I am officially back from my first residency interview and have one day at home before I leave for my next interview. This next month is going to be insane.
I didn’t pack any food or prepare for this first trip away, so I thought it would make a good “What I Ate Wednesday” to show what I ate on the road. If you’re not familiar with WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons and read all about it!!!
And if you want to check out some of my previous WIAW’s, here they are:
WIAW: Chicken and White Bean Chili
WIAW: Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Ginger Soup
WIAW: How Many Calories Did You Really Burn?
WIAW: Carrot Cake Protein Bars and Surgery
WIAW: Attack of the Gummy Bears!!
WIAW: Vegan Snobby Joes
My day of travel started out decently early. I decided to pack one rolling suitcase and one purse. My purse is my professional “doctor purse” so I planned to take it to my interviews as well as use it in the airport.
Things I packed:
My suit and a shirt to wear underneath
One workout outfit and tennis shoes
One out to dinner outfit for after the interview
Bathroom stuff- makeup, hairspray, toothbrush
My interview folder- with copies of my CV, personal statement, research, blog business card…
I ate a huge breakfast at home, but was ready for lunch around noon, so I bought a salad in the DC airport before my connecting flight.
In theory, this salad should have been so good- corn, chicken, beans, avocado, pineapple- sounds delicious right? Well, that chicken was frozen and slimy, and the tomatoes were mealy, and the pineapple was canned and sad and… well it just wasn’t good.
I ate maybe half of it and then tossed the rest. The salad came with a HUGE thing of bread, so of course I ate the bread. I’m so healthy.
Once checked in to my hotel, I immediately made coffee. Am I the only one who needs something at 3pm? That time of the day is such a lull for me; I either make coffee or take a nap 🙂
After my coffee I felt energized and ready to work out, but of course I was hungry. Since I am not very bright and brought ZERO snacks, I ventured to the vending machine across from my room and… gasp… bought some chips.
I am not a normal vending machine customer. Granted, I eat plenty of unhealthy things all the time, but for some reason the vending machine is one thing I never do. But I made an exception and enjoyed every bite of my Doritos (baked doritos- does that make it better?) After my chips I was still hungry and- you’ll never guess- went BACK to the vending machine for crackers this time. Please don’t judge me.
Then I worked out. I have the Insanity videos on my computer which actually make for great hotel workouts, because you don’t have to move around a lot, but you still are dead by the end.
I ended up doing an Insanity workout both days I was at the hotel. Better than nothing!!
When dinner rolled around, I wasn’t super hungry, and was feeling bad about my vending machine extravaganza… so I ordered some veggies from the hotel restaurant. This is what they brought:
I was too tired to think of anything else to eat and sure wasn’t going back to the vending machine!! So I just ate my stupid 2 pieces of broccoli and went to bed. By morning time, I was STARVING!!!
Luckily, the hotel breakfast was really good!! I filled up my plate with oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, and fruit. The carbs and protein were just what I needed before my interview that morning.
After another Insanity workout, I got all dressed up in my suit and ready for my interview.
I totally practiced answering questions while in the shower… I hope no one heard me!
Lunch and dinner that day were provided by the program I interviewed with. Lunch was salad, super yummy deli sandwiches (they had all kinds but I chose turkey), and chips. There were also cookies the size of my head which I avoided thank goodness.
I didn’t snap pics of lunch or dinner because (I forget this sometimes) not everyone is in the blogging world and therefore takes pictures of everything they eat. I didn’t want them thinking I was crazy!! Dinner was at a fancy steakhouse so of course I got a filet! It came with a side of pasta but I asked for broccoli instead and loved every bite!
The next morning I left for the airport pretty early. I didn’t feel like another $12 hotel breakfast of oatmeal and hb eggs, so I waited to get food at the airport. The airport selections for breakfast were no better!! Lots of bread, cheese, egg mixtures that I didn’t want to eat. So, at 9am I got a salad. That’s okay right?
And that concludes my eating on the road!! Some good, some bad, some really bad…. Maybe I should pack more snacks next time.
What do you bring when you travel?
Do you eat more when you’re traveling? I think that if I packed lots of protein bars and nuts, I would eat all that PLUS breakfast, lunch, and dinner haha!