I've got one more busy week in front of me with a quarterly earnings release, a trip to visit some meetings in Baltimore, and a bunch of other stuff. As of Friday night, I rush home to finish packing so I can take off with my sweet, understanding family for some quality non-work time.
I'm rolling up to my second year anniversary as a Lifetime member in good standing. I'm in a very good place, and maintenance has never felt better. The 3 PM apple-snack trick has been just one example of my happy food place. It's not as though I haven't had my lifestyle challenges. The Superbowl last Sunday was a particularly brutal example of how to be a thousand miles away from on-plan utopia. Who knew that I would love pimento cheese dip quite so much?
If I have one particular habit that I really owe my maintenance success to, it is clearly exercise. Food lapses come and go, but exercise has been my constant OP buddy. I've been getting at least an hour in for six, and sometimes seven, days per week now for as long as I can remember. At this point, it really is just habit. I would characterize my workout frequency more as an example of my captivity to ingrained routine than to any lofty notion of discipline. When I don't get my workout in, I just feel kind of off. It's kind of like walking out of the house with a shoe missing (not that this doesn't happen).
I have been able to form my religious Rube Goldberg workout routine because I am largely in control of my environment. I can almost always find a way to navigate to a weight room for my four day lifting split. Finding a piece of cardio equipment is usually a pretty manageable task. I am pretty good at picking hotels that either have a decent gym or are located close to one that allows me to buy a day pass.
All this comes to a crashing halt next week, and I will have to rely on all different exercise options. We're going skiing.
|Really hoping I don't end up like this...|
So do I find skiing fun? I think so, but I cannot be totally sure. I am more than a little envious of those people who can effortlessly glide and swoop down the slopes without a care in the world. For example, my kids. It is an exercise is complete humility for a so-called industry leader executive-guy to be routinely humbled by a 10 year old little girl. She doesn't actively dress me down with insults and taunts, but it's almost more sad that she periodically has to wait patiently for me to catch-up with nothing but a sweet smile on her face.
Do I enjoy skiing? Yes. I like trying to get better at it each year, and it's definitely a worthy challenge. I also appreciate the fact that it's a great workout. Terrible and risk adverse skiers like myself get an exercise advantage over all of you pros. Why? Because we have to take three to four times as many turns to get down a slope. That's work.
This gets me to the point of my post. I have ever increasingly become a big fan of active vacations. Sitting on a lounge chair with a frozen drink keeps me happy for about two, maybe three days, and then I start climbing the walls. I love a vacation where I can hardly stay up past 8 PM because I am so physically wrecked. So no, there will be no weight room for me for the next week, and there will be no two wheeled vehicles. Yet, I have no doubt that I will have more than enough AP's to keep me going in good health.
From an eating perspective, I will follow my usual vacation plan: keep breakfast healthy and OP, stay sane for lunch, and let it hang loose a bit more for dinner.
I'm not sure if I will get back to post another one of these before I get back, but I will be thinking of all of you!!!