|I'm REALLY hoping my beach isn't this crowded. |
Not a good frolicking scene..
How should I handle all of the stress, fear, uncertainty and doubt? Get a plan!
I already started my packing plan by building up an impressive spreadsheet with every item I could possibly need, including lint. It's a little anally retentive, but I hate that feeling of driving off toward the destination with the nagging feeling that I've forgotten something. A nice plan and a nicer list is a very nice way of proactively dealing with this.
My approach to my healthy living survival stress for the next two weeks follows the same basic theme: have a plan. So here it goes:
Exercise (this one is pretty easy):
- Find a local gym that will sell me a two week pass. Done!
- Bring my bike. Will be done!
- Take advantage of the fact that I naturally wake up at silly hours of the morning and get workout in before family arises. No problem. I live my life this way.
- Put in serious walking time on the beach. No hardship here.
- Frolic in the waves with my kids. Sold.
- Grocery shop as soon as I get to the rental house. Arm the house with healthy snacks, fruits, etc.
- Stick to my oatmeal/fruit/Greek yogurt breakfast routine.
- Pack lunch from the kitchen (not the sandwich shop) when possible. Avoid buying big bags of chips. Getting individual packs instead so I can avoid mindless beach grazing.
- For dinners, we are planning on cooking and grilling many of the nights we are there. That's always a good environment for good choices. We will also definitely be hitting some dinners out, and that's OK. My standard guideline for vacations is to loosen up a bit for dinner and not be too obsessive (not easy for me).
- Challenge my vacation paradigms. Why shouldn't I imagine vacation as a time in which I don't gain a single pound? Why does it have to be a binging splurge? Why should I feel the need to get nervous about the notion that I will somehow turn into a garbage eating beach freak?
- My strategy is therefore to take a deep breath and imagine myself sitting on the beach, feeling healthy and balanced not gross and bloated. Mental rehearsing they call this.