It’s no secret that most people see the best results after committing to a routine. Whether it’s a meal plan or workout schedule – consistency brings positive physical change. I personally rely on a routine to stay productive and hold myself accountable. The downside is that routine isn’t always exciting. You can start to feel as if you’re living the same day, over and over again. No surprise that weekends come to be our grand source of excitement. We switch things up, go out on the town, enjoy happy hour, indulge in brunch, skip our workouts. Weekends themselves don’t make or break our progress (although if you binge every weekend it will). The deciding factor is whether you get back in the saddle on Monday. Humble brag; I do. Would I be “more shredded” if I never got off (the horse)? Probably. Would I be happier if I had an impressively low body fat? Absolutely not. It’s up to the individual to decide what type of routine fits their lifestyle.
Basically, I know what routine works for me. It consists of lifting 5x and cardio 2-3x a week. It consists of cooking my own meals the majority of the time. The only thing that really fluctuates is how many times I go out to eat in a week and what I order, which depends on my goals. But I’ve never spent more than two weeks out of routine. Leave it to me to agree (and force Nic to agree) to do a Tough Mudder five days after being “out of routine” for a month. It was one of those impulse, we didn’t want to miss out, decisions. We return from our month in Europe on September 29th and then we’ll drive to Dallas for an 11.4 mile obstacle course race on October 3rd…
Exercising and eating clean will be not be our top priority overseas, but it does have its place. I don’t think it’s necessary to gain ten pounds in order to thoroughly experience Europe. Although I do realize that I will most likely be at the mercy of whatever is available. Instead of stressing about my lack of control, I’m changing my mindset. It’s about give and take. Indulging a bit more means walking a bit further. I don’t expect to be in the best shape of my life, but I’m determined to show people that being out of routine should not scare you. I’ll be posting plenty of food porn pictures, as well as convenient workout ideas on @havehealthwilltravel and taking it a step further by filming calisthenic workouts for Team DNA Fitness (check us out on Youtube)!
This is possible because I have made it a lifestyle. Getting the ultimate “fitspo” body takes huge sacrifices that I’m not prepared to make because I seriously love sleep and food. Instead I strive for a body that is healthy and capable. A body that carries me across a country, as well as over 10 foot walls. Switching my mindset from “I need to workout to look good on the beach” to “I need to sweat today so that I can do more of what I love” is so freeing. It doesn’t seem like such a sacrifice when the reward is
finishing dominating the Tough Mudder!