The first day I found it very difficult to break away from my normal eating habits and workout routine. My body craved salad, grilled chicken, water, and a challenging workout. But after a day or two, I was alright with having a less-than-ideal meal, a few cocktails, and a 2 mile walk workout. Throughout my vacation and long Thanksgiving weekend, I was well aware that I was taking an extended leave of absence from my normal daily routine; in fact, I can not recall the last time I went more than a few days without exercise. I was glad that I took a few days to relax and let myself indulge and enjoy while on vacation, but having that directly segue into Thanksgiving was a little excessive. By Sunday evening, my body was begging for exercise. I was SOOOO excited to get back into my routine & kick it off with a MONSTER Monday workout.
I knew my workout pal wasn’t going to be able to make it, but I thought I’d power through and do one of our Crossfit Inspired crazy workouts. I don’t know what planet I thought I was from, because I half expected myself to be performing with the same level of intensity as before my vacation. Boy was I WRONG!!!! Here’s what I mapped out for myself
5 Deadlift/Pushup combo (95lbs)
20 Box Jumps
25 BOSU Ball crunchs
5 rounds for time.
The first round was okay but I started to feel fatigued pretty quickly after that. I definitely didn’t have the endurance I had before my vacation. I powered through as best I could, recording an unimpressive 38min 17sec time. I attribute this mostly to my lack of exercise and less-than-ideal eating habits, but also to the fact that I did this MONSTER Monday workout alone. Having a workout pal there next to me, cheering me on & toughing it out right alongside me TOTALLY helps. I sure as hell missed her on Monday! When I was done with my circuit I finished up the workout with 30 minutes of hill intervals on the ARC trainer. I managed to get in a good sweat & a mediocre workout; I was just happy to be back in the swing of things!
If nothing else, this Mediocre MONSTER Monday workout reminded me that while a few days off & a little indulgence every once in a while is much-needed, too much is just that- TOO MUCH. Next time, I’ll definitely be incorporating more activity into my vacation and will plan it so that it does not come immediately before or after a major holiday.
How about you? Did you deviate from the norm this Thanksgiving? Did you get back on track?