Today was a busy day! On the diet/exercise front, I did an awesome job. Today ended up being my first day I followed every single one of Rachel Cosgrove’s diet rules – a little silly that it’s taken me this long to get it right 🙂 For those not on the plan, the rules are:
- Breakfast within 15 mins of waking up
- Meals every 3-4 hours
- Different high-quality protein at every meal
- Fruit or veggie at every meal/snack
- No processed carbs
- Use healthy fats/oils freely
- Eliminate caloric beverages
- Drink 64 oz water/day
- Eat whole foods instead of bars/shakes
- Multivitamin and omega-3 fish oil
- Protein + carb right after workout
I usually end up somewhere in the 80s or 90s, but today’s the first day I ended up scoring a perfect 100% – yay! Of course I don’t need to be perfect all the time, but today’s habits were totally sustainable. Usually, the hardest ones for me are no processed carbs (really tough to do while on the road), eliminate caloric beverages (alcohol!), and eating within 15 minutes of waking up. That last one sounds really easy, and I thought it would be a quick win for me, but I’ve been surprised how much time slips by just by getting up, hitting the bathroom, and checking email – all of which are totally ingrained in my morning routine. Plus, when I’m on the road, I usually don’t get breakfast until I shower, get dressed, and get to the office – which means it’s at least an hour after I get up! That one is definitely taking a concerted effort to improve.
In addition to following the diet rules, today I got to start phase 2 of the workout – “Define Yourself.” Easiest exercise in there? Plank – three times at 60 seconds each. It feels like nothing these days! Since I was just doing this particular workout for the first time, I left the planks at that, but next time I’ll def push it to 90 seconds per rep. I think my 5 minute plank by December 31st goal is going to be more like 5 minute plank by June 30th, at this rate 🙂 Now, if only I could do as well with pullups…
But enough on the diet/workout front! The big news in my life lately centers around travel, and this week kicks off some great trips for the year. This weekend, I’m off to Nassau for the Bahamas Marathon, and next weekend I’m headed up to Killington (Vermont) to go skiing and party it up a bit with my brothers and their friends at the Mountain Dew Tour. I am so excited about these two trips, though packing for them totally sucked (winter work clothes + summer beach clothes + heavy ski clothes = tough to do in a carryon!). At least it’s done now – with no more stressing about that, all that’s left is to go have fun!
Of course, the real fun for me often comes in planning my travel. (Anyone else like that? Once a trip is booked, I tend to lose a lot of my excitement about it – I just love thinking about all the possibilities! I suppose I really am an airline nut). And the latest potential plan on my horizon is pretty outstanding. This weekend, I heard about a company called RoadMonkey,which does travel tours combined with volunteering (aka “voluntourism,” which is apparently the new hot trend). They’re offering two trips that sounds so fantastic I absolutely can’t choose.
The first is in late fall (either October or November), and has you spend 10 days cycling around the central highlands of Vietnam, then four days building an organic community garden and rice paddy. How cool is that?! But before I could dream too much about Vietnam and adventures in Asia, I looked at their expedition page and saw another one that is just perfect for me: this June, there is a Tanzania expedition. The team will spend a week summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, then head over to the island of Zanzibar to build a school library. The best part?? The whole trip finishes the day before the Mount Kilimanjaro Marathon, so I could easily stay an extra day or two and run that before heading back to the US. Right up my alley!
Now, with all those wonderful travel dreams in my head, it’s time for me to get some sleep 🙂 Where is your dream destination?