Travel

Famous Last Words

The things that make me sick, tired and over weight are the same things that make me feel stuck, depressed and stranded. When I eat better and when I move more, I feel much better in every regard. My skin is clearer, my sleep is better, and my energy is higher. I feel "cleaner." When I eat poorly and am sedentary, I feel tired, unmotivated, and just plain "blah." 

But there are not easy fixes or magic quick answers. Just as I'm learning about many things in my work life and in relationships, it is the longer-term, day to day consistency that is what pays off. And so it is for my health. I can't afford to let myself continue to be trapped in the lies that try to pull me down. I have got to take the time each day to eat nutritious food, whether that means buying it or making it. I've got to take the time to walk and stretch my muscles and work my heart. I've got to take time to continue learning about nutrition so that I stay motivated, and I need to record my struggles and my progress each day.





2/1 - 2/22/16

Well, we are back from our 3 week trip to Europe, which included 11 days on a cruise to Spain and Italy, followed-up by visits to Paris and London. 

The trip proved to be a mixed bag when it comes to eating and to remaining accountable for my change of lifestyle. I started out with a plan about how to eat only the healthiest foods while gone, and I resisted anything at all deviating from the plan while we traveled to Europe and in our hotel prior to the cruise. We requested ahead of time that I be given a low-sodium, vegetable-based meal plan, but since Norwegian does a flexible eating style, that would mean having to make arrangements at every meal in every restaurant. I quickly decided just to eat in moderation the best I could and choose the healthier range of choices available. 





What Happened To My Posts?

I wrote a few posts while out of town but they seem to have been lost. I outlined a plan as to how to approach the trip to Europe and a few updates about how it was going. I guess the Internet combined with my iPad lost it somehow. I will post a summary update instead, which will cover the 3 week period we have been out of the country.





1/4/16

Sunday on our family reunion trip. We decided not to travel on Sunday, so we stayed in AZ. Slept in until 1pm and missed the chance to attend church at one of our prior wards. It was a strange eating day because of the late wakeup, but I was able to get in all of the food from the daily dozen tracking.

We had dinner at my parent's house tonight. Avoided most of the food other than beans, salad, fruit juice, and a half of a baked potato (white) ... 





1/3/16

Sunday on our family reunion trip. We decided not to travel on Sunday, so we stayed in AZ. Slept in until 1pm and missed the chance to attend church at one of our prior wards. It was a strange eating day because of the late wakeup, but I was able to get in all of the food from the daily dozen tracking.

We had dinner at my parent's house tonight. Avoided most of the food other than beans, salad, fruit juice, and a half of a baked potato (white).





1/2/16

More family reunion activities today. Slept in late again, so I was in a bit of a rush getting out to get food for the lunch. Wanted to eat a smoothie for breakfast but instead had Fiber 1 wheat cereal, date sugar, soy milk, and pomegranate arils. 

We bought Autumn Moon, an extended-family favorite, for the potluck lunch. Nothing good to eat there other than broccoli and rice, although not a good kind of rice. I ended up eating broccoli salad (yellow light), cooked broccoli from autumn moon (yellow) and some homemade chili someone brought (green light...no meat), and a little bit of rice (red/yellow food). Didn't get very full but didn't give in to much temptation at the lunch...(continued)





1/1/16

Happy New Year. That means parties. And that, at least in my extended family, means food. And not usually healthy food. Took some pre-planning to have food at the family reunion event that is healthy. Jacob, Trevan and I went to Bashas on the way to the reunion lunch and picked out a combination of healthy and not-that-healthy foods. In the healthy camp, we bought a veggie tray, low-sodium v-8 juice, and hummus...





12/31/15

Well, it was a successful travel day yesterday, although ended up being high in sodium intake. At the airport, while others had their McDonalds fast food and Panda Express, I just had a side salad from McDonalds, which was nothing more than greens. Wasn't the most filling meal...I will need to keep some snacks on hand when traveling or being out a long time in the future. But it felt good to eat something plant-based and living...





12/30/15

Woke up feeling much better today as far as energy and congestion.  And, surpringly, my blood pressure was a respectable 120/86....best it has been in a long time. I am taking two blood pressure medicines, true, but even with the two of them I have struggled lately to get my readings out of the red zone (above 140/90)   So, good progress so far after a few days of clean eating.

Heading out to AZ today and going with Spencer and his girlfriend, Stef, to Red Lobster tonight. So, a day of choices ahead for airports, airplanes, travel and restaurants. I think it will take some good planning to avoid the traps that await.