Here is a guest post by Kathy Wilson.
A vacation is a departure from norm even for creatures of habit, and that’s why it’s hard to get back to routine once you’re home. For one, you feel a sense of emptiness because your long-awaited and eagerly anticipated holiday is now behind you and you have to wait a year (or six months) to take off again. And for another, it’s a struggle to wake up early each morning after lying in late and having to go back to a humdrum routine after enjoying exciting and innovative experiences every day. But if you don’t work hard on settling back into your normal life as soon as you’re back from your trip, you’re at risk of laziness and lethargy at work and more importantly from the health point of view, of ballooning up in the weight department. If you’re looking for ways to help you get back to healthy eating after binging on your vacation, here’s what you need to do:
- Get started as soon as possible: The longer you delay your return to your regular workout and healthy eating, the harder it is to get back on track. So psyche yourself up on the way back to start eating nutritious food and working out the day after you return. If you keep telling yourself that you’ll do it tomorrow, remember that every day has a new tomorrow, so you’re only postponing your return to good health indefinitely.
- Weigh yourself: Stand on the scales, look in the mirror, ask friends to be brutally honest in telling you if you’ve gained weight – do just about anything it takes to take stock of and assess your before vacation and after vacation body. Your eyes won’t lie to you, but your mind will try to trick you into believing that the change not that bad. Don’t listen to your mind; instead, go with your gut instinct and start your healthy eating with a vengeance.
- Reward yourself for good behavior: Tell yourself that you’re allowed a treat if you stick to a week of healthy eating and regular exercise. After the first few days, it gets easier to adhere to, so you’re assured of an ice cream or your favorite food on the weekend. It’s not that hard to stick to a goal when you have something to look forward to if you achieve it.
- Rope in a partner: Sometimes it’s easier to stick to a resolution if you go through it with a buddy or your spouse. Make it a kind of competition so it’s more enjoyable. You don’t want to be the one who gets caught with your hand in the cookie jar so to speak, so you work extra hard at staying the path even as you hope your partner will not beat you to the goal.
- Look forward to your next excuse to binge: And finally, stick to your healthy eating even as you comfort yourself with thoughts of your next vacation and all the exotic food you can try out. Think of it this way – if you eat healthy and work out regularly now, you’re not only in great shape when it’s time for your holiday, you also get to reward yourself with different culinary delights.
This guest post is contributed by Kathy Wilson, who writes on the topic of x-ray technician schools . She welcomes your comments at her email id: firstname.lastname@example.org