Creativity helped battle cravings for hot dogs, extended break from gym

Hot dogs are one of my many, many guilty pleasures.

These days, the package of hot dogs in my refrigerator – and the backup package in the freezer – isn’t your regular old package of hot dogs. These days I get turkey dogs, and if I put them on a bun, it’s a whole wheat bun, but usually I just eat them plain.

Last week was a crazy one when it came to work. I went from covering the American Legion baseball tournament at Holman Stadium, to traveling up to Hanover for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. If you’ve ever sat around for a full day of Legion baseball, or made the drive to Dartmouth College, you know it’s a long day.

Now, if I had been on top of my game – I wasn’t, and if I was, I wouldn’t be telling you this – I would have prepared and packed a meal or two to take with me.

But I didn’t, and at both venues, I succumbed to what a colleague referred to as the “sports writer’s dinner.” For those who don’t know, a sports writer’s dinner consists of whatever said sports writer can find that can be edible.

In both cases, it was hot dogs, and a lot of hot dogs, which I ate without condiments, but with a bun.

To make matters worse, my busy schedule once again kept me from getting to Hampshire Hills to continue my workouts. Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

It doesn’t have to be, and for me it wasn’t, because I made sure those hot dogs and their white buns were the worst thing I had to eat. When I wasn’t stuck at a game, I had a salad, or some of the delicious eggplant lasagna my better half made and left in the fridge for leftovers for the week.

And it probably didn’t hurt that I was on my feet a lot, doing a lot of walking in hot weather, for most of the time I was working.

Of course, the next time I go back to my workout, I will curse this long layoff. But while a break like that may seem devastating to your goals, it doesn’t have to be.

You just have to be creative.

Joe Marchilena writes a weekly fitness column for Hampshire Hills. To find out more information about the “90 Day Commit to Get Fit” program, call 603-673-7123 or e-mail