We got back from Italy last Thursday night, and today I flew back from NYC. When we first got back from Italy though, I was definitely craving a reset as much as I loved eating all the pizza, pasta, croissants, and just soaking up everything Italy had to offer. As amazing as the trip was, by the last day I was pretty ready to get back into my regular routine.
Coming back from Italy, after being awake for over 24 hours we definitely crashed! It was nice because we actually fell asleep around our actual bedtime and got a solid 7 hours of sleep. Waking up the next day was easy and I was thinking, Oh! Maybe I beat the jetlag. Definitely spoke to soon and felt like a zombie for the next 4 days after LOL. I think we are settled now though and of course Italy was worth the time change!
After two beautiful weeks full of carbs, wine and cheese I was definitely ready to come home and get back to work! That’s what a vacation is for right? You relax and overindulge and then you remember that eating a more balanced diet, working out and being productive actually feels better so you go back. At least that’s how it works for me! It’s all about balance 🙂
So when I came home I knew I wanted to jump back into my routine as soon as possible. My mindset definitely hasn’t been to reverse any of the ‘damage done’ so to speak. I definitely don’t regret anything I ate and I don’t regret not working out. I was too busy sightseeing to try and mix in a hotel-room-workout from Pinterest. Plus we walked so much each day so I never felt anxious to get my body moving.
Upon coming home after 1 hectic day I made time to sit down and get my life back together. I want to share the process that I went through with you today! I feel like these tips apply to a long vacation but also something as short as a long weekend away!
1 Review your Calendar
I barely knew what day it was upon returning so I got myself situated with where we were in the month, what deadlines I had coming up and dare I say when I was getting back on a plane again. For the upcoming weeks I scheduled everything I could. I also created a little to-do list on the side and then plugged those things into my planner where they made sense. After doing that I felt a lot better, even though slightly overwhelmed by the to-do list. PS. I love using google calendar to keep track of all my deadlines, appointments, upcoming trips, etc. And then each specific day, I’ll make a mini to-do list on a sheet of paper so I can manually cross off items through the day!
2 Tackle Anything That Needs Immediate Attention
Having the to-do list brings me to step 2, putting out any fires. Safe to say I had a bit of an overflowing inbox. Of course I kept up with any contracts and negotiations that were in progress while I was away because that work literally never stops but there were some new inquires and messages so I went back through my inbox and responded to all of those. Getting this task off my plate felt like a huge weight off my shoulders.
3 Book a Training Session
I suggest booking a training session or signing up for a class! Sometimes it can be hard to get back into the groove post-vacation, or if you go to the gym you might make excuses and not work as hard. I knew I would be a bit out of shape, as in my stamina would be lowered, so having a session with my trainer who knew what my body could actually handle post vaycay was the perfect push that I knew I needed!
I put on my favorite workout set for extra motivation and my new adidas UltraBoost 4.0 sneakers which I ordered from FinishLine.com. These shoes are so comfortable, very very lightweight and I love them especially for cardio or high-intensity interval training workouts. Ps. These are the same sneakers I wore earlier this week in my stories that a ton of you were asking about!
My trainer Scooter took me through a full body workout with a mix of traditional weight training and strength training. Needless to say, my body was struggling and I was so sore for the next few days. My feet though were fully supported. I definitely recommend booking a training session or an instructed fitness class like spin, pilates etc. to really throw yourself back into it and of course coupling that with a pair of adidas UltraBoost 4.0!
This is the second pair of adidas UltraBoost 4.0 that I have from Finish Line and they are easily my favorite pair of sneakers to workout in. They are incredibly comfortable and work well with any type of workout. I have some sneakers that are just great for cardio, or only good for weight training but these are super versatile. I’m also loving this new color I got because the grey makes the sneaker overall neutral but love the little pop of coral!
4 Get A Haul of Fresh Groceries
Of course, stocking up the fridge with all the essentials was super important. Upon getting home our fridge would have been a dead zone lol BUT my friend was sweet enough to pick up some groceries for us the day before we got back! She was so kind to do a quick trip to Trader Joe’s for my grocery list staples and I was back in action- think avocado, maple sausages, coffee, almond milk, greek yogurt, brussel sprouts, chicken breast, salmon, egg whites, ONE bars, whole grain bread, oatmeal, bananas, you know, the works!
5 Reflect on the Trip
I think after a few weeks away we become anxious to get back home into our routine etc. but it’s also important to reflect on the trip! It might sound cheesy but you probably just had a once in a lifetime experience! You can reflect by sorting through photos, saving your favs and creating an album on your phone or maybe even printing some off, your parents/grandparents will love it 😉 I’d recommend doing a little bit of journaling too. Of course, it’s best to do while you’re actually on the trip but late is better than never! I like to jot down a little what-we-did list in a note in my phone each evening and then, of course, turning our experience into blog posts is my main way to document! Even though the blogs are mainly for everyone else to help plan their trip and find recommendations I love reading back through my old travel blogs and reminiscing over the trip.
I’m feeling right back into my routine for the most part! Since the trip I’ve already been on another mini trip to New York so it really is back to the hectic chaos that is life. I also was back at the hospital over the first weekend back since the trip and wore my adidas UltraBoost 4.0 on the floor on they were great!
If you’re a nurse you know how hard it can be to find a comfy shoe and basically no matter what after 16 hours our feet are always aching! But the adidas UltraBoost 4.0 have really nice arch support and definitely stood up to the hospital-test. They are a shoe that will take you through your hardest workout and support your feet all day long on the job, plus you’ll look cute while wearing them because they are super modern and not bulky!
Thank you to Finish Line for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are my own 🙂