Prepping for your Always Hungry? Road Trip
A few of my favourite tips for getting back on track after a planned Always Hungry? Road trip involve some planning… There are three things I know will likely be “out-of-the-norm” during vacation: food, exercise, and sleep schedule. Two of these (food and exercise), I can plan ahead of time – and sleep schedule will likely take a few days to settle.
As much as I may say I’ll go shopping when I return home – I know when I get home, I’ll likely be low in energy, tired, and not “in the mood” to do a grocery haul. My solution? Plan for grocery delivery either the day I return OR one day after I return. This strategy ensures that I will have the foods I love at my doorstep when I return home – without having to rush to the grocery store or survive on fast food options for the day. I like to use: Walmart delivery, Instacart delivery, Cornerstore (Canada), or order a few compliant meals from a meal delivery website.
The hardest part of beginning an exercise program is just that – starting it… And, after a trip, it can sometimes be challenging to “get back in the groove”. Again, this is something you can PLAN for. I like to look around for a few exercise classes that I think I’ll like when I get home (lots of gyms offer free first classes or even free weeks!). I’ll register for a few classes the week when I return home – giving myself 2-3 days when I am first home to rest and catch up on sleep. If this isn’t an appealing option, you may also like to schedule a walk with a friend when you return to catch up AND get a bit of movement in!
Although there is nothing to “plan ahead” with sleep – I like to “extend” my vacation 2-3 days after I return to recharge, allow for rest, and give myself time to adjust to my normal schedule. If this isn’t possible (due to work commitments), I encourage you to free up the first 2-3 evenings to allow yourself to re-group and get back into the groove of normal daily life.
What are your favourite strategies to get back on track after the holidays? Do you like to do a mini “reset”? Are there activities that you plan for when you return home? What helps you get back “into the groove”? Comment in the section below – we’d love to hear!