I travel 4 to 5 days a week: airports, restaurants, business dinners, happy hours... and then the weekend starts!
I've been a consultant for 2 years, my first 3 months of consulting I gain 20lbs, I've been able to maintain but not lose, I joined this site a month ago and was amazed at the amount of calories I intake!
I discovered breakfast, lunch and snacking are the intake times easiest to control.
Breakfast: at the Hotel I ask for an egg white omelet with peppers and onions (I use a little ketchup, just a little)
Lunch: I walk right by the sandwich place, burger place and go straight to the salad bar
Snacking: no more vending machines! I have slipped twice but I am really trying to make it a rule.
Dinner: forget it.. cocktails, great menus, I'm straving from just eating egg whites and salads all day!
Anyone else in the same boat?
Maybe eat better throughout a day so you are not starving at dinner time and over eating?
I'd guess you're not eating enough earlier... add more whole grains and protein to your diet. Maybe some whole grain toast or something with breakfast, and add chicken to your salad... and some nuts? Just some ideas...
I think you are doing okay. You should snack on healthy things through out the day so you are over indulging during dinner time and cocktails. I suggest fiber1 cereal, fruits, celery and peanut butter, low-cal power bars, toast, etc. And for cocktails, try a vodka with lots of lime and diet soda!
I find that airports are the hardest places in which to find anything healthy to eat. Fortunately, more and more airports have sushi nowadays.
Your choices sound pretty sensible to me. Given the chance, I'd also pass on an indifferent lunch to indulge at a fine dinner. As for the vending machines, an apple in the briefcase would take care of that.
You have to be disciplined about your exercise. There is no substitute. I usually get up very early, go to the hotel fitness center, look around, and go back to bed.