As you may or may not be aware, I’m Type A to the max. I wake up and go to bed at around the same time every night. I eat at the same time most days. I stick to a pretty consistent workout schedule. I plan and prepare my meals for the week ahead of time.
So this past week has been interesting to say the least. We closed on our house on Friday, spent the weekend cleaning, moved our furniture in on Monday and spent the next two days cleaning, unpacking and running errands.
Suffice to say, my routine completely fell by the wayside during that time and sticking to a healthy routine became somewhat less of a priority. That doesn’t mean I ate like crap and completely abandoned my workouts; it just means that I wasn’t quite as dedicated to it as usual.
And you know what? The world didn’t fall apart. I didn’t gain a bunch of weight. I didn’t even stress about it, really, which is surprising given my personality type.
Yes, I feel slightly – okay, a lot – less energetic than usual, but I think that’s normal given the circumstances.
So if for whatever reason you have to put healthy living on the back burner for a week or so to deal with life, don’t stress about it. You can get back to it when things get less hectic.
That being said, sticking to some sort of routine helped me stay sane during the move. I still got to the gym a few times this week and managed to cook a grand total of two meals at home. The rest of the time, I stuck to mostly healthy takeout. These things helped keep me anchored during a time of transition, which was nice.
Thankfully, we’re now pretty much settled in. We still have a bunch of work to do around the house but it’s liveable, so I’m feeling ready to get back to my routine. I’m actually really looking forward to it.
Especially since I just bought a new fitness Groupon. I know, I know, I clearly have a problem but I just couldn’t resist this one. The studio offers a ton of classes that I’ve been dying to try for a long time – kettlebells, barre, aerial yoga – and some classes that I’ve never heard of but am curious to try like a spin-yoga hybrid and Ropewall Yoga. I am so pumped for this!
I’m also excited to check out what all of my favourite bloggers have been up to this week – I’m definitely suffering from some serious withdrawal.
Have you ever had to take a “break” from healthy living? Did it make you anxious or were you able to just roll with it?