What an incredible vacation that was. No schedule, no urgency of anything and although I stayed heavily plugged into social media (my Instagram addiction is full-tilt: jessmanningpt), I ended up being otherwise relatively unplugged (comparatively speaking!). We all need time out now and then to focus on ourselves. I realized, it is the best way to allow things to breathe (breathing is essential to life!). Otherwise, if you never have time to reflect on yourself and, basically, hang out with yourself, you have to figuratively pile bricks on front of mould to keep going. Ie, leave things of the self not dealt with - whether they be rest, reflection or self-indulgence - and try to scramble to carry on. This does not work.
So enough about my self-reflections, let's get down to the nitty gritty about how my vacation was health-wise, and how my clients, who seem to often consider themselves on vacation as well while I am away, made do without their trainer!
France and spain are not really low on gluten or dairy. Haha. I had a bit of trouble avoiding all of the bread - in France especially. So, I kind of just gave in, in exchange for staying on top of my workouts, which felt oh-so-decadent without any kind of time restraint placed upon them. I was reminded of lighter days when I first began working out, how I could engage my mind and really FEEL how incredible exercise is, without just quickly checking off a list and scrambling back to work. So, lots of bread, yes. But lots of really great wellness and experience in between.
Here are some of the meals I indulged in while away for two weeks:
And my report from clients upon returning home? Some slacked, as is common. But many gave me a big smile as they kept up more than usual. Big shout-out to Steve for heading out for a race yesterday! Now get your butts ready... Dying to do some kicking this week. ;)