Vacationing with Sparkpeople
Monday, August 16, 2010
Last week my family and I sailed to Bermuda for a week's vacation before my oldest is off to college. Prior to leaving I really worried about how I would manage to come home and not have gained any weight. I'm writing today to report all I did.
First of all, I made myself a promise I would not take the elevators on the ship unless I was dealing with luggage. My husband told me he would be good for 3 floors but no more. We agreed he would take the elevator when necessary without me.
I didn't track everything I ate, but I made some really good choices. I filled up with lots of fruits and vegetables, fish and seafood and no sauces. I had bread at only two meals the whole week. I had dessert at 4 meals. Two of them were sugar free options. (I know that means heavy on the fat...) I have to admit to "pigging" out one night when they had the only dessert buffet late at night. I drank water and plenty of it and a cup a camomile or mint tea each day.
Cruise lines, or at least this one, have made some good changes. They report the average cruiser gains 7-14 pounds during a 7 day cruise. Yikes. At dinner I noticed the portions were on the smaller side. That was fine. You felt satisfied and not stuffed.
For exercise I did a lot of walking and much of that involved climbing stairs. I also tried spinning classes for the first time. Spinning was offered three times, Monday, Tuesday and Saturday. I did my best the first day. While I wasn't sore on Tuesday, I didn't have the energy I had on Monday. By Saturday, I was just exhausted from the entire week...But I made it through the 45 minute classes each time.
I had hoped to be a bit lighter before we left, but that didn't happen. However, I'm happy to say that I weighed the same this morning as I did the morning we left. Let me repeat that, no weight loss, but no weight gain, either.
I've resumed my "normal" eating for the last 24 hours or so, but things are about to change again. We leave tomorrow morning for the better part of the week to move my daughter into her college dorm. Exercise will be limited to walking and lifting. I'll be eating out more than I'd like, but I know what to choose and will work to make the best choices I can, large bottle of water in hand.
Have a great week.