Saturday, December 22, 2012
Although you’re never hungry, river cruising is more about the sights and touring than the 24/7 food of ocean cruises.
Lunch and dinner is ordered from the menu with an occasional lunch buffet exception to accommodate tour schedules. So you actually have to make an effort to overeat. The wait staff will bring you additional servings if you request it.
This is what dessert usually looked like.
Occasionally I did order two.
They were small, very delicious and usually an example of the culture of the port we were visiting and I really wanted to try them.
Then there was “Afternoon Tea!” Fortunately, the trays of local cookies were heavy on the gingerbread, not a favorite of mine so I was OK trying just a few. Sometimes we were in port and DH and I spent “tea time” there. That was a different challenge since the Christmas Markets include LOTS of food. More on that tomorrow.
But one day we were sailing during the afternoon and I was confronted with this.
OK, I give up. I ate THREE of these.
Still, as I wrote yesterday, I came home only 2 pounds heavier and that is gradually going down. So I’m happy to report that it is very possible to cruise, not feel deprived and maintain.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Back in the USA! A wonderful trip exploring the Christmas Markets along the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam, marred only by the horrible news from Connecticut.
After sleeping for 12 hours, I had my regular breakfast of peanut butter on ww toast with OJ and coffee.
This is what the breakfast buffet looked like on the River Concerto.
I began each day with lots of fresh fruit, yogurt, oat cereal, scrambled eggs and cheese and a few strips of bacon. I avoided the pastries, pancakes, waffles, syrups, deli meats and assorted sausages. With all the fresh citrus available, there was no need for my morning orange juice either.
Lunch and Dinner were from the menu:
Appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert with a salad and pasta buffet available as alternatives or additions. I always included salad (so many types of fresh vegetables and fruit!!), but I skipped the pasta. More on this tomorrow.
This was an amazing AND healthy trip. I gained only 2 pounds and I bet some of that is due to the salty airplane food on the way home. Now it’s time to get back to real life. No one to ask if “Madame would like more coffee” Sigh!
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Today we leave for our cruise - Christmas Markets on the Rhine.
I’m at the bottom of my goal weight range.
I won’t overstuff myself and I won’t drink any alcoholic mixed drinks.
However, I will
Enjoy the local culture – sights, food, wine and beer
Run a few miles in each country (Switzerland, France, Germany, The Netherlands)
It may be a VERY few since it’s really really cold over there right now.
Visit the boat’s fitness room daily for some treadmill walking.
(small room, too hot to run)
Too cold, too hot – I sound hard to please, don’t I?
I’m taking my tablet so if there’s connectivity, I’ll even try to post.
SP keeps me accountable.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Yesterday I wrote about my innate sense of “good enough.” I should also add that I try to train so that I CAN hit another level when I need or want to. I refer to this pace as “escape the mugger” speed. There’s another gear in reserve. I know it’s there because occasionally I’ll take off with the field in a race and not realize until the 1 mile mark that it was a personal record mile. That’s not smart in a race, but in case of danger, that’s when to give it all you’ve got.
Growing up in Brooklyn I was taught early on to minimize my chances of being a victim.
I learned to:
Walk confidently and with purpose
Not walk close to buildings or parked cars
Avoid known dangerous areas
Be aware of my surroundings
Even now I never listen to music when walking/running outdoors.
My Mom told me to sing when walking home from the bus stop at night.
“Muggers never bother anyone acting STRANGE!” LOL
I don’t know if any of this was responsible, but fortunately, I never had to deal with a mugger. However, my daughter did. When in college and out running on a Sunday morning, a guy got out of a parked car and grabbed her. She fought him off and ran to the 7/11 for help, returned with the police and they caught the guy.
So along with my “good enough” reasonable pace, I also do interval training and strength training too. I know there’s no way to be 100% victim-proof, but I want to give myself every chance I can. I’m not naïve. I know I’m not faster and stronger than your average criminal, but maybe the extra effort needed can discourage him.
It’s the same mindset that makes me lock the deadbolt on my door. I can’t stop a determined burglar, but if I make his job more difficult, maybe he’ll decide it’s not worth the time and trouble.
In any case, I want to do what I can for my health and also for my own safety.
Be careful out there!
(Thank you to LOLATURTLE whose comment on yesterday’s blog entry prompted my topic this morning.)
Edit: There’s one more time I’ll go for that higher gear. If in the last tenth of a mile before the finish line, I see a woman who looks like she’s in my age group, then you’ll really see me kick it in. I really do like to win stuff.
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