Getting Back on the Bandwagon

Hello, hello!! Oh, Lord, what a weekend!! We had such a fun time and the wedding was absolutely gorgeous. Lauren looked beautiful and I’m so happy for her :)


The wedding was in an aquarium and I thought it was the neatest thing! During the cocktail hour we were free to roam the entire aquarium.

I even got to pet a shark and that I thought that was pretty stinkin’ original. He was a quick little guy!

Even though I had a wonderful time, my body is begging me to detox. Especailly after eating Burger King at 1:30 in the morning after the wedding…

My uncles were heckling me about not putting something “like this” on the blog. Well, there you have it ladies and gents. I drank too much and made poor decisions. Can you imagine that?! 😉

During a 9-hour car ride, I had more than enough time to reflect on how yucky I felt due to the BK, lack of sleep and too many cocktails in a two-day period.

I’ve berated myself a little bit, but I don’t like doing that – so I’ve written down a few tips for myself to help get me back on track and I’ll share ’em with you!

  • Hydrate Water, water, water! I didn’t drink much of it this weekend because I was either downing vodka sunrises or I was abstaining from all liquids because I was in the car for 9 hours and didn’t want to have to stop every five seconds!
  • Sleep It was my gut instinct to set an early alarm and hit the gym first thing this morning in order to sweat out all the “toxins,” but I was feeling dehydrated, void of substantial nutrients and exhausted! I slept in and my workout routine will either start back up this afternoon or tomorrow morning. No big deal.
  • Fuel I’m certainly not going to diet or restrict foods this week, but I am going to bulk up my meals with veggies, protein and healthy carbs and fats. Skipping lunch and having cheesecake for dinner won’t fly this week 😉
  • Relax I can’t fret over the foods I ate over the past 3 days. I had such a fun weekend and I wasn’t stressing about eating healthy. I think that’s actually a big component of healthy living: letting go every now and then and not worrying about it.

I think those are some easy points to help anyone get back on the healthy bandwagon after a weekend of celebrating. It’s important to remember that life is far too short to let food run your life. I’ve been there and it’s no fun. The other side is so much better! 😀

Let’s chat

Have you ever let food get in the way of you having fun? Like I said, I used to a few years ago – but I’m so much more lax about things these days and it’s wonderful!

What are your go-to tips for getting back on the healthy living train after a celebratory weekend?

Do you like greasy foods after a night out on the town? It’s a must for me! 😉



  1. says

    My ticket back on the healthy train usually starts with the gym. I’m not motivated to eat healthy unless I’m back in my gym routine for some reason. As soon as I hit the workouts, the healthy eating usually follows.

    My stomach doesn’t handle greasy foods very well so I tend to stay away from them.

  2. says

    I love that you’re honest about what you ate. I feel like so many people actually would hide this on their blog. It’s such a normal thing, who is perfect anyway? After a night out, I’m typically so tired I dive head first into bed but that’s because I’m an old lady. After a weekend of fun events with family and friends, I just like to get back into my routine. You only live once after all

  3. says

    Getting back on the bandwagon: a couple intense workouts and piles of lemon water. And greens at every meal (including breakfast). Takes me about 2-3 days of that to feel normal again.

    And, even though I’m not getting married, I always thought that an aquarium would be an awesome location for a wedding. Looks like this one was. Glad to year you had an awesome time.

  4. says

    great tips its always great to have a plan for getting back on track… water is so important I always try to start my morning with a glass of water with cayenne & lemon it always gets my day off right, especially after a crazy weekend.

  5. says

    I love your attitude, lady! I try my very best not to let a weekend of pure fun (ie lots of alchohol and good food) get me down. I try to stick to all the tips you listed – especially the water and fuel one. Glad you had a great weekend!

  6. says

    I’m not one to let food get in the way of fun, but I do get more bummed than I should when I think about how much my social life affects my waistline. Bummer! Good luck getting back on track; you’ll fall right back in the swing of things!

  7. says

    I am glad you had fun! That is so cool that they had their wedding in an aquarium! I know exactly how you feel about detoxing because that is what I am currently doing! After slowly letting my eating get worse and worse a week on vacation for my brothers birthday put me over the edge so I decided to challenge myself to eat better in order to feel better for the month of June! I find after detoxing that I crave the foods that taste good but make me feel yucky much less:) I haven’t really ever gone over borad drinking seeing as I get tipsy off one drink but I love me some good old greasy food everyone in a while, I’m a McDonald’s girl though!

    • Colleen says

      Ohh I can be a McDonald’s girl too! Yeah, once I start putting good things into my body, that’s what it craves – and it’s the same way with bad foods!

  8. says

    I love your attitude :) I def. agree that not trying to be 100% healthy all the time is actually the healthiest way to live. I used to avoid “bad” foods and situations that would expose me to those kind of foods, and I was absolutely miserable as a result. But then I got tired of watching everyone else have fun while I basically wasted my life watching from the sidelines, so I stopped with the rules and just went with the flow. Much better 😀 That’s how you get all the good memories.

    My must-haves for getting back on track are water, fresh produce, fresh air, and exercise.

    • Colleen says

      Kudos to you! Yeah, it’s so much more fun when you’re not on the sidelines, right?! 😀

  9. says

    That yucky feeling is no fun! Though I don’t eat greasy food when I come home from a night of drinking, my body is almost always in a sugar coma after a weekend of fun. I try to eat very “light” the next day–not low calorie, but small meals and nothing that will leave me too full. I’ll typically snack on fruits and veggies, yogurt, nuts, and drink lots of water.

  10. says

    A few years ago, I can definitely say that I would let food get in the way of a nice night out. I was very restrictive, and instead of enjoying myself, I was pre-occupied with how much I was or was not eating. That really isn’t the case today. However, when I do go a little too ‘off track’ over a fun weekend, I like to make sure I workout the next day, and like you said, incorporate my usual diet of healthy foods (veggies, fruit, protein) at every meal.

  11. Lauren says

    The night was amazing! You didn’t even mention that you caught the bouquet! I’ll make sure to get you a pic once I get them from the photographer but check out his Facebook so you can preview… Look up Images by Daniel Michael Inc

    So my night-of-fun-get-better-tricks are as follows…

    A bath, a long bath, depending on the severity of the headache I might read a book while taking my bath

    Water or Gatorade

    Food promptly followed by a nap, BUT then you have to wake up because if you nap early and then sleep through the night you are ruined for the next day.

    Rinse and Repeat

    Go to bed


    • Colleen says

      Ah! How could I forget to mention that?! That was the best part 😉 Looks like I’m gettin’ married! LYS

  12. says

    Looks like an awesome wedding! I have definitely, in the past, let food get in the way of me going out and living/having a good time – not anymore!! I know that one unhealthy choice isn’t going to make or break my entire life!

    • Colleen says

      That’s my whole mentality now! One “not-so-healthy” meal isn’t going to make me any different. It’s a good feeling :)

  13. says

    I still let food get in the way of me going out & having a good time…most of the time. Unfortunately. I can’t even sugarcoat that. I am slowly learning not to let one slip up ruin my attitude for the day & even the day after. It won’t kill me! Let me drill that into my head. Writing this helped! hah

    • Colleen says

      I know how you feel! I used to let a “slip up” affect my mood for a day or two. It’s so time consuming, isn’t?! You’re on your way to NOT letting it take over your thoughts because you realize it. Cheers to you! :)

  14. Ashley says

    So… I like food too much, so I have never let it get in the way. But now that I’m on atkins I find myself detoxing with lots of water and tums! Carbs are no longer my friend! Yet, when I’m out and enjoying adult beverages I always want things like french fries, pizza, or mozzeralla sticks!!!! Even tho I pay for it later!!!!

    I love that at a wedding you got to pet a shark, that is too cool!

  15. says

    I try to never let food get in the way of fun times–but that’s really hard sometimes, especially because I refuse to eat food that I know is bad for me AND doesn’t taste good. Like, we were on vacation and went to a baseball game and all they had that I could eat (I’m a pescatarian) was cheese pizza. It was absolutely disgusting and I refused to eat it, which got my whole family all upset (I’m struggling with an ED, and I really do NEED to eat) and made me feel so guilty. But overall, I try really hard to not make the food a big deal–the most important thing should be enjoying the event and the company you’re with!

  16. says

    Love your outlook on life. I’m definitely the same. So what if you had BK? Not a big deal. I use to be the girl that if I cheated it meant that for the next week I was going to deprive and eat very little. I don’t do that anymore. Cheat meals do the body good, we need them for our sanity. I just increase the veggies like you. Omg there is nothing like a big greasy pizza at 3am after a night of dancing and drinking 😉

  17. says

    sadly, I have let food get in the way bleh but I vowed to never let myself do that again!!
    Usually my plan of attack included getting nice and sweaty, drinking tons of water, and veggies lots of veggies!!
    oh and an aquarium was a brilliant cool!

  18. Molly says

    I find that even though I try to let myself go on special weekends/nights, I’m often (perhaps more often than not) angry at myself the next day. I think letting go IS crucial to really enjoying yourself, but it’s a lot easier said than done. I find that Yoga, or any activity where I’m sweating more than usual, helps me feel better after a rough weekend of eating (and especially drinking). I think we should all have your positive attitude because you’re right, one weekend or one missed workout won’t hurt us, so long as we get back on track when we’re back!

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