Where Have I Been???

Oh my goodness good question. I’ve been traveling quite a bit, including an entire week in India. But I have no pictures to share because literally all I did was work. Can I make a recommendation? Don’t do that. Don’t go all the way to India and not book in time for for fun sightseeing. Last time I did fun sightseeing, and got to see the Taj Mahal. This time I saw hotels and the office. And some restaurants. Oh that reminds me. I do have one picture. bitter leaves

These are betel leaves. They were served after a really fantastic meal at Bukhara. To my friend Marcia’s glee, this might be the only food I’ve ever had to spit out in my adult life. OMG.  I love food. I love all food. I LOVED all the food I was eating in India. Until I ate this. I don’t know what this was, but I seriously questioned if maybe I had only MISTAKEN it for food. But nope. It’s a food. Betel leaves. Has anyone else had these and liked them?? I need to know.

Anyway, it was 100 degrees in India. I came home to “A Wintry Mix.”  I’m really bad at zipping up my winter coat.  I’m like one of those little kids, looking down at their zipper in consternation until some adult comes and does it for them. That’s me. And I don’t want to do it anymore. And I shouldn’t have to.

70 degree difference in temperature, the other thing that is different in India, according to my colleagues there, is that each meal, breakfast, lunch AND dinner are multiple courses and they don’t eat leftovers. When I told them I make my food on Sunday and eat the same thing for every meal, they kind of looked at me like I eat garbage.

Ah well, one woman’s garbage. . . .

This weeks garbage is a turkey sausage, spinach and sweet potato frittata for breakfast. Balsamic Chicken with my favorite side dish

My Favorite Side Dish
My Favorite Side Dish

for lunch. And Ben’s chili with roasted broccoli for dinner.

I loved Indian food (with the exception of the aforementioned betel leaves. Blech!), but I’m glad to be back to my own cooking and planning.

This week’s workouts I’m trying to figure out. I thought the neck muscle I pulled right before I went to India was better. Until I did 50 snatches on Saturday. I’ll be back at CrossFit on Monday, but we’ll have to see on the weightlifting.

I did manage to workout while I was in India. Since I was waking up at 3:30, it wasn’t a problem to get to the hotel gym in the morning. No problem, not even with the little girl in the elevator asking her mom why I wasn’t wearing pants. Whoops. Booty shorts are not really a thing in India.

It’s useful to have some go to workouts when you’re traveling. Most hotels will have a treadmill and free weights. Here’s a couple of my go to that I did when I was in India.

Hotel Workout #1

  • Warmup: Jog 1 mile, increasing pace over the course of the mile
  • Superset: 15 pushups; 15 dumbbell goblet squats; 10 each arm strict press; 20 total dumbbell lunges, 5-10 pull ups. 1/4 mile sprint on treadmill. (I did 5 rounds)
  • Cool down with stretching

Hotel Workout #2

  • Warmup: 1000 meter row or Jog or Bike on treadmill @ 5 minutes
  • Superset: 10 – 15 Dumbbell Bench Press, 15 Dumbbell Thrusters, 10 rows per side, 15 weighted V-Ups, 500 meter row
  • Cool down with stretching

Traveling to different places is wonderful, but I’m glad to be home to my routine. At least for a week until I head out again!

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