Traveling – the fit and healthy edition

I’m gonna go ahead and call this post the traveling – fit and healthy edition.

I basically spent all of Sunday morning prepping for my trip to Cali this week for my second week on the (new) job.

As you can see, I packed a TON of healthy food for this trip. I made my way to Whole Foods on Saturday to stock up (for some reason I had no idea how close the one nearest our house really is, two cities over but surprisingly quick trip…I’ll be back, OFTEN. I was in heaven wandering those aisles!). Some of the items I packed:

  • Larabars – *finally* found the blueberry muffin flavor and the coconut creme, plus my favorite: pb&J. These will come in handy on the plane or as an in-a-pinch breakfast in the office
  • Instant oatmeal – not nearly the same as homemade irish oats on the stove, but it’s better than no oatmeal at all while I’m away. I chose the weight control variety because it’s higher in protein and fiber so while I don’t love the added sugars in it, it’ll work in a situation like this.
  • Bananas and apples – snacks at work or in the AM as part of my breakfast
  • Barney butter 90-cal almond butter packets – to go on top of those bananas and apples (the 90-cal pack is genius btw, love it)
  • 1 oz portions of dry roasted almonds packed in neat little snack bags – to eat before I workout or mid-flight if I get hungry
  • Protein bars – again, an in-a-pinch meal substitute. Protein = filling. Something I’ll need, particularly given how out-of-whack I’ll feel due to the time change (which I’ve learned from my sis who battles it everytime she goes out west for her job)

Whew. That’s quit the list, huh?? But I kinda dig it. I feel prepared for this trip and know that even if I can’t control some of my meals entirely (dinner, especially), at least I have some semblance of control and balance as it relates to breakfast and snack options pre/post-workout and while in flight. This is how I’m creating balance while traveling, amid all that un-routine I’ll be facing.

How else will I be creating balance amid the chaos? By packing lots and lots of workout clothes! So much so that I ended up re-packing my work clothes twice. Choosing one pair of tall boots to go with the three dresses I’ll wear to the office each day. I just couldn’t fit another pair of shoes to wear with pants plus my sneakers and my workout gear. So I swapped the pants and extra shoes for a couple more dresses instead. Priorities, people!

Just for a taste of what that workout gear entails…

  • Running shorts – x3
  • Running tanks – x3
  • Sports bras – x5
  • Socks – x5
  • Sneakers – x1 (and already packed for fear of forgetting them after my pre-flight run)
  • Loose-fitting pants from my kickboxing days (that’s another hint for those of you wondering what this “out of my comfort zone” workout I’ll be trying later tonight! and no – it’s not a kickboxing class).
  • Core Fusion DVDs – x2 (yoga energy flow and power sculpt – it’s not barre n9ne but it’s better than absolutely no core and strength work while I’m away this week!)

As you can see, I had very little room for other essentials. Y’know, like stuff to wear to the office and out to dinner at night. Like I said, I had to choose my battles packing-wise. And what can I say? The workout gear won, hands-down. ;-)

So anyway, I’m en route to Cali today and feeling ready. Anxious, sure. But I’m also excited. To continue testing the waters in my new job and to see how well I handle un-routine this week. At least I know I’ll be traveling fit and healthy this week, something that makes this girl very happy. Plus, I know I’ll have a smiling husband ready to give me the biggest welcome home hug ever when I land on Thursday night. :)

Cheers friends – let’s rock this week, shall we??

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31 thoughts on “Traveling – the fit and healthy edition

  1. Awesome list sis! You will rock this and you are armed and dangerous with your weapons of choice – healthy snacks and lotsa workout gear! Yes, I am a geek, but hopefully this makes you laugh ;-) I am so proud of you! Will miss you!

  2. Looks like you’re definitely traveling fit and healthy :-)
    You’re super organized—I need to work on that when I travel, especially the food part! Oh, and making sure I have the right shoes for the right clothes–I always mess that part up!

    Hope your travels went smoothly and have fun!

    • I am SO glad I packed all that I did – I needed it today after a total of 8 hours in the air and literally no time in between to grab a “real meal” – so while I’m not a huge fan of bars and things on a regular basis as a meal substitute, they came in SO handy today. Holy crap am I happy I had them!!

  3. You do not disappoint! Awesome packing skills. I take running shoes over another pair of high heels any day of the week.

    I can’t wait to hear more about your trip, you have planning nailed. Safe travels!!

    • Haha, I try, my dear, I try ;-)
      So far, travel was HARD and LONG but I’m here, in one piece and that’s what matters. It’s 8pm here but feels like 11pm, thinking of getting to bed soon so I feel GOOD and ready to kill tomorrow. Though, if I go to bed this early, I very well may be up at 4am tomorrow, hehe

  4. Safe travels!!! This week is going to be awesome, I just know it! Heee heee…I think our bags probably look similar. I’d say 3/4 of it is food & workout clothes and 1/4 (if that) of work clothes.

    Don’t forget to stock up at a local Whole Foods or grocery store for the plane ride home, I sometimes forget the 2nd leg of the trip :)

    • Seriously, that was one heavy-ass bag to lug around today, thank God for the guy on my first flight who hoisted it into the overhead bin for me. Whoops ;-)
      Good idea on restocking before I leave! I must do that! There’s a Trader Joe’s right near the hotel – SCORE!!

  5. Bookmarking this post for when I may (ever) travel. Haha. You know, I go to see my sister up in DC on occasion, and the one thing that’s never available is healthy food. I might just have to do this.

    I specifically love that your workout gear is more important than your other clothes. To be honest, I live in workout gear all the time now. A. it’s comfy and B. it gives me no excuses (i.e. “mehhhh, I don’t feel like changing”)

    • Trust me – if I could wear workout gear EVERY SINGLE DAY instad of “real clothes,” I totally would. Not only are they super duper comfy but I feel good about msyelf when I wear them, especially my lululemon gear which I heart so very much!

  6. I always bring similar items like the single serving peanut butter, low-sugar oatmeal, protein powder (I add that to the oatmeal). I try to scout out places nearby to get fresh fruits. And protein bars are a must b/c everyone assumes no meat means no other source of protein. You were going to do Zumba I bet ;-)

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