I’m settling back into my Vancouver, BC home office after 31 days on the road and the first thing I noticed is that I gained weight on this trip. Not a ton but enough to make me shake my head and try to figure out where I “went wrong”.
The truth of the matter is that it is hard to maintain decent nutrition when living out of a suitcase for an extended period of time, especially when changing locations as frequently as we did on this trip. Over the course of 18 days of actual road work, I stayed in 10 different hotel rooms in ten different cities, in some cases only long enough to get 7 hours of sleep and take a shower.
When pulling into a smaller Canadian Prairie city at 10:30 at night, finding a reasonably healthy option to eat out is sometimes quite difficult. The inner dialog consists of “I want to eat healthy but if I order something fast I can get into bed earlier and get seven hours of sleep instead of six and a half.”
I’ve had friends who don’t spend much time on the road comment “it must be nice to be able to eat out in nice restaurants all the time on someone else’s dime…”
Well… sometimes it is but what most people don’t realize is that I have zero opportunity to keep food refrigerated in the vehicle and while I did leave Vancouver with a cooler packed, I quickly discarded it in Saskatoon due to the fact I couldn’t keep ice in it as I couldn’t freeze my ice packs at the hotels and trying to use ice dispenser cubed ice just meant melted ice water I needed to deal with. On this trip the outside air temperature was 35 degrees Celsius most days and the inside of the vehicle (which was packed and unpacked as often as 4 times a day!) rose to over 45 degrees Celsius.
And frankly, when faced with the choice of eating in a nice restaurant when you haven’t had a chance to take a shower in 12 hours and have been hustling from one set-up to another all day or just picking up a bag of something and eating while driving, sometimes I make the wrong decision and get some more miles behind me and pull into the next city with salt on my fingers and potato chip debris on my t-shirt.
I’m settling back into my regular somewhat healthy eating habits; I haven’t seen a drive-thru since returning to Vancouver and I’m planning a return to the fitness centre at my local community centre. But the question remains for the next time I head out on the road (which according to my current plan of attack should be in the next 6 weeks…): how do I feed myself appropriately and still get the job done and my beauty sleep?
15 years of living on the road as a videographer plus ten years before that of travel for other jobs and outreach I’ve done and it’s still hard to answer that question.
Part of the equation moving forward involves changing my production vehicle to something larger that can potentially be modified to provide a “mini-motorhome” type existence by having segregated gear and lifestyle areas. Not entirely sure where the money for that is coming from yet but like I’ve always said:
You can always make more money, you can’t make more time.
Thanks for reading!