Last week I had a conference in Chicago for work and I was excited to visit the Windy City. The only bad thing about traveling for work or even going back to your hometown or on a vacation for a few days, it can throw you out of your routine. Cooking is out of the question, your schedule is typically completely different, you’re in a different time zone, and overall, you sometimes don’t feel like working out. I’ve done a better job of disciplining myself to make sure to eat right when I eat out and doing a workout no matter where I am.
I, of course, love my sleep. Wednesday I had to catch up on sleep since I had to get up early for the flight to Chicago on Tuesday. Thursday and Friday morning I was able to get a good work out in with my colleague, Caitlin. Out hotel was close to the Lake Michigan and of COURSE that’s what I wanted my view to be while we worked out.
Thursday’s Morning Work Out
Run from hotel to the lake (approx. 0.7 mile)
10 walking lunges on each side. Do one leg at a time.
20 yard side shuffle- go down and back twice
Hold plank on hands for 10 seconds, go to T for a brief pause, return to plank for 10 seconds, go to T on the other side for a brief pause
Repeat 3 times
Hands in prayer to chest, breathe in and stretch hands up, and then breathe out and stretch hands to the ground.
Repeat 3 times
Move into plank
Lower down into Cobra
Repeat 3 times
Move into plank and bring one leg between your two hands
Move into half moon
Move into twisted half moon
Move into Airplane
Repeat 3 times each leg
Run back to hotel (approx. 0.7 mile)
Friday Morning Workout
After our Thursday morning workout, I realized running from the hotel to the lake was like interval training. There were almost equal distances between each intersection and we had to stop every time we got to an intersection…well, because it’s Chicago haha. So I decided to make it a sprint between each intersection on the way to and from the lake.
Sprint from hotel to Lake (approx. 0.7 mile)
First Couplet 10 Minutes
Second Couplet 10 Minutes
Slow, cross body mountain climbers
Sprint back to hotel (approx. 0.7 mile)
For the first couplet I did body weight squats next to a nice little bench that I then used for dips. For couplets, you don’t have a set amount of reps you do for each exercise. Don’t go to failure each time but this is a continuous set with no rest.
For the second couplet, I found a grassy little incline that I thought would be great to add difficulty to the slow cross body mountain climbers and sit ups. I faced the decline with the mountain climbers and then faced the incline while doing sit ups. It felt like one sit up on the incline equaled 5 regular sit ups. I liked it, it was very efficient 🙂 Although, I did get a lot of weird looks. That’s ok, though, all in the name of a good workout.
On my planned interval sprint to the hotel, there seemed to be less traffic and each sign said to walk when I reached them…so I sprinted most of the way back haha. Not ideal but that was a great way to end the workout.
Food for the Week
For food, Caitlin and I went to Freshii and Corner Bakery quite a few times for breakfast/lunch. They had great healthy options to choose from. Here are some links to their sites. If you ever go to Chicago, I highly recommend these two places.
As for dinner and other lunches, I made sure to get a protein and a vegetable with a healthy sauce and skipped on any bread that was given. Except for this mexican restaurant, I had to get the salsa and chips. Who can resist, right? The first night we were there, we were so hungry we just went into a restaurant and ordered food, only a few days later did I figure out which restaurant we were actually in (Petterino’s). I ordered parmesan crusted sea scallops with sauteed greens beans. Let me tell you, it was the best dish I’ve had in a while. It was AMAZING! I couldn’t figure out what the delicious sauce was for the life of me, I finally asked the waiter and it was a lemon butter wine sauce. Fail on the butter part. I typically try to make sure I stay away from the butter, but I’m kind of glad I made the mistake this time. But always try to double check what is in the sauce, even though it may be the best sauce you ever have.
On my way back to the airport via taxi, I was in the backseat not talking to anyone. I was just watching the scenery as it flew by, and I caught myself just…smiling. I just chuckled to myself and realized how great the week was. That week I was able to work hard, learn a lot, eat right, and take care of my body and I just felt happy. It was a content feeling that I try to carry with me every minute of every day. You should try to do the same! 🙂