Friday, October 03, 2008

Fitness on the road? HA!

I can't give a good report for fitness on the road. On the upside, I did walk a lot yesterday through concourses and as transportation once I reached my destination. The food was the worst part for me, though not in the way you would think.

I got on my first plane yesterday at 6:00 a.m. Before leaving, I had a slice of toast with almond butter and a cup of coffee at home. I grabbed a quick peanut-butter-and-apple sandwich on whole-grain bread between flights. I brought one 12-oz. bottle of water with me on the flight and also a package of pistachio nuts in their shells that contained 3.5 servings.

I got very hot on my 5-hour flight and very thirsty. I drank all the water, plus a couple of cups of ginger ale and a couple of cups of water from the flight attendants. I tried to eat a few of the nuts, but they were too salty and also awkward to eat on the plane. After the plane, I had to wait outside for a shuttle for about an hour. I was starving and very thirsty. I ate the rest of the nuts. They weren't what I wanted but there was nothing available and I had nothing to drink. Then I sat on a shuttle for about an hour and a half, and then when I got to my hotel I felt sick, headachy and hungry. But trying to eat only made me feel worse. I ended up getting sick in my hotel room and going to bed fairly early after watching the tail end of the presidential debate. Exercise? Sure, right.

I am not sure if my headache was a migraine or if I just felt sick from eating too many nuts, being hot and tired, and being cramped and crowded on planes and buses. In retrospect, I should have eaten something at the final airport and bought some more water, but I didn't realize that I would be waiting so long for a bus. Today, I'm sticking to simple foods that I know won't make me feel sick. I will be walking everywhere while I'm here, but unless I feel better I won't be running. That sometimes brings on headaches too. I need to feel good enough to do the work I came here to do, so I can't risk another night like last night.

I bring this all up not because I want a bunch of sympathy, but just because I imagine that other people might have similar problems that get in the way of their best exercise and diet intentions. In a situation like this, all you can really do is try to get through it, take care of yourself with lots of rest and fluid, and hope for the best.

1 comment:

  1. I have not flown since the water bottle thing came up - and I can well imagine the problems that this causes!!!

    I was a huge nut eater for years and I was eating RAW - not roasted and not salted - so I thought I was okay. I just recently figured out that the nuts themselves were giving me migraines. I didn't have them for several weeks and then had a serving a day for several days in a row and got a migraine each day. I took myself off - and then tried again several weeks later and the same pattern emerged - nuts=migraine. I thought I knew all my triggers but had missed this one totally.

    I really feel for you -
    cycle of not feeling well and trying to eat right and exercise is VERY HARD. Double that if you are on the road. . .


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