eating real food while traveling + a halfway-there update

Today marks day 50 of our 100 day challenge – halfway there!  Wow it’s going by fast!  I know I say this every time I do an update, but I am still just so amazed at how much easier this challenge has been than I expected.  And guess what, I’ve lost 10 pounds since we started our real food challenge!

The past two weeks both Michael and I have been traveling, so I thought I’d share a little bit about how we were able to stick to (for the most part) eating only real food.

First up was my week at church camp.  Fortunately I’ve been going to church camp with these same people for years and they are totally used to my weird ways :).  I’ve brought my own food with me many times in the past so I wasn’t too concerned about them thinking it was strange that I was eating different stuff than what they cooked for the kids.  Anyway, I brought the mini-fridge and microwave from my classroom and set them up out of the way in the mess hall.  Before I left for camp I wrote out a meal plan of sorts, and then I (with a lot of help from Michael) prepared my food in advance.  On Tuesday I had to come back to Bowling Green for a professional development, which worked out really well where the food situation was concerned because I was able to bring Sunday and Monday’s food with me on Sunday.  Then Tuesday I brought back the empty containers, washed them, and filled them with food for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  I wouldn’t have been able to bring all my food for the whole week on Sunday because my fridge just wasn’t big enough.  But this worked out nicely.

Some of the things I brought were:

  • blueberry muffins and a hard-boiled eggs with milk for breakfast
  • lots of fruit
  • apples with peanut butter
  • trail mix
  • chicken quesadillas
  • chicken noodle soup
  • bean burritos

I was determined to stick to our real food challenge, and I was so proud of myself because during the whole week of camp I didn’t not eat a single thing that wasn’t considered real food.  In fact, I actually lost a little weight during that week (usually I gain a bunch and swell up like a balloon at camp so that was a pretty big accomplishment).

The week after I was at camp, Michael had to go to Chattanooga for a work trip.  He was able to get a suite with a little kitchenette for the week (fridge and stove) so he took some of his own food with him.  For lunch he had to eat what was served him at the conference, but he tried to make real food choices from what they offered.  However, he cooked his own breakfast and supper in the room.

Anyway, to make a long story longer, it is definitely possible to eat healthy while traveling.  Maybe not 100% of the time, but you can still do a pretty good job of staying on track with a little effort and prep work.  You can see more about eating healthy while traveling here (it’s not necessarily all real food, but it still gives you an idea)

Oh and a quick update on our no tv challenge – we I got a little off track.  First, Project Runway started last week.  That is my favorite show ever and so I have been watching that (although we built in two hours of tv a week that we just hadn’t chosen to use, so I don’t feel bad about watching it).  Then Michael went out of town, and as you know it is hard for me to be alone at night, so we decided that during that week we would make an exception and I could watch as much tv as I needed (it helps me to have it on in the background when I’m home alone).  That being said, I really didn’t watch as much while he was gone as I expected.  I think I watched one Project Runway episode and maybe two or three So You Think You Can Dance episodes.  And that was it for the whole week.  Finally, the Olympics started.  We aren’t huge sports fans, but we do like to watch the Olympics, so we’ve made another exception for the Olympics.

So are we still completely tv free?  No. But are we still watching significantly less tv than we were before this challenge started?  Absolutely!  So no regrets here.

I’m excited to see what the next 50 days of real food (and limited tv) bring!

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