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Last Night in DC

Hiya! Happy Tuesday (!?) night. I am running around like a crazy lady trying to get my life in order/ready for a business trip tomorrow. I didn’t get a work out in today because I had too much packing and random other things to do before my trip tomorrow morning, but my eating and water consumption has been very on track. Plus, I get to the hotel tomorrow and am by myself until Friday, when my other coworkers arrive, so I plan to try to get a workout in both tomorrow and Thursday.

Afternoon snack today was watermelon chunks (1 pt) leftover from the party yesterday.

I loove watermelon – it completely reminds me of summer and I love that its so juicy and messy. Not the cutest fruit to eat at your desk but as long as no one’s looking, it’s fine. 🙂 I also had 3 Wasa Crackers when I got home (1 pt)

I just ate them plain because I was hungry before dinner was ready, and 3 of these is only 1 pt. They are crunchy but a little on the bland side – but I like them.

Wil made us dinner for my last night – Lemongrass Bok choy soup. It was sooo good and so healthy! First, he chopped up some lemongrass. Have you seen lemongrass before?

I hadn’t! We actually got it a few weeks ago at the Asian Market, but as long as you peel the outside parts of, it has a long shelf life. He put it into a mix of water and veggie broth and cooked it for 20 minutes or so.

While we had a glass of wine on the balcony.

I know I said cutting out unnecessary drinks is one of my goals for the month – but tonight was necessary – its my last night with him until Monday! 🙂 I ended up having 2 glasses of wine, one before and one with dinner (total 4 points). It was actually quite good – Garganegna, a leftover bottle from the party yesterday.

Once the lemongrass had infused in the liquid for 20 minutes or so, he strained it out of the water/broth, and added in chopped bok choy, a fresh ear of corn, 1 package of Nasoya pre-cubed tofu, and 2 servings of rice noodles. It made an awesome, super flavorful soup that was so delicious.

The lemongrass really flavored the broth, but we decided it probably would have been better to leave it a bit longer to let out even more flavor. The entire recipe had 14 points, so half of it (what’s pictured x2) was 7 points. Very worth it and something I will definitely make again – though next time I would probably add even more veggies to bulk it up a bit.

So overall today’s eating was really good, though it does feel a bit weird to be counting points! My daily target is 24, and the break down is like this:

Breakfast – Oats w/Vitatop – 5

Lunch – Huge Salad + Grapes 5

Afternoon Snacks – Watermelon + Wasa Crackers – 2

Wine – 2 Glasses – 4

Dinner – Lemongrass Bok Choy Soup – 7

I still have one left so I’ll probably have a snack in a little bit. I still have a bunch of random things to do before tomorrow – finish packing toiletries and other random things I need (phone charger, camera charger…) so I have to get back to it!

What are your best tips for staying on track during business travel?

11 Responses

  1. That soup looks amazing! When I travel, I make sure the room has a fridge and I stop at a nearby grocery store to pick up some healthy eats. I also try to schedule some time every day to hit up the gym or swim laps in the pool!

    Have fun on your trip (:

  2. That soup looks awesome! I love Wasa crackers, I haven’t had them in ages. I like to put Laughing Cow lite on them… mmm


  3. What a fantastic bowl of soup, girl! I had never seen lemongrass, either. You make me want to buy some just so I can make a soup like yours. Happy business trip? Have… fun? haha, my hubby just got told that he has to leave the state on Sunday + will be gone for 4 days – not cool! But, we’re so blessed that we have jobs!

    Take care 🙂

  4. What a great soup! Such a clever idea – and so healthy too!

  5. That soup looks so amazing. I’m definitely making it sometime soon.

  6. The soup looks so refreshing. Have a great business trip. I’m jealous you get to travel so much!

  7. I’m a total whackado on business travel or travel of any sort! It is so hard for me to stay on track! I try to bring as many healthy snacks with me as possible.

  8. ive never done any business travelling but i cant totally imagine it could get a bit hectic and id prolly be a bit scattered/all over the place. staying hydrated would be key for me. the watermelon is a great fruit for that.


  9. Sounds like an interesting recipe but I’m curious to try it!

  10. I love Asian markets. The food there is so unique and fun!

  11. That watermelon looks so good! I lurve watermelon.

    As for staying on track during business travel, bring snacks that don’t need to be refriderated. Once you get to your hotel, if you have a fridge then you can run to get some refridgerated things if you want/need them like yogurt, cheese, produce, etc.

    Otherwise, things like granola bars (ones with lots of protein/fiber), apples, bananas, and oranges all hold up great!

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