Cruising to Hawaii
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Although I started my cruise vacation up in pounds from my lowest weight (7 to be exact), I was determined not to gain weight. How do you do that on a cruise just chock full of buffets? Well, I tried to be very active. On board the ship I joined a hula class taught by a lovely Hawaiian woman named June. We worked our cores off wiggling our hips and such and then did a performance for the whole ship. Each morning I would do all the stretch and abs and core fitness classes even though they were held unspeakable early (7am). I would top that off with some elliptical time. I also paid to take spin and pilates classes. In fact, total strangers (a lot of guys) came up to tell me I rocked the spin class!
On shore we did all the excursions that were active such as snorkeling in Kona, walking near volcanoes in Hilo, and hiking through a rainforest in Lahaina, Maui. The only place there were no active excursions was Honolulu.
This cruise sure was an eye opener. I have never seen so many seriously obese people gathered in one spot. For a lot of them the cruise was all about the olympic sport of buffet eating. I had to admit I admired their moxie because although large, lots of women donned bikinis and men speedos and let it all hang out Hawaiian style. I honestly have never seen that before. Usually heavier people are fairly modest about what they wear. I tried not to judge but it was sad to see so many people making sedentary choices and poor food choices like eating hamburgers, hot dogs and fries all day. This was a ship that offered salads, fresh fruit, smoothies and organic muffins, Also, many elected to stay on the ship even in Hawaii or if they went out they just shopped at the local Walmart for souvenirs. Every meal I made a conscious choice to eat healthy salads, veggies and proteins.
I am so glad I am not trapped anymore in that type of vicious cycle of endless eating, guilt, regret and more endless eating. When you are so heavy it is hard to know how to even begin to exercise.
There were many amusing moments like trying to hula when the ship was listing from side to side. I am happy to report even though I had a few treats here and there I managed to not gain a pound! Yes, it can be done and I never felt bad about turning any of the bad stuff down to boot! I now finally care about my health more than the pleasure of eating junk - which is fleeting but the evidence remains.