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I exercise so I can eat more during the cruise. I spend an hour walking around the ship or going to the gym each day.. I know some people are horrified at the thought of exercising on vacation, but I am someone who gains a lb just looking at a cheesecake.

I want a nice breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert.. and those on a cruise ship likely come with a 5000+ cal price tag per day (on a good day)..  I just can't return home 10 lbs heavier.. I struggle every day with my weight so work to limit the 'damage' without having to restrict the joys of eating on the cruise.

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I eat an extremely clean diet and have a strict training program pretty much year-round.  I exercise on the ship simply b/c I would be grouchy otherwise.  I also love that there are so many healthy options in the Windjammer and in the MDR.  I indulge on the ship with wine and cocktails, and I tend to have dessert at dinner.  I bring protein shakes and bars for in between meals, so I'm not starving and so that I don't overindulge at meals.  As someone else mentioned, between walking around the ship, taking the stairs & shore excursions, there's plenty of ways to burn off those extra calories.

The main reason for me chiming in on this topic, though is this ... traveling in general tends to make one retain water, especially flying.  No matter how well you eat or don't eat, you will tend to gain 5-10 lbs of water weight.  (I can gain 7 lbs of water overnight if my sodium intake is too high in one day or if I have a couple of glasses of wine.)  Typically, the day we get home, my weight will be down or stable & then 2-3 days later that extra "weight" shows up on the scale.  It's not fat, it's water.  And, as soon as I get my diet & exercise back to normal, that water weight slides back off.

My best advice?  Just stay off the scale for about 2 weeks after you get home.  Otherwise, you get discouraged & give up on dieting altogether.  It's an unhealthy mental game.

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Lol, glad we are all a little crazy!  

 

More background, I used to be a very big boy, about 470 pounds.  I dropped about 210 pounds a few years back, but it's been a constant struggle.  at my lowest I was down to about 260, and people thought I looked sickly (I am 6'2)  It took a crazy level of activity and an insanely strict diet to hit that point.  by the end, I was walking about 15 miles a day, and eating under 1400 calories.  with almost no carbs.   But the truth is, that I was miserable.  I don't need to eat insane foods, but my metabolism is so slow, that  I would need to fast, while still walking 4 hours a day, to lose weight at this point.  My weight has rebounded back to 290, and I would really like to get back to 260-ish, but the crazy level of dieting and cardio needed to get there is a no go.  My knees are shot, between being as big as I was, and a motorcycle accident, so anything more intense than power walking blows out my knees.  I tried lifting weights for a year or so, but I am just not a "gym guy" and hated even the small amount i was okay with doing.

 

 I don't drink alcohol, except special occasions, I've replaced the majority of my sugars with Stevia, and I still walk about 15 miles a day (24 km)

While on a cruise, I can usually be found walking for a few hours in the morning on the walking track, usually around 5 am.  and Occasionally I will do a few laps of stairs (From the lowest deck to the top deck at the stern, walk to the bow and go back down, repeat)

I have a Deep unhealthy love of doughnuts and pastries, which I try to only eat if I am doing a lot of activity.... that is my number one issue.  and my weight is up now because of pastries... Walking home from work it is SO EASY to stop at the bakery section of the market when I am getting meat and veggies to cook for dinner... one polish doughnut won't hurt right?

 

:D

 

It's all good.  Last cruise I only put on a few pounds, and it was mainly because I got a bad cold that went around and couldn't keep my activity level up.

Thanks for all the great advice!

 

 

 

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I do bodybuilding competitions so I workout and eat healthy most of the time.  I am working harder to be leaner before the beginning of this cruise so I can look good in a bikini and also so I have a some buffer so I don't stress what I am eating all week.  I want to enjoy myself on vacation so if I start out leaner I won't feel guilty when I end up back  in my "Normal" weight range.  I used to be over 200lbs so I typically plan ahead and account for the extra calories on vacation.  

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2 hours ago, guittech said:

Lol, glad we are all a little crazy!  

 

More background, I used to be a very big boy, about 470 pounds.  I dropped about 210 pounds a few years back, but it's been a constant struggle.  at my lowest I was down to about 260, and people thought I looked sickly (I am 6'2)  It took a crazy level of activity and an insanely strict diet to hit that point.  by the end, I was walking about 15 miles a day, and eating under 1400 calories.  with almost no carbs.   But the truth is, that I was miserable.  I don't need to eat insane foods, but my metabolism is so slow, that  I would need to fast, while still walking 4 hours a day, to lose weight at this point.  My weight has rebounded back to 290, and I would really like to get back to 260-ish, but the crazy level of dieting and cardio needed to get there is a no go.  My knees are shot, between being as big as I was, and a motorcycle accident, so anything more intense than power walking blows out my knees.  I tried lifting weights for a year or so, but I am just not a "gym guy" and hated even the small amount i was okay with doing.

 

 I don't drink alcohol, except special occasions, I've replaced the majority of my sugars with Stevia, and I still walk about 15 miles a day (24 km)

While on a cruise, I can usually be found walking for a few hours in the morning on the walking track, usually around 5 am.  and Occasionally I will do a few laps of stairs (From the lowest deck to the top deck at the stern, walk to the bow and go back down, repeat)

I have a Deep unhealthy love of doughnuts and pastries, which I try to only eat if I am doing a lot of activity.... that is my number one issue.  and my weight is up now because of pastries... Walking home from work it is SO EASY to stop at the bakery section of the market when I am getting meat and veggies to cook for dinner... one polish doughnut won't hurt right?

 

:D

 

It's all good.  Last cruise I only put on a few pounds, and it was mainly because I got a bad cold that went around and couldn't keep my activity level up.

Thanks for all the great advice!

 

It is absolutely possible to repair your metabolism to help you lose weight again.  At your height and weight you should be losing weight while eating 2500 calories a day and exercising a few times per week.  You really don't need to be doing that much cardio, and it can be counter productive to weight loss.  If at all possible find a coach to help you repair your metabolism.  It can be done! 

 

 

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1 hour ago, knavy said:

It is absolutely possible to repair your metabolism to help you lose weight again.  At your height and weight you should be losing weight while eating 2500 calories a day and exercising a few times per week.  You really don't need to be doing that much cardio, and it can be counter productive to weight loss.  If at all possible find a coach to help you repair your metabolism.  It can be done! 

 

I've been working on it for 5 years, since I had some medical issues.  To be honest, I am not looking to lose all that much weight.  As for the Cardio, that is more of my habit.  I walk to and from work, If it's in my end of the city (Toronto, East end) I walk if it's just me.  It's less of an "exercise" and more of a habit.  My doc is researching metabolism stuff with me, and I am okay.  I spent a year adding more strength training, and to be honest I hated it.  The extra protein made me bulk more, and that is more of an issue than the weight increase.  This isn't a weight loss blog though, so I'll refrain from getting much more into it.  Needless to say, it's being worked on.  I am happier and healthier than i have been since high school, and that was 24 years ago.  Just trying to build a buffer zone for my inevitable cruise weight, when I order lattes without low fat milk/stevia for a week.

 

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On 10/4/2017 at 10:22 AM, 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?

 

Not crazy at all!! One of the many things  that I most look forward to while on Vacation (especially cruises) is eating with no guilt. Although I don't eat until I'm uncomfortable like I did when I was younger, i do not think twice about grabbing an extra snack at the cafe promenade or having two desserts at dinner. So loosing a few pounds precruise is always part of my SOP.

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