Here’s my camping trip recap and a few thoughts on intuitive movement while on vacation! (I’ve also written about intuitive eating on vacation. Check it out in this trip recap. One of my first posts!)
Well hey there! I’m back from my short camping trip considerably more tan (and slightly burnt), sporting a billion mosquito bites, and nearly picture-less. I scrolled back through my camera roll on my phone and found a few snaps of the scenery and one food picture. And that one food picture was of a smoothie I drank in the car on the way there. *insert the eye-roll emoji*
However, I’ll tell you that I dined on eggs, bacon, avocado and sourdough toast in the mornings, lots of cast iron zucchini, pull-apart cheese bread, and coconut pie. Among many other things, like random handfuls of chocolate chips.
But I guess the lack of food pictures is okay, because what I’ve been thinking about and what I really wanted to chat about (besides the trip recap) is intuitive movement on vacation. So here goes.
Left mid-morning on Monday (had been planning to leave at 7:30 but left at 10:00, ha) after stopping by the store for cream, duh.
I knew I’d be hungry before the lunch planned for after we arrived, so I made a smoothie to drink in the car. There it is, my one and only food picture of the trip!
After meeting up with our friends, eating lunch, and setting up camp in the heat, we were all ready to hit the river.
Played in the river for a few hours before I got hungry and headed back to the campsite with some of the others to grab a snack (almonds, cashews, and some strawberries). After dinner (pulled pork, roasted potatoes, and cabbage salad), we sat around the campfire roasting marshmallows and talking.
Tuesday was our only full day of camping. I woke up ravenous and all I wanted to do was eat straight away. I thought–briefly–about going for a run and decided that no, my body was craving rest.
I’ve been on many camping trips and vacations where I’ve stressed out about my inability to work out. Sometimes, I feel like it, and a walk or some yoga or a run is what I want. But other times, like this particular morning, my body wants to sleep and eat and take a break from burpees.
I love what Kylie says about exercise: it should take away stress from your life, not add stress to it.
So Tuesday morning, as I lay staring up at the tent ceiling, I asked myself: would a run add to or detract stress from my life right now? The answer was add stress, no doubt. I’d gone into the trip feeling a little tired and ready for some rejuvenation, so a slow, restful morning was just what I needed.
So that’s what I did. I stayed in my sleeping bag until almost 8:00 (glorious). Then I rolled out of the tent for breakfast.I rested. And I didn’t try to eat less or more “clean”to make up for it. I didn’t feel restless or guilty. It’s taken me a long time to get to this place, and sometimes I still have to grapple with it.
Of course, intuitive movement is something I advocate for in your day-to-day life. But vacation is a good time to hone in on it. If you feel the urge to exercise when your body doesn’t feel like it, maybe try asking yourself the stress question. It also helps me to remind myself that I don’t need to work out every day to eat. I don’t need to work out every day to live. I don’t even need to work out every day to thrive. You don’t either. If you feel like you have to work out in order to feel good about yourself, there are deeper underlying issues to take a look at.
The rest of Tuesday we spent playing card games. Playing in the river. Eating a boatload of fruit because it was so hot. Playing more card games. Roasting more marshmallows. Eating more random handfuls of chocolate chips. You know, ideal camping life.
One more snippet on intuitive movement: playing on the river meant some walking, swimming, jumping. All of that counts as movement. But I didn’t think of it as exercise, or even really think about it at all until now as I’m writing this post. Movement doesn’t have to mean scheduled, rigid exercise. Have fun with it!
Wednesday, I woke up early. No one else was up and I felt like stretching my legs, so I went for a short walk on the trails surrounding the campground.
Afterwards, I sat in a camp chair, read a chapter out of my Bible (I’m reading through Jeremiah right now) and did some journaling.
After breakfast, we packed up camp and then headed down to the river for one last rally. And that was our camping trip!
What are your thoughts on intuitive movement during vacation?