When holiday weekends or vacations arrive sometimes my healthy habits can go out the window. For instance, when my girlfriends came over for a visit on Friday night I felt myself reverting back to the 21-year old me and stayed up late partying, bar hopping, and drinking way too much. And when attending the 4th of July picnic at Andy’s parent’s house, I just about ate my weight in chips and salsa amongst other things.
And while I think this is completely healthy and fine for me to indulge often and let go of the reigns so to speak, I also feel it’s equally important to know when to get back on track and make healthier decisions. What helps me from not totally giving up on my healthy lifestyle is getting right back on the healthy track after my vacation or holiday weekend.
For me, it all starts with planning. For instance, on Monday night after the 4th of July picnic I made sure to pack my workout clothes to take to work the following day to get an exercise session in on my lunch break.
This workout was just what I needed to feel back on track with exercise. Plus, with taking a couple of days off from working out on the weekend I felt that I had tons of energy. The extra rest can certainly make a difference!
Along with packing my workout attire and getting right back on track with workouts, I also packed my lunch and snacks for the day and made sure to have a wholesome breakfast to start my day off on the right foot.
By taking these steps I seem to fall right back on track with my healthy lifestyle. Plus, I just feel so much better when I am exercising regularly and eating wholesome foods that it makes it easy to keep up with.
My Healthy Lifestyle
Everyone’s definition of a healthy lifestyle is different, but what I’ve come to learn is that for me I need to not feel like I have two different lives: A healthy one and a non-healthy one. I have just one lifestyle and I consider it a healthy one.
For example, I don’t swear of ice cream or sweets during the week and eat myself into a coma come Saturday. I’ve done this before (with the so-called cheat day) and it doesn’t work for me. I still incorporate treats into my week no matter what day it is. In fact, Andy and I enjoyed our beloved Dairy Queen hot fudge sundaes last night after dinner:
By “getting back on track” I mean that sometimes during a holiday or vacation I indulge a lot more than I typically do (like eating Taco Bell at midnight), but it’s OK! I find it all balances out if you have an easy going approach to food and exercise and you don’t totally abandon your exercise and nutrition habits after vacation. Trust in your self!
How do you get back on track after a vacation or holiday? Or do you stick to the same type of eating and exercise schedule?