Monday, July 22, 2013
My husband and I just returned from a Carnival Caribbean cruise - a treat we'd been planning with friends for months. This was our first big cruise and turned out much better than I expected. I was dubious about 4,000 people on a ship and while there were crowds at times, there were also nice quiet places to retreat for conversation or to read a book.
My husband and I are the couple on the left. Our longtime friends convinced us to cruise with them, overall a wonderful experience. After a day at sea, we spent a day each at four ports, going on an excursion each time we docked. We saw Mayan ruins in Cozamel and Belize, snorkeled on Roatan, and went swimming with sting rays on Grand Cayman. For the first six days I ate sensibly but allowed myself some indulgences on the last day of the cruise. I can see why people gain weight - the food was always present and most of it was amazing. Someone told me that the average cruiser can gain a pound a day so I practiced moderation and gained 3 pounds on a 7 day voyage.
Here were two of my favorite activities, visiting the sea turtle breeding program and interacting with sting rays.
One of my regrets on the trip was lack of reliable internet access, so I couldn't Spark. For my BLC team challenge this week I'm supposed to reflect on my healthy lifestyle over the previous six weeks. Before the cruise I was tracking all of my meals and exercise, but had taken up the bad habit of snacking at night. I didn't do that the week before the cruise or during the cruise - in fact, I ate only 3 meals a day on the cruise but did not track calories, thus the 3 lb gain. Now I'm back to tracking, resuming deliberate exercise, and am determined to break the nighttime snack routine! I'm still 11 pounds over goal so I have work to do.