As I've noted in past pre-vacation posts, this special time is often a nutritionally perilous time. Most significantly, clicking on the "I'm on vacation" neon sign in my brain is tantamount to turning on the "I can do and eat anything I want" sign. Therefore, it's useful and helpful for me to remind myself that respite does not have to equal nasty fried food.
So here I go. Let's start with Danger Zones to manage/avoid:
- Evil snacks: it's pretty easy to load up the rental house and beach bag with enormous bags of chips and assorted food rubbish. Unless I don't.
- Fried food: my beach zone is in Massachusetts, home of the fried clam. Fried food always looks awesome pre-mouth entry, tastes OK, and feels terrible post-mouth entry. Why continue to repeat the sins of the past? Stick with the grilled fish.
- Ice cream: it's a danger zone, but one worthy of partaking on some sort of semi-reasonable basis.
- Slothdom: in theory, vacation creates the risk of non-movement. However, I'm far too hyperactive to not exercise, so it's not a terrible danger zone.
- Find a gym: I have already worked the interweb to find a local gym that will sell a two week package. I agree that it's sad that I find this so awesome. Nonetheless, I find this awesome. I wake up before the rest of the family anyway, so why not jam in a solid workout.
- Find a bike path: I also looked this up online, and there are lots of trails where I'm going. It's not mega-death hill climbing, but there are plenty of flats for a nice 45 minute semi-sprint. Also makes for a good family activity.
- Try something new(ish): I found a local surf school that teaches standup paddle boarding (SUP), which I already tried and liked this summer. This plus body surfing and swimming is both fun and active. Which is good.
- Pre-scout healthy food options: Again, I've worked the web to find some good fresh-stands, farmer markets and organic food options. I plan to load up on having a ton of good, fresh food kicking around.
- Plan on a healthy breakfast and lunch each day.
- Don't go crazy at dinner, but don't over-think it either. Nuff said.