I have to admit when hubby first suggested a 7 day cruise getaway for the two of us I got a bit of an anxiety attack. The thought of endless high calorie food options that I couldn’t possibly countermeasure with exercise while my waist band expanded and having to wear a bathing suit the majority of the time didn’t sound very relaxing.
How could I possibly pull this off without gaining ten pounds and continue my training?
Fortunately hubby understood that I would need to work out on sea days and went into planning mode. There was a jogging track on the ship and a gym that opened at 6am daily stocked full of treadmills and workout equipment. They even offered classes if I wanted to change it up and do Spin, Bootcamp or Pilates.
Some tips I learned to help manage eating and drinking on the cruise:
- Limit alcohol drinks to 2 a day. Especially since my favorite is the “Fun Ship” a fruity, rum cocktail which obviously is more calories than a light beer.
- Try to eat in the dining room the majority of the time instead of the buffet to have a higher chance of making better food choices and control your portion sizes.
- Menus in the dining room always notate healthier food choices but were not always the most tasty so if you are going to opt for the higher calorie dessert choice have a couple bites and share!
- Opt for fresh fruit and grilled vegetables, meat options when available instead of fried or those with a heavy sauces. The grilled salmon and seafood was a hit every time with me.
- Skip the bread when possible! (I admit I did not do this ‘every’ time)
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Tips to working out on the ship:
- Refresh your music playlist and have your device fully charged before your trip.
- After boarding the ship take a tour of the gym and pick up a schedule to see what classes are offered.
- Pack your own water bottle to bring to the gym. There is generally a water fountain located there.
- Bring sunglasses in case it is sunny at the jogging track or in the gym due to the open windows.
Plan adventurous excursions! We zip lined, kayaked and snorkeled. Lots of active fun.
I indulged and came back with zero guilt and no added weight on the scale.
Vacation a success!!! #WorkHardPlayHard
While I was in Grand Cayman I was able to connect to wifi and got a fun surprise from Karen at Run Knit Travel.
I am in the July issue of Women’s Running Magazine! woohoo!!
What a nice prelude to my “Blogger on the Run” feature that will be out in August 🙂
Do you have any additional vacation mode tips to staying healthy?