Yesterday I posted about my intentions to eat as healthy as possible and be active while traveling, as I’ve been a bit unhealthy lately with all my travel.
Anyway, I just wanted to post a quick follow up on my experience. My morning yesterday started at the Grand Hyatt Seattle at 4AM with a 90 minute workout.
First I flew from Seattle to Chicago, where I just had a small fruit plate. I skipped the quiche and muffin.
Then on Chicago to Dallas they only served nuts and cookies, but I skipped those and instead had a banana and protein bar.
Then I had a long layover in Dallas, where I discovered the greatest airport amenity ever — a treadmill. The “A” concourse Admirals Club at DFW has a small gym, which was empty when I visited. I worked out for an hour and then had a nice shower. Fortunately the shower rooms are right next to the gym, so you don’t have to walk through the lounge drenched in sweat.
As much as I love the buffet in the Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt or massage in the Thai First Class Lounge Bangkok, I’ve never left a lounge feeling as refreshed as I did here. From now on I’ll even make an effort to fly through DFW just to get a workout in, despite the fact that the airport doesn’t have a Flagship Lounge.
Unfortunately my flight from Dallas to Santiago was delayed. The gate agent announced a 30 minute delay, though I quickly sought clarification. Was it actually a 30 minute delay, or was there just a decision in 30 minutes, which are two very different things? As it turns out it was the latter as our plane was out of service, though they found a new one fairly quickly. In the end we left a bit over an hour late, which isn’t too bad, especially given how early we were supposed to arrive in Santiago.
The one thing I underestimated is my ability to sleep in angled flat seats for nine hours. I wasn’t that tired and I was a bit hungry after working out twice in a day, so I ate in moderation.
Most importantly I skipped the nuts, bread, and ice cream sundae, and had what I’d consider to be a healthy meal.
For the appetizer I had the soup and salmon. The soup was an asparagus basil consomme and was quite tasteless, but then again it wasn’t really unhealthy either. With the appetizer I skipped the cream cheese and just had the two cuts of salmon.
The main course was interesting in that this is a “late night supper” flight and not a dinner flight. Entrees can either be served with vegetables or on a salad.
I ordered the margarita salmon on salad, which was tasty, though I only had about half of it the salad.
The funny thing is that it’s not necessarily that I’m trying to eat less (though I’m trying to eat healthier), I’ve just been drinking a ton of water and I think as a result haven’t been hungry. The only thing I had all day today was a protein bar and I’m still not hungry, even though it’s almost 8PM. I’ve had more water than I can count, though. Anyway, back to the flight…
The flight attendant working my aisle, Michelle, was amazing. One of the best I’ve had. She was a big-haired, Dallas based senior mama that was constantly smiling. I specifically told her I didn’t want dessert as I’m trying to eat healthy, though she kept trying to tempt me with the ice cream sundae. Instead we negotiated and I ended up going with the fruit salad, though skipped most of the Grand Marnier syrup at the bottom.
By the way, want to know the secret to a 65 year old lady’s heard? Tell her she looks 30. Worked like a charm yesterday (and it wasn’t totally out of context because she mentioned she was on a diet which she felt made her look younger). If only I had such luck with people my age!
After dinner I changed into my pajamas and got a solid six hours of sleep. I skipped breakfast, and when I landed felt fantastic. I didn’t get all that much sleep, though I just felt well, if that makes any sense. I still napped for two hours upon arrival, but after that I was up and ready to tackle the day.
And now I’m in beautiful (though cold as heck) Santiago…
So while I’ll still be ordering all the courses when flying a new airline or in international first class, I don’t think I’ll get anywhere close to finishing them.