• The Post-Vacation Mess

    April 24, 2012


    Is today flying by for anyone else? I figured my first work day back from vacation would drag on and on, but it’s really whizzing by. Holy moly, where does the time go? Hey, I’m not complaining!


    I went grocery shopping this morning, so my kitchen was full of lots of healthy options for lunch today. I had raw green bell pepper, carrots, and celery with hummus.

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    Love this flavor!

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    I also had a Dr. Praeger’s California Vegetable Burger with pickles and kale.

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    Here’s my lunch on the kitchen counter:

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    Because my dining room table (and much of our house) is currently in shambles.

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    I’ve made some progress on the laundry and unpacking about 75% of my stuff, but I still have some work to do to get my life back in order.

    I’m totally one of those people who needs to unpack and get organized almost as soon as they get home from a trip/vacation. I hate having everything disorganized and all over the place, and the thought of my dirty laundry siting in my suitcase sort of stresses me out, especially sweaty workout gear. I can leave things unpacked and disorganized overnight, but I never go much longer than that.

    What do you do when you return from a trip? Unpack immediately or unpack at a more leisurely pace?


    A couple of hours after lunch, I whipped up a smoothie as an afternoon snack. In the mix:

    • 1/2 cup frozen chopped kale
    • 1/2 cup frozen mango
    • 1/2 frozen banana
    • 2 tbsp peanut butter
    • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    • 2 cups almond milk
    • Handful of ice

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    My smoothie ended up really thick, so I kept adding more almond milk to it, which meant that my single-serving smoothie turned into two 16-ounce ones. Obviously, I drank them both. No smoothie goes to waste in my house!

    I’m off to walk the pug and then head to CrossFit. Tonight’s WOD looks like a butt-kicker! I can’t wait!

    Feel Great Weight

    In the past, I used to see vacation as an excuse to overindulge and pretty much ditch my healthy habits all together. But not surprisingly, I’d return from vacation feeling sluggish, unhappy with myself, and sometimes even a few pounds heavier. Obviously, I don’t want to stress out about maintaining my weight on vacation—I mean, what better time to splurge? But I also don’t want to overdo it either, so here’s what I’m going to pack so I’ll enjoy an overall healthier (but just as fun) trip: What to Pack for a Healthy Vacation.

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    { 53 comments… read them below or add one }

    Grace @ Grace Dishes April 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I don’t sleep until everything is put away or in the wash. I’m a neat freak so I before I go on trips, I clean the house thoroughly too.
    The plate of food looks so yummy!


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I like to get everything unpacked and organized as soon as possible. I can’t stand having stuff all over the house!


    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I loved your article on Health.com! My fiance and I are going on our honeymoon to Hawaii this summer, and I’m going to make sure to bring a water bottle and workout clothes. Not that I’ll be obsessive about it, but who can resist a walk around Maui, anyway?


    Cait's Plate April 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    That’s actually not bad for post-vacation! Especially for what a long trip it was! I go away for the weekend and my entire place looks like a tornado ran through it when I get home! 🙂


    Bjorg April 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Love the feel Good weight post!

    I sometimes feEl my


    Bjorg April 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Love the feel good weight post :]

    Tips I needed for my trip, 11 days until I go to Iceland yaaay :]


    KerriAnn April 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    That WOD looks fun!


    Tina April 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I know, doesn’t it!?! I’m a bit scared for it too! 🙂


    Jo @ LivingMintGreen April 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I just got home (last wk) from a 5wk trip to Hawaii, and after a red eye flight, a transfer in Vancouver and a two hr drive home, I unpacked immediately & headed straight to the grocery store. Leaving stuff sit out stresses me out! Hope you had a wonderful trip – I’d love to cruise someday! : )


    Alex @ therunwithin April 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I am with you, the first thing I do is unpack and organize. Then I can move on with my week.


    Carrie April 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I always unpack right away, but my husband is one of those slow unpackers. It drives me crazy!


    Jill @ Jill is Active April 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I definitely unpack IMMEDIATELY. I totally know what you mean about the sweaty workout clothes, gross!!


    Peggi Konvicka April 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I always unpack immediately after getting home. I like to get my life back in order right away 🙂 Just like you! Looks like your trip was awesome!!! We went to Disney World over Spring Break and it was a blast, however, I needed a vacation from my vacation when we returned. That place was exhausting, but oh soooo soooo fun!!!!


    lynn @ the actor's diet April 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    @Peggi Konvicka: hey – me too!


    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama April 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I have to unpack immediately! It drives me bonkers to see suitcases and dirty laundry. When I’m at home, it’s time to return to normal living!

    Did you get any Crossfit workouts while on vacation?


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Ahhh unpacking can be a mess. For me I either have to unpack immediately upon walking in the door or it takes a week or two…


    Ann @ Turbo Teacher April 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I like to unpack & re-organize right away; I like to have plenty of time to get everything put back neatly where it belongs!


    Lindsay @ Running the Windy City April 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I’m the same way about unpacking. I feel so out of whack until everything is back in its place!


    Hillary April 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I’m that psycho who unpacks LITERALLY as soon as I walk in the door. I just like feeling “at home” as quickly as possible!


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Today is totally flying by but I’m excited to get home to workout! Enjoy your evening!


    lynn @ the actor's diet April 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    i just got back from vacation yesterday (disneyworld) and have been crazy…


    Sneakers2Sandals April 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    So funny! I get possessed when I get home from vacation. I don’t stop till everything is organized! I feel like I’m in shambles until everything is put away 🙂 I’m crazy!


    Michelle (Peachy Palate) April 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I have to unpack immediately, overnight at most like yourself! Killer kale smoothie, yum!


    Nicole April 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Looks like you had a great trip!
    Thanks for the guest posting opportunity. Loved it!

    I am an unpacking procrastinator. I can pack in about 10 minutes because I have a packing spreadsheet (one for vacation, one for business travel) but I tend to take my time putting everything away after a trip. However the dirty laundry comes out of my suitcase ASAP!


    Liz @ Hobby Lobbyist April 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I unpack immediately for the opposite reason that most of you do– I unpack right away because the dirty mess doesn’t bother me. That means if I don’t do it right away, I will leave my open suitcase in the middle of the bedroom for weeks.


    Mindy - clueless nut April 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I love spicy hummus. Sabra’s Super Spicy and Trader Joe’s Spicy is my favorite!


    Mary April 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I wait a day to unpack, it honors and completes my trip and also gives me a chance to enjoy, not dread coming home.


    Lisa @ Jogging on Coffee April 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’m the complete opposite, I takes me forever to unpack because it means the trip is really over 🙁
    I still have clothes in my suitcase (clean ones ;)) from my last trip in March!


    Hilary April 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Yeah…getting back from vacation is tough. It depends on what kind of mood I’m in/what time I get back/how tired I am when I get back…sometimes I unpack right away, other times I go in stages.


    Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre April 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I am like a crazy person when it comes to unpacking. It can be 3am and I’m exhausted but I can’t goto bed without unpacking. It drives me nuts!


    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake April 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I’m with you… I can’t stand feeling like I have a huge post-vacation mess to tackle! I always feel so much better to get everything washed & organized again!


    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I need to unpack right away too! I always have bags unpacked and laundry in within 30 minutes of arriving back from a vacation!!

    PS – I want to see your tan. Pictures please!!!


    Brianna @ Don't Eat Crap April 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    My fiance waits weeks to unpack his bags. He just leaves them laying around and picks out things as he needs them. I am totally one who comes home, immediately puts things away and gets everything ready for the next day (assuming we get home on a Sunday) then I think its time to relax.


    pluvk April 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I LOVED your post on what to pack for a healthy vacation. I just got back from a weekend trip with my parents and husband, and I packed quinoa for two nights and small ziplock packets of pre-portioned oatmeal mixed with chia seeds and protein powder. My parents thought I was crazy — quinoa?! But guess what WASN’T left over after the trip was done? Their crackers and cookies are still in the bag, but the quinoa? Finished!


    Kerry @ Totes My Oats April 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I’m totally one who needs to unpack as soon as I get home from vacation! It’s makes me feel better to be home.


    mary @ minutespermile April 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    nothing wrong with a double smoothie! if it is that green, it’s gotta be good for you.


    Simge June 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    New place and new home with new environment and adtntsmeujs. Try to know your nearest neighbor and it has possibility that they can help you with your unpacking using services. They are always good neighbors to welcome you in your new neighborhood


    Amanda @ Veggies n Dogs April 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I just came back from an all inclusive vacation. So glad I did not over-indulge. I find it hard to feel good on the beach when I am stuffed the entire time!


    Catalina @ Cake with Love April 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    It depends, if we come return during the weekend I unpack immediately, if on a Sunday night or a week day usually I do it little by little, so when the weekend comes I don’t have to worry about that stuff!


    Annette@FitnessPerks April 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    WOW, that is quite the scene on the table 🙂 Hah.

    I too NEED to unpack right away. Can NOT handle crazy messes all over. Your smoothie sounds awesome! DO you like kale in your smoothies?


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Anytime I don’t unpack right away, it takes me DAYS (maybe even a week or so) to finish unpacking. I’d rather do it right away but it doesn’t always work out that way…


    Laura @ She Eats Well April 25, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I’m anal about unpacking as soon as I get home. Like, in the first hour. I don’t know why. I’m always in such a hurry to get back to my regular life by the time I’m home from the airport. Laundry, however…well, that can sit in the laundry basket (clean, straight from the dryer) for a while…


    Khushboo Thadani April 25, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I’m just the same – I like to get back into routine almost immediately and start unpacking as soon as I’m home…otherwise I get so lazy about it!


    Miz April 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

    if I can remember 🙂 I unpack superfast and commence laundering.
    at least thats what I do with work trips anyway….


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I like to unpack right away too – because then it means I can relax afterward without feeling guilty! 😉


    FitPhilanthropist April 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I have this habit of cleaning my whole apartment BEFORE I go on vacation so I can come home to a clean, happy apartment. Then all that’s left for me is to unpack my icky luggage when I get back!


    CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com April 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

    i wish you could rub off some of your need to do laundry when you get home on me because i HATE doing the chores post-vacay! i am so glad you had a great time. carnival truly does host a fun cruise! cant wait to read more!


    Laura Dickerson April 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I will usually unpack the vital things – like toiletries and dirty workout clothes – but then clean clothes that I ended up overpacking usually get left for a few days.


    Jolynn April 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Is that a yogurt conversion magnet on your fridge? Any idea where I can get one of those?


    Tina April 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Yep! I got it at a Chobani event, but maybe they have them/the same info on their website?


    Honey What's Cooking April 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    i unpack a lot of my stuff immediately, stuff i need. i do laundry the next day usually.. and then slowly unpack within the next few days. it drives me nuts too, but then i’m not home, i can only do it on weeknights.


    Sheila April 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I unpack as soon as I am home. It feels great to have everything put away!!
    Smoothie looks so good:)


    Angela April 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Mmm, that hummus looks great! I’m running low sadly 🙁 As for unpacking, I tend to go towards one extreme or another. If it’s half a week or less worth of clothes, etc., then I have to do it immediately. If it’s not, it’ll lie around the apartment for at least a week before I finally get to it!


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