I thought I'd start a thread to see if there are any WBB'ers who travel for work but also manage to stick to their training and diet. How difficult is it for you to keep up your routine when you are traveling for work?
I have never had a job that involves travel, but now I am looking at a job that would require 2 annual trips to sea, each 3 weeks in length. It would also require sporadic travel throughout the year to other land sites, but those trips would only be for 2-3 days at a time. I don't have all the details yet, but I would assume most boats don't come equipped with a gym. The trips to other land sites would be a pain, but I could probably find a gym in whatever city I found myself in. I know hotels have gyms, but I've never seen one that is equipped for squats, deadlifts, etc.
Having said that, would it be possible to prevent muscle loss over a 3 week period, assuming I ate at maintenance and got enough grams of protein? Would doing pushups, situps, and other bodyweight exercises help at all? I would lose strength, but that could be regained fairly easily once I returned from the trips. I'm primarily concerned about the possibility of muscle loss. I normally take 2-3 one-week breaks from working out each year anyway, but 3 weeks at a time seems like too much time off for me.
Another issue common to both the sea and land trips would be the food quality. I doubt I would be able to cook my own meals, which means the quality of my meals would suffer.
On one hand, the thought of a job that doesn't involve being in a cube all day sounds exciting, but on the other hand an office job does allow me to stick to my diet and workout routine without much difficulty. My workouts and diet are important enough to me that I'm not sure if it's worth sacrificing them for a job. It's for this reason that I thought I'd ask around on here to see if there's anyone else who has a similar (or worse) travel schedule for work, yet also manages to make progress with their workouts and diet.