept my body and mind happy!
How do you Runit when you’re on the road?