How many of us get anxiety when thinking about taking time off from the steady routine of training and eating to hit our macros on point everyday? Let me tell you – a lot.
Time and time again this comes down to the thought of losing control, gaining weight, and feeling like we’ve fallen off the wagon in some sense or another.
How do we avoid this? Well, some of us will continue to train over our holiday, some of us will refuse those pina coladas, and some of us just lay back and not think about the repercussions of a damn thing.
Surely if you’re piling your plate up 4-5 times at the buffet and slinging margaritas 24 hours 7 days a week – you’re going to push the limits of your normal caloric intake.
This doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out.
But here’s a side note: My definition of vacation is taking time off from the norm to recoup yourself, refresh, recharge, and gain some well needed energy back. The point of the matter is to enjoy yourself, have some fruity calorie filled drinks, eat those deep fried fish tacos, and make your vacation what YOU want it to be.
Eat what you want; setting aside your macro counting app:
I’ve legitimately heard of people continuing to use their macro counting while away on vacation. This to me is understandable if you’re perhaps coming in close to a bodybuilding competition, or something of that sort sure. But to do this during a time that’s meant for maxin’ and relaxin’ – forget about it. Surely if you’re like myself you can look and guesstimate what the macros are on certain things, but let’s get real; you’re on vacation to give yourself a break. We all need a break. TAKE ONE, for fucks sake.
Exercise and training; to do or not to do:
This is truly a personal preference when it comes down to it. I’m honestly the type of person to not sit still for more than a few minutes. I enjoy running in the warm weather so I happened to take advantage of that. Glad I did! Winter is long and brutal over here in Edmonton. I’ll eat that shit up when I can. Other than some minor cardio I’m not going to spend two hours stuck inside a hotel gym trying to make a chest workout happen. PUT THAT SHIT ON HOLD. Trust me, you’re not going to lose your “gains” from one week of sitting back and enjoying your time away. I suggest putting your training on the back burner. Once you come back and get onto your normal training routine you might surprise yourself with the amount of energy and strength you’ve rejuvenated.
Enjoy the fuck out of your time off:
It may sound stupid to some, but I know a lot of people who struggle with turning their mind off and releasing from their stresses. Ask yourself what relaxes you? What appeases to your soul? It may be a massage on the beach, it may be exploring the culture of a new unknown place. Either way it’s so important for us to recoup mentally as much as we need it physically too.
Clearing your mind of the “time off” guilt:
A lot of us may feel the repercussions of vacation guilt once we return home.
Many of us step on the scale as soon as we drop our luggage at the door upon arrival home.
Here’s a suggestion; step off the scale. Concentrate on your refreshed vibrations, think of the many great experiences you gained, not the pounds that may have been added on.
Your weight is just your relationship with gravity, no sense in getting tied up in feeling bad about it. Focus on your new goals, get out there and kill them.
I can’t stress enough the importance of removing yourself from your daily grind.
As someone who personally struggles with depression, anxiety and all the eating disorder baggage that I carry; I know when I need to leave my worries behind and set my mind on refocusing myself, mind, body, and spirit.
If I can step away, you can to.
Happy Friday my lovely fit babes!