I just got back from a 15-day vacation (what?! i know.) during which I decided to take a break from all things cooking and blogging. Maaaajor apologies for going MIA without a warning. In any case, I think we can all use a little help when it comes to motivating ourselves after any sort of break, whether it’s a vacation or a simple weekend. So, I want to share with you my top tips for getting back on track without feeling overwhelmed or tempted to give up!
- Make a List: Before I even start my routine back up, I like to write out what I need to accomplish at least once so that it sticks in my brain. Having a mental checklist (or one in a planner) means that I can prepare for whatever is to come ie. an empty fridge or trying to fit in workouts once the madness of the work week starts. Grocery lists are super important too – I know we’ve all been on that Target run without out and end up buying $100 worth of snacks but no real food…
- Set a Plan: Some people may have different opinions on this one, but I like to head straight back to my usual workouts when I come home. Sure, I’m a little less in shape, but if I decide to sleep in one more day or put it off, I’m more likely to be lax about making any healthy choices. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting to the gym, but I also like to set a goal for myself. This morning I knew I wanted to do 35 minutes of cardio and an ab workout, so I didn’t leave the gym until that was done!
- Do a Grocery Run: This goes with #1, but I definitely think it’s helpful to do a massive grocery haul as soon as I can. I’m usually on a different time zone and end up waking up super early anyway, but it’s worth it to wake up 20 minutes early to grab what you need. It’s kind of a given, but if you have healthy foods in your fridge and pantry, you’re less likely to go out and grab chipotle for lunch. It’s cheaper, too!
- Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself: It’s completely normal to need a few days to get back into the routine and reality of life (duh). So if the first few times you hit the gym you need to go a little slower or lift lighter weights, don’t feel badly. In fact, it would be much worse to push yourself too hard and pull a muscle. If you set yourself up to have a good, healthy week, you’re going to. It’s as simple as that. Plus, no matter what you’re doing, it’s probably better than all that ice cream and alcohol you were consuming while you were on break…or is that just me…? ;)
Have a great day & I’ll be back with a recipe soon! Promise.