Well, this week has been a mixed bag to say the least! Fortunately, my family and I tested negative multiple times throughout our travels. We are now staying in a quarantine facility for the next two weeks. Honestly, I’ve been hanging on by a thread in terms of my eating and exercise habits. Emotionally, I thought I was ready for this move but visiting my grandfather’s grave brought out a wave of anguish and anxiety I wasn’t expecting. After a good cry, I felt a deep sense of renewal and excitement for the future. This isn’t goodbye forever—just goodbye for now.
Eating healthy during this trip has been so much more difficult than I anticipated. Once we traveled to L.A., everything was so much more crowded that we ended up just eating peanut butter jelly sandwiches in our hotel room rather than venture out. We did go out to eat on occasion, but our options were limited to whatever was served in the hotel restaurants or the Starbucks café in the lobby. I was constantly reminded why I never go out to eat. I would make what I assumed were sensible choices, only to find my plate filled with unexpected French fries or my oatmeal obviously heavily sugared. I opted for Starbucks when the line was short, but this was only the case very early in the morning. Fortunately, Starbucks has many healthy grab and go options. I’m particularly fond of the reduced fat turkey bacon breakfast sandwich and egg white sous vide egg bites—and they have sriacha!
Getting exercise has been much easier than I hoped. In L.A., we were able to take long walks on the beach or around the hotel area. There was little to no foot traffic in the areas we went to walk and people were very compliant with mask wearing. I haven’t picked up on my yoga practice yet, but I did find a great yoga strap at a grocery store that will help me get some good stretches. In quarantine, we have been able to go for multiple walks per day. They have a nice track outside that is separated from the rest of the facility. We can walk for one hour stints several times per day—all while masked up and keeping our distance from others. I had a bad post-flight headache the first two days of quarantine, so I’ve only just started getting my exercise back in.
My key takeaway from this week is how much I hate not having control of my meals. I hate ordering something off the menu and getting something I didn’t want or need added. Even in quarantine, the meals we are given can have quite large portion sizes sometimes. The meals are so delicious that I end up eating the whole thing. I appreciate the hospitality, but I can’t handle that kind of temptation. I’ve accepted that there’s only so much I can control right now and that’s ok! Quarantine is temporary and I’m in this for the long haul. Tomorrow is always a new opportunity for improvement.
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Remember, always be kind to yourself and keep moving forward.