Losing weight on a ship
Sunday, February 15, 2015
We have been with Mercy Ships for almost 5 years and during the first three years I managed to gain a whopping 50 pounds putting me at my highest weight ever. I blamed stress, I'm an emotional eater and I also blamed the lack of control I had over the food I ate.
Two years ago we had to leave the ship for an indefinite amount of time (which ended up being 5 months) to take care of a personal matter and during that time it really hit me how big I had gotten so with lots of prayer I decided to change what I could. I started with baby steps, changed my portion sizes, tried not to snack in the evening.
We returned to the ship and I started implementing these new habits along with moderate exercise. I don't have any control over the food that is served on the ship. I don't do any of my own cooking, I do down to the dining room to get the food that is available and bring it back to our cabin or we eat in the dining room with 400 other people. Either way, I have no idea of what is in our food (how much butter or whatever). So I decided to work with what I could control which was portion size.
It was very slow going. The weight came off very slowly but at least it wasn't going up. I ended up having to have a abdominal hysterectomy this summer while we were in Spain and still I was losing weight but then came the long sail down and around the Cape and up to Madagascar. I gained 14 pounds on that sail!!!! I get seasick and so I eat almost constantly so that I don't feel like puking and I paid for it! It took me 3 months to lose what I gained in 3 weeks. But I did lose it!
Anyways, I am writing this down here because I now weigh less than I did when we joined Mercy Ships summer of 2010. We are going back to the states this summer for good (the girls and I are so sad but hubby is ready to go home) and I am going home lighter than when I came here!
For three years I told everyone it was impossible to lose weight on the ship but I was wrong. And I am very happy to be wrong in this case! Oh, I almost forgot to add that I am now officially off of all meds for blood pressure :-)