A Healthy Routine

Well, the second month of tour has brought me to a new realization – the dance numbers in the show are no longer giving me the workout I need in order to sample foods across the country! And we are certainly a cast that loves to eat. So, I’ve had to come up with a new routine in order to stay healthy and happy on the road.

Part of the fun of traveling is eating – Mexican in Texas, Cajun in New Orleans, Papa John’s Pizza everywhere… but the second month of tour has brought me to a new realization – the dance numbers in the show are no longer giving me the workout I need in order to satisfy my travel-tooth! So, I’ve had to come up with a new routine in order to stay healthy and happy on the road. However, I still have my good and my not-so-good days:

Good day: I wake up and head to the free continental breakfast at our hotel (which are offered 99% of the time). This consists of a bowl of raisin bran, juice, a piece of fruit, and  the necessary cup of coffee. Then I get some free exercise as we unload and construct our set. If it is a two show day, I have an apple and some nuts between shows to keep energized. Then, once we’re back in the van after breaking down and re-loading the set into the truck, I have a quick lunch of tuna on crackers, an apple with peanut butter, and some more water (always, lots of water!). Then, when we arrive at our next hotel (whether it’s been one or five hours), I take advantage of the hotel fitness center and go for a nice run on the treadmill, followed by a session with my new favorite webisode workout guru: Tracy Anderson (arms and abs). After a refreshing shower, I heat up one of my microwave meals and call it a night!

Unfortunately, I’m not a saint every day…

Not-so-good day: I wake up and head to the free continental breakfast (which half of the time only offers sugary pastries and waffles), and decide I deserve a waffle this morning. Then, with my second cup of coffee in hand, we drive to the venue. I struggle through load-in (because I’m running on just a waffle with syrup!) and then I have a wonderful show! After load-out, I’m tired so I have a second cup of coffee (probably with extra sugar, because I deserve it!), and we inevitably stop for lunch – either Subway, Dunkin Donuts, or some sort of glorious all-you-can-eat Southern style brunch. And hey, I’m only in Alabama a short time, so I might as well experience the culture! Back in the van to the next hotel, and when we arrive, we discover that this particular hotel either doesn’t have a fitness center or it does have a fitness center but all of the machines are broken! So, it looks like I’m forced to sit in bed, catch up on my television shows, and order Papa John’s pizza with my roommate. All in all, a very enjoyable day.

Now of course, any given day is a mix of these two scenarios. For example, today I did double Tracy Anderson workout videos, ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill, AND ordered pizza, (which will last me two more meals). So, it all evens out! But as tour continues, and I discover the patterns that are so easy to fall into, I’m figuring out my own tricks to stay healthy and happy. Inevitably, the day after I workout, I feel wonderful and want to workout again! And I’ve found that a simple tuna cup and an apple makes a perfect van picnic lunch! And… I really do deserve that waffle every now and then : )

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