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1 month away!!!!!

 

So, I have had a long fight with myself regarding weight loss/dieting.  It's  a whole thing.

 

Anyways, with 1 month out, and my weight still being a little "up" I am going to diet for a few weeks to create a "Buffer zone" for the cruise.  If I can lose 5 pounds, I won't be in such a panic when i put on 10 during the cruise!

 

Anyone else do this?  Or am I just crazy?

 

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I am dieting/exercising and while I am not doing it because of the cruise, we (my son and I) are using the Cruise date as a "marker".  His original goal was for me to reach 220 by the cruise.  I now think that goal is iffy as the rate of decline has slowed.  Still I have lost 32 pounds so far (need another 30 to reach 220).  We are also working out at the gym and doing pull ups so we can conquer Liberty's climbing wall together.  I sure miss my cokes......

 

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I do not diet pre cruise, but I also am in the gym regularly as well as taking the steps as much as possible to try to keep off the weight.  This next cruise I am going to try something new and add in a few protein shakes rather than snacking.  I know that I am on vacation but I do not want to pack on the needless pounds either! I feel that if I cut some of the indulgence out and make sure that I am actively burning calories that I can manage to keep the weight gain down to a minimum.

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Nope, but I work out almost every day when I cruise to avoid gaining. Started from the first cruise I went on - had to squeeze into a very fitted, very expensive bridesmaid's dress that would not allow for an all day binge. Now it's just what I do, almost everyone thinks I'm nuts but I'm not complaining afterwards.

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If it weren't for cruise I would probably never start a diet! Haha my wife and I both usually start dieting and doubling up gym time the few months before a cruise. I lost 20lbs before our cruise last month and gained about 7 during the 2 week span of our cruise/florida vacation. I'm really going to try harder at keeping a healthier weight and diet year round. 

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I'm sure I am in the minority here but I usually LOSE weight on a cruise b/c the food I eat is so much better for me than the junk I usually eat at home.

While I probably eat more often on a cruise than I do at home, I definitely eat BETTER when I am on a cruise.

Not to worry about me wasting away.  I put it back on in RECORD time when I get home !

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4 hours ago, guittech said:

Anyways, with 1 month out, and my weight still being a little "up" I am going to diet for a few weeks to create a "Buffer zone" for the cruise.  If I can lose 5 pounds, I won't be in such a panic when i put on 10 during the cruise!

I've tried this on a few cruises.  It sounds like a rationale idea, but I've found your body overcompensates once onboard (assuming of course you go back to eating "normally" on the ship).  I've found that even if I spent months losing weight and then eating poorly onboard, it all comes back in the matter of a week.  

I've given up on trying to drop a bunch of weight before the cruise since it results in weeks/months leading up to the cruise of aggravation, followed by the same end result following the cruise.

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I don't diet, I work out every day, but I usually double up my workouts and cardio before going on any vacation, but this trip, I decided on at the last minute so I will be the slightly over weight older guy in the Solarium, it S*** getting old.

@rjac , no soda here either, water, coffee or maybe an iced tea...

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This article is very helpful  to just be a guide as to how to avoid those dreaded pounds!! We've all been there!! I plan on doing the half portions where possible and walking and walking!

It's so hard to lose the weight to begin with and keeping it off is the trick!  Good luch!

 

https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1517

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Between taking the stairs, Walking around the huge ships, fun dance classes & walking tour excursions, I break even.  I avoid Soda at all costs and am usually too busy to eat 3 meals a day.  

If I know I'm having Steak for dinner, I eat light during the day.  My only vice are those Caribbean drinks ;)

 

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1 hour ago, Jason.H. said:

If it weren't for cruise I would probably never start a diet! Haha my wife and I both usually start dieting and doubling up gym time the few months before a cruise. I lost 20lbs before our cruise last month and gained about 7 during the 2 week span of our cruise/florida vacation. I'm really going to try harder at keeping a healthier weight and diet year round. 

Me too! It seems it's the only excuse that motivates me lol! I lost my 20lbs before this cruise and I stepped off the Allure on Sunday only 5lbs up. I think all the walking on that huge ship helped. Now if I could only lose the other 30lbs o need to get off before the liberty on February!

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4 hours ago, guittech said:

1 month away!!!!!

 

So, I have had a long fight with myself regarding weight loss/dieting.  It's  a whole thing.

 

Anyways, with 1 month out, and my weight still being a little "up" I am going to diet for a few weeks to create a "Buffer zone" for the cruise.  If I can lose 5 pounds, I won't be in such a panic when i put on 10 during the cruise!

 

Anyone else do this?  Or am I just crazy?

 

Here's a REAL tough one to do. Not try, but DO. Cut out ALL alcoholic beverages, this really works and it is tough. We went to relatives house in Rhode Island for a week  in August this year. Between the beer with lunch, happy hours drinks, wine with dinner (usually at 7:30 pm, way too late for my liking) followed by after dinner drinks on the deck  and no excercise at all I went from 217 lbs to 229! I felt and looked like crap! So, No liquor from August 23rd to Sept. 30th with an increase in my cardio excercises and change up in the weight training exercises I am now down to 213 lbs. I am allowing myself 2 small glasses of wine at dinner now. Feeling and looking better. Hopefully by next year's two week B2B on the Allure I will be well under 210 because I know what will happen! And it is true what they say about the salt air on a cruise ship.....it shrinks your clothes!:27_sunglasses:

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1 minute ago, rjac said:

OH yeah, one other  benefit of stopping all the alcohol intake prior to a cruise is think of the potential savings in money. That savings can be used for to pay for your  drink package on board on your next cruise!:12_slight_smile:

Actually, you get a double benefit by cutting out the alcohol for a few months ahead of time. You get the up-front benefit of the reduced calorie intake, but you also get a secondary benefit that your alcohol tolerance quickly goes down. So when you finally board the ship, that lava flow or glass of scotch or pint of beer suddenly hits a lot harder. Now you're drinking more slowly. Slower drinking = fewer drinks a day = maybe no need for beverage package at all! :13_upside_down:

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I actually started eating more a few weeks before the cruise to prep for all the food onboard, because I get stuffed so quickly otherwise.  I have a fast paced job, and just nibble enough throughout the day to get me through, so when I sat down with all the deliciousness onboard I took 2 bites and was done.  That had to stop.  So now I prep ??☕

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8 hours ago, jce2 said:

We are also working out at the gym and doing pull ups so we can conquer Liberty's climbing wall together.  I sure miss my cokes......

 

Rock on! (pun intended).  I love rock climbing while onboard.  I'm no professional, but I think doing the pull ups with your palms facing away from you are the best for climbing prep (also seem to be the hardest).

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20 minutes ago, RestingBirds said:

Rock on! (pun intended).  I love rock climbing while onboard.  I'm no professional, but I think doing the pull ups with your palms facing away from you are the best for climbing prep (also seem to be the hardest).

Actually, at the Gold's Gym we go to they have a "assisted" device for doing pull-ups/chin-ups and besides the normal bars to hang onto they also have the same finger holds you find on the climbing wall, so we always do a few of those.

 

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