Post Over-Indulgence Practices

Hey there everyone! Hope your Sunday is going just how you want to be! Is it snowing where you are? I know some places got inches upon inches of snow! Unexpected places, even, like Virginia and Carolina’s, right? Well, inevitably, here in central Illinois, we also got some, too, but surprisingly, only a couple inches.

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Niko’s not a big fan of the snow and hates when I have her go outside to potty. She walks the perimeter of the yard, where there’s the least amount of snow.

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So one week from today, I was just getting back from my cruise. Now, I’ve already said that while I did practice some healthy habits, like working out and getting some veggies in, moderation wasn’t very prevalent in my vocabulary during the cruise, and indulgence was. However, the day I got back from the cruise, I decided to put my body in uber-healthy mode. Not only did I want to be in tip top condition for the ACE personal training exam I had last Thursday, but I also wanted to jump start my body to start getting rid of the toxins and wastes I’d accumulated during the cruise. I’m not talking about only eating fruits/veggies/juice or anything crazy like that, but just implementing a few basic habits to purify my body and get my healthy habits back.

I basically kept three things in mind the whole week.

The first one was to start each day out with an abundance of raw, leafy greens…in form of a Green Monster, of course!

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Since this was breakfast, and I needed it to tie me over until lunch, most of them were with chocolate Amazing Meal, and this bad boy:

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Secondly, I tried to eat a couple high raw meals per day – the Green Monster obviously being one of them. But to add to it, I often had big, colorful salads for lunch:

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and pretty much just added veggies in wherever possible, whenever possible.

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(veggie burger)

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(kale chips)

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on a pizza!

You get the picture.

I also drank a butt load of delicious, detoxifying liquids.

Like Kombucha!

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This stuff is amazing for you. It’s super purifying, and once you get past the acquired taste, it’s actually very delicious!

And tea!

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I also tried to get in as much exercise and stretching as I could. A nice good sweat does SO much for the body. OK, so I guess that’s four main tactics I followed, but this one I really struggled at. Last week, the majority of my time was spent studying, so my workouts tended to be intense and not very long when I got one in.

And that actually reminds me of one more…I didn’t feel like I had to eat/drink/workout perfectly! Just because you over-indulged one week, doesn’t mean you need to set yourself up for disappointment by setting rigid, impossible standards for yourself the next week. Do what you can, but don’t forget you don’t need to be perfect. Have fun!

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Do you guys do anything differently regarding eating or workouts after a long vacation? I could see how easing back into it would be beneficial to some, or to even just not do anything different at all!

Did you do anything fun this weekend? I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away! Friday night I went to the annual Girl’s Night Secret Santa with all of my girlfriends. Such a blast seeing everyone this time of year 🙂

 

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Moderating Moderation and Missing Home

Good morning, bloggy friends! I’m finally back home, and while I wish I were exploring yet another new island, it is nice to be back with my loved ones and pets. Besides, who has time to be depressed when Christmas is two weeks away?! Lots to do, lots to do. For example, I have to study, study, study for my ACE exam, I just found out last night that I would be hosting the annual girls’ night secret Santa party, and then there’s Christmas shopping in itself! Ay ay ay.

Enough about that. It is very nice to see the furbabies again. I seriously missed them throughout the cruise:

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REUINTED and it feeels so goood! Please disregard any note for how my four-hours-of-sleep-traveling-all-day-wearing-half-washed-off-makeup-from-the-night-before-with-a-slight-hangover look I’ve got going on here.

Even Clarabelle is happy to see us!

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I missed you Niko, and Clarabelle!!

And since it was technically still vacation last night, we broke out a little celebratory Kahlua and Baileys:

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And for some ungodly reason, I decided to unload our suitcases right when we got home to get started on laundry:

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   Ew, ew, ew. How I missed you, little pile o’ laundry.

And currently, I’m working on tackling that said laundry, while drinking a cup of very much so-missed French Press coffee:

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And dabbling in some of this deliciousness:

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Alongside of some juicy pear slices with cinnamon:

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There was much, much more that I missed about home (ahem, green monsters!!) but this is a great start.

Over the next couple days, I’ll be writing a post about my experience and my opinion on how to stay healthy when you have a long trip like this on the agenda – the befores, durings, and afters – while still being able to indulge. I have to admit, while I did manage to get in quite a few workouts, and I ate many a huge salads for lunch, this trip was extremely indulging, and moderation wasn’t practiced like it usually is in my life. And while it really is all about balance, for something like a cruise, I honestly do not regret letting myself have a drink (or three) during the day, or having dessert after dinner every night. This week it’s all about getting back on track; kind of jump starting my healthy body back into shape, if you will. I’ll explain more on this the aforementioned post, but wanted to let you all know, that in my opinion, it’s OK to let yourself indulge every once in a while for special occasions like this.

What are your thoughts about indulgence while on vacation or on a special occasion? Do you let yourself slack off a bit when it comes to eating healthy?