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Regain your fitness & healthy lifestyle after a vacation or illness

November 6, 2017
Getting your healthy lifestyle back after vacation or illness

Regain your fitness & healthy lifestyle after a vacation or illness

Do you find it hard to get back on track with fitness and exercising after a long vacation?

Maybe you have been ill and not able to exercise regularly or life has been hectic and you have just lost your mojo in regards to health and fitness. 

It happens to us all but you can get back on track.

Regain your fitness & healthy lifestyle after a vacation or illness

I’ve just returned today from 4.5 weeks exploring Spain and Italy with my darling husband, Mike.  We had a fabulous time which also included a 7 day cruise around France, Italy, Malta and Sicily.  Perhaps you saw some of my photos which I shared on Instagram and Facebook?

If you are a regular reader you will know that I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle which includes eating a well balanced diet and exercising at least 4 times per week.

However, after enjoying the delicious cuisine, wine and gelato, I’ve returned home carrying a couple of kilos more than usual – even though we did plenty of walking it isn’t the same as working out.

To me there is no point taking a vacation or travelling and exploring other cultures if you aren’t going to relax and enjoy the food as well as the ‘sights’.

I’ve returned feeling wonderful and mentally motivated so starting today I’m back into a new routine and looking forward to losing those unwanted kilos and feeling back to my normal fitness levels.

So how will I regain my fitness and healthy lifestyle after my vacation?

1. Making healthier food choices

After eating pasta, gelato and pizza and drinking too much sangria it is time for more salads, vegetables and smaller portions of meat, chicken and fish.  I won’t be dieting just cutting back on the ‘ daily treats’ for a while.

2. Mixing up my Work Outs

Apart from my two runs a week with my Saturday Sisters, I will be incorporating some yoga, cardio and light weights.  I’ve mentioned before the app Yoga Studio which I just love but today I also found an App on the Microsoft Store called ‘Daily Workouts’.  This App is FREE and has workout routines abs, legs, pilates, butt and weights.

Keeping variety helps maintain motivation.

3. Maintaining Mental Well-Being

This month on the blog I’ve been focusing on ‘Gratitude’ which is an important factor in having a positive mental attitude to life. I want to ensure that I look after my mental well-being by taking time out each day for ‘quiet time’ to reflect, dream and to think of 3 things I’m grateful for each day.

Keeping balance in life ensures good health and well-being in mind, body and soul which reduces stress and anxiety.

Looking after yourself by eating healthier and exercising regularly is also a great way to reduce the Post Holiday Blues.

You might also like to read my post 4 Ways to Get Back On Track When Life Gets In the Way and 4 Ways to Get Back On Track When Life Gets In the Way

How do you regain your fitness & healthy lifestyle after a vacation or illness?

I’d love you to share your ideas with me and leave in the comments below.

Let’s Keep Sizzling!


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  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill November 7, 2017 at 11:09

    Lovely to have you back Sue – and I don’t doubt for a moment that those couple of kilos will be gone before you know it! Glad you’re feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 7, 2017 at 11:31

      Thanks blogging buddy! Yes we arrived back yesterday but felt like a zombie after long flight without sleep. Anyway back to reality and maybe planning a trip for next year. 🙂

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 7, 2017 at 12:22

    Welcome home Sue! When I first get back after a trip where I’ve eaten more rich food, drink, and dessert than usual, it’s almost a relief to get back to a healthier diet. It’s a little more difficult for me to get up to speed on the intensity of my workouts. It sounds like you’ve got it under control though.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2017 at 08:29

      Thanks Christie! It is hard to get back into the workouts but I really need to so I’ve scheduled them in as an appointment in my diary. Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt November 9, 2017 at 03:24

    Travel is not always kind to diet and fitness, you bring up great points. Happy you are back and loved seeing your photos on your sites!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2017 at 08:28

      I know Terri but I took the attitude that I was there to fully immerse myself in the culture and food. Now I’m back I can get back into my routine. Glad you loved the photos but some of them don’t do the views justice.

  • Reply Donna November 9, 2017 at 09:32

    Welcome home, Sue. I agree that i is HARD to regain our fitness and healthy eating routines after a break away from them. I love your tips and plan to implement them when I return home later this month! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2017 at 15:24

      Thanks Donna. It is hard to give up all that beautiful food and wine but I need to feel comfortable in my own skin again. I also need to get used to cooking as we haven’t made a meal for over a month!

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl November 9, 2017 at 11:52

    Welcome home Sue! Sounds like you both had an amazing time.

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2017 at 15:24

      It was lovely thanks SSG. Now to overcome the jetlag 🙁

  • Reply Deborah November 9, 2017 at 14:08

    You looked like you had a great trip and it’s good you walked a lot to keep some fitness up.

    I’ve struggled with this in past… stressing about losing fitness more than regaining it, bizarrely.

    I’m about to restart pilates and hate that I’m a beginner again after so many years of not doing any, but need to be gentle with myself!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2017 at 15:25

      Good attitude about being gentle with yourself Deb. I usually go back into exercise full bore and then pay for it the next few days LOL:) We had a wonderful time and now to plan the next one!

  • Reply Jan Wild November 9, 2017 at 15:06

    It’s taken us a couple of weeks since we got back (not helped by cold wet weather in Victoria) but we are rebuilding our walking and like you getting back to salads and lean protein. Cava sangria is a bit tempting though 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2017 at 15:26

      I have to get used to cooking again Jan! It is very easy to enjoy being waited on for a whole month! 🙂

  • Reply Kathy Marris November 9, 2017 at 16:34

    I needed this advice around 5 months ago Sue! Although I didn’t put on too much weight on my holiday I did feel very sluggish for weeks afterwards. You do get out of your normal healthy routine and it’s hard to get back on track. I eventually started a diet and exercise program in July and so far have had some good results. I’m hoping there will be a little less of me by Christmas. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2017 at 08:11

      You are doing so well Kathy and looking fabulous. I’m feeling sluggish as you put it and just know that a week or two of careful eating and exercise should fix it. Have a wonderful weekend and it is great to be back in touch with you xx

  • Reply Jo Tracey November 9, 2017 at 17:29

    Glad you’re back safely – I loved your pics…and had a few quiet moments of a teeny teeny bit of travel envy. I’m sure you’ll be back to your sizzling best in no time.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2017 at 08:10

      Thanks Jo it was a fabulous time but now back to reality! Have a great weekend and I’ve missed all my blogging buddies whilst away. xx

  • Reply Emma November 9, 2017 at 20:19

    Thankfully I’ve never been seriously ill but I have had more than a few holidays. The big thing for me when I come back is the not drinking alcohol because I always over indulge on holiday.

    My #lovinlife post is here

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2017 at 08:09

      Oh I hear you Emma! The alcohol especially the sangria was my main indulgence so I’ve been alcohol free since coming home until I get back into a healthier routine. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle November 9, 2017 at 21:19

    I’m sure that only you would notice those couple of extra kilo’s Sue and I’m equally sure that you will be rid of them soon enough. I’m so happy you had a wonderful holiday and did enjoy the photo’s you shared while away! Glad you’re home safely! I just returned to Pilates this morning after a few weeks of no exercise due to being sick with a virus and of course Dad being ill (and still is). I really felt it today and I loved it. I think I might be a bit sore tomorrow morning! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2017 at 08:08

      Oh I know Min but it is more about feeling a little uncomfortable more than the weight. I find I only need a kilo or two extra and I feel ‘blah’. My friends have just started pilates and want me to go so I’m putting that on the list. I’m sore after a workout earlier this week so I’m doing some yoga and a run with the Saturday Sisters tomorrow and that is a good start. I do hope your Dad improves so sending you my good wishes and healing thoughts. xx

  • Reply Jo Castro November 9, 2017 at 22:28

    Welcome home Sue! Oh I heart your dilemma – and agree, what’s the point of experiencing different cultures and countries without tasting the food. In my case it’s generally ALL of the food. On the cruise we managed to walk lots and go to the gym nearly everyday, and after a week I was super conscious of portion control. I bet you’ll soon be back to your peak fitness and ideal weight – by the way thanks for the heads-up on that workout app – downloading it as I write.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 10, 2017 at 08:07

      Thanks Jo! I certainly went with the attitude of enjoying all the experiences including all the food and wine and of course those custard tarts and filled croissants! On the cruise I’m like you and try to get to the gym daily but the rest of the month was just walking and discovering and eating! I tried that app and it is pretty hard going but I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too! Have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Olivia Morris November 10, 2017 at 12:45

    I am working on becoming more active. I have severe arthritis in both of my knees and hips, so mobility is an issue. I have started to hula hoop and I am about to take up Pickleball. Both of these activities are not too hard for my joints, so I’m hopeful that a more active lifestyle is in my near future. I’m not waiting till the New Year, I’m starting now.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2017 at 05:47

      Hi Olivia! Yes, arthritis can limit mobility but what a great idea to use a hula hoop and so much fun. I’m not sure what Pickleball is so I will have to look that up on Google! Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a beautiful day. xx

  • Reply Anne Downing November 10, 2017 at 13:39

    I am on a mission to get back into exercise. Find it hard having little ones but I am getting there!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2017 at 05:49

      Yes Anne having little ones does make it difficult to find the time but I’m glad you are making it a mission. Why not do a swap with friends and get them to childmind while you work out and vice versa? have a great day and thanks for stopping by to leave a comment xx

  • Reply Rebecca Regnier November 10, 2017 at 23:59

    Great advice and I’m ALWAYS restarting. It’s a constant reset.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 11, 2017 at 05:45

      So true Rebecca and a great attitude to have. We don’t have to give up if we get off track we just reset! Have a great weekend and thanks for your comment. xx

  • Reply Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project November 12, 2017 at 10:34

    You have the knowledge and the right mindset Sue, so you’re more than halfway there already! Taking such a fabulous trip is worth a couple of extra kilos – what an experience 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 13, 2017 at 06:31

      I know Lyndall it is just getting the right mindset again. I have suffered terrible jet lag this time which hasn’t helped. Have a great week and thanks for visiting.

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit November 13, 2017 at 10:46

    Great tips. I finally got back to the gym today after life stresses saw me ditch it for a few weeks. I’m now back to healthy eating and exercise.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 05:03

      I’m sure you are feeling much better now that you are back on track, Leanne. Sometimes life gets in the way and we can’t help that. The important thing is to get back to basics as soon as you can. Have a fabulous week! x

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle November 13, 2017 at 19:14

    Wonderful to have you back, Sue. As wonderful as travel is, for me I am happy to get back home and into routine of foods that I feel best eating and exercise. I know you will soon be back to where you were and sizzle on your way. Thanks for all the inspiration.


    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2017 at 05:04

      Oh thank you Kathleen! It is good to be back home although it is taking a little time to settle in. I just need to be patient! Have a fabulous week. xx

  • Reply Elise Ho January 8, 2018 at 05:00

    I am pretty into breaking it down into simple steps. Water, movement and getting good food into the house.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 8, 2018 at 08:45

      Hi Elise, I find it hard to come home and start cooking again! LOL:) After being waited on for the holiday you certainly come back to earth with a thud. x

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