Friday, June 17, 2011
OK, here we go again! This time I'm headed off to Portugal for 10 days to attend a conference, co-teach a 1 day tutorial, give a keynote talk on the first day of the conference and another invited talk. Then, after Wednesday, I can relax (or maybe I can)....but I have a busy weekend planned, too. A two-day workshop with a small group of people planning out how to put together a journal issue.....
But in between time I will get to be a tourist...and my husband is coming along too.
I am excited. I've never been to Portugal. I love going to new places and meeting new people.
But....I have been a lot of traveling this spring. Went to Seoul for a week, San Francisco/Silicon Valley for a week, and even three days in Las Vegas (all for work/conferences)...
So while I am looking forward to this next trip, I am also looking forward to some serious at home time in July.
One thing that has been difficult over the last two months has been to maintain my weight. I've crept up a couple of pounds and am fighting to get back under 140. Some days I am a pound or so over that. My goal weight is 135 and I haven't seen that for a long time (months). Had been hovering around 137 until I started traveling.
I would've gained even more weight if I hadn't been jogging (I'm training for the Portland Marathon in October). Four times running each week have been a powerful antidote. I've even managed to keep up my training schedule while traveling. We'll see how I fit in an 8 mile run this Sunday and an 11 miler next Sunday....But it is fairly easy to do the 30-40 minute runs during the week. Even if they have to be on hotel treadmills.
I truly admire those road warriors who travel for work and are gone 2-3 weeks a month who manage to maintain their weight. It is difficult.
But that is life. We are all travelers on this journey. Some days it is easier to follow a plan, others it takes some improvisation to keep on any path.
For all those travelers out there: enjoy your journeys.