So we arrived in Poland on May 30th. First order of business was getting settled in. Locating important places such as the closest beer store was essential…just kidding, well sorta. It took about two weeks before we were settled in. We found the nearest pharmacy, farmer’s market, figured out the transit system, I signed up to the local gym, Carly signed up to a Crossfit box. As soon as we were settled into our groove I was forced to take a portion of my yearly vacation time. Being smack in the middle of Europe means:
a) you can get to a lot of places that are not easily accessible from North America
b) airfare is dirt cheap a la Ryanair, easyjet, Wizzair ect.
We would have liked to have gone to some exotic country or some Greek Island but unfortunately it’s not so easy travelling with a baby and a 90 lb hairy beast (our dog Harvey). So we decided to pack up the station wagon and go see a bit of Europe. We figured Prague, Czech Respublic and Berlin, Germany would seem neat and they are within reasonable driving distance from Warsaw. How does this relate to fitness you ask? Well, it really doesn’t however we needed a break. The month leading up to our departure for Poland was extremely busy. Even with everything going on, Carly and I still managed to workout and eat healthy. Even after arriving in Poland we knew one of the first orders of business was to checkout the local fitness scene. We needed a break now. A break from planning, moving, going to the gym and cooking! We decided for 10 days we weren’t going to do anything more physical then walking up stairs, drink plenty of beer and eat desserts with every meal guilt free.
Important: Over the years I’ve been able to build up some pretty good willpower. I don’t exactly weigh my food but I know when I’m eating too much crap and know when to put a stop to it. Sure I enjoy the odd cheat meal here and there, but I know when I’m going too far and I need to “tighten” up the diet again.
Anyway we had a fabulous time. Prague is a beautiful city in a beautiful country. Driving into Germany was interesting to say the least. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many cars driving 200 km/h! Also on the way back from Germany we made a small detour to visit the town of Zagan, Poland. For the WWII buffs out there, that city was the former home of Stalag Luft III where the Great Escape occurred. We visited the former POW camp (well what was left of it). Pretty interesting. They even had the actual location of the tunnel that the POW’s dug and escaped from. As many people know this escape was so famous it inspired the movie starring Steve McQueen.
Well we made our way back to Poland and settled right back into our routine in Warsaw. It was nice to be able to give our bodies a break. Everyone has their own training and diet philosohies. Personally, I think Carly and I can both agree that every now and then its nice to step away, recharge the batteries and give our bodies a break. Just because you take a little time off doesn’t mean you’re going to turn into mush. The important…and might I say hardest part is getting back into your routine when vacation time is over. Don’t let that slip turn into a fall.
Keep the blue side up.
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