2/9/2019 – 2/16/2019
This was another travel week for me. That means living out of a hotel, eating out everyday, and endless opportunities to fall back into bad habits. Because my environment is different, it would be super easy for me to choose a different lifestyle to live. I could think of it as “not real life” in a way. But I wanted to keep these travel days in my record set because I didn’t want them to feel different from normal days. Sure, I have per diem so all my meals are “free”. I don’t have a full gym or Muay Thai classes to keep me in shape. Work days can start earlier and last until later, and jet lag can fatigue me. These are all valid excuses, but just because I have an excuse doesn’t mean I can give up on the habits I’ve been trying to build.
Here are my daily meals broken down:
- Monday: $29.58 (Taiwanese Chicken for lunch, 2 Potbelly’s Big Italian Sandwiches for dinner and late night snack)
- Tuesday: $17.23 (11 inch pizza)
- Wednesday: $16.73 (Chipotle + 4 chicken wings)
- Thursday: $9.57 (Five Guys little cheeseburger)
- Friday: $19.54 (Grilled Cheese and Fries for lunch, Hawaiin Chicken for dinner)
Because eating out is expensive, both in dollars and calories, Wilkin and I decided to try to stretch the food we bought between lunch and dinner. This actually worked really well. We were less inclined to overeat because we intended on saving half of the meal we bought for later. Most times, we weren’t even hungry afterward. Something like Chipotle is actually a lot of food, so eating half was perfectly satisfactory for us. I wasn’t able to adhere to this every day, but being conscious of this was helpful.
Comparing my spending to last month, February 16th stands at $265.28 whereas January 16th landed at $260.41.I take this as a sign that I am likely not to meet my spending goal of $400 this month if we continue along the same trend. It’s encouraging to me that I had not had a travel week by this time last month though. If we assume that I spend more on travel weeks, I may be able to at least spend less money than last month.
Once again, my hotel did not have a scale so I wasn’t able to record my weight during the trip. I was a little nervous when I got home since I felt a bit bloated the entire trip. But huzzah, the little changes I made over the trip seemed to have added up. I was able to maintain my weight despite eating out every day. This was a win for me.
This week, I definitely did not exercise as often as I wanted to. Monday and Friday were travel days, which means I had much less time and energy. On the remaining days, I made an effort but I didn’t reach even one hour on Wednesday or Thursday. I have been debating working out in the mornings. I figure that I feel so energized afterward that it would jump start my day. And if it is the first thing in the morning, it is unlikely to interfere with any other engagements. I think this may be a potential workaround to days that are otherwise cluttered.