I use to feel a tremendous amount of stress about vacation. I would obsess about losing weight beforehand and looking my best throughout. And I would also worry about what would happen after I got back from vacation after all the indulging set in. So instead of simply enjoying the vacation I was on, I would think about every meal, every drink, and every calorie. And then vacation would come to an end and I would feel just as exhausted as when I left. What’s the point of a vacation like that? It really wasn’t until this year that I came to understand that getting back on track really isn’t all that difficult, especially if you’re staying on track most of the time.
Consistency is key when it comes to any lifestyle. If you are consistent with your diet, exercise and mental stability, all pieces tend to fall into place. And because of that consistency, life is just simply more enjoyable longterm. Key the motivational consistency quotes –
- “If you are persistent, you will get it. If you are consistent, you will keep it.”
- “Consistent actions creates consistent results.”
- “If you want to be successful, be consistent.”
- “True progress requires time and consistency.”
What I mean is that when you stay consistent, you can indulge here and there and it won’t make a huge difference because you can get back on track rather quickly, even within a week. I’ve tested this theory multiple times at this point with the 12 different trips I’ve been on this year. I stay consistent with my diet and my exercise routine while I’m home, then I enjoy any trip or vacation I may take. I know that I will gain weight and feel a little less than my best, but I also know that I can get back to my baseline within a week.
And I thought I would share my experience from last week after traveling to Cabo and eating/drinking all the things to show you how quickly a body can bounce back. While in Cabo, I had dessert every night, I had multiple drinks throughout each day, I had chips & guac every afternoon, and I said yes to every gluten-free bread basket. Then once I got home, I cleaned it up. And this is how I do it:
- Grocery shop and load up on all the green vegetables, good fats, and high quality meat
- I buy any kind of vegetable that’s calling my name – brussels sprouts, kale, collard greens, cauliflower, broccoli, arugula, carrots, bell peppers, and anything else that looks good or is in season
- I grab ghee or olive oil for cooking and dressing
- I usually have meat in the freezer from ButcherBox, but I’ll often get any wild caught fish and seafood that looks good or is on sale
- Then I grab anything I may need for snacks such as almond milk yogurt, coconut chips, etc.
- Clean out the fridge and pantry of any foods that are a bit too indulgent and tempting
- Come up with a game plan with what meals I’m going to have throughout the week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to make sure I have everything on hand and don’t end up eating something I shouldn’t when I come home hungry.
- Then I follow a few simple rules. And when I say rules, I don’t obsess over them. I just try my best to eat the best things possible, without trying to be perfect. That makes it easier when events or dinners come up. And not obsessing also makes it easier to stick with. When I tell myself I can’t have something, like chips, I’ll end up eating the entire bag. But if I just tell myself to try to limit it for just one week, I end up having a few chips then putting the bag away. The less restriction, the better for me. Here are the “rules” I follow throughout the week –
- Drink a shit ton of water – I try to drink over a gallon a day. We tend to hold on to a lot of water weight, especially after travel. And flushing the system will help with the excess bloat.
- Stay away from sugar – Sugar is bad for you. If you don’t know that at this point, where have you been?? It’s bad. And it will definitely hold you back from getting back on track. I try to stay away from as much sugar as possible, from…
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