How I Packed for 10 Days

So, before my trip overseas, I searched the web for packing tips for 10 days. Much to my surprise, the “advice” wasn’t catering to me. Weather, work outs, engagements, etc. all played factors into packing.

Working Out: Work out clothes were easy to pack. I doubled my shoes with some outfits on days I didn’t have to dress more appropriate. Travel = walking a lot to sight see. I packed four outfits for working out because I knew I’d probably only have time for a few work outs. Early mornings, late nights, and jet lag all threw me off and I ended up working out a record one time. However, I walked a lot throughout the days. Next time, I’ll probably pack two or three pairs of work out gear. I made sure all of the workout clothes fit in the smallest packing cube to keep me in check about over packing.

Business Casual: Easy enough. What I can get away with wearing at work is pretty much what I packed. I brought two jackets which actually weren’t warm enough – kind of a fail. I packed about six shirts, but could have gotten away with four. I brought three dresses and could have gotten away with one or none. I brought three pairs of pants and bought one pair there (and damn, that was a good buy) to wear while there. I packed two scarves, but mostly wore one. I brought three four pairs of shoes (athletic, casual, and two chunk wedges) and could have gotten away with two. Moral of the story = no one cares what you wear because you are travelling!! I think I packed too much, but packed lighter than I usually do for domestic travel, lol.

Money Belt: Money, money, money. I usually wear a travel/money belt. I personally just feel safer this way on long flights where people generally pass out throughout the flight and the plane is dark. Better to be safe than sorry. I also kept within my budget and probably could have done better. I bought a pair of shoes while overseas, which weren’t a good buy and ended up giving them away to a friend upon return. Glad they got put to good use though. Given my meals, etc. were paid for, I only took $300. I exchanged currency when necessary. I probably could have saved about $50 on some impromptu purchases (shoes) but I’ve spent far more on dumb stuff. $300 was enough to just shop and I actually didn’t even spend that much. Something like $260 and that was mostly on gifts for people.

Now it’s back to working out and saving more money. I feel a bit more refreshed and want to plan my next adventure. Who knows where? But I have a feeling summer is going to be great. I’m still a bit jet lagged, but plan on at least going on a couple of walks this Easter weekend. Happy Easter to all who take time to read this.

 

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Above: egg whites, kale, onion, cheese, and a bell pepper variety for breakfast; a can of tune with arugula topped with a balsamic vinaigrette and 1/2 cup of oatmeal with an individual package of nuts for lunch; a green apple, banana, and almond butter for snack (usually eat an orange and maybe another banana if hungry), prawns with sautéed arugula, minced garlic, and a bell pepper variety for dinner. 

Lessons Learned –
I got a little overzealous this week and so had to take a break from exercising. I’m back on board, but will work my way up to double days. Today I endulged in a HIIT exercise which was amazing. It’s from Fitness Blender – “HIIT the Ground Running”, which I found on YouTube. I personally found that I feel amazing after. 
I also ate processed chips, a frozen burrito, and a candy bar one day for lunch and it ripped my stomach to shreds! I will NEVER do that again. I could barely walk. After eating clean and healthy, my body doesn’t like it.
I’m going to try to eat like this 90% of the time while continuing to exercise because it feels good. I used to work out regularly and then fell off about two and a half years ago. I have nothing to lose though by going back to that routine of working out and eating healthy. Somewhere in-between I lost all that. Somewhere in-between someone told me I wasn’t good enough and I believe it. I have to get back to and used to the feeling of feeling good and paying attention to what doesn’t feel good. Right now, I’m back to that same feeling of way back when, when I ran and ate healthy and did things for me.