August Report and Plan for September
Thursday, September 01, 2016
My goal for August was to lose 4 lbs. I actually lost 3.5 lbs. That means I've had a loss each month for the past 4 months, and am now down 17 lbs. since the new year.
We will be away from September 27 until October 21, without regular internet access and of course no scale. The first 5 days and the last 5 days won't be difficult because we will be on a train and the meals, although very good, are on the smallish size and there is little opportunity to snack except on the fruit and healthy snacks we take with us. On the ship though, there is food everywhere, at all hours, so I will have to be very careful there. I would love to think that I will maintain, but am worried that I will gain a bit.
My plan for the 15 days on the ship will be similar to the way I handle a buffet...
- avoid soups because they are usually too salty
- avoid most breads and sweet buns (blinders when going past cinnamon buns)
- no mixed mayonnaise- or sour cream-type salads
- lots of greens and raw vegetables and fruits
- stir-fry meals when available with lots of vegetables
- occasional desserts only except for fresh fruit
- chicken, pork and fish more often than beef, but a small steak once in a while
- NO deep-fried foods (chips, breaded shrimp, chicken)
- drink lots of water with every meal
- eat slowly... This is a problem. I normally eat too fast, while DH eats a much larger meal v.e.r.y slowly. This always makes me want to go back for more... take book to table to read until he finishes.
It helps that neither of us drinks much alcohol, so I won't be wasting calories there.
- We have a total of 10 days at sea, so we need to do more walking than we normally would on the ship. Even a couple of laps around the deck after every meal would help. We usually depend on the excursions we choose for our exercise.
- Also swim often... the pools are small, but not usually too busy, so I will plan to spend some time there, weather permitting of course. It will be October, crossing the Pacific... will the pool even be open?
- I haven't even looked into the gyms on our other cruises, but should force myself to do so this time.
If you've ever been on a cruise, you know how easy it is to spend way too much time at the buffets, or on a deck chair... this time I'm committed to being more active. I've worked too darn hard losing this weight to just let it come back on again.
Thanks for reading; any tips you have will be appreciated.