Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Tucson Report Card

Cacti can get pretty wiley.

Another trip, another chance for some Noom introspection. Tucson, Arizona was the destination this time. Instead of a fairly regimented work trip, this was a mini-vacation and wedding. I had never been to Tucson and was eager to explore. Fortunately, the area did not disappoint for southwest history, art, nature and food. 

This trip had some give and take as far as Nooming was concerned. There are a number of situations that I'm not really my best at as far as diet and exercise are concerned. I list travel as one of them. That said, it's important to reflect on what went well and what needs some improvement. 

Two days of the trip were spent amassing over 40,000 step (20k/day) wandering downtown, the University of Arizona and up to "A Mountain". The Arizona dry heat felt good after leaving a rainy and cold week in Minnesota. 

With the activity, there was some effort to stay hydrated.  There was also some effort to find the best tacos in town.  Given the celebratory nature of the trip there was also a fair amount of "beverage" consumption. 

I also found an awesome breakfast burrito, churros and horchata from Seis Kitchen.

Employing the report card concept I used on my previous trip to San Jose gives a better picture of how things went. I use a 1 to 4 scale where: 1 = awesomeness, 2 = mostly good, 3 = needs a little more work and 4 = see me after class. 

Item Thur Fri Sat Sun Avg
Water Intake 3 2 2 2 2.25
Food Logging 2 3 4 3 3
Weigh-in 1 4 4 2 2.75
Calorie Budget 3 3 4 2 3
Alcohol 3 3 3 1 2.5
Sleep 1 2 2 NA 1.67
Exercise/steps 3 1 1 3 2

And for the notes:
  • According to the card, the places I did best were water, sleep and getting enough steps. 
  • Alcohol intake was right in the middle. Despite delicious old fashioneds, I did conscientiously stop drinking during the wedding with the realization I had to get on an airplane at 6:30am the next morning. 
  • Weighing in while in Tucson was non-existant. I could have planned weigh-ins better as there was a fitness center in the hotel and it most likely had a scale. However, I did weigh in before and after travel at home
  • Food, delicious food. Why must you be so tasty? My calorie intake did suffer a bit. Part of this was likely the "on vacation" attitude. Everything was tasting good. However, one breakfast burrito with a side of churros and a glass of horchata can decimate a calorie budget. Still, I think a little self-forgiveness is warranted here. On a positive note, I did pack some mandarin oranges and protein bars and some fresh fruit and such was bought at a grocery store near the hotel. So it wasn't all bad. 

All in all, a fun trip was had. Yes, there were some ups and downs with regard to the Noom stuff, but life is meant to be enjoyed from time to time. I will use this information on my next outing to add a little more structure and further reduce any dietary lamentation.

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