Happy Sunday! I hope that you all had a great week. This week was a little crazy for me as I was in New Orleans from Wednesday-Friday for a conference. It was my first time visiting the city and I’ll definitely be back! As with any work travel, I had a limited time to get in workouts but I was successful two out of the three days I was there so I will call that a win! Here’s how the week went.
Monday, June 18
I had to do my last round of pre-surgical testing (more on that later on in the post) and ended up donating blood (in case I need a transfusion) so I couldn’t workout. This was fine by me because between that and a busy afternoon at work, I was toast!
Tuesday, June 19
Body Works + Abs Class (45 minutes).
Always feels good to get a good strength training workout during the week.
Wednesday, June 20
3 mile run.
I was up at 3:30 to catch my morning flight to New Orleans. Once I checked into my hotel, I changed into my run clothes to hit the gym tradmill for 3 miles. I had a short window of free time so I had to take it!
After the workout, my colleague and I met up for lunch at Felix’s Restaurant. Apparently they have some of the best oysters in town. I don’t eat oysters but had a really good caesar salad with grilled shrimp.
After a few afternoon learning sessions, it was time to see a little but of the city. I did an hour long carriage tour and took in a few sights, including Bourbon street.
Thursday, June 21
3 mile run.
Woke up early to get this run done before starting a full day of networking and conference sessions. The weather was already hot and muggy at 6am so it was back to the gym treadmill for this run.
I had another great lunch with my colleagues at Bayona – BBQ shrimp and another awesome salad.
Later that night all the conference attendees met up for drinks and to our surprise, we had a marching band escort to Arnaud’s Restaurant for dinner. This was the coolest experience! We were literally walking down the streets, including Bourbon Street, with a marching band. I pretty much danced and threw out beads to people for about 15 minutes. It was SO much fun!!
Dinner at Arnaud’s was amazing and I ate my weight in food and topped that off with a Hurricane drink.
Friday, June 22
Last day of the conference and then my flight left New Orleans at 5:30pm so I didn’t get back to CT until almost 11:00pm. Looking back, I should have gotten up early to get in another gym workout but to be honest, I appreciated the extra hour of sleep.
However, I did manage to go to the famous Cafe du Monde for breakfast to try some beignets!
Saturday, June 23
Ugh, I’m so mad at myself for this one. It looked like it was going to rain, actually downpour, at 7:30am so I cancelled the group run. Now I could have just done my run on the treadmill, but extra sleep sounded very appealing (I only averaged about 4-5 hours of sleep overnight since Tuesday). Then of course I got busy doing errands and laundry the rest of the day, so I didn’t get in any workout at all.
Sunday, June 24
Body Works + Abs Class (45 mins) + Spinning (50 mins)
I had to make up for my lack of Friday/Saturday workouts so of course that meant a double workout today! Maybe those days off were good because I had so much energy for both classes.
Total Weekly Mileage: 6
10,000 Steps per day: Complete
Weekly Weight Loss: +1 pound weight gain
Grade This Week – B
I definitely could have done better this week. I normally like to do 6 workouts a week so I feel a little weird that I only had 4 days of workouts this week, but travel always seems to throw things off a bit. I really enjoyed New Orleans and I hop to visit again when I’m not there for work. There were so much I wanted to do but I just ran out of time!
With the amount of food and the type of food, I ate I NOLA, I’m pleasantly surprised that I only gained a pound this week LOL. I got back on track yesterday so it’s all good, but I feel that when you’re in a new city, you have to experience the cuisine!
Next week will be very different for me. Almost a decade ago, I joined the BeTheMatch bone marrow registry. Back in late March, I was contacted that I might be a potential match for a patient with cancer. After lots of additional testing throughout the past few months, it was determined that I’m the best/only match for this patient. My surgery to donate bone marrow will be tomorrow mid-morning. Luckily the surgery isn’t too long (about 90 minutes) and I’ll be able to go home the same day, but I can’t do any workouts next week (just walking). I’ll be posting a blog about the whole experience this week. Wish me luck!
Did you have a good week? Are you currently training for anything?