I am currently home for fall break. Visiting home and staying consistent in exercise and nutrition can be somewhat of a challenge- especially when family and friends don’t completely understand the lifestyle of bodybuilding.
It can be frustrating because family/friends may want to go out for dinner and eat things that you know will be too carby and too high caloried for you, but you don’t want to be the “difficult one,” so you just go along with everyone else and then feel really guilty afterwards for eating crap, and even better, you don’t have time to go to the gym later because you have plans. Ugh!
So what do you do? Keep it reasonable. Enjoy yourself, but don’t go overboard. Try to stay consistent in the gym. If you don’t have a lot of time, try to at least do 20-30 minutes of cardio.
The first day I came home, I wasn’t able to make it to the gym, but thankfully, my parents have an elliptical, so late that night I was able to get a good 25 minute session in, followed by 10 minutes of ab work. It wasn’t as much as I wanted to do, but I sure felt good afterwards as opposed to doing nothing. Anything is better than nothing. That brief session burned about 300 calories that I would have kept, had I not got on.
Tomorrow I plan on going out to dinner, so I am going to do 20 minutes of cardio in the morning; just incase I am not able to make it to the gym later. I want to be able to enjoy some good food, without feeling bummed out later because I didn’t burn anything.
So next time you’re visiting home, family, friends, or just traveling- try to stay focused. Enjoy some pizza, ice cream, or some of Grandma’s cookin’, but don’t treat it like a buffet- where you have to get as much as you can for your money’s worth.
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