I just returned home from a long weekend with my husband and some good friends where we jogged several miles every day and ate healthy meals of fresh veggies daily before getting a solid nights' sleep… said no one ever!! Well, maybe some souls roll this way, but I usually start out with the best intentions before ending up facedown in a vat of guacamole by a lazy river of margaritas. So how do I jump back on the wagon? Get this train back on the tracks? Well, step 1 is harder than it seems:
1. Feel no guilt.
That's right. You heard me. I've been in your head, and I know you spent hours beating yourself up for being "bad" and "cheating on your diet. " This is problematic on many levels. First, I hope you realize that you can't actually have a relationship with food. It's a one way street my friends. Sort of on par with those people who want to marry inanimate objects. The relationship in this case that needs work is the one you have with yourself. Your "diet" is a way of feeding your body for optimal nourishment, or it should be. If we're not nourishing our bodies to the best of our abilities, perhaps there is an underlying reason that deserves some detective work. That being said, our bodies can certainly rebound from a short period of debauchery. It's our minds that get in the way. We think, "Oh I might as well just give up. I've failed. " This defeatist attitude often leads to unhealthy yo-yo dieting patterns that cause weight gain over time. Instead, just pick up where you left off with your healthy habits before your vacation. Be grateful for those delicious pork belly flatbreads you enjoyed ( hey, it's not pizza, it's a flatbread) and the craft beers at a favorite brewery with your best buds! These moments are as integral a part of our optimal health as daily exercise. So before you just throw in the towel, remember that! Then put on your big girl (or boy) pants, grab a towel, and hit the studio!
2. Wait a few days to hop on the scale.
Restaurant food is often much more salty than our healthy home cooked meals, leading to a false number on that scale, see above pork belly flatbreads. That false number can certainly put one in a tailspin of self hatred and dark chocolate, though. Best to give your body a few normal days and extra hydration to flush out and normalize.
3. Get moving
It's easy to keep postponing getting back to routine. We stomp around and drag our feet, sad that our little break from reality is over and we have to make our own beds and stuff. Who's gonna make the swan towels??? It's best to just bite the bullet and get back into it. Breaking the first sweat is painful, but you'll be so glad you did it.
4. Pile on the veggies
Concentrate on extra green stuff to help your body get back to normal. The water and fiber content will help you feel satisfied, and it's likely you missed out in some of these items while on vacay.
Well, that's my gameplan! Can't wait to get back on the studio tomorrow morning for circuit at 9!