So…a few weeks ago we went on a cruise to Bermuda.
And like most other people, I was amazed at the bounty of food available. Good food, bad food and everything in between.
I think I put on a few pounds. Didn’t use the scale…just looked at my belly, where the excess is stored. Yeah, I’m blessed with a quick and easy gauge… When I put weight on it mostly goes right to my stomach.
Anyway, the cruise was great. It was all kinds of fun and relaxing. And also because it laid out some stark choices. In the spa there were people who were obviously into fitness. The usual exercisers, the usual people in amazing shape.
And there were lots of people who were fitness newbies, trying something out. Let the injuries commence!
And of course most of the people stayed away from the fitness area altogether. They feasted on the fried stuff, and gorgeous desserts.
And they laid on the deck chairs and soaked up the sun. Sedentary ruled the day.
Nothing wrong with any of that. It’s their money, it’s their cruise. Everyone makes their own choices.
That’s not to say I don’t respect the non-fit for trying something new. I do! And I honor them enough to want for them the best guidance and the sense of commitment that will allow them to get the benefits, and not wait another two years for their injuries and pride to heal.
There are lots of choices to be made. First one is the commitment.
Not for forever. Just for the three or seven or fourteen days you’re on the cruise.
Find a healthy section for food. There was a great one on the Celebrity Summit. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lean proteins. Whole grains (which may not be particularly great given what we’re learning about bread, but still better than white flour).
Manage your portions. Sure, you can usually go back as many times as you like. That’s fine. Just keep the portions sizes manageable.
Keep The Water Coming. The good news is that alcohol and soft drinks on cruises usually aren’t free. You have to buy a pretty expensive package to get them. If you have access, resist the temptation to drink everything in sight. Simple formula: for every soft drink (including sweetened ice tea), have double the amount of water. And regardless, drink at least eight 8 ounce servings each day. In the hot sun, you’ll want it anyway.
Walk the deck. Most of the ships have a walking track on the top deck. Walk it fast. Walk it’s slow but walk.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Down. Yes, and up. You’ll probably be using the steps pretty often, as the buffets are often near the top, and the staterooms are not.
Carry your own bags. It’s easy enough to let someone else do it for you. But do it yourself anyway.
Visit the spa. Get a massage. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a look at some of the more exotic body treatments, like wraps, or even acupuncture. Get reintroduced to your body in a fun, comfortable way.
Use the weights. Light ones are great. Heavy ones are also great, so long as you don’t injure yourself. You’re not trying to fix everything on one cruise. Resistance, resistance, resistance.
Those are some of the things you can do on a cruise. And there are lots of ways to lose weight when you’re on dry land. CLICK HERE to take a look at the iii Method!