I obsess.

I’m always worrying about getting out of the habit of working out and eating healthy when I’m on vacation. How am I going to work out when I don’t have access to the things I normally do? Should I pack clothes for running? Should I buy a travel scale? Crazy, right?

Then last month I went on a trip and I actually lost weight. Granted I did a lot of walking, but I certainly didn’t watch my calories. This experience helped me relax a little. I recently read an article about how restrictive dieting causes weight gain and that allowing yourself to eat foods you enjoy can help you lose.

So, along the lines of letting-go-of-how-you-think-you-have-to-be-active, relaxing and enjoying food and having fun on vacation, here are my suggestions for vacationing (in my case, at the Jersey Shore):

  • Ride a really old, rusty bike with a basket around as much as possible
  • Wear a fitbit
  • Take off your fitbit so it won’t get wet in the ocean
  • Jump in the waves for hours
  • Forget about the fitbit
  • Play mini golf
  • Go to yoga
  • Go standup paddle boarding
  • Go for a walk on the beach to clear your head
  • Fly a kite
  • Go to the arcade
  • Have a chin-up contest at a playground
  • Do suicide sprints at a playground and accuse each other of cheating

Do all of these things and you can eat ice cream every night. 🙂