I for many years travel with my work. Majority of my time is spent entertaining clients which is predominately through wining and dining or other social events.
When I first got into fitness and light training I would go for a few weeks eating clean and training regularly but every overseas trip would mean eating in restaurants and inevitable drinking sessions with clients.
I would find myself coming from work trips back to routine and training feeling all upset that I failed continuing on my mission to “lose weight” by eating well and drinking and also not training.
For the first time on my overseas trip I found a simple way to maintain my training program, my eating habits and working duties.
My trip also coincides with my first competition in weightlifting. I am in Spain spending 2 weeks away from London and these are the crucial two weeks before the competition. I guess that’s why I was pushed to consider and find ways to balance everything required from me professionally and also personally (training for the competition).
So here are my few quick tips how to integrate training and nutrition when working overseas
1. Book a hotel or accommodation which has some gym, swimming pool or activity areas (tennis courts) – in today’s competitive market of hotels there shouldn’t be a problem to find a good value for money hotel with gym…. Don’t forget to pack a sports bra, trainers, swimming suit and some leggins
2. If you (as much as me) prefer to continue with training and require Olympic lifting bars and bumper plates which are not often a part of standard globo gym equipment then turn to crossfit box. I’ve done it and for as little as €10 a session I am maintaining my program. Added benefit is you meet new friendly faces and exchange a few “crossfit” talks as well.
3. If eating out in restaurants is a daily occurrence stick to healthy choices. I’ve been here for a week almost and ate out every evening. I opted in for grilled meat and salads but also fish and seafood. Just because it’s a treat doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy.
4. Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol. I have had many offers of wine over dinner but I maintained my water only approach. It only takes refusing wine or alcohol twice or three times. Next time you do it, it is more natural.
5. Plan your days… Even though you are overseas the routine is important. I book my meetings in specific times and even dinners are booked for a bit later allowing me a time for a quick evening workout/ cardio….
6. Have your coach and training partner available on chat as in the times you might feel like giving into the drinking with clients and colleagues or can’t be bothered to train he/she might just be having right few words to motivate you…
7. If all above fails… Revisit your motivation to succeed in your goals. There are no real reasons why you should fail if you want it bad enough.
Given that my first competition is quiet soon I had to face the situation I found myself in due to my job and career and organise myself.
Happy training and working!
I am a girl and I lift heavy