Thank you for visiting The Fit Frequent Flyer. This project is very special to me, and I appreciate every view, comment, question and suggestion.
Here’s a little bit about me, Heidi! I’m a thirty-something sales professional. I’ve been in Datacenter IT sales for going on 9 years, and about 17 months ago I took a new role with a start-up that took my sales focus from customers based in the state of Oregon to developing reselling partners for the entire West Coast, 9 states to be exact. In the past, my longest travel day may have taken me as far as Eugene, OR, which is a four hour drive round trip, but I’d still be home in time for a healthy dinner and was able to plan my gym time accordingly. Now, I’m on a plane almost every week, and some weeks I’m on several planes and in several cities before ever touching back down in Portland.
I was terrified when I first accepted the position. How was I, of all people, going to handle a 60-70% travel schedule? I am home body by nature and the German in me loves a stringent daily routine; neither of which are satisfied when you travel that much. I’d also heard stories and seen the impact that work travel has on the waistline. No, Thank you!
I suffered from a serious eating disorder for over 15+ years, and although I’m in recovery now I still get anxious by the thought of food when I have no control over options or quantities. And my gym time! Could I really forego my daily gym regimen? I felt out of control just thinking about it. But, something told me that this was what I was supposed to do next. I was supposed to take this job, and I was supposed to figure it out.
And, I have. It’s not perfect, but life’s not perfect. Literally as I write this, I’m disappointed that the meal served to me in First Class, a luxury only by way of airline status, came with Yoplait Greek yogurt instead of plain Greek yogurt. I had an immediate flutter of panic thinking about the sugar content and the processed ingredients, but then I calm. Travel has taught me to expect surprises and strive for balance over perfection.
It shouldn’t go without mention that work travel is hard for more reasons than diet and exercise. It’s the people that count on you and miss you when you’re away that matter the most. They are part of the reason I do what I do. I have a wonderful man at home that I get the honor of marrying in 21 days, and a step-daughter who I love nothing less than my own. My soon to be husband is my rock. I could do it all without him, but I’m glad I don’t have to. He’s my biggest fan and greatest support system.
So, this is me: healthy, active, successful and happy, and this is my journey. I’ve found ways to integrate my lifestyle into my work, and surprisingly feel stronger and healthier than ever, which is why I want to share my best practices with you. Whether you travel for work, or are just looking for a little help and encouragement at home it’s all applicable! I strive every day to be the best possible version of me with all my faults and imperfections. It’s not easy. I wish this site was filled with all the answers to health, fitness, family, travel and work, but it’s not. It’s just one Fit Frequent Flyer’s perspective of it all.