Avoid gaining weight on a cruise?
Do you want to lose weight on a cruise? Yea. Me too. I don’t think I ever took a cruise and LOST weight. Maybe those unfortunate few who catch a Norovirus and spend the whole time in the bathroom lose weight. But for most of us, just being able to still wear the same clothes at the end of a cruise is a miracle. I do know it can be done because I did it. OK, it was only the one cruise but still! I managed to get off the ship weighing the same as when I got on. I’ll tell you how I did it.
First, I’ve got to say that if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t get on a cruise ship. The food is everywhere and, for the most part, it’s great. You can get up in the morning and have eggs your way, then some pastries, and still go back for cake for dessert. Yep. You read that right. I had cake for a breakfast dessert. NO. I’m not proud of it but it happens. Anyway, I found a way to eat and still stay my usual fat.
Keep moving to avoid weight gain
I found this secret purely by accident. Once, on a cruise to the Caribbean, I had been concerned with getting a little more exercise. My job as a building inspector found me, on most days, sitting on my butt in my truck, driving from BoJangles after breakfast, to Kentucky Fried Chicken for lunch. I was turning into a BoBerry biscuit with legs. So, I decided to walk more. Ir seemed simple enough. I decided I would take the stairs instead of the elevator. (as I headed for the food deck)
The cruise ships always have a walking track for the folks who want to get in a little exercise, but walking on the track always ended up with being sweaty, sunburned and irritated by the others who were either waddling along blocking the way. (not that I wasn’t) Well, it seems that when there are two of you traveling, one person always has to back to the room for something or other. Once, as I waited for my wife at the door of our cabin, I decided to stroll around the floor we were on. Most of the floors are like a big long rectangle with the hallway separating the interior cabins from the outside cabins. And it was air-conditioned. and very comfortable. I walked around the whole floor, from the front of the ship to the back and since the ship is almost 1,000 feet long, I soon realized that I had walked almost a half a mile. WOW.
Before I knew it, I had walked a mile.
So, I got into the habit of doing this walk every chance I could. It was quiet, cool, and simple. I figured out the in the time my wife changed for the pool, I could get in a couple of trips around the floor. I also walked up the stairs every chance I got. I thought I was simply getting in some extra exercise, but when we got home from the cruise, I WEIGHED THE SAME. In spite of the fact that I ate everything I actually got close enough to grab. WE had desserts for our desserts. I had an entire plate of french fries for on dessert after lunch one day. OK, maybe several days.
The point is this. Just step out of your cabin and start walking. Every chance you get, take a walk. You’ll end up going in a big circle and right back to where you started, but after a couple of times around, you’ll actually get a lot of exercise and burn off that extra carrot cake.
I think it’s time for a snack . . . . ..