I took a last minute trip out of town last week to see my family in California. Since I knew we’d only be there a few days, I let myself induldge a little (okay, a lot) It’s just rude to say no to Mom’s fresh blueberry muffins and stuffed french toast not to mention amazing BBQ on the 4th of July–but by the time I left I was feeling yucky. I feel a huge difference in myself when I’m eating well vs eating junk! I think every once in a while I need to remind myself of why it’s so important to keep a clean diet!
Fortunately, since I’ve been back I ‘ve stayed consistent with my meals and workouts. I honestly think the key to getting back to work is having it in your mind that you’ll be back at the gym soon after getting home- and then going– No excuses! I knew I’d only feel worse if I put off my workouts, and I’m glad I had the will power to force me to get off my butt and go.
I don’t regret the indulgences I had, and to be honest I felt like I needed a break. I was feeling burnt out, and no longer looked forward to my workouts before we left. With a few days off I felt rejuvenated and excited to be back in my normal routine….listen to your body!! There is reason that when starting a new workout routine you shouldn’t go crazy hitting the gym 5 days per week, because after a few weeks, you probably won’t enjoy it anymore. Start slow. Habits change over time, not overnight!
A few tips for getting back into a healthy routine after some time off:
- drink a lot of water
- get your butt up! if you don’t feel like a full workout, go for a long walk or jog to get your body moving again
- stock up on healthy food- no need to tempt yourself with more crap
- go easy on yourself- what’s done is done and you can only move forward
I made this for dinner on Monday and it was so good! Quinoa salad made with roasted corn and peppers topped with blackened chicken and avocado- delish! Even my husband (who doesn’t usually lie quinoa) loved it.