Tanner and I were sitting at our last supper in Punta Cana and I asked, "What's wrong, you seem down?"
His response, "I feel like shit..."
I mean I didn't want to complain but it felt like my bones were aching.
Here's a little bit of reality, vacation isn't enjoyable if you don't allow yourself to indulge, but you've got to be ready for the aftermath!
I worked really hard to feel confident in a bikini on this trip, to feel accomplished, to achieve to a new level of fitness I know I worked hard for and could be proud of. I also wanted to feel okay about eating and drinking whatever I wanted on this trip. The fitter I could get myself the more efficient my body would become at burning off the extra calories.
So this is exactly what I did. This vacation was all inclusive, so all you can eat food and drinks for 5 days.. Imagine walking ((anywhere)) and passing buffets of food where you could just walk by and grab anything you wanted in any quantities. Imagine going to any restaurant and picking everything off the menu you wanted without looking at the price and without having to decide between two options.
Imagine walking up to one of the many bars on your walkway to any location on the grounds, and asking for whatever fruity drink that comes to your mind.
So after 5 days of this, you could probably imagine how I'm feeling.
I'm freaking drained. Sluggish. My body just aches. I don't know if there is fully a way to explain the body aches. My posture is poor, my muscles are throbbing, it's literally like my bones hurt.
Let's talk about that bloat. Whenever I eat it's like my stomach is already full and the food won't go down. I'm gassy and let's just say my digestive isn't functioning the way it should.
So was it worth it then....?
For me, it was. I enjoyed EVERY. LITTLE. BIT of that free trip and regret nothing.
So isn't it like starting over?
No, not at all. When you have a reward date or vacation your working toward you don't start over afterward, you find another reward to chase after and you get back to it.
The key is to think of your fitness journey as a series of rewards rather than a punishment or something you dread everyday.
So if you feel like shit, then what's the point of this blog?
The point is, a perfect diet and exercise routine isn't maintainable long term without breaks like this. It's not living an amazing lifestyle eating cod and broccoli all the time and having anxiety about temptations.
During this vaca I could have stressed out about missing a few days in the gym and I could have restricted my food intake. But because I didn't I had a trip of a life time. The bloat, and tired-ness, the muscle aches will wear off, the memories will last forever and were totally worth it.
Just be aware of this when you have your rewards. Realize your fitness is a journey and although you may be feeling the way I feel and you may look different, it doesn't mean you're starting over.