Sometimes All it Takes is Some Rest and Relaxtion
Last week my husband and I took a short vacation and went to Southern California. We were there primarily for a Kettlebell competition, but decided to stay a little big longer just to site see.
Plus we were "kid-free" and wanted to take advantage of that while we could! ;)
We did all the "touristy" things. Such as going to the Santa Monica Pier, the Walk of Fame and even seeing the Hollywood sign.
Yes...I am a HUGE boyband fan! Especially Backstreet Boys!!! :)
And even though I was having a great time just relaxing and actually living, I didn't know how much it helped me until I got back.
Between owning a business, being a full-time mom, taking care of the house and trying to keep myself on par with my goals, I have not had a true vacation in over a year and a half.
Sure, I've gone away with my husband and daughter for quick little weekend getaways, but nothing where I could truly relax, not have to worry about the next thing on my "to do" list and just BE.
I've talked about taking breaks from dieting and training and just how great of a positive impact it can have on your goals, whatever they may be.
But what I didn't realize is just how much of an impact just taking a break period, can help you overall.
No matter what is going on in your life, you will always have the day-to-day stress.
Simple things that add up as the days/weeks/months go on.
Before we left I'll be honest, I wasn't motivated to do....really anything.
Training had become somewhat of a chore for me over the past month or so. I didn't look forward to it and I didn't see it as a way to make me better. It became something I HAD to do. This was something I didn't like. Training for me has become something I need, something I look forward to, something that helps keep me sane. When I started feeling like it was a chore, I knew I had to take a break.
My nutrition, even though I knew I had to keep with it for weighing in, had become something I wanted to throw out the window. And some days, I did. I knew I shouldn't be eating some of the things I was, but at that point, I didn't care.
Overall, I was drained.
My body and mind were telling me I needed a break.
And that's just what I did. I took a break.
I took a break from my training (only competing 1 day and then taking time off the rest of the vacation). Eating basically anything I wanted.
Now please know, I didn't sit at an all you can eat buffet, but I didn't tell myself "Oh! You shouldn't have that!" No, instead if I wanted ice cream for dinner, I had ice cream for dinner!
And I just had fun.
It's amazing what a little time away can do for you mentally and physically.
Since coming back from the vacation, I have regained that motivation to train. I am back on my nutrition and I don't feel like I'm missing out. And believe it or not, I lost 3 pounds while ON vacation!
Even though I know how important taking breaks from training and dieting can be, it is now very clear that taking breaks from everyday life, aka going on a vacation, is extremely important.
I encourage you to look at your day to day and make sure you are taking breaks. Make sure you are giving yourself the "vacations" you may need to keep your motivation going.
Your body, mind and health will thank you for it!