What I learned On Vacation

I just got back from a two-week vacation at the beach with my whole family. It’s always hard for me to take time off; I always feel I should be working all the time to improve my career and provide for my family. Every time I go on vacation; however, I realize how important it is to take some time off, have fun with the family and really live an active healthy lifestyle.

There were a number of things I learned on this vacation that when I’m working so hard training clients and publishing this blog, I become unaware of. These include the following:

  • I was not sleeping enough. I usually wake up around 5:30 AM and start training clients. I do this roughly six days per week and don’t go to sleep until 11:30 PM. I realized that six hours of sleep is just not enough rest for me. I slept eight hours every night on vacation and felt well much more rested and energetic.
  • I was bored with my workouts. I loved being at the beach and outdoors, running around with the kids, having fun in the ocean and watching my kids skim board all day. I really enjoyed a break from the gym and getting all my exercise at the beach by just being active.
  • I need to start spending more time socializing with my friends and family. I realized on this trip how good it feels to just talk with family and friends and have fun. I seem to get too caught up with work and always pushing myself to get ahead. Since I been working for myself for over 20 years, I never want to let up. Because I felt so much more relaxed on vacation than at home, I realized I must be overdoing it.
  • I didn’t eat breakfast every day and felt great. I wanted to experiment with my diet on this trip. I knew it would be hard to eat my normal perfect diet because my family and I were staying at a hotel without a stove and only a little refrigerator. I been hearing a lot about intermittent fasting in the last few months and wanted to try it. It really worked well for my wife and I while we were on vacation. This is what we did. We did not eat anything after 9:00 PM. Then we skipped breakfast and ate lunch around 12:00 PM, basically not eating anything for 15 hours. Then we ate the healthiest we could for the rest of the day. My wife and I came back from the trip the same weight we left two weeks ago.
  • I wasn’t so afraid of the sun this trip. I use to do a lot of surfing when I was younger and would get really tan. For the last decade; however, I’ve become concerned about the damage that may have occurred from all the sun exposure I have gotten over the years. In the recent past, I would stay under an umbrella most of the time at the beach. With all the information in the last few years about the importance of vitamin D from the sun, I decided to ditch the umbrella and not worry about the sun as much. I put on some sun block and just had a blast all day. I was five times more active at the beach and enjoyed myself much more.

Now that I’m back home and working again, I’m going no try to remember everything I learned about myself on vacation and incorporate it into my everyday life. Let me know what you learned about yourself the last time you went on vacation.

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Best – Mike Cola

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4 Responses to “What I learned On Vacation”

  1. Glad you had a good time on holiday and learned alot about yourself! It always great to have a break, take a step back and put some perspective on aspects of your life.

    I might remind you about the sleep thing in a few weeks time to see if you are actually following your own advice and getting your 8 hours!


  2. Brooke MItchell August 29, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Mike I am SO happy for you, and your family. And for your clients and readers, who can only benefit from the fine attention you give to your calling, whether on vacation or back at work. Yes, you witnessed the benefits of time out, more sleep, more “fun”, and
    better relationships. It will be interesting to hear how you go forward with this information, and how some of it can become
    part of non-vacation life. We all stay tuned! Gratefully, Bon

  3. Hi Bon,

    Thanks for making a comment.

    Best – MIke

  4. I can relate to how you felt when you were on vacation. The first day is always the hardest to “let loose”. But I tend to give after a good nights sleep. I also incorporate the things I do or way I feel when I am on vacation in my everyday life. Making time, changing routines, and just stepping back and taking a deep breath then exhaling makes me smile and think that life is great. This is a great post.