5 Ways I Helped Myself Recover from a Gluttonous Vacation

As you may or may not know, I am originally from the Philadelphia area and I’ll tell you what- they have amazing F##$%#$#%’ing food. Everywhere. It doesn’t matter what type of eating establishment you go to, 9 times out of 10, it’s going to be pretty dang good. Upscale restaurants, road-side food trucks, mom & pop pizza shops, convenient stores (Can I get a HELL YEAH for WAWA?!), your cousin’s house for a party, if it’s in the PA-NJ-NY tri-state area, there is going to be SOMETHING good to eat. That being said, I have been living in Colorado for 4  years now and their food is a bit “eh”… So every time I go back to PA, which is a few times a year, I plan to PIG OUT. And I’m totally ok with that. And you should be too. You live once so you should spend most of the time treating your body right and spend some of the time indulging in your most fantastic favorite things 🙂

Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak
Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak

But as you can imagine, pigging out for almost 2 weeks is going to WRECK your body. I tried to drink water (FAIL), tried to stay active (FAIL), but mostly I tried to enjoy myself. Getting your body back in line after that can be tough. So without further ado, here are 5 ways to kick start that healthy body back into shape after a VERY gluttonous vacation 🙂

  1. DRINK WATER

The absolute best thing you can do to start ridding your body of toxins and getting your system working properly again is drinking water. Seems like an obvious one but it’s hard for most of us to stay on top of. My first day back from vacation I pounded water. This flushes your system, keeps you alert and awake, helps your bodily functions (i.e. taking a poo), makes you look fresh, feel fresh and helps get you back in the mindset of healthy living. It might be hard that first day if you were pounding soda and beer all week, but I have faith in  you 🙂 My goal was to drink 32oz by 11am, by 3pm and by 8pm for a whopping total of 96 oz of water per day.

2. MOVE

Feeling sluggish after all that time sitting on your butt? Me too. An object at rest likes to keep resting dammit. It’s physics! BUT the only way to fight the urge to stay on your BUTT, is to get OFF YOUR BUTT. I totally didn’t want to and I totally felt like crap during and after the 40-minute workout I did at the park, but guess what- I did it anyway. Because I’m awesome like that 😉 Just kidding- kind of. But for real – get your ass moving, the sooner the better. I promise, the next day you’ll be wanting to move again… it’s physics!

3. GET AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER

This is a big one for me! Having someone who is counting on you to show up works wonders! Especially if it’s a “new” friend. You may likely tell your best friend of 20 yrs to screw off if she’s texting you at 6am about the run you are supposed to go on…. zzzZZZzzzZZZ. But if you make plans with a new acquaintance or a new friend you’ll be much less likely to bail 😉 I can’t even tell you the amount of workouts I’ve done this summer at a park, in my living room or elsewhere for the simple reason that SOMEONE ELSE WAS EXPECTING ME TO DO IT! Whether I promised to show up virtually or in person, someone was counting on me. Find someone to count on to get your butt moving! If you need help in that area, keep your eyes peeled for the fitness & nutrition accountability groups I’ll be offering this coming fall/winter. I have a whole crew of people waiting to keep you on track and support and encourage you through your fitness journey.

4. DON’T PUT PIE IN YOUR PIEHOLE

Abs are made in the kitchen. So are cookies, pie, pizza, cake, ice cream and burritos 😉 Guess what- if you keep stuffing your face with crap, you are going to look and feel like crap! It’s physics! Just kidding- but it is a fact. You are what you eat whether you like it or not. Treat your body like the holy temple that it is and start feeding it delicious and healthy stuff. No, I don’t eat healthy 100% of the time, but I do eat healthy about 80% of the time. My body is amazing and it proves that fact time and time again when I watch it do crazy things like run a marathon, birth a child, climb a mountain, etc. It’s a beautiful creation and the only person with the ability to treat it as such is YOU. No one is going to do it for you.  My body is my vehicle to all the awesome stuff in the world and I intend to treat it nicely so it keeps motoring me more and more cool places 🙂

5. REPEAT…

…for life. Seriously though- eating healthy and staying fit shouldn’t be a one-time deal. You can’t do it for 6 months and then never again. It’s a lifetime commitment. A commitment to yourself, to treat yourself with respect and LOVE. No matter what you look like right now or in the future, you are worth loving, respecting and treating well. Doing all these things should be a treat, not a punishment. Drinking more water, moving, eating healthy food, and finding like-minded friends to do all of the above with IS A GIFT. None of it is to make you feel miserable, all of it is to make you feel great. Does that mean it’s easy to repeat all this for life? No. But it’s worth it. I promise.

So there you have it- my 5 tips for recovering after a gluttonous vacation. Remember, the first few days can be tough but so are you. So just throw that water down the hatch, shake that booty, grab a friend, eat an apple and stay healthy for life because YOU ARE WORTH IT and I promise you won’t regret it 🙂

mbf

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Creating Daily Habits

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

-Henry David Thoreau

Conscious endeavors are something I’ve completely lacked in the last couple years. Without them I’ve watched my idle hands grasp onto meaningless things: more tv, more sleeping, more eating, more laziness and more failures. More of those things equals less of these: reading, writing, singing, playing music, dreaming, inspiring & improving. I think we can both agree the latter list is a much more desirable way to live life.

But we also know life gets in the way. You get lost in a haze. Work gets stressful. Your body gets tired. Your mind gets weak. Your spirit can’t find it’s flame. This is when we become complacent, hopeless, unmotivated, scared, and sometimes lost. Who am I? What happened to my hobbies? My friends? My dreams? Ah who cares anyway, at least I’m up to date on all my Netflix shows…

Stop yourself right there. I had to stop myself too. I mean Netflix just added Season 5 of the League for goodness sake.

But seriously…  one day I realized I was watching too much tv. I was sleeping in too late. I was sitting on my ass for too long. I wasn’t happy with my attitude or situation but you know what I realized? That I’m the only one who can change that. How can I change that you ask? By conscious endeavors! Henry David Thoreau knows what he’s talking about. I  promise.

What is a conscious endeavor? Sounds to me like a planned & executed goal. It’s not serendipitous. It’s not luck and fortune falling in your lap. It’s creating the life you want. It’s sitting down and really thinking about what would make you happy. What would improve your body, mind & life and then DOING IT.

However there’s a big catch here. The catch is that no one can make you do it but yourself. No book, no inspirational quote, no badass person, no friend, lover, or celebrity is going to make you make this change. You have to do it. You alone.

Scary right? Or maybe it’s fun? You get to choose.

Anyway- to not ramble much longer- I’ll let you know something that has really helped me in the last couple weeks:

Creating daily habits.

If you’re like me and going from not being productive at all to trying to be semi-productive, then you need to start small. Really small in fact. So small that the task might seem laughable, but guess what it’s a task, and you’ll complete it and you’ll feel good and maybe you’ll feel so good about it that next month you’ll tack something else onto the daily habit list.  Once you’re able to accomplish some small things, your mind and body will be ready for bigger and better things. I promise.

So my daily habits for this month?

1. Drink 24oz X 3 of water per day (minimum)

2. Complete the http://www.greatist.com September pushup challenge

3. Study 1 hour per day

Guess what I decided happens if I complete all 3 each day? I get a Kit-Kat.

🙂

If you’re looking for some more detailed “daily habit” inspiration then check out this post by Niall Doherty– lots of helpful hints here.

Thanks for reading,

MBF