daily fitbattle #1020 (vacation preparation)

19Feb10

I’ve been in battle for 1020 days.  Here are my daily stats:

  • morning naked weight: very exciting to get on the scale this morning and weigh in at 137. Woo Hoo!!!
  • workout: MORNING…stretching and 40 minutes on the stairmaster at level 6. EVENING stretching and upper body (Pull of Push/Pull Split or biceps and back) with Chris and it was a doozy! I’ll be lucky if I can lift a cocktail tomorrow night.
  • food consumption (yesterday): 5 meals consisting of … calories = 1431, protein = 159, carbs = 127, fat = 31
  • successes: my greatest success today was actually getting to the gym this morning. I’m getting ready to travel and I really wanted to skip my morning workout and was very close to not going, but I decided to “man up” and get the workout in.
  • opportunities: my fat grams were a little high yesterday due to the olive oil used in the pasta I had for lunch yesterday.

Vacation preparation…I’m headed on a beach vacation – yay! Going to Cancun for some sun and fun. I am really excited for a long overdue vacation. I know…I’m on a sabbatical, isn’t that a vacation? I’m talking about a week on the beach – that’s a vacation! But yes I’ve been on “vacation” for a little while now.

So I said I’m excited, but I’m also a little nervous. I do not want to blow all the progress I’ve made to date on my fitbattle. Todays’ Morning Naked Weight was an all-time low. My last all-time low 137.6, so getting on the scale this morning and seeing a new all-time low of 137 was very exciting! I do not want to lose a lot of ground while I’m on vacation.

How am I preparing for a vacation where I will lose control of the food preparation, I may not be able to log my food on the BodyBugg website, and the cocktails will be flowing morning, noon, and night. Oh…did I mention we are going to an all-inclusive resort? Yep, the alcohol is free, well kind of.

Part of the fitbattle is preparing for a the unknown. Vacation is one of the most challenging opportunities for anyone. I’m taking some essentials with me in the event I need to fill a gap in my nutrition. I use two different protein powders in my morning protein shake: Muscle Milk Light and Pure WPI. The Pure WPI is much lighter and mixes easily with milk if there’s no blender available. So I will be taking several servings of the Pure WPI protein powder premeasured in snack sized zip lock bags. I’m also taking protein bars with me. I normally do not eat protein bars (any more) due to the fat content, however on the vacation it’s very possible that a protein bar might the best option in a pinch.

I’ve also packed 7 days of vitamins. Based on my experience I believe the days you are traveling to and from your destination are the most difficult for nutrition. To head this off I’m going to make sure I get up early and get a couple of small meals in before we head to the airport.

The next important part of the prep is packing clothes for the gym. The resort we are staying at has a gym, which was one of my requirements. It’s my goal to use the gym one time per day. This is doable since I go to the gym two times per day now – hah! So I’m packing my running shoes and enough gym clothes to get me through most of the week. I’m also taking travel size detergent if I need to wash a couple of items for a 2nd trip to the gym. Let’s hope this happens.

Finally, I’m bringing a journal to record my food, drinks (yes), and workouts. One of the most beneficial tools to my fitbattle has been keeping track of my food intake and workouts.

YES!!! I am planning on letting my hair down and having fun on my vacation. YES, I will be taking advantage of the free (well not really free) drinks. And YES, I’m going to hold myself accountable to continue to care for the vessel God gave me…my one and only body while I thoroughly enjoy my vacation.

I plan on writing some blogs while I’m on vacation. I’m assuming that I will have decent internet access. If you don’t hear from me next week it’ll be due to no internet access or I’m just having too much fun. If it’ the later, my weigh in when I return home will be interesting. 😉

Until next time…Kathi



4 Responses to “daily fitbattle #1020 (vacation preparation)”

  1. Hi, its great to read some info my a fellow nutrition and fitness enthusiast. I personally am not a fan of whey protein, I know that on paper it is very efficient. But i have always wondered of the dairy aspect. A protein straight from milk, something great for weight loss and weight gain depending on usage but in terms of some folks you may find yourself to have a low metabolic tolerance to dairy (some people find the same with wheat). I prefer to diversify and try different proteins. This is all my personal opinion of course but i find all our body’s are different and you must do your own search to find the right form of powder for you. i personally shift between promasil and myofusion with some mutant mass if i feel like bulking or even as a recovery drink after a power cardio workout (such as plyo). Try to visit http://www.squidoo.com/best-whey-protein-shakes if anybody want more info.

  2. I have been using Warrior Milk for about 6 months. I tried Muscle Milk and Optimum Nutrition’s proteins but found both too hard on my stomach.Warrior Milk protein doesn’t give me the upset and I like many of their flavors. My absolute favorite is mixing the chocolate and peanut butter flavors. I have had no problems ordering off their website and the products always came quick enough.This protein is really affordable and was a lot cheaper than using Slim Fast shakes which I’ve used in the past. My goal for using the protein was to lose just 5-10 lbs (I was only 130 lbs to start) by replacing meals with the shakes. I have lost 12lbs to date and it was very easy in my opinion because the shakes both taste good and kept me full until my next meal.Try to visit http://www.squidoo.com/whey-protein-supplements if anybody want more info.

    • Thanks for the 411 Chadwick. It never hurts to have more options. Congrats on your results! Kathi


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