After the craziness that was last week, I am so happy to be home. Don't get me wrong- I love traveling, but the Atlanta heat plus the long work days plus being on my feet a ton plus zero water left me feeling like I had been beaten up. I drove home Friday, and was thankful 1) that the work I had to do in Atlanta went smoothly and 2) that I had the weekend to try to recuperate with lots of sleep and elevating my legs.
Happy to report that the swelling has gone down CONSIDERABLY. This *might* be due to the fact I think I slept ALL DAY yesterday (after my session with Trainer Rob) and also because I drank more water today than all of last week combined. My skin, which had developed very large pimples and an unsightly fever blister, is now returning to normal. I'm almost caught up on laundry. I made it to the gym today for a day of medium intensity cardio. Hubs took me out for lunch today. I am feeling back to normal, thank goodness.
A few things I need to remember next time I go on a trip:
- If I'm driving, bring water. A case load or 2. If I'm flying, when I get to my destination and check in to the hotel, head to the nearest grocery store and buy a couple cases of water. Take with me EVERYWHERE.
- Don't be afraid of the hotel gym. While the hotel gym was small, the cardio equipment was surprisingly high quality. Now, if I could have only made it there more often…
- When in hotel gym, try to conceal face of disgust and eye rolling at the little man running on the treadmill and having a screaming conversation on his cell phone. For 20 minutes. Who then proceeds to “pump iron” in 2 rep sets, taking a 3 minute break in between each set to check his emails and get a drink of water from a paper cone.
- Wear shoes for comfort, not style. Not that the shoes I had were particularly stylish, but pointy-toed kitten heels when standing on your feet all day are NOT ideal. Ill-fitting flats weren't much better.
- Bring ear plugs. I had a hellacious first night when my entire floor (but me) was part of a family reunion. I had to call on them 3 times. They didn't shut the hell up till well after 1am. 2nd night was a different group and they were rowdy until about 11:45pm. The rest of the time was pretty peaceful, but I was so screwed up from the first 2 nights that I nearly didn't recover. (Yes, I complained (via email and Twitter) and just got an email that Hyatt has given me enough points for a free night somewhere. They can't give me my sleep back, but I guess a free night in a hotel is okay.)
- Stay at a hotel with food I can eat, or at one with a nearby breakfast restaurant. They had a lovely breakfast of carbs, carbs and more carbs. And fruit. And yogurt. It was all too carby for me. I could order something, but yucky eggs and undercooked bacon didn't really seem worth the $9/day (believe me, I tried.)
I have a lot of blog posts I want to write, and will hopefully have some time this week to get some of them out there. Here's to a great week to all of you!