And not the good Beastie Boy kind. I’m on a business trip. I hit the road at 6:15am, without breakfast. I’m not a morning person, so eating before I left was not going to happen, since I barely made it out of bed. I waited almost three hours to eat breakfast, despite the fact that I was starving, because I was debating what to do. What I wanted was a Sausage McMuffin with Egg Meal with a hashbrown and large Coke. That’s what I always get, but this isn’t always. I finally landed on the the McDonald’s oatmeal and a Diet Coke. I needed the Diet Coke because I was sleepy. The oatmeal is YUM!!! Super yum. I got the maple fruit oatmeal. The Diet Coke was so good I’m still debating whether it was actually diet. It tasted just like my beloved McDonald’s Coke (**Note- McDonald’s has some sort of magical calibration of carbonation and syrup that makes their Coke, when coupled with the perfect sized straw, a masterpiece. McDonald’s Coke is a serious comfort food of mine that has saved me from a nervous breakdown on numerous occasions. I’ll spare you what happens to my emotional state on the frequent occasions when they jack up my order. Yes, it is possible to jack up a drink order, especially if your McDonald’s.) When I arrived, after six hours, at my destination, I new I needed to grab something to eat because I would be in the meeting for 4 hours. Ya, I don’t know, I gave up at this point and grabbed a cheese burger. Just the cheese burger. But in my defense, I am in East Texas. There are no options on the fly or otherwise. Karma’s a snitch because I dropped half of it on my shirt. I go to my meeting, and I have one hour before my next meeting. The meetings I facilitate are draining and take a lot of energy. I found a store and bought a lunchable. Again, I don’t know, what would you do ???? After my second meeting I’m now STARVING, but I cannot find food anywhere. Finally, I find an IHOP and order one of the low cal omelettes with a side of fruit. I’m exhausted from the whole experience.
Which is why I had a 30 minute debate, with my work out clothes on, about whether I wanted to go to the fitness center at the hotel and do the perspiration thing. Having solicited text motivation from family, I moved forward, opened the door, and got down stairs for some cardio. A woman came in while I was down there. I don’t know any strangers, so I said, “Brava for getting down here, if you fought half the internal battle I just did, you need some kudos.” She said, “Oh what a relief to know I’m not the only one who struggles with this. I had the hardest time convincing myself to come down here.” Word random stranger, WORD.
So I guess today was a success, but it was extremely difficult. I don’t have much of a sense of humor about it. You already know what I ate. Wish me luck for my travels tomorrow. Sigh.