I ran into a bizspouse couple today, moving out of the hotel. I commented to them that I hated to see them vacate because they were quiet and courteous with that door slamming issue. That’s my pet peeve you know.
They told me that they were traveling the country doing an employment adventure too. This would be great if “she didn’t have all this stuff!” declared the husband. He was huffing and sighing loudly as he struggled to put the last load onto the hotel luggage cart. Well, women need “stuff”! We need stuff to cook with, look pretty with and dress with of course. I could see why their dilemma was particularly annoying to him as I later observed them piling all these items, plus their dog into a very small sedan. They were setting off from Illinois to Pennsylvania where he had secured a new position.
This scenario is not an uncommon one. Think about the epic film, The Titanic. At the beginning of the movie there is quite a lot of loading of ladies’ trunks and portable armoires of gowns and trinkets and all that other “stuff” that women needed then to look remarkable. The typical western often showed the lovely damsel fanning herself while the stagecoach hand was wiping his brow with his grimy handkerchief, overcome with perspiration while struggling to get one more satchel atop the stagecoach.
I believe that women, since our cave woman days have probably always had more items to drag along on those across the desert or the ocean, mountain, you name it, expeditions. Men need to remember this important tidbit however. What is it that men say when THEY need something? “Honey, where is the __________”. Uh huh they expect us to have it of course, because then men need THEIR stuff!
No one is looking right? You have an expense account or per diem money burning a hole in your dress pants pocket. You wife (boyfriend, mother, significant other, know it all sister-in-law, fill in blank________) isn’t around to “remind” you how you should be eating healthier and ‘don’t forget that New Year’s Resolution’ and “‘how’s your cholesterol numbers lining up with that fried butter appetizer huh?”
You’ve been enjoying that anonymity for a while now. But let’s face it. Eventually you are going to have to face the music and your doctor and go home. So maybe it’s time that you took stock of your daily food choices while you are on the road. ‘Knowledge is power’ is one of my favorite sayings. If we know how un-nutritious something is for us and we choose to eat it anyway, well at least we have made a choice.
It is no small task to maintain your healthy self while traveling. For the spouse of the business person, or as I like to say, “Biz Spouse” it’s almost like being on vacation. We all know what vacations do to our “eat healthy” resolve. With a new restaurant on every corner and regional tastes galore, you can easily fall into bad habits that last months instead of a week.
So the best defense is offense and that is how to form a plan. Before you leave your actual home, bring some of your favorite simple recipes with you. Bring the pan or utensil that allows that to happen. Do you have a Magic Bullet or Ninja blender that you think will be too much trouble to take along? Do you like to drink a smoothie for breakfast at home? Then you will on the road also. You will be glad that you brought it with you. Also be strategic about eating out. Set some parameters. Make salad, soup and veggies the main event during the week and leave the restaurant exploring for weekends. Here is a link to an interesting article that provides some knowledge for that power. Keep it real but have some fun!
There are many adventures in store for the spouse who chooses to travel with their working mate. Details to handle, housekeeping to set up, where to go, what to do. Join me in the adventures and misadventures of the traveling spouse.