Your normal.

I’ve been blogging for some time, certain times more consistently than others. The past few weeks I have been less consistent with posting for various reasons: travel, working the weekend, and being just plain busy and exhausted. For example, I fell asleep last night at 8:30 pm and didn’t wake up until 10:00 am…thank goodness I didn’t have to work.

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When life is busy and off of your “normal” it can be very hard to stay on track with your goals. Irregardless of your goals, certain things just fall by the wayside depending on the time of your life and what is going on. Traveling gives you less control over when and what you eat and when and where you sleep. Working on days that you normally don’t makes it hard to rest when needed or meal prep. Being busy just messes you up in every way possibly, throwing you curve ball after curve ball.

What I’m saying, and what I’ve said before, is that in these moments in life you need to give yourself some slack. Maybe you have less control over what and when you eat, but what can you control while on vacation? Julie and I did our best to get exercise whenever and wherever we could, from running to BeachBody workouts and everything in between. When I am working on a weekend I get breakfast and lunch at work so it’s one less thing I have to worry about. Sometimes that means I have a (epic) bagel for breakfast, something a bit heavier than normal but so delicious. And on my days off, I literally spend as much time in my pajamas and in bed as possible to give my body the rest it needs.

I started this week feeling blah. Last weekend I indulged while in San Francisco with my BFF and her BF and then this weekend I continued to eat and drink a lot. I went to a new wine bar on Friday, had wine and takeout with my roommate on Saturday and then had a more spontaneous brewery and pizza night on Sunday. It was fun, for sure, but my stomach and liver were begging me for a break by Monday. Instead of getting too discouraged, I enjoyed my leftover takeout and got to sleep early on Monday. On my day off, I planned some healthier meals for the rest of the week (savory oatmeal with baked tofu) and I got back to my workouts.

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It’s all about your normal, assuming that normal days happen most of the time. Can you have a healthier breakfast? Can you add more fruit and vegetables to your meals? Can you find a way to increase your exercise by taking the stairs or parking farther away? Take stock of your normal routine and look there first. The busy times of life will ebb and flow, but your normal is your normal and you have to change that.