So far so good!
Wednesday evening travels: The idea of packing my dinner and snacks for the flight worked out perfectly. The intention was not to eat all of the heathy snacks but to have options so if I wanted/needed something, it would not be airport food or flight food. I brought on a small bag cooler that fit in my backpack and it worked wonders and packed a lot of snacks. Dinner was good and the flight was peaceful.
Thursday: Busy day. Taught two culinary classes but had a good breakfast and packed more snacks along the way. Lunch was a bust and not planned out but just had snacks that I packed. Thursday night we went to a dumping restaurant which was wonderful. Eight chefs sitting around, bull $hitting. This was nice! Hit the gym over at hotel and that gym sucked. Treadmill was falling apart and the elliptical... my head hit the ceiling. Yikes. But I got a nice workout in regardless.
Friday: Another busy day. Taught two classes and tried over 70 dishes but spit pretty much everything out. No wonder I gained so much weight while at the culinary school. Some of the students cook great! Lunch was with a past student which was sushi and so delightful. West coast sushi is far more sophisticated in flavor, texture and taste then the sushi we have in NJ and Philly. Still trying to find a good place out there. Dinner that night my best cheffy friend I have known since culinary school and worked with for 4 years, he and I went out to a really nice place that one of my past students runs. We didnt even open the menu, she made us a 4 course meal and after the fourth course we had to ask her to stop. We were full. I am sure the cals eaten where thrown out with the food tracker lol! I did stop by Planet Fitness early in the morning and the guy was nice enough to wave the daily pass fee. I really like that gym. Not as nice as 24 Hour Fitness but pretty darn good to be frank.
Saturday: Had coffee with an old line cook friend. Got oatmeal before making the two hour drive south and had yogurt in the car as well as other snacks. Got into Longview at 10 am and went to the gym. This gym was awesome and the cardio overlooked the river and made the time go by fast. Really nice gym, especially for this small town. I tried hitting the gym at the hotel before leaving but the treadmill was now broken and out of service. Just my luck. I could have slept in a bit. Eating Saturday went well.
This brings us to Sunday. So far, I got up at 4 am to walk 2.5 miles around the lake that sits in the middle of the town here. No one was out and was peaceful.
I am going with my mom and friends to the WW meeting this morning which I am looking forward to. Will not weight in until Wed though.
So far, so good. It does take a lot of preplanning and preparation to eat healthy when traveling. We will see how this next week goes!
The trip to the West Coast has been wonderful. It's really what I needed. To see all my friends in Seattle, to see the students at Le Cordon Bleu Seattle, to see some old line cooks and dear friends I used to work with and to see my family and friends in Longview. The drive from Seattle to Longview was so peaceful yesterday morning. I hit a new gym in town which overlooked the river which was priceless. This morning, I walked at 4 AM around the lake in Longview which was peaceful too. I honestly think I need a trip like this once a year. It really sets my mind at ease!