This is my September Conference Challenge thread... (Copied from September goals thread).
I am going to a conference in the US (San Diego) the day after tomorrow (Thursday 7th Sept) which goes from Saturday - Thursday. Darcy is coming (so he gets a nice holiday while I work my fingers to the bone). We are also going to head up to the mountains above Palm Springs to Idyllwild for the weekend afterwards to visit friends.
I go to this conference 3 times a year and it is a total eat and drink fest. My company has rented a big beach house and we are hosting a party on the Wednesday night.
So my challenge is:
- Stick to OMAD for the whole trip - I will NOT be eating the buffet lunch even when I have lunch meetings! I will NOT be eating the giant cookies in the afternoon breaks. I will be having my one meal at night, plus drinks, so my eating window will be longer than usual. It would also be good if I could NOT be hungover every day so that fasting won't be hard.
- Not gain any weight during the trip (this would be huge for me - I have been going to these conferences since 2009 and I generally gain anywhere from 5-10 lbs each time - I can actually look at my weight chart and see every conference clearly from the weight jumps!)
The wild card in the meal planning will be the time we spend with friends after the conference. I've never stayed with anyone before and tried to do OMAD. They are cool though, so it shouldn't be a problem.
I'm also planning on fasting from my last meal on the Wednesday night in Australia until dinner on Thursday night in San Diego (which is Friday morning in Australia). This will be probably around 36 hours fasted which will be my longest fast ever - never done more than 24 hours. The hardest part of this will be the free buffet and free drinks in the Qantas lounge before we leave. There's just something about free food. Plus they always have really nice wine and cheese... Sob...
I'll do something similar on the way back also - though I think this will only be around 24 hours even though we lose a full day. I will use the free buffet and free drinks in the LAX OneWorld lounge on the way back as my OMAD and that will be my last meal until dinner at home 24 hours later. The flight back leaves really late (like 11pm or something), so that should be doable.
I will update here every day to keep myself accountable.