Greetings from the sunny Caribbean. I can’t believe I am actually typing this after spending the past few weeks running and just trying to stay warm in negative temperatures. We are having a lovely stay here in Aruba and wanted to send a quick hello with a few “foods for thought.”
You see, we are staying in an all inclusive resort. This is the second time for us and we knew this time just what we were in for before we arrived. If you have never been to an all inclusive, you don’t know what you are missing out on. If you have been to one before, you are probably still trying to sweat off all the excess from your stay.
There is certainly no lack of food or alcohol…nor sun for that matter. The last time we came to an all inclusive we would get up late and eat a big breakfast, go sun for a bit and then head to lunch just because it was time. We would then do a quick run to work off some of the damage for the day, just in time to get ready for another big dinner (ugh…sometimes two), followed up by some fun at the bar.
This time we are seasoned veterans and although we are living it up, we know to be careful with just how high we fill our plates and wait to eat a meal until we are actually hungry, not because the clock says it is time.
This morning we took the short walk down the beautiful beach to breakfast. The sun was just coming up and there was a lovely breeze as we strolled. When we got to the breakfast area we were met with other diners hopping off the shuttle they rode from their rooms. In typical American fashion, they opted to call for a ride for the 3 minute walk to breakfast instead of taking a nice easy stroll.
I thought about this a lot this afternoon. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the occasional food and drink frenzy. We will certainly add in some running and walking on the beach. But it really is a balance. When we take off on vacation there is a way to find a balance of what we will indulge in and what we might avoid. Throwing in some exercise isn’t really punishment. There are some pretty frozen folks in the Midwest right now that would probably give anything to be walking for a half hour or so on the beach. Taking a rest day can involve doing good things for you too.
This goes beyond vacation. The little things we do in our daily lives add up to make a big difference. Walking the 3 flights of stairs to your office instead of riding the elevator (and possibly getting stuck), parking in the back of the parking lot instead of driving around for 15 minutes to find a spot up front, or simply walking to get lunch. When did we get so spoiled that we couldn’t walk down a beach to breakfast or walk a few blocks to pick up lunch?
You never know, that extra walk might just give you some beachy highlights or some added golden bronze.
Stay warm friends!