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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!!!!!
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