Friday, August 10, 2012

Myrtle Beach Vacation Day 2 : Little Houses with Chimneys

Ana and Daddy
  Hello dear readers:
   Day 2 of vacation started like most days of my vacations. Totally relaxed. We have a nice suite with  a full kitchen, which will help me with healthy meal choices. I will try and eat both breakfast and lunch here to cut out extraneous calories.

  Yesterday, we went food shopping and bought all kinds of fruits and veggies to cut up and snack on by the pool and ocean. Snacking seems to be the challenge when  I am watching what I eat, since chips, cookies and other goodies are so readily available. I started the morning with a 4 mile fast walk. The reason I did not run, is because I had company (one of my in-laws friends) who is also staying in the resort. And, he did not want to run due to a knee injury. Still, miles is 4 miles and I was glad for the exercise and the company. And, the view is not bad either. The ocean is gorgeous here. The beach is clean, and the ocean is warm. What else could I ask for?

   Last night was a bit of a challenge since we went out for Southern Food, with a bent on fried everything. Luckily, there was one of my fave meals on the menu: A big bowl of steamed mussels. Yum. I ordered a side salad, which was short on veggies but at least it was lettuce. I allowed myself one piece of garlic bread and did not try the fried green tomatoes, alligator bites or any other apps that were ordered for the table.  I thought I did pretty well all things considered.

  Today, as I walk up and down the beach, and all over the resort I am reminded of an article I read in which Anna Wintour of Vogue is quoted as saying,:  "I'd just been on a trip to Minnesota, where I can only kindly describe most of the people I saw as little houses. And I just felt like there’s such an epidemic of obesity in the United States".

  I too see this problem. Everywhere I look in Myrtle Beach, people are morbidly obese. And it is not just the parents, it is their children too. Which, frankly makes me sad.  And to top it all off, these obese people are smoking. Little Houses with Chimneys. Sad.  What do we do about this problem? Should doctors intercede when children come in for their appointments 50 or 60 lbs overweight? Should teenagers be taught at school healthy habits before it is too late and they develop health problems?I am not sure. All I know is that it makes me sad to see overweight children. And parents. And parents smoking with overweight children, which as far as I am concerned is a death wish.  I am not going to go on a long diatribe here, after all  I am still on vacation. But, I do see this as an epidemic.

So back to day 2.  Walking, Swimming, Lounging. All good stuff. Veggies for lunch, and snacks. Fruit. Fresh fruit for Ana and Mama. Kiddie Pool, Big Pool, Ocean. All fun and tiring and great. Love to see Ana discover her fish side while swimming. She is not afraid of jumping into the water and loves to swim. I am so happy, since I grew up loving all things water.

Dinner: Hard to navigate while trying to lose weight in South Carolina. Everything is oversized, fried, all you can eat. I do not want to eat all, thank you very much. How about some? So we wound up at Bennett's Calabash Seafood Buffet. So , I just filled up on seafood. Steamed. Grilled and otherwise. Not fried, nor in any sauce. Lots of clams and crab. Yummy.

Had great conversation and beach observations and hit the hay for a full day and some beach photos in the a.m.

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