DAY 1 Wednesday, September 1st
Everything was business as usual in my eating plan through lunch. But when the decision was made at 4:00PM to go on-site to resolve the clients issues, things got a little hectic, I had to:
- burn DVDs and get them to FedEx by 4:45PM (in case I didn't make it driving)
- Burn DVDs to take with me
- Load the backup server in my car
- Get an oil change before I left
- Explain to my wife I had to go out of town last minute without her getting mad then convince her to pack clothes, meds & toiletries so I could race home and get on my way.
When I got home my wife had not only packed me a meal but had a great hot meal ready for to eat before I left. (Kar, you are the best!)
I stopped at the gas station to fill up and was faced with some tough choices. Now, in the past a road trip was an excuse to eat a whole lot of crap with a side of a constantly refilled 64 oz Mt. Dew. Here what I ended up choosing as snacks to get me through the 6 hour drive ahead:
Buffalo Jerky, Reduced Sodium Sunflower Seeds, Wasabi and Soy Almonds & Crystal Light Energy. These treats were way better than what I used to get. These treats were chosen because they are yummy, they help keep me awake and focused & they are relatively low cal. (the almonds were a bit calorie "expensive" but ate them spread over 3 days.
First day was long, but my calories were only slightly above my 1500 goal. Not bad for a 20 hour work day.
After checking into the Hotel at 3:30AM I got a grand total of 2 hours of sleep. Took a shower, got dressed and headed down for the hotel's continental breakfast.
I ate what was supposed to be scrambled eggs (about 3 eggs worth), toasted a piece of wheat toast and had a school-lunch-size carton of skim milk (8oz)
Headed over to the dealership with a double Crystal Light Energy in 16oz of water and got to work. I was put into a small room with no chair & keyboard to the computer I needed to work on 5 feet from the floor. I ended up standing in 1 place for the next 5 hours as I worked on getting there server running. Not only did this make my joints kill, it made my lymphedema in my legs flare up bad. I HAD to take a break so I told the client I was going to take a lunch.
I headed over to a local Mexican restaurant and ordered a fajita salad after checking to make sure the chicken was grilled & not fried and the dressing came on the side. The waiter suggested a seafood salad instead & assured me that the seafood was grilled. I should have stuck with my original option because he brought me out a salad that was 5% shrimp, 5% scallops, 1% lettuce and the rest was sour cream, guacamole and tostada shell. It sucked. The shrimp was good, I ate the lettuce and a few scallops but left hungry having to leave 89% of my meal behind. Usually I would have asked for something else but I didn't have time.
The next several hours was spent ensuring that everything was fixed and that the client was happy. I was spent. After 8 hours of staring at a computer screen on 2 hours of sleep, the crystal light wasn't doing it anymore. I started to get nauseous and even caught my head bobbing a couple times when nobody was watching. I broke. After 4 months of no carbonation at all I caved into a large can of evil. I know the effects energy drinks have on the body, I know the problems they can cause to your heart, nervous system and your overall fatness and I know there are countless alternatives to a Red Bull but that's what I drank. It woke me up and I was able to finish day 2 ... barely. I had worked a 13 hour day and the only thing I ate for dinner was my pillow as I fell onto my hotel bed face first.
DAY 3 Wednesday, September 3rd ... to be continued