As most competitors know, being consistent and adhering strictly to your dietary needs, is absolutely necessary which sometimes makes it the most difficult part of prep. Not only do we spend hours in the gym, but we can spend just as much time in the kitchen as well. These factors alone can make prep difficult, but what happens when you add constant traveling and being on the road into the mix? How do you not only stay consistent, but motivated? Here is a look into my daily routine with being on the road and prepping, which hopefully can show you that you can achieve your goals no matter the difficulties that life might throw your way.
Planning prior to a trip is key. Depending on the length of my trip, I always plan ahead to determine if I will need to order food through a meal prep service, or if I can prep enough meals to last me that I can bring with me on the plane. No matter the duration of the trip, I do my best to cook and prep as many of my own meals as I can fit in my travel bags, as meal prep services can be costly.
While on the road, it can be difficult for me to get my meals in at the exact time that I would normally want to. I do my best to plan ahead and stick to a schedule/route, but things don’t always go to plan. It’s easy to get distracted and focused in on the tasks at hand, and let your meals go to the back of your mind, but you have to stay motivated and focused on the end goal and get it in however you can.
Staying on track with your workouts on the road can be challenging as well since I am non-stop each day from the first thing in the morning until late at night. One way I ensure that I will get my workouts in, is doing some research into the area that my hotel is at and seeing what gyms are around. Once I get a good idea of what’s around I pick a gym that will be my "home gym" during my stay so I know exactly where I am headed at the end of each day (or early morning depending on what my day looks l like.) With that planning, it helps to stay consistent and also holds myself accountable that I won't have any excuse not to get my session in.
The biggest thing that will help you stay on track while on the road is motivation. Of course it be easier and save time if you just went through the drive-thru for fast food rather than pack your food for the day and have to stop and heat up your meals. It would be easier to just say you're too tired after a long day of driving/working to go get a workout in and it won't hurt to miss just 1 or 2 days. But competing is not about taking the easy road. When we made the choice to compete, we made a commitment to ourselves to take the high road and push our limits to see what we are capable of. There will always be an easier path, but remember that if you want it bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen.