Being Healthy While Traveling to Gainesville
I leave for Gainesville tomorrow morning to watch some football.
In case you missed my numerous messages on Facebook and twitter for the last week, I’m heading to Gainesville, Florida early tomorrow morning to watch the Carolina Gamecocks, my wife’s Alma matter and our local team, to play the Florida Gators at 7 PM. It’s a huge deal as the game determines the division champion. It’s also televised live on ESPN tomorrow night and 100,000-150,000 people are expected to be in and around the stadium.
I’m going, for free, thanks to Team One Tickets. It’ll be my first away game. They didn’t just send me some random seats in the upper deck either; my wife and I will be in the first row of the end zone, right in the thick of the action.
Assuming a team scores on my end, you’ll see me on television!
How did this all come to fruition? Well, about two weeks ago I innocently and jokingly (although, I probably would) posted that I’d give my soul for a pair of tickets to the championship game to watch my hometown team play this Saturday. Come to find out, I have some pretty connected folks on my Facebook, including the VP of the major ticket site TeamOneTickets.com (it’s like TicketMaster or Stubhub, except with free shipping and no hidden fees).
The owner contacted me within a few hours of my soul/tickets offer to let me know that he could send me to the game in style. He didn’t ask for anything in return, but hopefully you’ll support him and his site regardless. I looked through it and it has listings to absolutely anything you can imagine.
I already see something else I’ll trade my soul for on December 4th!
With tickets in hand, we leave tomorrow morning at around the same time I’d be waking up weekdays – 5 AM. My wife and I will head from Columbia down to Charleston to drop off my daughter with my mother over breakfast, then we’ll continue going south on the 4-hour journey to Gainesville.
While tomorrow is a one of a kind event, that doesn’t mean I want to just let my healthy lifestyle fall by the wayside. I have ways to stay healthy while traveling on the road. That’s why I plan to do the following:
Carry a water bottle. I already carry one wherever I go, but it’s even more important though on the road. I don’t want to stop at a gas station or be tempted to pull into a fast food joint and get soda or sweet tea.
Stay in a motel with a gym. I won’t be in there for 2-3 hours or let it dictate my weekend excursion, but I’ll get up early Sunday morning before my bride and get in an intense 20 to 30-minute cardio session.
Travel with fruit. I’ll have a healthy snack in the car on the way down to Gainesville so that when we do eat lunch on arrival I won’t totally lose control. We tend to like to stuff ourselves with food when traveling on the road to let out stress, boredom, etc., but I have no plans on screwing up an entire week of perfection on a single 5,000 calorie day.
Eat before the game. At 344 pounds, I would’ve normally waited to eat until we got to the stadium so I could unfasten my 50-inch belt and get some pizza, nachos, popcorn, and wash it all down with 64-ounces of soda. Instead, my wife and I will find a nice restaurant somewhere in Gainesville and I’ll get a steak with a loaded baked potato beforehand. Sure, tons of calories, but nutritious and delicious at the same time.
It’ll also probably be cheaper than buying food at the stadium.
Research healthy fast food options before I leave. By looking up menus before you go you can find some healthy options at pretty much every fast food chain. My personal favorite fast food place would be Wendy’s, as you can get a chili there and baked potato or one of their many salads which happen to always be pretty fresh (it’s not Chipotle though, mind you).
Even if you get a burger somewhere, just say no to fries. Or limit them. A burger has at least some nutritional value, albeit with tons of fat, while fries are worthless. Absolutely worthless.
Okay, it’s time to go. I have to be up in 8 hours and still have to pack and get ready to leave for the weekend. GO GAMECOCKS!