Hope you enjoyed the reruns the past couple of weeks. I was back home after an awesome vacation to Europe. (Now, that's a sabbatical!) My husband and I fulfilled a bucket list item by taking an Eastern Med cruise, then hanging out a week in southern Spain. We went on a lot of tours, relaxed on the deck, read books, and enjoyed each others' company. When we came back, Rob had lost five pounds and I'd only gained 1.6, but I lost 2 percent bodyfat. It is possible to stay fit on vacation without a lot of extra effort or sacrifice. Here's how we did it.
Exercise: the cruise ship did have a gym, and we went, but not nearly as often, as long, or with as much exertion as we do at home. However, Rob and I walked everywhere and took the stairs as often as possible, which, since we were on Deck 10 and our dining room was on Deck 3 and the Promenade was on Deck 5, we did a LOT of stairs. At the resort, we walked around the little town as much as possible as well.
Diet: We ate the most incredible food on the cruise ship. (The resort buffet was awful. Seriously, how do you mess up a grilled steak and bread?) The sad result for me was that I had desserts every night, sometimes two because I could not make up my mind, and resorted to pastries for breakfast because they were the only edible thing the resort made. However, I tried to keep my meals low calorie. Also, in Europe the serving portions are smaller, and even then, I did not eat everything on my plate (to be frank, I saved calories for dessert!) We also had a lot less junk food than normal, which makes a difference. I also forewent Coca Cola, my personal vice, for much of the vacation. That's a lot of calories.
Anyhoo, here's the results for July/Aug. It's a slow, steady progression, so I'm hoping it's one that will endure. My next goal is 145 before we move, and 140 as an enduring goal.
|Remember, I am not sucking in my gut (obviously) or trying to do anything to make myself look thinner. I have to say, I don't see that much difference in the photos, but I do when I look straight in the mirror.|
|weight||169||148.6||16.8 lb dec|
|body fat||38.5||29.3||9.2 dec|
|Total loss||29.6 inches|