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Vacation Cruise

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.
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  • PARM01
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    1737 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your experience and photos of the cruise. I've never taken a cruise on anything bigger than a river and although the idea appeals to me, I'm not sure since I get motion sickness pretty easily.

    I'm glad you had a good time and 3 pounds over 7 days is emoticon Congratulations!
    1761 days ago
    What a great vacation and wonderful memories! You did well with only gaining 3 lbs. We called it an "eat-a-thon" when we went on a cruise. There was food everywhere!
    1768 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Sounds and looks like you had a blast. Way to go on keeping food and fitness in check.
    1768 days ago
    I think you did well to eat 3 meals a day and use moderation. I don't think I'd have as much willpower. Sounds like a wonderful time!
    1768 days ago
    It sounds like such a wonderful experience. I wish I could have gone with you!
    1768 days ago
  • RONI122
    Welcome home Marianne! I love Carnival Cruises. I've actually been on 3 of them. The Grand Cayman's are beautiful!
    1769 days ago
    Sounds like a great trip, and you've got some great challenge teams and lots of team mates to help get you back on track!
    1769 days ago
    Looks like you had a great time! I love, love, love cruising! Welcome home. ;)
    1769 days ago
    What an experience!!! So glad you had such a good time...........a lovely break after the year you've had moving!

    ..........and I wish I was now 11 lbs from goal................ we can do this! emoticon
    1769 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    emoticon that you got to enjoy your vacation with your friends emoticon
    1769 days ago
    Sounds like a great time and I know you will be back on track and feeling great about it in no time! Looks like a lot of fun.
    1769 days ago
    So glad you enjoyed your cruise, a well deserved vacation after all the busyness of the move over the last while.
    I too was surprised the opportunity to find your own quiet nooks to rest, read, relax while on board with so many others. Having been on several cruises I know the pitfalls of the food on board. I have found that using the gym and pool really helped on my last cruises. Declining the temptation of the foods takes a lot of discipline while on board. You did well with a 3 pound gain. I think you might be surprised how quickly the gain turns into a loss once you get on track again at home.
    Thanks for sharing about your experience.

    1770 days ago
  • BEFIT018
    I love Carnival! SO much fun! I was lucky & didn't gain weight--i hit the gym & took a couple exercise classes in the evening. Swimming with the stingrays was an awesome excursion & we've done the ruins, too.
    Sounds like you had tons of fun!

    Are you planning another cruise?
    1770 days ago
    I am so glad you had such a great time. After the hectic time moving it had to be nice to get away with good friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    PS do sting rays really "STING"

    Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon GREAT PHOTOS and you look lovely HUGS Pat . emoticon
    1770 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/22/2013 10:26:31 PM
    Glad you had a good Time on your Cruise.......I am proud of you for staying away from all the delicious food.....and sticking to Moderation.....I am not sure if I could have that much restraint!! emoticon emoticon for sharing!
    1770 days ago
    I would enjoy a cruise, I think. I like reading about them - so thank you!
    1770 days ago
    I think you did real well gaining only 3 lbs! I've had cruises where I've gain over 10 and some that I actually lost weight on. It's all in what you allow yourself to eat. I am so glad you enjoyed the cruise and had such a good time. Now you're home and I know you're ready to buckle down and work hard at losing. That's where our Challenge will help! I'm glad you're on my team 'cause we're gonna kick butt and win!
    1770 days ago
    cruising can be fun, but i'd rather stay on dry land.
    1770 days ago
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