How to Get Back on Track After Vacation
You’ve just spent the last few months tracking diligently, training like a beast and working hard in preparation for your vacation or big event. Your hard work pays off, you’ve reached your goal and you head away on your trip. You feel like an absolute rock star, and rightfully so! You accomplished what you set out to achieve.
Fast forward a few weeks. The vacation was outstanding and you chose to relax and be a little more flexible with your nutrition. Now it’s time to get back to the daily grind of work, life, training, and nutrition. Naturally, we should be excited to get back to routine, right?
But what happens if we’re not and we’re actually struggling to get back into our pre-event/vacation mode? How do we rekindle the flame we had prior and get ourselves back into action.
Below are a number of strategies and ways to help you find your groove again!
Take Time to Refocus
Celebrate the achievement of getting to this point. Find a new purpose by revisiting your “WHY.” A great place to start is to write down three to six motivating factors. Focus on what you want your life to look and feel like going forward. Establish new goals and actionable steps for those goals.
Before you leave on your adventure, plan for your return so it’s not a disaster when you get back. Meal prep, freeze foods and do laundry and chores before you go. Also, try to avoid coming home the night before you go back to work so the week doesn’t start off rushed.
Listen and Read
Hearing other people’s stories can be very motivating to help us get back on track. Check out some talks from inspirational people. Or if you need some good reads on your trip, get a head start on motivation and check out our book list for some new ideas.
Concentrate on doing what you know now as best you can. Even if you’re not quite sure what’s next. Limit dining out for a few weeks, decide to create new habits and/or get rid of old habits. Set one goal that’s pretty simple for you to hit (ex.: exercising 30 minutes a day, eating x grams of protein with breakfast, having three servings of veggies a day—whatever works for you). As you conquer these small goals, you can build on them and get back on track to where you were!
Try new things with your training, hobbies, meals, and schedule. Finding something new may just be the spark you need to get recommitted to your goals!
While it might take some time to build momentum, with patience, focus and time you’ll get there!
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