I’m feeling a little blue today. Getting back to reality after two weeks holiday in Fiji and Australia will do that to a girl.
Planning and experiencing a big event, such as an international trip or a wedding, brings so much enjoyment that life can seem a little blah once it’s over. Don’t you think?
So, I can either wallow about in my jet-lagged state or make the effort to resume my regular fitness, nutrition and lifestyle routine. No points for guessing which one will make me feel better.
To inspire myself, and hopefully you as well, I’m going to share with you my routine for quickly getting back on track after a big event.
You can use this cheat sheet after your engagement party, your bridal shower / bachelorette weekend, and of course after the honeymoon.
Why You Want This
Because the first week back is always the hardest.
Because you hate thinking that all your hard work has been ruined (it hasn’t).
Because you need a major distraction and a kick up the backside!
Why You Need This
I hate to say it, but at some point the honeymoon will be over.
Of course it’s ok to feel a little down in the dumps, but quickly resuming the excellent health routines that you established during your engagement will make you feel a whole lot better.
Remember that your wedding weight can and should be your forever weight.
How To Get Your Fiance On Board
Hmmm, start by asking how he is feeling.
Does he want to join you on your post-honeymoon reboot? Or maybe he is cool doing his own thing.
Don’t pressure him into joining you, but share your intentions so that he doesn’t derail your plans.
Ok, let’s dive in.
How To: After The Honeymoon
Get Prepared Ahead Of Time
My most helpful tip is to get prepared before the wedding.
I know that you’re super busy, but having some healthy meals in the freezer, a shopping list, and even a simple menu planned will be worth its weight in gold once you get home.
Here is what I had in my freezer:
- Homemade chicken soup (my standby meal after any indulgent events)
- Smoothie bags
- Pesto cubes
- Avocado slices for smoothies and soups
- Homemade savory muffins
- Bliss Balls
- Ground turkey
- Homemade green curry and brown rice
- Cooked quinoa
My shopping list included:
- Selection of fresh vegetables and fruits
- Fresh herbs
- Soda water
- Nut butter
- Wine (see point #3)!
My menu looks like:
Breakfast: green smoothies; poached eggs on toast; salmon miso soup
Lunch: Rainbow quinoa nori rolls; savory muffins and chicken soup; salad with salmon
Dinner: mexican turkey lettuce wraps; green curry; zoodles with garlic
Snacks: bliss balls; hummus and veggies; yogurt and berries
Unpack As Soon As Possible
Living in a clear space is therapeutic and helps you feel more organized in all areas of your life.
My three tips for clearing the decks post-honeymoon are:
1. Unpack as soon as possible, preferably the day of (or the first day after) arriving. Sort piles for laundry, storage and closet and put everything where it needs to go.
2. Have cleaners come in the day before you arrive home. You’ll have enough readjusting to do without worrying about a dusty house.
3. Go to the grocery store the day of, or the day after. Wash and chop your vegetables and store them in the fridge. I know you won’t feel like this prep work, but it will make the entire week easier and healthier.
Be Realistic, Ease In, But Make No Excuses
During my trip I definitely enjoyed more treats than I normally would eat at home. It was fabulous, albeit not sustainable!
But I also know that it’s not realistic to give up those little luxuries cold turkey. In case you didn’t know, I’m a big fan of moderation.
The first day or two after the big event you might feel like a couple of celebration-type treats; for me this was a glass of wine and a small bowl of ice-cream.
Enjoying a “little bit of something” is a useful strategy to ease you back in to your normal eating routine.
Just keep these tips in mind:
- Don’t make excuses (I’m sad, I’m tired, I deserve this) – you don’t need to justify what and why you eat. You either want something or you don’t, simple as that.
- Practice moderation – one glass of wine, a few corn chips or a small bowl of ice cream. Enjoy a taste of what you want while reducing the quantity that you enjoyed during your honeymoon. After a couple of days it will feel easy to take a break from these foods all together.
- Don’t buy in bulk, you don’t want to have a bunch of leftovers laying around.
- Pair your treats with simple, healthy main meals, and eat at the table to enjoy the dining experience.
Listen To Your Body
I hope that you’re feeling amazing after your honeymoon, but chances are you’ll feel a little over-indulged.
Not to worry, this is actually the perfect opportunity to listen to your body and choose the foods that make you feel terrific.
Try the following:
- Can you notice anything in particular that is making you feel a little off? Perhaps your digestive system is sluggish, you’re experiencing indigestion or you have headaches?
- Can you pinpoint which foods exacerbate these symptoms, and which ones alleviate them?
- Be kind to your body and choose to eat those feel-good foods this week.
The 1, 2, 3 Workout Plan
Finally it’s time to get moving.
If you’re back from your honeymoon early in the morning I recommend doing a workout that afternoon. Otherwise get up and at ‘em first thing the next day.
Here’s how to scale it:
- On the first day back do a simple cardio workout. Power walk up hills, find some stadium stairs or go for a run in your neighborhood.
- On the second day back join a group fitness class for motivation. Spin, aerobics, yoga or pilates are all good choices. If you’re not a member of a gym you can often find studios that offer discounted rates for your first class.
- On the third day you’re ready to re-commit to your home workout routine. Do this workout and if you have any energy left in the tank do this sprint.
Now I’d Love To Hear From You!
What is the biggest challenge for you when coming down from a big event? What one suggestion from this list above will you prioritize to get back on track? Let me know in the comments below!
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