She is both original and beautiful and her posts often help me catch up on celebrity gossip I’ve missed, which is all-around awesome.
I can’t wait to meet her in person in December in Las Vegas at the Urban Running: Blogger Summit. It’s gonna be a blast!
I hope you enjoy her guest post and I’ll see ya from Atlanta!
Guest Post: SkinnyRunner
It’s summer which means vacation time… for some people. Didja know that we use less vacation days than many other industrialized countries? Last year the average American took only 14 vacation days while workers in France used 35!
So when you take a vacation, you want to enjoy it to the fullest without worrying about whether you’re “staying on track”. Some tips for doing just that:
- If you’re gonna work out, do it first thing in the morning
When you’re trying to get out of bed and your brain is trying equally hard to convince you to “Do it later; you can totally run after spending all afternoon at the swim up pool bar”,do not listen to it. It is lying to you.
If you’re determined to exercise while on vacation, get your workout in first thing and then have the rest of the day to relax without having that workout hanging over your head. Or have the rest of the day to carry your way-too-heavy for this, nephew.
- If you choose not to workout while on vacay, do something else active that’s fun.
Multiple trips through the buffet line don’t actually count as mile repeats. Weird, I know.
Instead of a run, go for a walk on the beach. Instead of your weekly spin class, take a beach cruiser and cruise into town. Try snorkeling, bike riding, golfing, swimming with sharks like crazy people, ahem, Julie, try to drown your spouse in the pool, just do something that you enjoy and that you move a little while doing it.
- If you want to indulge, eat what you really want
If you scream (bloody murder) for ice cream, have it everyday while on your trip… if that’s what you really dig. But don’t go for the store bought cookies, stale brownies, old fries and over cooked burger just because they’re there and I’m on vacation! Indulge in the things that are worth indulging in.
My family went to Hawaii this past February. Since we rented a house, we’d go to Costco to get groceries, and we picked up this tropical fruit cake with coconut in it. As I was eating it, I remember thinking, “This isn’t even that good” as I finished the slice. And I ate another slice later!
A week later we went to the Tommy Bahama’s café in Maui and between the four of us, we shared a big slice of their pina colada cake, a favorite of mine and my husbands. I got exactly what I wanted and didn’t need to eat 2 slices of cake that I didn’t even really like.
- If you’re packing light or heavy, leave the guilt at home.
Maybe it’s just me, but it can be easy to feel guilty while on vacation for not living a perfectly healthy lifestyle… I’m not working out as hard as I do at home, I’m eating all these these decadent meals, etc. What a way to turn a vacation into a big time mental trip!
A vacation shouldn’t be your same old daily routine in another zip code so don’t feel bad about rest days or ice cream Sundays. Do things different while on vacation – it’s a break from real life! Enjoy it guilt-free.
- If none of this works, there’s always a touristy shop that sells some lovely muumuus…
This guy knows what’s up: