After finding out his wife was pregnant with twin boys, Hunter Tubbs decided it was time to rebuild his relationship with food and shed the 14lbs he’d gained over the last 18 months.
Hunter joined #TeamWAG ready to achieve his goals, but was faced with a common challenge that many of our member’s face – business travel. Hunter was rightfully concerned about how he was going to adjust to a new lifestyle while on the road, but 11 weeks into his journey, he has lost nearly 18lbs and become an incredible example of what is possible with a little planning, and hard work.
We spoke with Hunter about his experience and how he manages staying on track while on the road.
Q: Why did you decide to join Working Against Gravity?
A: I was at a point in my life where I had too much nutrition knowledge clouding the simple, proven principles of fat loss. One month it was Zone, the next it was Paleo, followed by Carb Backloading, then it was Intermittent Fasting, etc, etc, etc. Trust me, I’ve done it all over the past 10 years. Sure I had success, but mentally I was always fatigued from “dieting.” None of the aforementioned plans were sustainable. I developed an extremely unhealthy relationship with food where I felt very guilty if I wasn’t eating “clean" 100% of the time.
I would succeed for 4-5 days - When I couldn’t handle eating another piece of asparagus or broccoli, that would lead to a “cheat meal” in the form of a huge burger or an entire pizza. I traveled for work so those cheat meals became more frequent and they were almost always accompanied by 8+ beers. My numbers were slipping in the gym, my clothes were super tight, I felt terrible naked, and I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. The sad reality was that I had let myself go.
When my wife found out she was expecting twins, I knew it was time to pull myself together! I wanted to be the best version of myself when my boys were born. I committed to no alcohol for 6 months, met with a counselor to discuss my destructive eating and drinking habits, and reached out to WAG to help with my nutrition.
I was paired with Mel Barnshaw and the rest is history! I committed to doing everything she suggested, no questions asked, with complete trust in the process and keeping the end result in mind. Thanks to WAG, my body fat has gone down, my performance in the gym has increased, and I now have a sustainable way of eating that doesn’t involve depriving myself of foods I enjoy.
Q: Rumour has it you spent your first few weeks of WAG travelling, where did you travel to and for how long?
Q: What kind of progress were you able to make while traveling?
A: I started the trip at 195.4lbs and ended at 193lbs. During this trip, I was still new to the program and very focused on the number on the scale. It bounced around throughout the 11 days but I was able to come off the trip a few pounds lighter.
Q: Were you surprised at how well you did while travelling?
Q: So, how did you make hitting your macros work while staying in a hotel?
I drive for a majority of my work travel so I always have a cooler with me for snacks on the road and in the event the hotel doesn’t have a refrigerator in the room. Invest in a nice cooler and several ice packs. Look at your cooler like your gym bag… everything from tape, wraps, belts, extra socks, shirts, etc is in your gym bag in case you forget something at home or an unexpected workout is announced, right? The same holds true for your cooler - have extra fruit, nuts, bars, rice cakes, and jerky in one of the side pouches in case you are faced with an unexpected situation and need food in a pinch. Lastly, no matter if I’m flying or driving, I travel everywhere with my scale.
Q: Many of your work days are long. How did you manage your foods for the day, on the days you knew you would be in meetings all day?
Q: What were your go-to foods on the road? How did you navigate the buffets/restaurants etc?
Another strategy I use when on corporate trips where lunches/dinners are pre-planned, is to push my first meal of the day back to 11am or even lunch. Don’t starve yourself by any means (coffee can help and if necessary, eat a few bites of lean protein and have a half-sized serving of fruit), but as mentioned above, leaving macros in the bank for later in the day always trumps running out of macros too quickly.
Q: What advice do you have for other people delaying a lifestyle change because of too much travel?
Before starting my WAG journey, I was really disappointed with myself for gaining a lot of weight and letting my binge eating and drinking get out of control. To be honest, I hated the person I saw in the mirror. Integrity is doing what you say you’re going to do when you’re going to do it. I had lost my integrity… However, through my commitment and follow through with the WAG program, I have gained it back in all areas of my life. I’m simply a better version of myself and WAG definitely played a huge role in helping me regain a healthy relationship not just with food, but with myself as well.
Weekends are a time to relax, unwind, and catch up with our loved ones, but weekends can also be a time when things start to fall apart with your consistency.
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