I just got back into the swing of normal daily life after more than a week of vacation. While being off from work and getting out of normal routine is fantastic and recharges my batteries I always find it helpful to do a post-mortem of how I spent my time. Did I eat well? Did I exercise? Did I rest both physically and mentally? Did I get good sleep? Did I eat well?
Overall the verdict is yes. I grocery shopped at Aldi, while in Florida, and used the condo kitchen to its full extent. I even took advantage of the gas grill and made grilled chicken. I ate my usual breakfast of eggs and fruit. I only ate one meal out at a restaurant, which helps with control of both portion size and the healthiness of the meal. In full disclosure I did order myself a custom birthday cake and ate a fair amount of it before giving the remainder away. I paid for this with how I felt, but since I do not normally consume my body weight in cake, I felt that I would not count this as a loss. While camping we ate what we cooked and our meals were meat and veggie focused. I swear being outside makes food taste better.
Did I exercise? I most certainly did. I love vacation exercise. Generally no time constraints are to be had. I can play around and try out new things and just generally have fun. I walked daily, I ran twice, I found and went to Gold’s Gym in Largo twice. I used my first run to explore the town I was staying in and get the lay of the land. The second one was on the morning of my last day in Florida and I ran at sunrise. This run felt very special, like a moving meditation for my soul. Watching the world wake up has always held a special place in my heart. My first trip to Gold’s Gym was fun because, ya know, figuring out a new gym; what they have and where in the world they keep it. I was very proud - I remembered a lock for the locker! My second day there was a fun trip because I took time to try out some new to me exercises and play around with more ab work than I normally do. On the whole the place was not crowded, clean, friendly staff, and had everything I needed to complete my planned workouts. While camping we hiked each day enjoyed being outside in nature and soaked in the spirit lifting benefits of being in the woods.
Did I rest both physically and mentally? Yes, and No, during my time in Florida I went between time alone on the beach and at the condo and time with my family. The stress came in-between as I was driving. I find driving in Florida to be incredibly stressful. Back in PA and camping with my guy was some of the most stress free time I had all week. We had no where to be and all day to get there and took full advantage of it. Even when we went into the town of Jim Thorpe and figured out that we should have just parked in that giant lot we saw, there was no stress. Just found a turn around and went back to it. I also find that sleeping in the great outdoors is very restful. I returned home full of energy and with a refreshed attitude of happy calm.
Did I get good sleep? Once again I have to say yes, and no. My first night in Florida is a hot no. New place and alone I never sleep great, not having to set my alarm was nice though. As the days passed I did end up sleeping better. Then when we went camping we were using a new air mattress that worked perfectly. I slept really well, I like sleeping in the woods.
Taking time to recharge your batteries is as important as the amount of work you put into your daily grind.