I did much better today than yesterday at the conference. After the cookie incident in the afternoon, there was another cookie incident – I had a few glasses of wine that helped me decide it would be a good idea to chow down on two more cookies for dessert. On the positive side, after the original cookie incident, I found out that my meeting actually started at 5 instead of 4, so I threw on some workout clothes and got in a quick 2.4 miles on the treadmill before showering, throwing my business clothes back on, and returning to the conference.
Today, I’ve been doing really well. I got up at 5:30 AM so I could get in a workout before the conference, and it actually wasn’t that bad. I biked to help resolve the pain in my thigh, and it was pretty intense. The bike in the hotel gym was much harder than the bike at my home gym, and I was really working up a sweat! It’s a good thing that I’m teaching myself to be healthy on the road, because I just got word that starting Monday, I’m going to be traveling to Boston for a quick two week project. I tried to book the Westin, which is supposed to be amazing for health-conscious travelers (a state-of-the-art fitness facility, fitness equipment in guestrooms upon request, AND a running concierge who will take you on running tours of Boston!). Unfortunately, it was booked for the first week. I booked it for the second week, and chose the Hilton for next week, which is supposed to at least have a new gym, which will hopefully be good. I will keep up with my workouts, and I will keep losing weight instead of gaining it all back. No consulting 15 here!
My new mantra that will help me with traveling: there will be more treats tomorrow. For some reason, whenever I have treats in front of me, I always feel the need to gobble them up, as if it’s the last time I’ll ever be able to get food that delicious. I’m hoping that by traveling regularly, it will help me break that mindset, because there are going to be yummy things everywhere. Just need to keep repeating that: there will be more treats tomorrow!
That mantra has helped me pretty well today. For breakfast, I skipped all the pastries and donuts and bagels and cream cheese, and whipped out the packet of oatmeal I had tossed in my suitcase just for that occasion. Thanks to the hot water pot for tea, I was able to have a healthy breakfast when combined with a bowl of cut up fruit! For lunch, we had pre-made sandwiches, but at least they didn’t have dressings/sauce. I took two halves (one turkey, one roast beef), took the cheese off both, added mustard, and removed the bottom of the bread from both and folded them in half. Voila – one serving meat, no sauce, and only one piece of bread, plus tons of veggies! For dessert, I did take one of the mini cannolis, but when I was done eating I hightailed it out of the room so I couldn’t have more. I really wanted a second one, and I’m thrilled that I was able to resist! Dessert – 1, Laura – 1. A tie isn’t that bad…
On the running front, yesterday on the drive down to Delaware, I stopped at the Jersey Gardens outlet mall, which had both a Reebok and a Nike outlet. Guess what? It was the first day of a HUGE sale at Reebok, so I made out like a bandit and got tons and tons of all Dri-Fit wicking stuff. For $100, I got 3 jackets, 3 tank tops, 1 turtleneck, 1 regular long-sleeved shirt, and a pair of pants. I was planning to get a new outfit as a reward for my half-marthon last weekend, but this was so cheap it worked out to get all of it instead of one outfit! Yay.
Speaking of the half-marathon, I got the pictures back from Brightroom today. And oh my goodness, I look like a crazy person (bib number 3816, in case the link doesn’t work)! The pictures of me during the race make me look like I am seriously deranged, and the ones of me at the finish look like I’m about to either fall over and/or die. I wanted my facebook picture to be from the race, so I had to opt for the one of me at the finish where my arms are covering my face – that one isn’t too terrible. My goal for the Bronx half-marathon was originally to beat my time for this one and get under 9:00/mile, but now I think my goal is just to look normal while I run and get some good pictures! Hopefully my new clothes will help me look hot… just gotta work on the face 🙂
Have a great weekend, everyone! I will unfortunately be working, but it’s actually a really cool project that I’m really interested in that also happens to be for a pretty famous politician! I have a conference call with him later tonight, which I’m really excited about. Unfortunately, can’t really give more details, but trust me, I’m thrilled, and it’s awesome. Work is really looking up these days, which is great.