In the morning 65MD and I are headed to the deep blue sea. He has a conference where he is presenting research and it happens to be aboard a cruise ship. I happen to be tagging along.
So, Monday Mileage just a little early. Right now I have 369 miles. It was a good week for walking. I expect that to continue aboard the ship. There are plenty of places to stroll and I plan to take full advantage of that. In port, we love to explore and I expect to get a lot of steps in those days as well.
I'm not too worried about the food either. On board a ship is the place where I can easily leave food on my plate because there is food all over the place. There is no thought of having to eat now so I won't get hungry later or any nonsense like that. I also think that the portions are more appropriate. I don't recall ever leaving the dining room feeling so stuffed I needed to be rolled. Even though it seems like a lot of rich, scrumptious food, I don't think it is too much. We've never been ones to do the midnight buffet or 24 hour pizza. That definitely helps.
In fact, the first cruise we took I think I actually lost weight. It was nearly 12 years ago now. I was probably a little bit lighter than I am now. 65MD was thrilled to be aboard a ship. He is a major, major WWII naval history buff. We had to explore every single nook & cranny of that ship two or three times. We walked and walked and walked. We walked up & down the ladders (the official navy name for steps aboard ship) so many times my glutes were screaming at me and my shorts were loose at the end of the trip. Since I wasn't quite as meticulous about keeping records at that time, I can't say for sure. But I think the loose shorts and sore hiney are two good indicators.
I've been reminding myself of that instance quite a bit these past few days. I must confess that the sluggish thyroid thing has been working on me mentally and my weight has slowly been creeping up. With that positive experience on which to draw, I'm hoping to use this trip to get back in a good place mentally with eating. How ironic is it that I want to use a cruise as a catalyst for good eating???
I've also been reminding myself of all the good stuff we have planted in our backyard garden and all the other fresh goodies that are beginning to show up in the store and farmers' markets. Summer time is a great time to enjoy fresh produce. I want to make the best of it.
Be back in a week, slimmer and fitter, I hope; tanner and rested for sure!
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