Friday, October 16, 2009

Stress!

How to deal with training and diet during a particularly stressful week ...

This past week I was in Montana leading a training class for work. I've been here for 5 days ... which means I traveled 7 hours, stayed in a hotel, and was on my feet for 9 hours every day. Being on my feet for 9 hours a day is exhausting, not to mention the other factors of travel and hotel. So how did I manage my diet and training?

I stuck to my diet all week with a couple M&M's mixed in with my trail mix. Gotta live a little. :) Each day, lunch was catered in, so I just found items that had meat and veggies in them, along with some cheese for fats. I supplemented with trail mix and some low carb protein bars (Power Crunch - yum!). My last meal of the day, I ordered something from room service - a burger or chicken. I realized that the burger seemed to take too long to digest, so I switched to chicken the last few days and woke up hungry (which is the goal - means my metabolism is kicking in). I'm looking forward to my carb meal of sushi tomorrow morning!

My training schedule wasn't quite so easy to stick to. I did 30 min of cardio every morning at 6 am. Most of the days I did incline treadmill intervals at 3.1 mph. Doesn't sound like much, but it definitely gets my heart rate up! I trained on Monday and Tuesday, with evening cardio on Monday. I was supposed to do cardio on Tuesday evening, but by the time I finished my training, I was completely exhausted. I called my boyfriend, sobbing because I didn't have the energy to do cardio and felt like I was letting him and myself down. He assured me that it'd be better for me to rest than to try to push through a cardio session.

Wednesday was morning and evening cardio, and Thursday was morning cardio with a light Active-Recovery training session. We decided that AR would be a better option for me instead of trying to push through an intense workout. By this time in the week, I was fried, mentally and physically. I knew if I tried to push through a tough training session, I'd break down in tears and would get frustrated. This morning I did 20 min of cardio on the recumbent bike.

So while I wasn't able to maintain my intense training schedule the whole week, I was able to keep active and at least do something in the gym. It's all about modifying as you go along, and making adjustments to fit circumstances.

I can tell I'm dropping a bit of weight too (hooray!), because the pants that fit really tight when I packed them last Saturday were hanging off my hips yesterday. I don't think I've ever been so excited to not have clothes fit!

I'm glad to have this week finally over! Each day was long, stressful, and busy. I'm proud of myself for staying on track, even if I did have to modify training a bit. I'm motivated for some intense training coming up, and am looking forward to seeing some changes next week!

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