No, I haven't been hanging out with Oprah again (All though I'd love to). This is what I have been hearing from some of my most dedicated clientele.
When a regular exerciser has to stop working out, they usually report back to me feeling one of the above adjectives. These feelings are always magnified when the break is not taken by choice (vacation), but is forced upon them through the demands, responsibilities, and randomness of their lives.
Today's professional faces many challenges in keeping their workout schedule: travel, long work days, social commitments, family responsibilities, illness, work functions, and more all impact the ability to regularly exercise.
These periods of no exercise may last from two days to two weeks and every time I need to reassure them that its more psychological than physiological, because it is.
Possible reasons why you feel - BLAH!
Out of routine - not getting in your workout throws off your weekly routine, which will make anyone feel a little discombobulated
Moving less - without exercising you are probably doing a lot more sitting and a lot less moving, making you feel tight and stiff
Eating worse - when your schedule is wacky and you're out of routine, there is a high probability that you aren't eating as well as you should. This in turn makes you feel worse.
Sweat - This mechanism for removing toxins and your body's waste products is down.
Blood flow & soreness - You are probably missing that soreness and puffiness from increased blood flow to the muscles you are training.
Sense of accomplishment - There is an unspoken sense of accomplishment that each of us gets when we 'made it to the gym', it's the 'I did it'.
Gym Camaraderie - Workout buddies, neighborhood acquaintances, and even friendly staff are missed when you are M-I-A from your G-Y-M
Endorphins - They exist, but not as likely without your workout
If you are forced to take some time off, don't stress as the negative feelings you have about your health, fitness, and body are TEMPORARY. Get back into swing of things immediately and you will be back to normal in no time.