I am probably guilty here of making up a word, but I think every goal oriented person has suffered from this ailment. Vacationitus- is the depression and grief we feel when we return from a vacation five or ten pounds over our normal body weight and suffering the pain of having to try to reconnect with the pre-vacation disciplines of eating and exercise. Vacationitus is a setback, a reversal, a loss of ground toward our significant goals, and even worse a feeling of being unable to re-establish the good routines we once were on. Having just recently gone through this crisis myself, I wanted to share five techniques that helped me over come Vacationitus and shed the excessive weight and get back to work. Here they are.
1. Remind yourself of how successfully you have been in the past
For instance in the area of weight loss your thinking would go like this:
You lost 35 pounds in the last two years! People were walking up to you and saying “Boy you’ve lost weight.” Remind yourself how good those comments felt and remind yourself you have the power to deal with this issue. The fact is that since you have already done it once, you can do it again. Your pep talk should be, “You know you can do this… you already have, just get your mind around it and start today.
2. What are you about? What are you up to?
It’s time to review your goals. A reversal is a great time to remind yourself of what you really want out of life and why you want it. Again if the concern is vacation pounds, here are some good questions to ask yourself:
“Why is it necessary to lose the weight? “
“What are the benefits of staying in shape?”
My answers revolve around Self esteem. I just feel so much better about myself when I am at my goal weight. It is boost to my sense of personal worth to control my weight rather than to be controlled by my eating.
I remind myself of that confidence is necessary to reach my goals, and that I am so much more confident when I am working out and my weight is under control.
3. Start today
Every vacation ends, yours is over, you had a great time, and you ate what you wanted, now’s the time to get back to the real world. Vacations are not the real world. They are meant to give us a break from reality and to free us from our disciplines long enough to relax, and that’s why we love them. But vacations are meant to be temporary so grow up, get tough, and get back to the routines that have been bringing you success.
4. Dealing with a setback.
There are other kinds of reversals than simple weight gain on vacation, but many of the same principles still apply. Maybe you have had an injury that is hindering your physical workouts. This can be very frustrating when you are pursuing physical training goals, but we have to be careful not to let it cause us to simply give up our pursuit of fitness.
I recently have been dealing with a knee injury that has slowed by workouts and led to much frustration on my part. Here a couple questions I asked myself to get me going again in physical activity.
All right my leg is hindering exercise, but is it eliminating it?
Be honest, Kim, are there some things you can do physically?
Where can I get some good advice? An injury is the time to invest in the cost of getting good advice from qualified professionals. Don’t quibble over spending a few hundred dollars now, which might save you thousands in medical costs in years to come.
5. Others have done this, look to them.
This is the final technique and it’s an “oldie but goody.” Success leave clues, and if others have overcome vactionitus and reversals in their lives they no doubt have written or blogged about it. Find them, read them, and copy them when they make sense.
Vacationitus happens to us all. Reversals are part of life. You can get back on track and reach goals. So put down that doughnut and get out your workout gear and get started again on your dreams.