Working Out in Asia…while eating and eating….

ImageI’ve managed to maintain my workout schedule despite being in India for work. You can follow my progress on the facebook page if you’re interested. It can be particularly challenging to keep fit while working long hours away from home, eating at hotels/restaurants, in conference rooms with few choices….sometimes as the guest of someone who wants to show you every bit of really good local cuisine. Now, you can’t out-exercise out-of-control eating (we’re way more efficient at eating than at burning those calories), sticking to one’s exercise program….even a modified version of it….is essential.

I’ve tried to use the whole jet lag thing here in India to my advantage. Since my internal clock is all off anyway, I’ve attempted to reset it (as much as possible) to getting up and to the gym by 5 AM (sometimes 4 AM). All in all, I’m still in the game on keeping fit and dropping the 20 lbs I gained while I was injured (plus the 5-10 I had before that)….even if I’m just in a holding pattern until I can get back to paring my exercise with healthier eating. I could go through “7 things to do to prevent business travel from derailing your fitness goals”, but its been done….*a lot*. Here’s one from CNN. I just wanted to put myself out there as someone who’s doing it for real (with all the bumps in the road, setbacks, etc.)….and sticking with it. Perhaps posting it here gives me a little more incentive to stick with it.

With the return to targeted, high-intensity training after recovering from my knee and shoulder/chest injuries, I am hoping to be back at my “fighting weight” and in my best Tough Mudder form in a few months….and with a little diligence and discipline (and tact so that none of my hosts are offended that I didn’t eat all the food they put in front of me), I’m sure I will.

ImageStick with it, my friends…and remember, we’re only renting the coffee.

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