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Off to Europe!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

TC and I are leaving tomorrow for a European River cruise!

The draw of the cruise is visiting the Christmas Markets of various towns that are located on the Rhine River, although we will obviously be doing much more sightseeing than that. I'm really excited -- we've been to a lot of places but this is our first visit to Europe.

We board the boat/ship (only 140 passengers) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and make stops in The Netherlands, Germany, and France before debarking in Basel, Switzerland.

We are excited that we fly in and out of Boston, so we will spend a few days with our daughter, SIL and 11-month-old granddaughter. BONUS!

I've been holding onto my low weight fairly well, but of course this trip will make it difficult to count calories and do our normal level of exercise.

My strategy:

* eat normally at the buffet breakfasts: I don't need eggs and bacon, I can eat my usual fruit and yogurt.

* be selective at lunch and dinner. Don't automatically order an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Plan to eat only what I want and need.

* avoid dessert unless there's fruit on offer. If something is irresistible have TC order it and have a bite!

* exercise as much as possible. There is a "fitness room" on board with a treadmill and bike, but if it is like most hotel fitness rooms, the equipment will be barely usable. TC and I will plan to walk as much as possible and will plan to do our planks, pushups, and situps in our room. I will be wearing my Fitbit, of course to track my steps.

I'm not going to obsess about my weight. I'm taking two new pair of jeans that are snug, and they will be my best guide! Even though I don't want to gain weight, I probably will and I'll just take it off when I get back.

We will return on January 2, which seems like a great time to start a diet, right?? Ha!

Wishing all of my Sparkfriends a happy and memorable Christmas Season!!!!

Happiest of Holidays to all!!!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATNCAG 3/11/2015 2:11PM

    I hope u had a great time! I am sooo jealous! emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 2/25/2014 6:33AM

  H emoticon ope you enjoyed your cruise.

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MCJULIEO 1/14/2014 7:02PM

    I'm going to read on to see how well your excellent plan worked! Sounds like a great trip!

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FLAGLINDA 12/26/2013 10:30AM

    Wow!! That sounds like a fabulous trip!!! I want to go on a river cruise too one day. The Christmas markets look like SO much fun! Please post again about your trip I would love to read about it. Your plan sounds great!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/26/2013 9:26AM


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LORILEEPAGE 12/24/2013 1:46PM

    I'm hoping you are having a wonderful cruise. Let us know how it went and I hope you are going to include photos of the beautiful European Christmas decorations!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 12/23/2013 9:35PM

    It sounds like a wonderful trip.

Have a fantastic time. Merry Christmas!

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MRSRIGS1 12/18/2013 11:23AM

    How wonderful for you and your hubby! Enjoy your vacation! Don't fret too much about a little weight gain (if you have any). It seems to me that you are going with a plan and that should be helpful.

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KO1215 12/18/2013 9:43AM

    Fun! Congrats on the popular blog!

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WATERMELLEN 12/18/2013 7:35AM

    Yay, so nice to see you get a popular blog post!! Great holiday planning: and I hope you are both enjoying your travels!!

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STRONG_SARAH 12/16/2013 6:46AM

    That sounds like a lovely trip, enjoy!

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NUOVAELLE 12/16/2013 1:57AM

    Have a wonderful time at your trip!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
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CLAIREINPARIS 12/16/2013 1:38AM

    I am sure you'll have a fabulous time! Merry Christmas!

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KKLENNERT809 12/15/2013 4:32PM

    Enjoy your trip and keep it healthy!! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 12/14/2013 11:36PM

    Have a wonderful trip!

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JAMER123 12/14/2013 11:23PM

    ENJOY!! I have a feeling you will do great on the eating but no matter what, have fun and try the local fare when there! What a wonderful vacation you will have!
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GOOSIEMOON 12/14/2013 10:42PM

    Have a great time! I did a river cruise a few years ago and we loved it!

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SUPERDAD55 12/14/2013 10:14PM

    Have a wonderful time, sounds like you have a great plan in place.
We lived in Germany and really enjoyed the Christmas markets every year we were there. Many of the places we shopped will ship the items home for you if you ask. Our family usually ordered only two meals and we all sampled the food and there was enough for all to enjoy.
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MARYJEANSL 12/14/2013 9:36PM

  Have a wonderful trip! It sounds like so much fun!

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NONNAOF2 12/14/2013 7:57PM

  What a wonderful opportunity! Enjoy!! :-)

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MAJONES1225 12/14/2013 6:04PM

    Great enjoy

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NEWTINK 12/14/2013 5:42PM

    Safe travels and enjoy

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JSEATTLE 12/14/2013 5:19PM

  How wonderful to have a great trip to look forward to! You will do well with your game plan.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 12/14/2013 5:00PM

    Have fun on your cruise. It sounds amazing.

Have a Merry Christmas & see you back in the New Year.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/14/2013 4:44PM

  Friends of ours took the same trip a year ago and LOVED it. Have a wonderful time and enjoy every minute.
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SUSIEMT 12/14/2013 4:31PM

    Your Trip sounds wonderful. My cousin has gone on It sounds like the same one and she and her husband loved it! Safe travels my dear and remember that weight gain will only be temporary!

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JACKIE542 12/14/2013 4:07PM

    Have a fun and safe trip. emoticon

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SPEEDY143 12/14/2013 3:34PM

    emoticon emoticon Bon Voyage... ENJOY!!!!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/14/2013 3:15PM

  You know, I've been on two cruises.

If one walks a bunch onboard and sight seeing, it can be done.

Just have fun. WONDERFUL trip, sounds awesome. Hope to see pics

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1BEACHWALKER 12/14/2013 2:29PM

    Wow-I love how you travel! I have looked over your pics and adventures and admire how active you have become! Love it! emoticon on your weight loss! emoticon
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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/14/2013 12:58PM

    Have a great time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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PENOWOK 12/14/2013 12:15PM

    Sounds like wonderful fun!!

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HIPPICHICK1 12/14/2013 12:13PM

    Good plan! And I think if you have eggs once or twice you'll be okay too. Eggs are recommended to stop macular degeneration.
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ASYREETA 12/14/2013 11:10AM

    Have a great time! Enjoy!

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SCRAPBECCA 12/14/2013 10:25AM

    Have fun and travel safe!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 12/14/2013 10:10AM

    Enjoy your trip!!!

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JOYCRN 12/14/2013 9:55AM

    Wow! Enjoy! My husband and I are hoping to do a bike/barge trip in Europe in 2014 to celebrate our 35 th wedding anniversary.

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KANOE10 12/14/2013 9:27AM

    Have a great trip to Europe. I have wanted to take that river cruise!

Merry Christmas to you.

I think your eating plan sounds healthy and enjoyable.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/14/2013 9:14AM

    have fun!

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JERICHO1991 12/14/2013 9:07AM

    Sounds like a great trip, and a great healthy living plan. Enjoy!

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/14/2013 9:02AM

    Your strategy is solid, so I think you'll be fine.

have a great cruise!

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CICELY360 12/14/2013 8:46AM

  have fun

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