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Time to pay for all the FUN I HAD.....

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

so, the time has come.

it is time to pay for my totally awsome vacation. got back from europe yesterday and i could not believe how bloated and HUGE my legs and calves are!!

my legs look like an elephants legs and i made the mistake of getting on the scale this morning. first off, i had breakfast first (which is a big no no for weighing oneself) second of all, like i said, it i time to pay the piper. i was up 15lbs!! how the heck did that happen!!

well, i guess the irish coffees i've been drinking have not helped any, nor the frozen mudslides or toasted almonds (yet another frozen concoction). my hubby thinks most of the weight gain is water weight from travelling. i beg to differ. i just do not FEEL like that is most of the problem here.

however, i am not going to dwell on it. i spent 1.5 hours at the gym today and worked my little butt off. i ate well so far today and i still have nearly 500 calories to use for dinner (chicken and broccoli, yayyyyy).

yes, kids, i even managed to sneak in an irish coffee today. although, i did tone down a tad on the BAILEYS since one little tablespoon has 55 calories. but it is sooooo YUMMY.

has anyone ever heard of a coffee layered liquer called SHERIDAN'S? it is black and white and comes in a segregated bottle.... and it is TO DIE FOR!! i sampled it on the boat (lol, ok, so i went to a liquer tasting even, so what, lol) and walked away with 2 bottles of the darn stuff. did i mention it was TO DIE FOR. it is even tastier than BAILEYS if you dare to imagine that.


so here's the up to date scoop on me and my vacation.

we started out on a plane to DUBLIN where we had a 12 hour layover, did a whole day of sightseeing, and yes, we ended up at the TEMPLE BAR, a well known and quite homey tavern... crowded with both locals and tourists alike. we enjoyed our day of lolling around and headed back to the airport for our connecting flight to BARCELONA.

got to BARCELONA in time for bed and after breakfast we strolled around town sightseeing for a bit before we needed to head over to the dock to catch our "ship" the NORWEGIAN EPIC - which celebrated its 1 year anniversary while we were asea. yes, a brand new boat. wahoo!

the boat was huge. i know i did not get to see all of it during my week aboard, but the casino kept calling my name, what's a girl to do? it has 2 bowling alleys, a rock climbing wall, 3 water slides, roughly 10 poolside jaccuzi's, a gym (yes i worked out 2 x on the cruise) a spa, a cirque tent (incredible dinner show not to be missed), blue man group (also very entertaining), legends in concert (we had the pleasure of elton john, whitney houston and someone called shakira), a crew talent show, a comedy club, a jazz club, a piano club, a fine dining club, a single travelers complex designed for solo travelers with shared living spaces so you can mingle away and meet others, 15 restaurants on board, an internet cafe, a photo gallery, and art gallery, an entire deck of duty free shopping (yes, including liquor!), pool tables, table tennis, a game room, a library, a video arcade, a sports arena (basketball etc) a golf tee, a coffee bar, a theater for many shows, bingo and i don't really remember how many bars (hiccup) ---and you cannot forget the ICE BAR... walls, seats, counter and cups all made of ICE.... below freezing in there too!! oh, and one honking big casino!!

bottom line, you never got bored!


moderno churrascaria - was my favorite dining experience. it was a portuguese restaurant that offered a self serve salad bar (not typical items on this bar) and a table side meat carving dining experience. the carver came around with 10 different cuts of meat (chcken, pork, beef) all differently prepared and you got to try them all, as well as the four sides they offered. you had red and green chips that you flipped over. when you wanted them to stop or slow down, you faced the red side up, when you wanted them to start up again, you flipped the green side up. you could have as much of each item as you wanted and could go back to them after you tried them all too. and yes, desert was the same way. you got to try all that they offered. it was quite a thing to experience. it was incredible and the presentation was superb.


port info on florence, rome, naples and palma majorca to follow!

thanks for reading my blog!!!!

{{{{ hugs }}}}

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DR_BIRDIE 8/6/2011 6:12AM

    You sure know how to have fun! Congratulations on your success! We are all in this together! Get back on track and dream about feeling great for your next adventure!
Dr B

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SIMOFDIM 7/13/2011 12:33PM

    Sounds like a great trip!

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    WOW--I want to go on vacation with you! That sounds just wonderful! I don't think 15 pounds is too high a price to pay for such pleasure. I hope you have continued to get back on track since you returned home and are well on your way to losing those extra 15. Spark will help keep you motivated. Good Luck and thanks for sharing your great times!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 6/22/2011 8:34AM

    WOW, it sounds like you had the most wonderful time. I am so glad you whooped it up!!! As you say, now back to business. I am sure you AND your husband are correct, some water, some Bailey's, but you know the drill, a minute on the lips a month on the hips! God Bless the gym!!

Welcome back, can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!!

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.DUSTY. 6/21/2011 8:41PM

    Glad you had such a wonderful trip! emoticon

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MOCUEVAS 6/21/2011 6:33PM

    You are so good to be back in the gym today after all those wonderful things on vacation. It sounds like you had a great time and I'm so happy for you. I've been to a restuarant like the one you described, it is wonderful and a fun experience, though I couldn't do it every night!?!?!
Hope you are re-adjusting to the "real world" slowly and that the great feeling of such a good vacation lingers for a while.
I've missed you!
Smiles, Mo

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