I just returned from a Princess Cruise with my husband that was supposed to go from Houston, Texas to Roataan Island, Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. Houston was colder and rainier than Vancouver! We could not get out of the port because of fog and the ship was delayed 14 hours. Because of the delay, the Captain substituted Costa Maya, Mexico for Honduras. We were disappointed but Costa Maya was quite unspoilt and the Mayan ruins empty of crowds of tourists, so they were quite a spiritual experience. Also, we got to see more of the real Mexico and how the people live there. So a negative did become a positive.
If you read my previous blog, I was pretty good food wise on the first day. I always find it difficult to strike a balance between denying myself all goodies, getting frustrated and then pigging out or pigging out from the outset and the subsequent guilt etc. All in all, I think I struck a pretty good balance in a circumstance that gives you non-stop food literally 24/ 7.
Yes, I did miss some exercise opportunities. I could have availed myself of the gym on board and in our hotel in Houston but I decided to take a break from gyms since I pretty well go to the gym almost daily at home. However, I went on all three excursions to Mayan ruins which involved strenuous walking and climbing up stone stairs. I also participated in two Zumba sessions on the boat. That was a conscious decision to elect excursions that were physically active and also of course interested us culturally.
As for the food, I have to admit watching many morbidly obese people really over eat a lot of food inspired me not to go down that path. My heart went out to them. The boat feeds a lot of addictions be it food, gambling or drinking. Each morning I started out with good intentions and tried to eat healthy as long as I could. But at every meal there was dessert leering at me. Quite often, I elected to eat the fruit plate but yep, there was the chocolate lava cake with ice cream that I did enjoy. As time rolled on, desserts became more of a habit. A habit that took a long time for me to break at home. The sugar habit.
I thought I would come back 6 to 10 pounds heavier because in the old days when I travelled this always happened to me or should I admit I made it happen. Imagine my shock when I returned and only gained a mere 1 pound. I have to say, I now have the old craving for sugar back which I am valiantly fighting against.
I honestly now believe, that if you eat healthy and exercise 95% of the time when you do slip up you actually get a bit of leeway. I have certainly seen that first hand. No, I am not at my goal weight and have yet to get it. But I have managed to maintain my loss and not yo yo and that is a huge achievement in my eyes. It is hard to be healthy but oh so worth the work. I feel so much more in control of my destiny than I used to.
I made sure I hit the gym as soon as I got back, started eating healthy again and looked for natural remedies for my arthritic hip to reduce its pain.
I am far from perfect, just someone trying to take care of their body and still enjoy a little indulgence now and then.