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Getting Into Cruise Control

Here's my approach as I prepare to go on vacation.

At the time of this writing, I now weigh 223 pounds, which is an 82-pounds difference, but there's a major obstacle standing in my way.

I leave for a cruise on Sunday, July 1. Now, with a cruise comes temptation. I know that firsthand. I have been on cruises before, and they are a great time. In fact, cruises are probably responsible for some of the weight I gained over the years, because you can pretty much eat until you're blue in the face.

There have been people who have been telling me it's okay to take the eight days off from my diet, and I disagree. First of all, it's not a diet. It's a lifestyle change, and it's not changing back. Sure, I will eat lobster and different meats, but it's all about moderation. No, I will not have 12 slices of pizza in one sitting (done that before) and I will not eat a gallon of ice cream by myself (also done that). I need to keep the essentials in my foodplan, and the rest will play itself out.

One benefit of the boat, which seems like a city at times, is that it has a gym. I am not sure how much of it I will use, seeing as I am battling an injury. Yesterday, I pulled my hamstring playing softball, so I am limited in a cardio sense for the time being.

Either way, it's about smart choices. Keep eating eggs, lean meats and plenty of fruits and veggies. These cruises have every option imaginable, so it's possible I will find more healthy choices that I can add to my arsenal when I return.

Is it possible I may gain weight on this trip? Sure. Might I lose weight? You bet. We'll have to wait and see, because the human body likes to play some tricks sometimes.

Until next time, I need to find my sunscreen.

Nat Krieger July 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
On the ship there are many ways that you can help keep from gaining weight..instead of taking the elevator up and down use the stairs, when off on an island walk around..walking on the beaches is really good exercise.. As you said it's all about moderation..have a salad as a 1st course at dinner and I think all lines have a spa menu..just because the pizza is avail 24/7 doesn't mean you have to have it...hope you had fun on the cruise
Michael Ganci July 10, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I had a blast Nat! I did gain a few pounds, but I will get right back on the horse. Thanks for reading! MG
Frank T July 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
It's too bad you pulled a hamstring. The first cruise I went on I jogged every morning on the boat track rain or shine. It was tough getting up early but it was definitely worth the effort and I did burn quite a few calories and broke even on calories. Try to avoid the all you could eat buffet and stick to regular breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. They do have an amazing amount of food choices so you should have no problem requesting special meals. Enjoy the trip!


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