Before we had our first son, my wife and I took a 10-day vacation to Thailand with some friends. We had an amazing time traveling from place to place, indulging in all the local food (and drinks) we could get our hands on. We did everything—hang out with elephants, climb the sticky falls, visit famous food trucks. Well, everything except workout and keep any semblance of a diet!
After getting back stateside, we dutifully headed grocery shopping and dropped into a CrossFit class. The workout for the day was Helen. Normally, I enjoy Helen. Sure, it hurts, but it’s manageable.
This particular day was a different story. Apparently close to two weeks of ignoring regular movement and proper nutrition can impact your workouts. Who knew?
Getting Back on Track
Slowly, we settled back into a normal groove. We picked up groceries and returned to normal eating habits. The first week of workouts was rough, but eventually, I began to feel more like my “old” self in the gym. Returning to regular movement began to breakdown the cobwebs that had accumulated during our vacation.
Perhaps you have a similar story. For whatever reason, you fall of your normal routine for a week or even longer. A busy family life, travel for work, a long vacation you’ve been dreaming about—it’s happened to every one of us! You have the best intentions of moving each day, eating like you know you should, and getting 7-8 hours of sleep. Then, reality happens.
Here’s what you need to remember: You’re always only one workout or one meal away from being right back on track.
Maybe you indulged in fried food and desserts for three straight days. You’re still only one meal away from being back on track. Load up the plate with vegetables and a protein and continue on the path.
Perhaps you laid on the beach for two weeks sipping nothing but Mai Tais (you lucky person you!). You’re still only one workout away from being back on track. Throw on your workout gear and get back at it.
We’re human beings, not robots. You will slip up. Life will happen. When it does, don’t beat yourself up and let your emotions run wild with guilt. You haven’t ruined your fitness. You just need to get back on track, and that isn’t as tough as you might realize.
Just make the next correct choice. Do the workout. Grab the salad. Get the full 8 hours of sleep. You’re right back where you need to be.