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BigAl
03-24-2005, 03:17 PM
I've done really well the last few months with an aggressive diet and exercise program, but I am worried about gaining all my hard lost pounds back in one week. Who has successfully cruised and stayed on their diet and exercise programs? What are your secrets?

Heathercat
03-24-2005, 03:27 PM
I wouldnt want to stay on my diet with all the wonderful foods.....
Cruise and diet? Just doesnt go well together...

:guilty:

alexandrew
03-24-2005, 03:32 PM
moderation and common sense is key....

I plan on splurging on cruise , but not going crazy....one dessert at dinner, not three.....

I'm sure if you exercise, you can have a very nice cruise food-wise and not gain more than 1 or so Lb.....

mickeyboat
03-24-2005, 03:39 PM
My tips are to make time to exercise - walking around Deck 4 is great! Take the stairs when you can. As far as eating, order what you like, but don't feel like you have to eat it all. Make sure you pay attention to when you are full. If oyu over-eat, you will feel terrible.

Have a great time. And congratulations on all your hard work!

Denae

traceycooper
03-24-2005, 03:43 PM
Hi i was in a similier situation & i'm sorry to say i was real BAD, but hey its a hoiday!!! :flower:
My sister in law is on the wonder now as i speak, they only boarded at lunch time & shes told me shes already had 3 desserts!!! & this is from a woman who always eats healthy!!!

allears
03-24-2005, 03:56 PM
At the time of one of our 7 day cruises, my DW was on a low carb diet, where she gets one reward meal with carbs each day. She found that if she stuck to proteins at breakfast and lunch, she could eat pretty much what she wanted at dinner. This worked out great, especially since there were plenty of great selections at the breakfast buffet and lunches. She very much enjoyed the food, never felt deprived and was always satisfied. So it is possible.

Me on the other hand, just stand a side and let the consumption begin!

mog
03-24-2005, 04:00 PM
Our first cruise I actually lost weight because of all the walking, swimming and exercise! :cool1:
Since then, I don't worry about eating - just try to be reasonable. We very rarely take the elevators (not worth the wait anyway) - we use the stairs and be sure to do lots of active stuff (swimming, snorkeling, walking around ports, etc.)
Good Luck!

Jen in MA
03-24-2005, 04:06 PM
I'm worried about the same thing... I've been on the Nutrisystem diet for almost 3 months and have lost 14 lbs. We leave for the cruise in 3 weeks. I won't be too upset if I gain a few pounds... but I'd hate to gain like 10lbs back... I wonder if it's even possible to gain 10 lbs in a week?!?! Probably not. I wonder what is the most weight anyone has gained on a week cruise... that may be an interesting (or scary) thread!

Rence
03-24-2005, 04:15 PM
Our servers assured us that there are absolutely no calories, fat or carbs in any food served on DCL ships. So you have nothing to worry about. :cheer2:

suesings
03-24-2005, 04:38 PM
Big Al:
I'm with you. I've been doing the South Beach Diet and have lost 44 lbs in the last 14 months. I DO NOT want to put on a bunch of weight on the cruise or blow all my new habits. I know how easy it is (at least for me) to go crazy with food and I will be very disappointed if I let that happen. Over the years I've found that I don't seem to do well in the "moderation" catagory :rotfl: So I am planning to try to stay with my Egg omelet in the morning, Tuna salad, egg salad, nuts, shrimp caesar, Boca burger with cheese (no bun) or salmon for lunch and fish?shellfish and vegetables for dinner (if possible!) I know how horrible I feel when I am stuffed, it is just staying with my program that is critical ::MickeyMo

Good luck to you. There was a thread on this a month or so ago with many people saying they gained no weight at all, so that is hopeful!!

jillane88
03-24-2005, 04:58 PM
Before our last cruise (not DCL), I purposely was very agressive in diet and excercise and lost an "extra" 5 lbs just in case. On the cruise the food was fabulous and there was lots of healthy food to choose from - plus lots of wonderful desserts and lovely things like that. I just ate my fill and more and chose to take the stairs, do tons of walking, swimming, snorkeling and those types of activities. I did end up using up that "extra" 5 - but not all in that one cruise week. It was me ordering 3 desserts! LOL Probably not a good choice. :mickeybar

:earsgirl: Heather

1st DCL cruise 5/06 Western

mommasita
03-24-2005, 05:27 PM
On our last cruise (sept) I had gone on a diet/exercise program, and had lost 30-40 pounds. Well I hate to say it, but I gained 10 pounds upon my return.

Do not let it get to you, within a week it was gone, just a break or a breather in the diet. Once your eating habits return to normal, you should be fine. A lot is just water retention.... :goodvibes

BigAl
03-24-2005, 06:38 PM
I've read in another post that the servers also will help honor special requests including low carb diets and that one option is to order two entrees without the starch.
I plan on being very active.
I always take the stairs.
I have already booked a Scuba excursion and a snokeling one and routinely like to run in the spa overlooking the bridge.
BUT I'm very worried about the desserts, the mickey ice cream bars and the drink of the day.

westjones
03-24-2005, 06:54 PM
My advice is:

1. Have early dining (if possilbe) so you aren't eating late at night.
2. Eat a late breakfast or early lunch, but only one of those meals so that you are only eating 2 meals a day. For this early meal, choose healthy foods and skip the sweets.
3. No alcohol, diet drinks or water only
4. For dinner, order whatever you want. You and leave part of your dinner on your plate. Save room to have dessert (they are good and you don't want to miss them, but you can have half of something).

If you like to exercise, there is a gym in the spa or your can walk around deck 4 (it goes around the ship).

It was only this past year (after 4 years of going on the Disney cruise) that I finally figured out that 2 meals a day was enough. It made a BIG difference last time (I didn't gain or lose, I stayed the same, which was fine considering in the past I always gained).

Good Luck.
DJ

DiaLady
03-24-2005, 07:39 PM
Hi there -

One of the most important things you can continue to do while on the cruise is drinking those 8 glasses of water each day. Even if your eating a bit off of your normal healthy diet, if you continue to exercise and drink your water, you'll feel better.

I've lost almost 30 lbs since January. I've got a way to go before our cruise in November. My plan is to enjoy the food, exercise daily and drink my water :) Then I'll come home and detox for week so I'll be back to my normal healthy eating style.

Hope that helps! You'll do fine!

Jhalkias
03-24-2005, 09:33 PM
Big Al -

I was worried about this too. In October, before our last December cruise, I had gone on what I call a "sensible" diet. I had seen a few men my age tragically leave their families after a heart attack, and told myself enough is enough! I had lost about 25lbs by cruise time - BUT - I had not yet started exercising much.

I just ate sensibly on the cruise, but ate more and differently than I had on my "diet". However, even though it was tough on me (especially since it is now FREE) I stayed on my NO SODA commitment, and drank plenty of water, and just one or so drinks with dinner only.

So in the long run, because I greatly increased my activity, I only gained about 3lbs in the week. I even had ONE dessert at dinner!

I'm now up to almost 45lbs down, because I went right back to my regimen, and added exercise now too.

My advice: stay away from the soda, drink plenty of water, keep as active as you can, and just don't stuff yourself silly. If you've gotten used to less intake, just keep that moderation up, but enjoy yourself!

jdm
03-24-2005, 11:26 PM
I returned last week and can honestly say I ate "unrestrained" all week-- along with lots of fru fru drinks..... (several a day). I have a huge sweet tooth and ate desserts and made several late afternoon trips to Scoops which I found to be better than I dreamed!! I was completely prepared to have gained at least the 5 to 10 lb area, but was surprised (elated actually, dancing a jig :banana: ) to see I only gained 3 1/2 in the 2 weeks we were gone (an additional week in Orlando). My DD and I made a pact when we boarded that we would not use the elevator all week and I didn't. There was one exception when I had a lot of heavy shopping bags when we got back on in St. Thomas. I was constantly going up and down those stairs many times a day with my heart rate pounding. I do believe this helped.

jhalkias-

I'm curious about your weight loss, and the way you referred to "sensible eating" plan. I'd like to lose about 15 to 20 and even though I had some success with Atkins...... hated it!! What are you doing?

Thanks
Jenn

tvguy
03-24-2005, 11:35 PM
In a word, the secret to avoid weight gain on any cruise is......STAIRS.
I never used the elevators in 7 days on the Magic.........and made it a point to explore every deck of the ship. We were happy to get a cabin upgrade, but that moved us from deck 2 to deck 7.......which was a lot closer to the restaurants and Topsiders than we had planned, we had fiqured the walk to dinner up stairs would be good for us......so with the upgrade we made an extra effort to go up and down stairs just to do it.

videogal1
03-24-2005, 11:40 PM
Hi there -

One of the most important things you can continue to do while on the cruise is drinking those 8 glasses of water each day. Even if your eating a bit off of your normal healthy diet, if you continue to exercise and drink your water, you'll feel better.

I've lost almost 30 lbs since January. I've got a way to go before our cruise in November. My plan is to enjoy the food, exercise daily and drink my water :) Then I'll come home and detox for week so I'll be back to my normal healthy eating style.

Hope that helps! You'll do fine!


What I discovered on my last cruise is that I had been "off" sugar for so long that all the desserts were too rich to eat much of and, toward the end of the cruise I caught a cough that was going around and was so sick when I got home that I actually LOST ten pounds between the beginning of the cruise and two weeks after...Tough way to go, though...

pppiglet
03-24-2005, 11:44 PM
I am exercising real hard right now to lose some weight before I go, so if I gain some back on the ship I won't feel too bad. My DS and DH have been on low carb and DS has lost 100lbs so he will treat himself on this vacation. My DH has lost 50lbs and is really good on his diet, so he will eat sensible meals, but save room for dessert! We also plan to take the stairs!

Hollua
03-25-2005, 07:49 AM
I'm worried to. I don't really diet aggressively, but I do exercise for an hour or more everyday. I normally wouldn't use an elevator anyway. I don't think just taking the stairs is going to cut it for me. I think I'm going to have to plan to exercise. I would really like to avoid doing it everyday, because that adds a lot of extra clothes to pack.

To keep my consumption down I plan on writing down everything that I eat. Even if I throw the list away daily, it helps to make myself think about what I'm stuffing in my face, especially if I try to estimate the quantity of each item. Did I have potato chips or three servings of potato chips? When I started writing down what I eat at home, I found myself eating much less and better. That way there are no can't have foods. Instead of no ice cream allowed or finding myself in front of a half gallon of ice cream, I find three ounces is doable. It is enough.

Good luck everyone.

logan1_2000
03-25-2005, 08:52 AM
Check out the optimism in the title line to my post!! Wouldn't my shrink love to see that I was such an optimist!

Here's my theory--the healthy eating issues of weight loss often lose out to time and convenience. If we all had personal chefs like Oprah and a billion dollars like here, too, I'll wager we could all lose weight and stay that way. There would always be someone chopping vegetables, fruit, healthy salads, grilling fish and chicken in appropriate amounts, etc. Unlike the pizza i picked up on the way home last night.

On the Magic and the Wonder, there is a huge galley staff cutting fruit to put out at Scoops, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables ready to be eaten, no prep time, and always fish and chicken dishes. Get a grilled chicken sandwich at Pluto's and tell 'em to hold the fries and the bun--just slap the grilled chicken filet in the cardboard serving "basket", then get some fruit from scoops nearby, or combine w/ a healthy salad from the buffet. I did 3 miles on deck 4 on a day at sea last cruise, and 45 minutes on a treadmill while the ship was in Nassau. I always take stairs, and we skip the trams on CC.

So my theory is that it is very do-able. I say theory because I usually behave like that, food wise, for about 50% of the cruise, and then destroy all those good efforts with mickey bars, mickey waffles, steaks, chicken fingers, cheesecake, cookies.....so we'll see how it goes next week. On Monday I get my cholesterol numbers back from some blood work done yesterday--I'm hoping my cholesterol number is only 3 digits, and doesn't have a comma in it. And that is with already taking 20 mg of Lipitor daily.

So someone PM me after the 4/2 cruise and remind me to post if I followed my own advice or not!!

Jhalkias
03-25-2005, 09:09 AM
I haven’t tried to put this down on paper, but I will try my best . . .

I should also stress that I am not a nutritionist, or a doctor. Although I did consult with my doctor, and he suggested a nutritionist, I decided to try to work things out on my own. After reviewing published “diets”, (Southbeach, Atkins, etc., etc.) I decided that those would never be permanent solutions for me, and to be honest, they just felt (especially Atkins) “unhealthy” to me. I was brought up in an ethnic household, and my mother I am sure would cringe at many of these diets . . .

So, what am I doing?

Breakfast – At home, and the same every day, (although I vary the brand or kind of cereal) some type of 100% bran cereal, like raisin bran, one cup, with lowfat milk, and one cup of my choice of juice (usually orange). This also keeps me from being hungry so soon in the afternoon – I get up at 5:30, and am at the office by 6:30 daily.

Lunch – Varies from 3 or 4 items – Salad, or lean turkey sandwich (I like Boars Head Turkey) with two slices of lowfat swiss on whole grain bread, or PB and Jelly sandwich, or another choice of lean item on whole grain bread.

Dinner – I did not change dinner much other than to CUT DOWN on portions. I hold myself to ONE helping of whatever we are having, and eat a balanced meal.

Lifestyle eating changes –

NO TRADITIONAL FAST FOOD (every once in a while I will eat Subway, or the healthier or salad selections, but no hamburgers, no fries, no potato chips) I especially stay away from fried food.

NO SNACKING – No cookies, no chips while watching the game – and I don’t try and fool myself with “low fat” or “low calorie” alternatives – they all taste awful to me anyway.

NO CARBONATED DRINKS – Other than the occasional beer, I have given up totally, cold turkey, all soda. On DCL I drank water, or an occasional Pink Lemonade with plenty of ice. This was tough at first, but I found out that now it all tastes way too sweet to me. I used to drink up to 5 or so soft drinks a day. I also DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. My mom always told me God blessed water, man made everything else we drink. I do not drink any diet or low calorie drinks. I am also NOT a coffee drinker.

NO MORE ICE CREAM OR “REGULAR” DESSERTS – This was the hardest thing for me, and will be even harder as summer approaches. I absolutely LOVE ice cream. I will have an occasional frozen yogurt now, but my “treat” after dinner is a 100% fruit juice bar.

I have also found that we are limiting red meat more at home. We eat a lot more chicken (boneless skinless breasts most often). During our Lent (Orthodox) I am also refraining from all meat – which to tell you the truth has made things harder, as I “feel” hungrier without a bit of meat.

Eating out can be a challenge, because almost every restaurant gives you way too much food, but I do my best to try and select more healthy items.

I violated a lot of this on our December cruise, but told myself I was on vacation. I still did not eat like I had in the past though, and did not STUFF myself silly at meals. I was pleased that I only gained 3 lbs.

Other changes –

I lost 30lbs without consciously increasing activity. I was once a pretty good athlete, and I am a high metabolism guy even when I was heavier. People were surprised if I told them how much I really weighed. Once I added exercise about two weeks ago, I’ve lost about another 6 more pounds in that time. I am doing 30 minutes five days a week on the human hamster wheel (treadmill) doing two miles in that 30 minutes.
My next steps would be to actually do a daily tracking of exercise, weight and diet (count calories). I want to try for 2000 calories or less. Although I do weigh in daily, and I know the total I have lost, I have not kept a daily diary. My eventual goal is to lose another 40 pounds by our December cruise, and to have what I call a “lifestyle change” rather than a diet.

John

tkd lisa
03-25-2005, 09:09 AM
I was on the 10 day Christmas cruise, and I had been following a diabetic type diet, for the previous year (lost 25 pounds). I decided vacation was vacation. I did walk 2 miles around deck 4 every day that we didn't have an excursion planned (our excursions were all pretty physical). And I took the stairs everywhere we went (we were on deck 2, so I usually went up 3 flights, then over on deck 5 to the next staircase and up the last few).

I typically ate about 1/2 of what was served to me, and had dessert every day. When I got off the cruise, I had gained 2 pounds. And it was worth those 2 pounds to not be worried about it.

One other thing is that I didn't drink hardly at all. I think I had 1 glass of rum punch on two of my excursions. Other than that, I drank regular water, soda water, or diet sprite.

Have a great trip!

6griswolds
03-25-2005, 09:26 AM
:cool1: I say eat whatever the heck you want......just fast walk or jog every morning for 1/2 hour or so. Thats what I'm going to do. :banana:

jdm
03-25-2005, 11:13 AM
Thanks John, for the detailed info. Frankly, after being on Atkins, it's difficult for me to really know what's healthy anymore. Your head starts to spin. I've gotten into this mindset where I think maybe eating a whole apple or drinking an occasional glass of OJ won't be good for me because of the natural sugar. Anyway, like you, I decided after a few months that a strict low carb diet just wouldn't be realistic long term for me. I got sooo bored with it.

Anyway, your regimen sounds like it makes a lot of sense, and I was curious as you've been very successful which not a lot of people are.

Thanks again for taking the time to post a reply to me.

Jenn

Jhalkias
03-25-2005, 11:29 AM
One more thing - I NEVER thought I could do a treadmill - I thought I would hate it! But, my iPod saved me. I have come up with a great 30 minute workout mix of music I like on my iPod shuffle, and I'm good to go - actually look forward to it.

I can't tell you how much better and faster that makes the 30 minutes going nowhere pass by!

alexandrew
03-25-2005, 04:05 PM
I applaud you brother!!!!

bailey0308
03-25-2005, 06:41 PM
i lost 39 pounds befor cruising this past january (weight watchers.) :banana: i was almost at my goal weight.
the way i looked at it is that i paid all this money to go on a cruise and enjoy myself and eat anything that i wanted to.

thats exaxltley what i did. there's no reason to exercise either."your on vacation."
just enjoy your trip,and eat what you want a deal with it when you get home.

i gained 7 pounds and the ship and i have since taken 10 back off since i have been home.

BobandLee
03-25-2005, 07:37 PM
As one who has been battling the battle of the bulge for years I say congratulations on you weightloss and determination to maintain it. I have found though, the stress of worrying about loss and the maintenance can sometimes have the opposite effect.
So my advice is- You know that walking the prominade and/or treadmills onboard will help. (I too enjoy walking/jogging with my MP3 player). Lifting weights will help. You know what foods that you need to eat, but a LITTLE SAMPLING will keep you from feeling deprived.
Eating the right foods can be enjoyable. Exercise can be made enjoyable. Remember, this is your vacation. Enjoy it!

alexandrew
03-26-2005, 07:08 AM
Walking is great exercise, but remember...in order to get the cardiovascular and calorie burning effect, you must walk at a pace that gets your heart rate up....a good barometer of this would be 1) working up a good sweat 2) walking fast enough so that you can carry on a conversation just barely without gasping....

jrabbit
03-26-2005, 12:10 PM
Here's what I've done to help loose some weight without feeling deprived (or at least not to deprived). I've mainly done a reduction in carbs. Not Atkins, Not South Beach, Not Curves. Just a reduction in carbs without regard to calories or fats (which may lead to problems down the line). Also I have cut down on the size of my meals - but I eat "all day long" - just not very much at a time. Remember to keep your protiens up because that will help you feel "fuller - longer"

I'm going to be give some "brand" names in the following - they are just the products that I am using.

Used to have some yogurt, granola and fruit and a bagel for breakfast. Now I have a yoplait Carb Monitor yogurt and a glass of milk. Sometimes I'll have some fruit - hey, when strawberries are in season - I'm so there!!! Then in an hour or two I'll have a serving of dry roasted almonds (great snack!!) and a little later I'll have Dannon Carb Control Smoothie.

Lunch is either a spinach salad with a serving of cooked chicken or tuna, fresh veggies (brocolli, tomateo, carrots, bell peppers) along with ranch dressing. Or I'll have a slice of cheese along with several slices of lunch meat (with out the bread). Sometimes I'll have a low carb wrap with the lunch meat. I'll also have a the fresh veggies when having the lunch meat. I usually start lunch around 11:30 and won't finish it until 1:30. Oh yea will also have some fresh fruit with lunch.

By 2:30 or 3 it's time for some chocolate - dang - not on the "diet" So instead of the traditional treats I've started eating either 1/2 or a whole (depending upon the size) low carb power bar / protien bar. I've found several that I like and many more that I don't. My favorites are Pria Carb Select, PowerBar Protien Plus Carb Select and some of the EAS Advant Edge Carb control bars (the EAS have to be of the chocolate varieties)). These bars do 2 things. 1-They satisify my sweet tooth and makes it feel like I'm not depriving myself of anything - have it to look forward to every day! and 2-They fill me up making it easy to get to dinner time without another snack.

Dinners: mostly the same stuff we've been eating in the past with the hard exception of cutting out most pasta: no spagetti, ravioli or lasagna (double dang). We also have reduced (because we can't cut it out 100%) the amount of potatoes/potatoe products we have with dinner (tripple gand it) We grill year round so we still have chicken and porkchops and steaks off of the grill. Have eaten more eggs for dinner (scrambled with cheese and bacon, tossed into a low carb wrap, add a little salsa - volia' - a breakfast buritto for dinner). We have also had more meatballs (costco has a huge bag - just zap them in the microwave for 3-5 minutes and you've got your main course).

By making these modifications I have lost quite a bit of weight this year. I also started exercising 4 days a week before going to work which has helped (and paid off in many different ways;) .

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I'll be on the Aug repo cruise. I'm NOT going to worry about what I eat. I always take the stairs, will walk deck 4 everyday that we don't have snorkeling excursion and I plan on spending some time in the spa/gym. Right now I'm planning on skiping lunches (because I've HAD to do that on all of my past cruises). I have enjoyed a large breakfast on the ship in the past and really enjoyed the dinners. I've been stuffed from just those 2 meals per day while onboard. But with my new habits of eating smaller meals and more of them - I'll have to see what works out for me. I'm not worried about gaining weight on the cruise. I expect to gain some - but I also expect it to come off pretty easily when I get home!

pppiglet
03-26-2005, 01:51 PM
Jrabbit....your way of eating is our families way of eating. Except we don't have the potatoes. We also use the Dreamfields brand of pasta and it is delicious and low carb. Of course we only use it about 2 times a month for a treat! If you really miss your lasagna, there is a real good recipe on lowcarbluxery . com that uses eggplant instead of noodles and it's great. We eat like this always except for birthdays and holidays and vacation. It makes an amazing difference in weight loss. I do adjust my calories/carbs though because I have to have my real Dove dark chocolate everyday! (which is good for your heart...high in antioxidants or something) On the cruise, we will enjoy all the food! Congrats on your weight loss! Doesn't it feel good!

Debbie

shmoogrrrl
03-26-2005, 11:27 PM
I've done really well the last few months with an aggressive diet and exercise program, but I am worried about gaining all my hard lost pounds back in one week. Who has successfully cruised and stayed on their diet and exercise programs? What are your secrets?

I will probably be boo'd out of the thread when I say this, but I have never gained weight on my Disney cruises. The last few times, I have LOST weight. (8.5 pounds on the last one!)

I do not really watch what I eat on the cruise, so I don't have amy real explaination for what it happens. I suspect it is because, I take the stairs whenever I can, and try to walk deck 4 every day.

I don't know about the science of food, but it could be also that by eating throughout the day, it kicks up my metabolism? If that is true, think I could trick them into letting me stay on for two months, 'for my health?' :)

alexandrew
03-27-2005, 06:44 AM
wow, all that great food and still you LOST 8.5 lbs on a cruise.....

BobandLee
03-27-2005, 07:42 AM
I will probably be boo'd out of the thread when I say this, but I have never gained weight on my Disney cruises. The last few times, I have LOST weight. (8.5 pounds on the last one!)

I do not really watch what I eat on the cruise, so I don't have amy real explaination for what it happens. I suspect it is because, I take the stairs whenever I can, and try to walk deck 4 every day.

I don't know about the science of food, but it could be also that by eating throughout the day, it kicks up my metabolism? If that is true, think I could trick them into letting me stay on for two months, 'for my health?' :)

I won't boo you and I believe you. I have heard about cruisers who have lost weight on cruises.
I think you point out a couple of key points.
1. Eating throughout the day. I find that I do much better with 3 meals plus 3 "snacks" during the day. And never eat after 8(whoops there that goes on our next cruise)
2. Keeping PHYSICALLY active. The stairs and the walks around the prominade do help. I enjoy the prominade walks in the morning as the mentally prepare me for the day.

Some people eat the proper foods naturally. Not me. I am not a big fruit, vegetable and fiber person, but these items along with a lot of WATER will make a difference on weightloss. I have to continualy remind myself to do this.

Jhalkias
03-27-2005, 04:08 PM
OK, I have a very serious question for those of you who work out while on the cruise to keep up your routine . . .

I pack enough clothes as it is to go on vacation - and I am a BIG "sweater". I perspire quite a bit, and currently lose about 3lbs in my 30 minute workout just in fluids.

So you can imagine, my shirt, my shorts, and my socks are totally soaked and "polluted" by the time I am done. So what do you do with the dirty laundry??? I'm on vacation, and don't want to do daily laundry OR store sweaty clothes in a small stateroom.

So what do you guys do - or don't you sweat????

John :confused3

grammiegail
03-27-2005, 05:43 PM
Boy, can I relate! I am a 50 year old, post-menopausal Weight Watchers "success story" (208# in 2001 and 143# in 2004). Since then I have gained 15# after a surgery and just can't seem to shake them. I am terrified of gaining weight during the cruise.

But, I have decided to take control instead of being out of control. I now have the desire to get up each morning and exercise (the reason for my weight gain). But, I need your help.

So, my challenge/plea to you is that I pledge to exercise 30-60 minutes Monday-Friday until my cruise date (5/28/05). Will you join me??? I will log in each day and fess up. Want to keep me honest and be honest, too????

If you don't want to that's OK, I will still be reporting. I just hope for your moral support.

Even if I don't meet my goal, I know that I will take with me WW learnings on the cruise...I am not in this alone...I have a new choice ever minute....and if I lapse "it's a vegetable" (meaning don't beat yourself up about lapses...just regroup).

During the cruise, I will "try" the following WW strategies:
1. Drink at least 6 8-ounce glasses of water a day
2. Walk at least 30 minutes a day
3. Take the stairs, not the elevator
4. Each the vegetables/fruits first
5. Remember that the first bite tastes as good at the last (so - no matter what your mother said - you do not have to clean your plate)
6. I can eat everything I want, just not as much as I want
7. YAHOO - "You always have other options"
8. If I mess up, I'm human, I can exercise non-optimal judgement, but I can start again....after all it was only a "vegetable"

So, what do you think?????

pppiglet
03-27-2005, 07:46 PM
So you can imagine, my shirt, my shorts, and my socks are totally soaked and "polluted" by the time I am done. So what do you do with the dirty laundry??? I'm on vacation, and don't want to do daily laundry OR store sweaty clothes in a small stateroom.


This is what I was worried about too. Packing extra exercise clothes and what to do with them after. I too like to exercise til I am soaked! So maybe I'll just have to walk the deck and take the stairs on vacation.

jkfreeman33
03-27-2005, 07:52 PM
I pretty much eat what I want on cruises. However, I only take the stairs and never take the elevator. That helps take off a few calories, plus you get to say hello to everyone else who walks the stairs. I have found I can walk 13 floors faster than an elevator!! Going down is so much easier than going up.
Also, someone else mentioned, be sensible. No one needs 3 deserts, cruise or no cruise, have 1 and enjoy it.
I have found that I enjoy walking the ship to see each bar, room, etc. Get out and walk on the ship. Lots of fun nice people to meet that way too.
Can't wait for our cruises this year, we are going on Carnival in June and RCCL in September.
Happy cruising!!
PS: I have found that the bar/spa/gift shop bill at the end of the week is a bigger concern for me than a few extra pounds.

grammiegail
03-27-2005, 08:05 PM
New countdown timer....but I'll never know how many days and hours til I go on my cruise! Yeah right!

I'm a newbie. How do you get a countdown timer????? Thanks in advance!

Hollua
03-27-2005, 08:57 PM
OK, I have a very serious question for those of you who work out while on the cruise to keep up your routine . . .

I pack enough clothes as it is to go on vacation - and I am a BIG "sweater". I perspire quite a bit, and currently lose about 3lbs in my 30 minute workout just in fluids.

So you can imagine, my shirt, my shorts, and my socks are totally soaked and "polluted" by the time I am done. So what do you do with the dirty laundry??? I'm on vacation, and don't want to do daily laundry OR store sweaty clothes in a small stateroom.

So what do you guys do - or don't you sweat????

John :confused3

All the extra clothes have been a concern for me too. I've decided to bring a couple of pairs of shorts for exercising. For my shirts I will wear a t-shirt that I wore the day before (not for exercising). That way I can get an extra use from the shirt. I'm also thinking I'm either going to do laundry or send the clothes out to be cleaned. Just my exercise clothes. I'll see how things look when I pack.

suesings
03-28-2005, 01:05 AM
Grammiegail - I'll definitely root you on!! We are on the same cruise and I would like to drop 10 lbs. before then!! Let's weigh in once a week online (I will just note if I dropped any weight - not how much I actually weigh :rotfl:

Just think how much better we will feel if we can wear pretty clothes and feel good and look good in them on the cruise!! I keep trying to concentrate on a great dress for formal night in a nice size. I've lost 44 lbs. in the last 14 months and 60 lbs. since I had my baby 19 months ago (and I only gained 25 lbs. with my pregnancy - obviously I started out way too heavy ;)

Good luck to you this week. I'm going to the gym tomorrow!! I can be such a slug, gotta get a move on!!

Hope you had a great Easter

grammiegail
03-28-2005, 11:51 PM
Sue, wow! You are awesome! Well, I kept to my word - 30 minutes of aerobic/toning and ate sensibly. On day down, 60 more to go. Any one else want to join the "getting fit/healthy/sexy for the cruise" club?

logan1_2000
03-29-2005, 08:48 AM
Couple choices--either pack heavy w/ lots of workout clothes, or pack a few and do laundry (not desireable) or go ahead and splurge and pack a few and have laundry done for you at cost. In law school, when study period and exams hit, i used to just bite the bullet and take my clothes to the wash & fold service and fork over the $ as the price of my convenience during a short time period. Its just a week.

grammiegail
03-29-2005, 10:32 PM
2 days down and still hanging in there....30 minutes of aerobics in the morning and 30 minutes of just plain walking around in the afternoon with sensible eating. Only 59 more to go. :jumping2:

CruisingCA2005
03-29-2005, 11:01 PM
I've been posting in the DIS WISH (http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=59) (We’re Inspired to Stay Healthy) boards. It's a great place for inspiration and to track your progress (in the journals section). They usually have several challenges going on - I've signed up for April's exercise challenge (1000 minutes of exercise in April) and the Summer Challenge (set a weight loss goal for June 21st - the 1st day of summer).

Come check it out!

TumFamily
03-29-2005, 11:16 PM
Hey Big Al --

I have also been dieting and lost 25 pds. since November. During that time, I went on a 3 day cruise, then there were the holidays, etc etc.
I am nervous, too. But, I didnt gain anything :cool1: while on my other cruise. I ate only 2 meals a day like everyone else suggested and honestly didnt really walk alot. It was a pure relaxation cruise.

SO, it can be done!!! We can do it!!! Deb :cheer2:

kikipug
03-30-2005, 11:12 AM
Vow to never, ever, ever set foot in an elevator on the cruise. Take the stairs everywhere, no matter how tired you are. I have been on many cruises, but have never seen the inside of a ship's elevator... (even when carrying my own bags on board when there was a luggage screw-up in Boston)... the stairs will burn off a lot of excess calories!!

Jhalkias
03-30-2005, 12:35 PM
OK,

I just want to know how many of you "no elevator" folks have 5 year olds who love pushing buttons - or watching the world go by out the window of a rising elevator!

When on my own, it is easy, but with my 5 year old, dog gone near impossible to avoid the elevator!

John

kikipug
03-30-2005, 01:01 PM
OK,

I just want to know how many of you "no elevator" folks have 5 year olds who love pushing buttons - or watching the world go by out the window of a rising elevator!

When on my own, it is easy, but with my 5 year old, dog gone near impossible to avoid the elevator!

John

My kids have been brought up from day 1 that its always better (and most of the time FASTER) to take the stairs. Elevators have never been an item of fascination for them.

BigAl
03-30-2005, 02:24 PM
Does anyone have experience with running onboard. I'm currently running about 14 miles a week don't want to loose those gains either. I guess in part it depends on how rough the seas are as to how difficult it would be. Is the jogging track on deck 4? What hours are you allowed to run?

logan1_2000
03-30-2005, 03:03 PM
Not sure of hours--it is not always open (one morning was heading around and when I got to the fore section, where the "track" goes inside the hull as it turns, it was blocked off completely for cleaning. There is also a slight down slope going into that section and then an upslope when you reemerge on the Port side of the ship. I was walking, there were those who were definitely jogging/running. Gets narrow in places, especially the aft turn.

6griswolds
03-30-2005, 03:06 PM
:confused3 I have a question. I started a diet 2 weeks ago. I have busted my hump on the treadmill (3x a day) and watched what I eat VERY closely. I just weighed myself and I haven't lost ANYTHING!! Or gained for that matter. It is very frustrating. I don't know why this is. Anyway...I don't see how you can gain weight on a 7 day cruise in that short of time. If I can't lose an ounce in 2 weeks.....how can someone gain? BTW....this diet biz is all new to me so most likely I haven't a clue about losing weight. :confused3

Jhalkias
03-30-2005, 03:30 PM
My kids have been brought up from day 1 that its always better (and most of the time FASTER) to take the stairs. Elevators have never been an item of fascination for them.

I’m writing this with a bit of trepidation, because my original intent was not to be critical, but to point out what I have seen and perceived as a truism with kids, elevators, and curiosity.

I know that everyone is clamoring about overweight children, but my children have always been taught from day 1 to have curiosity, and to wonder about things, how they work, and to experience different things (safe things). I have used the elevator on the ship as a game, as a way to teach numbers, and just as a way to be in awe of the beautiful ship that is the Disney Magic – especially the midship elevators that rise above the atrium. We also make the stairs a game too, and can have fun going up and down those.

I’m sorry if I offended any politically correct idea of what is acceptable. Elevators are not a bad thing in and of themselves, and I must admit, if I am really tired, I may take the elevator instead of the stairs. I’m sure that it would also burn more calories to swim instead of taking the ship, but I am sure no one would advocate that.

One of the fondest cruise memories I have is of waiting for the elevator with my then four year old midship, and the doors opening to reveal Mickey and Minnie going up with a CM for a show on deck 9. My daughter’s eyes were like saucers as the CM told us to come on in for a ride, and my DD hugged Mickey and Minnie on the way up – and I didn’t have my camera!

Big Al, I have seen people running at all times on Deck 4 – I am also going about 14 miles per week, but because of my concerns over laundry and time, I don’t know if I will keep it up while on the ship. Good luck to you if you do, and if your sailing is before mine (December 10), let me know how it goes!

BigAl
03-30-2005, 03:34 PM
Unfortunately, it is very hard to lose weight with exercise alone. To lose one pound of fat requires a deficit of 3500 calories. If running (an excellent aerobic exercise) you burn somewhere from 100 to 170 calories a mile depending on your level of exertion. You will also burn calories for a time after an intensive workout. But one desert on a cruise may easily exceed 1000 calories or the equivalent of running 8-10 miles to offset.

The other factor is an individual’s own innate metabolic rate. As we grow older our metabolism slows. If we eat the same amount at 50 as we did at 40 and don't change our amount of exercise we will slowly gain weight.

Also don't worry so much about weight. Look more at measurement in abdominal circumference. Studies show a close correlation between risks for coronary artery disease, hypertension, and diabetes as waist size (measured at the belly button) exceeds 38 inches.

Your weight will also very with increasing muscle mass as it replaces the fat. Muscle weighs more than fat.
Also you will see transient fluctuations in weight based on how hydrated you are. It is best to measure and weight without clothes first thing in the morning about once a week. You should not try to lose more than 1-11/2 pounds a week max.

Jhalkias
03-30-2005, 03:41 PM
Great answer Big Al, you beat me to the punch.

One quick question for you - if you know - My treadmill allows you to input age, weight, etc. then "supposedly" tells you how many calories you've burned in your workout. My 1/2 hour started at 389, and I have now gotten up to 522 by increasing pace and incline, etc. I am up to about 2 miles for the 1/2 hour.

Is this thing at all accurate, or am I kidding myself?

Thanks,

John

BigAl
03-30-2005, 03:49 PM
I have my doubts as to the likelyhood that you are actually burning those kind of calories in that short a time. However, I do know that Lance Armstrong needed approx. 10,000 calories a day while competing in the Tour De France. But he was covering hundreds of miles a day, exerting maximum effort.

You can find alot of answers to those kinds of questions at coolrunning.com. They also have an extensive discussion board.

kikipug
03-30-2005, 03:50 PM
I’m writing this with a bit of trepidation, because my original intent was not to be critical, but to point out what I have seen and perceived as a truism with kids, elevators, and curiosity.

I know that everyone is clamoring about overweight children, but my children have always been taught from day 1 to have curiosity, and to wonder about things, how they work, and to experience different things (safe things). I have used the elevator on the ship as a game, as a way to teach numbers, and just as a way to be in awe of the beautiful ship that is the Disney Magic – especially the midship elevators that rise above the atrium. We also make the stairs a game too, and can have fun going up and down those.

I’m sorry if I offended any politically correct idea of what is acceptable. Elevators are not a bad thing in and of themselves, and I must admit, if I am really tired, I may take the elevator instead of the stairs. I’m sure that it would also burn more calories to swim instead of taking the ship, but I am sure no one would advocate that.

One of the fondest cruise memories I have is of waiting for the elevator with my then four year old midship, and the doors opening to reveal Mickey and Minnie going up with a CM for a show on deck 9. My daughter’s eyes were like saucers as the CM told us to come on in for a ride, and my DD hugged Mickey and Minnie on the way up – and I didn’t have my camera!



Wow... I wasn't trying to start anything about kids and elevators... I thought I responded to a post regarding diet/exercise and cruising...

(besides the fact that my petrified-of-heights DS would rather die than have to ride in a glass elevator, but that's beside the point).

Sorry I caused such an uproar...

BigAl
03-30-2005, 04:24 PM
I'm currently beginning to train for a 5k in June and if successful my next target is the Disney 1/2 marathon in January.

kcashner
03-30-2005, 04:57 PM
My best suggestion for weight loss on the cruise is to watch what you eat and hit the fitness center every day. I ate whatever I wanted, but was VERY strict on portion size. Two bites of dessert is as satisfying as a whole thing. I lost 3 pounds on one 7 day cruise, and broke even on the next one.

My usual trick is to try to lose a few pounds in the weeks before the cruise so that I don't feel too bad if I gain 1-2 while cruising.

I've really stepped up my workout and diet routine as I'd like to drop 30 before August cruising (also, last summer's shorts won't fit if I don't drop 10!

I'll echo the use of the stairs. You really can feel better about yourself doing that. I did allow myself to use the elevator when in evening dress and heels, but removed the shoes and walked the stairs at the end of the evening.

grammiegail
03-30-2005, 11:40 PM
:confused3 I have a question. I started a diet 2 weeks ago. I have busted my hump on the treadmill (3x a day) and watched what I eat VERY closely. I just weighed myself and I haven't lost ANYTHING!! Or gained for that matter. It is very frustrating. I don't know why this is. Anyway...I don't see how you can gain weight on a 7 day cruise in that short of time. If I can't lose an ounce in 2 weeks.....how can someone gain? BTW....this diet biz is all new to me so most likely I haven't a clue about losing weight. :confused3

If you are hitting the treadmill 3 times a day, it could be that you have replaced the fat you lost with muscle from using the treadmill. That is really not that uncommon. Keep going. If you really have replaced fat with muscle, you will start seeing result really quickly because your increased muscle mass will help your body burn calories more efficiently.

As for gaining weight during a 7 day cruise....oh, it can be done. I did on a 4 day cruise....breakfast in the dining room....morning snack poolside....lunch in the dining room...snack poolside....dinner in the dining room....midnight buffet. Oh, and did I mention booze???? The weight didn't show up until about 3 days after the cruise, but it showed up big time. Not like 10 pounds, but 5 pounds did. I was eating stuff with lots of fat (9 calories per gram rather than 4 calories per gram for protein and carbs). I didn't see a desert I didn't like and turned my nose up at fruits and veggies.

But, don't freak out. Don't think of the cruise as a license to eat anything and everything you see. Use common sense.....something I completely lost on that first cruise.

grammiegail
03-30-2005, 11:48 PM
BTW, day 3 of getting fit for the cruise was a success. :banana: Thanks for helping to keep me honest! I think I'll check out W.I.S.H., thanks!!!!

pppiglet
03-31-2005, 12:36 AM
The weight didn't show up until about 3 days after

I read somewhere that it takes three days to add weight. So that lunch I had at Cheesecake factory today and cheesecake I had for dessert tonight won't catch up with my body til Saturday! I just try to keep in the back of my mind "remember...3,000 calories is a pound" . It's easier to eat 3,000 than burn them off!

ann-e-mator
03-31-2005, 09:37 AM
Diet?!.... On cruise?! :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: lol :rotfl2:

Yeah that didn't work for me. lol.