So, it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. Between my last weekend of mommy vacay, hitting the road to Minnesota to pick up the little ones, and snapping back into mommy mode, it’s been a re-adjustment to say the least. And you know the work doesn’t stop while you’re on vacation. Y’all, I’ve been so busy! But, I wanted to update you on life after vacation and let me just say, with or without kids, bouncing back is not easy, especially when you’re on a journey of being your best self.
I ended my vacay with my mom and close friends in Ohio at the Cincinnati Music Festival. I promised Hubby that I would enjoy myself and not be so focused on diet and exercise. I can be pretty anal and obsessive sometimes, and I often beat myself up if I miss a workout or eat foods that I should be staying away from. So, I was absolutely more relaxed with my diet than usual. I didn’t go crazy, but I also had no guilt, just fun. I packed healthy snacks and chose healthier options when I could because that’s what I wanted to eat not because I had to. I figured vacation is the time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, so you shouldn’t worry about being so strict or rigid. If you’ve already created good habits, you are more likely to maintain them even on vacation. Plus, most hotels have fitness rooms so you can keep up on your workouts.
But now that vacation is over, I have to be honest and tell you that I didn’t prepare much for my switch back to mommy mode. ( I know I know, I didn’t take my own advice). I was too busy just being. I’m always the “responsible one” and can be really uptight about things, so I loved not being so focused on every little detail. I figured since I had such a solid routine, I’d just have to make a few adjustments. . .WRONG! If you’re a parent, then you know that kids waste no time getting back to business as usual, but a couple of months without them has me struggling to do the same. I’m using trial and error to figure out how to squeeze in some time for myself all over again. Balancing schedules has been a challenge, and these kids of mine know how to work a nerve, but the tools I’ve learned these past couple of months has helped me so far to not let it become too overwhelming.
So, let’s talk. As we wind down from vacation season, how are you adjusting back to your normal routines? Did you take time to prepare? Or, did you just wing it like I did?
Listen. As we get back into the swing of our normal routines, try not stress too much about the pieces that don’t fit anymore. Flexibility is your best friend! Thankfully, our spiritual, mental, and physical journeys are guiding us on a path to keep us disciplined. So even when the balancing act gets tough, don’t lose sight of your goals and the progress you’ve already made. It may take you a moment (hopefully a brief one) to get everything and everyone back in sync, but make it happen. Let nothing stop you and make no excuses!
And as always, keep going. . . because you’re worth it!