Greetings from Memphis!

Hey guys!  Sorry for the late post.  I know I’ve been off my usual posting schedule, but squeezing in blog time on the road is tough!  I’m writing from Memphis tonight.  Anyone ever been to Memphis?  It’s really cool here!

For dinner we headed down to Beale Street to explore a little bit.  It’s pretty much a whole street of bright lights, beer, bbq, and blues!  And crazy outfits and concert goers tonight, with the Chris Brown & T-Pain show at the convention center down the street.  We ate at the B.B. Kings Restaurant & Blues Club.  Here’s my overall review:

  • Service:  Not so great
  • Atmosphere:  Loud, but what you expect with live blues.  Very fun vibe.
  • Food:  Mine tasted fine, but some of my colleagues said their ribs/bbq options were just so so.
  • Beer:  Their own wheat brew was delish.
  • Overall consensus:  Great for music and some beers, not for top-notch food and good conversation!

On my plate tonight?  The Louie salad which consisted of chopped mixed lettuce with shrimp, tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, and boiled egg with zesty Louie sauce topped with parsley and a side of lemon wedges.  And two Blues Brews.  AND pretty much a whole plate of fried pickles.  Does anyone else out there love fried pickles as much as me?!  Last night on the road usually equals a little bit of indulgence for me!  I was good the rest of the week.

Speaking of being good so far while traveling this week, I’m adding another tip to my healthy living on the road post yesterday.

Find a nearby grocery store!  Yesterday Colleen and I had another workout sesh at the gym (45 minutes on the elliptical followed by 15 minutes of abs and stretching) and afterward we found the local Kroger’s grocery store.  When traveling, I recommend requesting a microwave and refrigeration in your hotel room.  This way, if you stop at the local grocery store, you can stock up on some healthier options (which usually require refrigeration).  We knew our hotel didn’t have the best options at continental breakfast, so we wanted to get some yogurt, oatmeal, and some other things.


Definitely helped keep me in check for the week.

I’m looking forward to being home tomorrow!

P.S.  Don’t forget about my giveaway!  In case you missed it, I’ve extended the deadline to enter until Friday.  Good luck 🙂

Five Ways to Keep it Healthy While Traveling

Greetings from Jonesboro, Arkansas!

Remember when I was here back in August? (See “Arkansas:  Day 1” and “When I Get Hungry I Get Weird”).  Well, here I am, back again for work.  Yesterday was a travel day.  In honor of that, I’d like to share five tips for making healthy decisions on the road:

1.  Get to the airport early.  Instead of rushing through security and grabbing not so great “to go” snacks, take the time to check out what food options your terminal has.  There is no need to get bags of chips, order fried options, or snag sodas just because you are short on time.  Yesterday I looked in three different stores before stocking up on snacks from a place called “Gourmet on the Fly.”  I’m thankful that I had the time to make smart choices!

2.  Stock up on extra healthy snacks.  In my bag yesterday?  1 bottle water, 1 bottle Pomegranate seltzer water, 1 Clif bar, 1 banana, 1 red pear, 1 green apple, and raw almonds.  Who cares if the cashier lady looks at you weird because she thinks you just bought a ton of food?  I think it’s important to have some “extras” on hand in case the hotel market isn’t so great, if you get hungry while working, or if you feel like munching on something in your hotel room.

3.  Stick with a healthy friend!  If someone you are traveling with is health conscious, try to follow their lead and don’t be swayed by the peer pressure of everyone else.  Traveling with Colleen makes my decision-making a lot easier!

4.  Check out the restaurants in the area ahead of time.  And read the menu too.  I know some people think this takes the fun out of going out to eat, but if you go out to eat often on the road, it’s probably not that novel.  Pick and suggest places that you know offer some healthy choices and stick to what you picked out ahead of time once you get there.  Don’t order the chocolate sundae or the loaded nachos just cause everyone else is doing it.

On my menu yesterday?

  • Lunch at T.G.I Friday’s in Memphis where I got their deconstructed version of the classic Cobb Salad with balsamic-marinated chicken breast fire-grilled and drizzled with balsamic glaze and served alongside sliced avocado, fresh grape tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, bacon, crumbled Bleu cheese, and chopped romaine lettuce with fat-free balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Dinner at The Brickhouse Grill in downtown Jonesboro where I ordered an 8 oz. filet with steamed vegetables and a side salad.  Oh!  And I tried ALLIGATOR too.  Tasted like chicken.  Cool, huh?

And in case you were wondering, I ate a Chobani yogurt for breakfast at my apartment before I got to the airport, my Clif bar before I boarded the plane, my pear after the flight, and a banana before my workout as my other snacks throughout the day.

5.  Familiarize yourself with what fitness options your hotel has.  Some places don’t offer much as part of their hotel fitness rooms but several do offer guest passes to the nearby gym.  Ask at the front desk!  This is how Colleen and I discovered the Trim Gym.

If you are short on time, maximize the time you do have to workout by combining upper and lower body moves, or perhaps opting for some sprint intervals on a machine instead of running at a steady pace for an hour.  Or maybe you just aren’t motivated to use machines but love classes.  Get a guest pass and try a new class!  If you feel excited about your workout and where you are working out, you’ll definitely get more out of it.

My workout yesterday?

  • Elliptical:  2 minute warmup, 2 minute front jog, 2 minute back jog, 4 minutes of Tabata intervals, 2 minute front jog, 2 minute back jog, 4 minutes of Tabata intervals, one minute front jog, one minute cooldown.
  • Legs:  Forward lunge, side squat, back lunge combo all on the same leg.  Repeat through that series 15 times.  Finish with 10 pulses in the front lunge, 10 pulses in the squat, and 10 pulses in the back lunge.
  • Cardio Interval:  30 seconds single hop, 30 seconds jacks
  • Repeat legs on other side.
  • Cardio Interval:  30 seconds single hop, 30 seconds jacks
  • Legs + Obliques:  Side leg lift combined with an oblique drop.  20 reps, followed by 10 leg pulses only.
  • Obliques:  CBC Ab Routine for one minute.  Lean left, right, front, back.
  • Repeat leg lift combo on other side.
  • Obliques:  Twist side to side for one minute, adding knees at 30 seconds.
  • Abs:  Lower & Lifts for 30 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of scissor kicks, and 15 seconds of a 6 inch hold.
  • Cooldown/Stretch.

We weren’t at the gym for very long, but I snuck in a pretty decent (and sweaty) workout for only being there for about 40 minutes!

Question(s) of the Day: 

  • What are your biggest challenges/successes when it comes to healthy travel?!
  • Any specific questions/topics relating to healthy living on the road you’d like me to address in future posts?

Don’t forget to enter my free giveaway – I’m extending the deadline until Friday to enter!

Healthy Living on the Road: Day 4

Today was Travel Day # 4.  We were in Fort Collins for most of the day for our kickoff at Poudre Valley.  After our day on site we drove to Denver to stay at the airport hotel so we could be closer for our flight home tomorrow.  I am definitely ready to be home!

Here’s how I did today:

Pre-Workout Snack:  Banana

Workout:  Colleen and I obviously researched ahead of time and found a nearby rec center.  This one was really nice!  I wish we could have stayed longer.  Today I did 30 minutes on the elliptical so I didn’t have as much time for weights after.  But I still got a lot in.

  • Jumping Jacks / Squats:  2 jacks into a regular squat.  Repeat until tired.
  • Plank on the Bosu:  Hold 30 seconds, then add spiderman knees for 10.
  • Squat twists with medicine ball:  Squat and twist down to the left, then as you come out of the squat, lift the medicine ball overhead to the right while lifting the left leg up for glute work.  Repeat 10 times.  Then hold squat and repeat 10 regular squats, curling ball down and up with the squat.
  • Tricep Extensions (I think Colleen’s favorite new move???):  Today we did single arms.  Starting on the right, extend to 4 o’clock 10 times, then 5 o’clock 10 times, then 6 o’clock 10 times, finishing with 10 pulses w/palm to ceiling.  Repeat on left at 8, 7, and 6.
  • Squat twists with medicine ball to the other direction.
  • Oblique ball twists:  Holding medicine ball in front of abdomen, twist side to side for one minute.
  • Chest & Abs Combo:  Holding legs straight up over hips and arms straight up with weights, palms in.  Extend left leg down and right arm out to the side (reverse fly) then bring back up.  Then right leg down with left arm out to the side.  Repeat alternating sides for 10, then do 10 with both arms and legs together.
  • Abs:  Legs straight out in front of you, feet flexed up.  Hands behind head, elbows in.  10 crunches.  Then 10 crunches with right leg lifted.  Then 10 crunches left leg lifted.
  • Abs:  Hug knees into chest, lift head off ground.  Extend legs out in front and arms out overhead.  Repeat 10 then hold the last one ten seconds.
  • Obliques:  Feet flat on ground, reaching side to side to tap each heel.
  • Chest / Abs:  On the bosu, 10 spiderman pushups, then finishing holding the plank for one minute.

Proud of myself for getting 4 straight workout days in while on the road!

Breakfast:  Another oatmeal and fruit day.  And of course I had to stock up on my snacks for the rest of the day / tomorrow.

Lunch:  The hospital provided lunch from Panera.  I ate half a smoked turkey sandwich with Greek salad (no olives!) and a pickle on the side.

Afternoon Snack:  Clif bar

Dinner:   We drove to Denver after the hospital to be closer to the airport for our flight out tomorrow morning.  Pretty much the only restaurant in site is this Italian restaurant called Di Cicco’s.  It actually kind of looks like it used to be a strip club.  Right near all the airport hotels, no real windows, a stage inside.  The food (and wine!) is good though!  We ate here last time we were out in this area in April.  It’s just really funny.

Look at this awkward quote about pizza they have as part of their menu:

I ordered a shrimp salad (no disgusting club sandwich tonight) and minestrone soup.  And since it was the last night of travel, 2 glasses of red wine.

Now I’m back at my hotel and ready to go to sleep early.  Excited to be home tomorrow.  Tim and I are going to have a date night I think, then Saturday is the picnic / Tim’s after party (definitely going to be my cheat day), and Sunday day is up in the air.  Have my cousin’s goodbye party at night.

Question of the Day:  What do you find most challenging about making good choices on the road?

Have a great night!