Last week, I traveled for work from Sunday afternoon to Thursday morning. I have been dreading this from a diet and budget standpoint because I know how easy it is to go with the laziest option when you’re traveling. If you’re living out of your suit case in a hotel, you can’t reliably cook your own meals every day. Moreover, you are socially obligated to eat out with your coworkers every day unless you want to be labeled and anti-social and un-fun. Lastly, the work days can be long and grueling and you’re actually expected to work even longer hours than normal. This means that exercise is easy to forget about as well. I resolved to be as diligent as possible within reason and here is how I did:
- Sunday – $12.47 Steak and fries, no exercise
- Monday – $22.78 Hawaiin Chicken and rice, 1 hour of gym
- Tuesday – $19.89 BBQ for lunch, Chipotle for dinner, 40 minutes of gym
- Wednesday – $34.75 Large pizza (which the hotel threw out accidentally lol) and Qdoba at the airport, 1 hour hiking
We got $55 per diem pay so I resolved to spend only half of that while I was on this trip and I was able to accomplish that. A large part of that success was that breakfast was included at the hotel and that I did not buy any alcohol. I have often gone out with coworkers and racked up bills that were $50 alone in drinks. Regarding exercise, Wilkin was also committed to exercising daily and that mutual resolve gave us both extra motivation.
I am in New York now and once again, in a new environment as far as my diet and budget are concerned. I believe it will be relatively easy to maintain my goals as the grocery store and gym are both within a couple blocks walk. I will update that progress next week
So, I obviously didn’t cook much this week but I returned to the chicken I made before. You can find the recipe in my previous post (https://chuology.com/2019/01/20/ee-this-isnt-how-i-go/). Really, really digging this right now so I encourage you to try it if you’re looking for something new.
I am sad that I will not be able to do Muay Thai classes for a while as I am not in Maryland. I do want to go to the gym at least four times a week while I’m here. I figure I can do some weight training which is different from the heavy cardio that Muay Thai provides. I wasn’t able to record my weight during travel because the hotel did not have a scale, peculiarly. This is represented by the long flat line. However, I am relieved that I am still hovering the same weight after continuous days of eating out.
I decided to record all my spending, regardless of if I received per diem to pay for that meal spending or not. I also paid for a few shared meals between myself and Hiro. I could try halve those costs for my reporting but I think this is going to be more representative of what my lifestyle actually affords me. I am currently around $540 dollars for the month of January. I am actually very proud of this number, even though it is way over my budget. January was not easy for me logistically so even having this amount of success is very encouraging.