Tuesday, March 31, 2009

And so it begins

I remember when my manager told me my new job responsibilities a few weeks ago, managing a project that would require a lot of traveling. I thought it sounded fun, meeting new people, traveling to new places. Things always sound good to me at first, then the reality hits and it doesn't sound so good anymore.

Case in point. Tomorrow my flight departs Seattle to Oakland at 7:15 a.m. My return flight departs San Jose and I arrive back into Seattle at 7:15 p.m. This makes for a very long day.

Next week it's Miami and Orlando. Sounds fun doesn't it? Think again. Fly into Miami, get a hotel for overnight, visit Miami airport in the morning, fly to Orlando, visit the airport that afternoon and hopefully catch that night's flight back to Seattle. Eleven hours of sitting on an airplane in two days.

Then there's Mexico. My husband isn't thrilled with me traveling to Mexico by myself with all the recent reports of violence. I'll be in the airport most of the time or in the airport hotel where our flight crews stay. I'm sure I'll be safe, but it makes me just a little bit nervous hearing the horror stories on the news.

Good times? I don't really think so. I'm wondering how I'm going to handle eating out and not being able to go to the gym on a regular basis. The whole thing suddenly doesn't sound fun to me anymore. Plus the stress of meeting all these new people. I like people, but really, I like people I know, my friends and my relatives. These people will be total strangers that I'll probably never see again.

I know I shouldn't complain. I have a good job. I should be thrilled to be given this responsibility. Instead, I'm feeling apprehensive and a little scared, on many levels. I guess that old adage of be careful what you wish for really applies here.

Note: I'll miss my weigh in tomorrow night, but plan on going Thursday at noon. So far so good on the food and exercise. If I can just make it through tonight and tomorrow without ruining my week I will be a very happy girl.


Anonymous said...

can you take healthy snacks with you so you can count on those as a back up if needed ?
Will keep you in prayer as you travel

Ida said...

You can do it. Eating out doesn't mean you have to eat unhealthy. Just make good food choices where ever you may be eating. Lots of stress from the travel, and jumping time zones can mess with ones system. Maybe you can get a hotel with a workout room one of those nights. Good luck. You'll do fine.

antgirl said...

I agree with Ida and think that you'll find a way to manage. Deep breaths and one step at a time. You'll come up with a new routine that takes it all into account.

Safe travels and in all those strangers are some great new friends. :)

hopefulandfree said...

it's human to feel apprehensive about so many unknowns! our ancestors would be catatonic after a day of scheduling like you describe, but practice and reflection on what you are learning as you go will make all the difference. those are skills at which you excell.

each person you meet can both empty you a bit and replenish too. i understand about stimuli overload. i must snatch a few minutes here and there throughout such days to just BREATHE, slowly.

also, melatonin research about its use in relation to travel (& "jet lag") provides strong evidence of benefits for this application. melatonin in appropriate dosage (i had to experiment) may help regulate several related hormones, including some that influence hunger and appetite and even anxiety. melatonin can assist with travel related bio processes even in individuals for whom it has shown negligible benefit in other situational uses (day to day).

best wishes on this new set of adventures! please see how amazing you are! i'm often in awe of the way(s) you tackle risks. :)

you truly inspire me.