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Ditching the Daily Routine for Vacation


 

I recently got back from an eight day trip to my home-state, visiting family and friends, and watching two soccer games. It was amazing to see everyone I did, although, there is never enough time in the World to see everyone, because there is a huge list of people I still would have absolutely loved to see.

Going all around Salt Lake, laughing, seeing friends, hanging out with family, eating and making some great memories; I was lucky to have gotten the chance to run, walk, ride my bike one last time, and hike.

What I didn’t do however was: finish my plank challenge, squat circuit challenge, drink nearly enough water, read any of my book, or write in my diary once.

If it wasn’t for the cardio I did everyday, I would have completely disregarded my entire fitness and nutrition routine. There is no excuse why I didn’t write, read, or drink water.

That brings me to our topic today.
What is it about vacations that influence us to go off our routine almost entirely?



 For the majority of us, something happens to us when we start moving in the sight of vacation. Our lazy alter-ego takes over and prevails in our convincing that we don’t need to worry because we are on vacation. As if for the entire time we are away from home, our bodies won’t store a single cell of fatty tissue and our other fulfillments will take care of themselves, while we pretend like our being is on a real break from life.

That’s when it happens. We selectively forget that a good diet keeps us balanced and happy because… that brownie just looks way too good. We don’t want to pay for x amount of days at the local gym because to us, it’s just not worth it and for some reason, we don’t even consider a home workout or jogging outside. There’s more than necessary excuses as to why we can’t do a home workout other than, “I am here on vacation. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to think. I just want to relax”.

We push our routine away from us. We deny the voice inside that says, “Hey… You know you should be getting in some form of exercise right now. You know you will regret this if you don’t.”

Then we wonder why we feel like a bag of sand when we get back home to our bed. We unload our bags, put away our souvenirs and look in the mirror in disgust. “I don’t think I stopped eating the entire time.” Where does the “I’M FULL!” signal go when we forget our routine? Down with the hobbies and the email checking and appropriate water intake.


 


 Falling off my daily routine wagon confused my body, my mind, and my motivation. Only today, I started my routine again. I woke up early and got fresh and clean. I sang happy birthday to my boyfriend with candles on his favorite treat and got ready for work. I am off this afternoon and looking forward to the workout I have planned for myself as well as my dog while my Birthday Hunk is down at work for the big match today. I have been spending the last three days catching up in my diary as well as keeping track of any new events or thoughts that have passed since the days, to add them in as well. I unpacked my bags and did all the laundry in the house and cleaned and swept and today is the first day where my “vacation brain” is woken up. Cogs are turning again! I thank my boyfriend for taking on the role of permanent accountabilibuddy, because without him, getting back into my routine would be challenging against myself.


So when you recognize where you’ve fallen off your wagon, what steps do you take to get back on?

Where do you turn? Who do you turn to? How do you keep yourself inspired?


 

This is something we could print off and keep with us on our travels! I found this on google, and as what I’ve learned from it, other than being one of the more popular searches for “Getting back on Track” in the images section, this list of 10 is one of the most reposted, redesigned piece of advice for people. Why? 

Because it works.

When you don’t know where to turn to get back on track, start with the mirror.
Talking to ourselves in the mirror is extremely powerful. When we can visit with ourselves in the mirror and remind ourselves how far we’ve come on our health and our hobbies, it is the fire starter we need to push our spirits into the path of greatness!

Don’t get stuck with “vacation brain” and let yourself sink into a slump of laziness. Don’t be so disappointed with yourself that your bad week turns into a bad month. You worked so hard for what you have accomplished and now isn’t the time to deny that! (Is there ever a good time to deny that?)  And don’t ever be afraid to call upon your trusted accountabilibuddies!! That’s what they are there for. To reinvigorate the spark for your fire and help you see what you love the most. They are there to remember your why when you forget it.

We aren’t perfect beings, but we can do our best everyday to keep doing what makes us happy. And after all is said and done, happiness is the closest to perfection as the “perfect” illusion can get. And if you’re happy, then that’s good enough.


 So when you ditch your routine while you vacation and you come back home and the Real World life sets back in, don’t freak out and don’t lose hope and everything else you worked for! Remember why you made your routine, a routine in the first place, and go from there. Use your resources and take some time to zen and think, and even consider if your vacation is one that inspired you to change your routine. (because sometimes that happens too)


Stay strong! Keep the inspiration up and the doubt low! It’s okay to take full blown vacation, but settling back into a routine is not only comforting, but necessary for our sanity 😉

Have any other suggestions on how to get back into your daily regimen? Post your thoughts and comments in the section below and thanks for getting involved! Your words matter 🙂 

 

How Chocolate Motivated My Change:

I know what you are thinking. Chocolate changed me? You might think, “yeah maybe changed the scale number.” But let me forewarn you, you are wrong my friend.

This is not a post about a new great chocolate diet that will get you everything you want out of life. This is not a post about having the answers to life because you gorge yourself with chocolate every afternoon. With all the sugars and ingredients, chocolate is definitely not the healthiest choice for a snack. If you’re going to eat it, at least eat dark chocolate, because according to WebMD (which I value as a trusted site in my personal opinion), dark chocolate has antioxidants in it as well as lowers your blood pressure.
Although, this is also not a post about which kind of chocolate to eat and why.

This is a post about giving my kudos to the Dove Chocolate company.

Because Dove prints inspirational quotes and sweet pick me ups on the inside of their wrappers, they have been my number one choice of a chocolate snack at the store; next to Peanut M&M’s and Snickers.

Years ago, when I would listen to the negative voice inside my head telling me I wasn’t good enough or smart enough to do something, naturally, I would turn to chocolate, as many young women do. Only whenever I opened up my chocolate to eat and think about my failures, I would get distracted by reading the wrappers. “Break the mold.” It would tell me.
These wrappers demanded me to “Forgive the past.” because I could have the power to “Change the world and make a difference today.”

I felt uplifted. I knew it was just a computer printing these silly sentences onto a wrapper for a great sales tactic. But what a great sales tactic it is!!! I don’t care if someone working at their computer desk who hates their life, gets paid to come up with these sayings or if Buddha himself said it, because in the end, it saved people like me. It let me know that it’s always too soon to give up. It’s always a bad idea to quit your progress, to lose your confidence and belief in yourself.

So after eating my piece of chocolate, my nuerons would start to fire at each other up in my noggin. I started realizing what I am worth. Maybe I can do more, I thought to myself. I never knew what my passion in life was, and that’s when I realized it was writing. I didn’t know what I was interested in learning, so that’s when I spent more time at the library and paying close attention to what catches my attention.

My temper fell. I sobered up. I made a blog. I started writing a book. I got rid of almost everything reminding me of my old life. I spent more time with my family. And whenever I heard the words “can’t, won’t, don’t, stop” – I simply shut them out. I learned how to remind myself, the way all the Dove Chocolate wrappers had before, that I was good enough. I was smart enough. I do have the power to be anything and do anything I want in this lifetime.

 

I am not suggesting you go out to your nearby drug store and by all the bags of Dove Chocolate to get your confidence back up. It is still something that must be kept in moderation, as anything great. However, take my story as a stepping stool. Recognize the negative thoughts in your thoughts, take a deep breath, and politely remind those thoughts that you are the bigger person. You got yourself to where you are now, and you can give yourself all of that credit. Don’t let petty thoughts or comments from anyone else bring you down, because you hold no obligation to them.

So never forget how great you are. It is never too late to start kicking