I’ll be heading off to the airport later this morning to take my first trip of the year. Thank goodness it’s to sunny Orlando, FL wear the temps are 60-70 degrees. 🙂
I travel pretty often for work – I do business coaching for fitness entrepreneurs. I also travel to attend mastermind meetings that I’m part of, as well as educational conferences and workshops…
With a couple vacations on the calendar, it looks like I’ve got 16 trips this year.
I know it’s not nearly as many as some people who travel for work, but I’m pretty sure it’s more than the average.
My point is, I understand the “challenges” that travel can bring to someone trying to work on their health and fitness…
I actually get this concern a lot from new prospective clients.
If I’m in a blunt mood, I simply say, “that’s just another excuse.”
I’m pretty sure there’s no travel law that says you HAVE TO stay up late, eat like $#|^, and skip your workouts. ;-b
As a matter of fact, I’ve actually found – after making a clear decision and some practice – that traveling actually makes it EASIER to stick to a plan…
- Managing my minimums
- Sense of Pride.
Let me quickly address all three…
I tend to travel to the same places so I’ve got routines in place for each destination.
For example, today I’m traveling to Orlando. I generally go there about 3 times per year, stay at the same hotel, and eat at the same restaurants.
My first stop from the airport is Whole Foods where I stock up on some staple groceries.
As for my daily routine, it’s pretty standard:
- Morning Routine consisting of meditation, workout, and writing.
- Protein shake for breakfast
- Coaching from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.
- For lunch, I hit up the Whole Foods hot bar and stick to my normal eating plan
- My afternoon snack is typically a bar or another protein shake
- Dinner is pretty standard – meat and veggies. If possible, I’ll get a sweet potato – a little gluten-free starch at dinner helps me sleep better. 🙂
By the way, while I’m sticking to my plan, several of my coaching clients are going off there’s. For some, it’s because they rarely travel so this is when they “indulge.” Others just don’t care about nutrition as much as I do.
Either way, it’s all good. They have no effect on me. I don’t judge them, and they don’t judge me. Regardless of what’s going in our mouths, we enjoy each others company. 🙂
Oh, and let’s be real; I DO “indulge” on some trips. Not so much this one as nothing really tickles my fancy and I need to be ON a lot.
However, even when I do “indulge” I always manage my minimums…
MANAGE MY MINIMUMS
I’ve written about this a few times.
In short, I have certain “minimums” that I just won’t break.
No alcohol and no gluten are two of my minimums.
In fact, they’ve been minimums for so long that I don’t even think about them.
Having a drink just doesn’t ever cross my mind. And, choosing to be gluten-free makes decision making so easy – “oh, you don’t have a gluten-free dessert. No problem, I’ll just go without.”
I have other minimums around my meditation, workouts, and supplementation…
SENSE OF PRIDE
Quite honestly, it feels really good to “stick to my guns” when I travel. 🙂
I also just feel a whole lot better in general, especially with regards to focus and attention!
IMPORTANT POINT: When I’m being paid for these trips (I’m the coach), I want to be on my A-game to deliver the best experience possible. When I’m paying for these trips (I’m the student), I want to be on my A-game to have the best experience possible. Either way, sticking to my routine is key to a great experience…
So, if you’re a traveler who wants to stick to behaviors that support your fitness goals, keep these three things in mind and figure out what’ll work for you.
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!