Eating Healthy When Traveling

With 10 weeks until my fitness bikini competition, I’m getting a little freaked out.  The meal plan I’m on is really tough, mainly because it’s boring to eat the same thing over and over and over.  I have not been perfect, but I’m doing pretty well.  I flew to Dallas for two days on Thursday and in preparation for the trip, I brought food so I could stay on my meal plan.  My flight was only an hour, so I packed my small skillet (perfect size for my protein pancake), Pam coconut oil spray, ground oats (for the pancake), brown rice, and protein powder in my checked luggage.  My local friend Cassie brought me frozen chicken, veggies, and egg whites. 
We lucked out and landed in the penthouse suit of the hotel that was equipped with a stove and microwave, so I was able to prepare some meals.  But, nothing is easy.  The room was so high-tech that we couldn’t get the stove working and the engineer had to come 3 times to get it to work.   My protein pancake had to be cooked in a special skillet designed for the stove and pretty much fell apart, but I ate it anyway.  (My pancake is just 1/2 cup of ground oats, 3/4 cup egg whites, 1/4 cup water and cinnamon).  I have been “cheating” and eating it with a trace amount of natural peanut butter spread on top. 
My chicken, rice, and veggies were easy to microwave and I had that several times during the trip.
But, I wasn’t perfect.  I ate pita chips and hummus, small part of a chocolate bar, and a glass of champagne at the pool.  
Thursday night at dinner I ordered a buffalo burger with no bun and a side salad without dressing. We  ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant on Friday night, and although I ordered iced tea (when everyone had margaritas) and skipped the chips and queso, I ordered grilled chicken with onions, rice and beans and devoured it.  

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Saturday morning before my flight, I didn’t have time to eat breakfast before heading to the airport (besides an apple and peanut butter) so  before my plane took off I grabbed a turkey sandwich and just ate the turkey out of it since the bread was soggy.  And I had my Starbuck’s iced tall 2-pump mocha on Saturday and Sunday.  Yikes.

At our school Gala on Saturday night, I had two glasses of champagne and on Sunday I had a piece of pizza!
I know that strictly sticking to the meal plan is key, so I’m going to be on it this week.  Tomorrow is a new day!  Last Friday I got my body fat tested again by my trainer and it went down from 25% to 21% in just a couple weeks, which is good progress.  I’ve found the best way to get through sticking to the meal plan is to just put it on auto-pilot.  Don’t think about it, just do it.  The good results I’m seeing keep me motivated to continue.
I’ll post a progress pic soon!


  1. April 28, 2014 / 12:11 pm

    You are right on with the "auto-pilot" mentality. When I'm in prep, no other food exists. It can become isolating. I found I just wanted to stay home and in my safe bubble with no distractions and temptations. It's not forever though. It's a goal with an end date. That always helped me. Also, GUM. When I did have a gathering to attend. I ate right before I went in and stuck a wad of gum in my mouth. Also, if there is drinking, I would make myself ice water with lemon or lime or Crystal Light and drink it with a straw. You are doing AWESOME! Trust the Process!

    • May 1, 2014 / 3:50 am

      I agree- home is safe! And THANK YOU for the gum suggestion- that will really help me! Thanks so much for commenting, especially since you can relate since you've been through this!

  2. April 28, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    Megan, it sounds like you still did amazing! I am terrible about eating right when traveling! ekk! Congrats on the %, that's awesome think about what you can do over the next 10 weeks! Today is a new day!

  3. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    April 28, 2014 / 6:56 pm

    That cassie is one seriously good friend for bringing you frozen chicken breasts to the hotel! 😉 You did so good….however, that champagne by the pool is a surprise to me!! 😉

  4. April 29, 2014 / 8:08 pm

    What brand of frozen chicken are you using? I am so picky about chicken, I can't seem to find one that I like.

  5. May 21, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    This is so helpful! I just found your blog today, so I've kinda been stalking you all over here and IG:) You look amazing!! I just wrote about how I am anxious about handling the summer with travel–so this gives me hope!! I've lost 29 pounds so far, still have a long way to go, but I'm still going:) I'm hooked now–look for many more comments from me:)

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