We are going to Arizona (where both my husband and I grew up) for an entire week over Thanksgiving, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Yippeeeee!!! His mom and stepdad, my dad and stepmom, and my mom and stepdad all live there, along with all of our siblings. It will be so nice to see everyone again. Last night at dinner, Cody and I were talking about our plans while we’d be there, whose parents’ house we’d stay at when, who we wanted to see while we were in town, and how we were going to juggle Thanksgiving Day. (Ha – it’s going to be interesting with THREE Thanksgiving dinners to attend!)
While I am incredibly excited, I am also a little anxious about the abundance of food that will be floating around the entire week. I talked about this topic in a recent post too. I decided I’m going to go into the week and do my best to eat how I normally do. There will of course be extra goodies around and foods I wouldn’t eat on a regular basis, but that’s what the holidays are about, right?! I plan on approaching these foods with a balanced mindset. I am not going to eat it ALL, so I’m going to evaluate what I really DO WANT and enjoy it! Pretty simple, right?! Eh, I sure hope so…
This led me to thinking about another thing I’m a little anxious about during our week in Arizona - exercising. In a typical week, I workout five or six out of the seven days. Yes, there might be a workout or two throughout the week that isn’t super challenging or lengthy, but it’s still exercising. I started thinking about how I’m going to be able to exercise enough while I’m in Arizona. The questions that flooded my mind: How will I be able to fit in my workouts when it will be so busy? Where will I workout with no gym or home equipment? Will I stay committed to exercising since my schedule will be all over the place? Some of you may think my thoughts and worries are ridiculous, but this is all part of me overcoming my disordered past so please bear with me.
These thoughts and worries made me decide to come up with a “game plan” while I’m on vacation in Arizona. Here it is:
- First and foremost, remember that I’m on vacation. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Don’t stress about it.
- Hold myself accountable to getting in some sort of exercise 4 days of the week. It doesn’t need to follow my “normal workout routine”, just as long as I’m doing something active.
- Incorporate exercise into our family time. For example, we can go walking or running together; plan a hike; play a game of basketball, soccer, or other fun sport; find a gym nearby where we can take a fitness class. Luckily I have family, my siblings in particular, that are just as active as I am and love fitness as much as I do. I’m sure I won’t have a problem finding someone to do something active with. Plus, the weather is always gorgeous around Thanksgiving in Arizona, so there will be no excuse to head outdoors.
- Take along a few of my fitnesss DVDs. A couple of the DVDs I have don’t require much extra equipment, so I can just pop them in and get my sweat on!
I think my “game plan” will really help me get a reasonable and realistic amount of exercise in to make me feel good without stressing about it. I felt so much better and less stressed after I put my “game plan” on paper and truly agreed to it. I even talked to my husband about it so that he can help hold me accountable to it, and so that he can help suggest active activities that others would enjoy.
- Do you ever feel anxious about getting your workouts in while you’re on vacation?
- If so, what do you do to help you feel better about it?
- Any other thoughts, suggestions, or advice you have for me on this topic?