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STAYING ON TRACK
By: Don Dona
On August 1, my wife Darla and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We have decided to load up the car and travel to Las Vegas and California. We have chosen several Max Muscle stores to visit on our way. This will be the first time since the 2011 MaxForm Life Challenge that I will be gone longer than a couple of days.
In trying to figure out how to juggle my workouts and eating while on the road, I have come up with a few ideas. The first one addresses my workouts: I’ll take my laptop and my Power90 workout DVDs to do in my hotel room. While I can always run, weight lifting workouts may be limited due to availability of equipment. Given that a big part of our time will be spent driving, I also have to consider the amount of time available to work out.
To find some answers for other workout options and healthy eating strategies, I turned to my Max Muscle family at MyMaxMuscle.com and asked those who travel for business or vacation for help. Some of the responses I received are listed here:
Larry Anderson states that he chooses hotels close to the gyms he can use. For his meal plan, he consults with Dave at Max Muscle Parker, Colorado prior to his trips. Together, they plan his meals from his favorite places to eat: Outback Steakhouse, Chili’s, Applebee’s and KFC. They download the menus from the Internet and put it all together. Doing this means Larry does not even have to look at the menu because he knows what he is going to eat before he sits down.
Angie Nipper acknowledges that we are the ones in control of what we put in our mouths. As it’s all about being prepared, she keeps a few of her favorite healthy snacks, like protein shakes and almonds, with her at all times. She also reviews online menus before dining out.
Doug from Woodland, California says that working as a truck driver and not pre-planning led to his poor eating habits. Now he packs all his protein and supplements in plastic baggies and packs four meals in a cooler so he can eat every three hours. Doug says you just have to plan ahead and make healthy food choices. Since the end of January, Doug has lost 74 pounds with planning ahead. He also quotes my good friend and MyMaxMuscle staple Troy Hall who has often said, “Plan your work and work your plan.”
When traveling, here are some things to consider:
My wife and I are planning to visit some of the theme parks while in California. One of them has a power walk every day before the park opens. With that available, there is no reason to neglect an exercise routine while on vacation. Darla and I will be on the road for 16 days. I am excited about visiting some of the different Max Muscle stores along the way and putting the ideas that the Max Muscle community have given me to the test. MS&F