Sooooo….how are those “New Year! New You!” fitness resolutions working out for ya? Still on track? Great job! Covering the mirrors and eating ice cream from the tub? Welcome to the club.
C’mon this cannot be a surprise. I mean it’s mid-April! We knew what this was when we went into it. Celebrate keeping your resolutons for three months…errr three weeks…errr….two days…and move on.
Those new years resolutions you made in December when the world looked shiny and bright and ready for renewal? Yeah, those days are gone. This week why not admit your (temporary) defeat in style before 60-days-until-swimsuit season headlines begin. Crash your New Years Resolutions with the same gusto you used to start them in one of these five spots.
The resolution: “I’m going to start my Diet”
Why it’s broken: If celery were meant to be your go-to-meal, chocolate would’ve never been created.
Where to break it: Skip the salad bar and head straight for the island that marries all of your food dreams. If France and the Caribbean had a beautiful food baby it would be called Martinique. Kiss the chef at La Suite Villa, learn to make the dishes you fell in love with at a cooking class at Les Ateliers Medelices and eat chocolates (handmade at Chocolaterie Freres Lauzea) in a lounge chair on a white sand beach. When it’s time to leave (so soon?) stop in to Saint-James Rhum museum and distillery for some liquid sunshine to carry home. us.martinique.org
The resolution: “I’ll go to the gym every day”
Why it’s broken: If you can spring out of bed for the gym in the morning there’s something wrong with your mattress.
Where to break it: Hawaii. Sure, everyone knows about those crashing waves and gorgeous beaches but did you also know that the island chain is home to nine national parks? Yup. Hike your way to slimmer thighs while also remembering to stop at every roadside stall for freshly baked banana bread and hand made coconut ice cream. Ying and Yang, baby. www.gohawaii.com
The resolution: “I’ll be better with my finances.”
Why it’s broken: Those purses aren’t going to buy themselves.
Where to break it: Channel your inner Alicia Keyes and sing it to the rafters: New Yooorrrrkkk! Head to Century 21 for cut rate designer fashions then spend the money you saved at restaurants like the new Birds and Bubbles (southern food and champagne!) or sip cocktails in The Lambs Club at The Chatwal hotel – a spot where legends like Fred Astaire, John Keats, W.C. Fields and more once hung out. Then spend what you’ve got left on drinks at Bar 65 at the Top of the Rock while keeping an eye out for the rich and famous. www.nycgo.com
The broken resolution: “I’m going to spend more time with the kids.”
Why it’s broken: “More time?” Really? Tell me what you want, what you really, really want.
Where to break it: Families are great but even the airlines will tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first. What you need (admit it!) is some time away. Sunshine, spiked drinks and a place where no one knows your name except the bartender and the bellboy. Book into a suite at the Monarch Beach Resort. Spend your days overlooking the ocean, sprawled out on the private beach or watching channels that don’t include a single cartoon. The hotel just finished a $30 Million renovation that will make your stay in Orange County, California something you can tell the family all about once you’re home again.
Heather Greenwood Davis is the globetrotting mama behind www.globetrottingmama.com. She is currently breaking all of her resolutions
*photo credit St. Regis Monarch Beach