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The Verdict – Did I Out-Run, Out-Walk, Out-Tour My Fork?

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Thanks to Spark People I know how to maintain my weight at home (over 7 years now).
I login every morning for my daily dose of motivation and follow the plan.

On a 16 day cruise through 5 countries on the rivers of Europe it’s more difficult
I don’t have my scale to weigh myself every morning.
I don’t have my food scale that I use if and when my daily weight trend is only up and never down.
I can’t track calories when every meal is a culinary surprise.

In my last blog I described with photos my favorite food – that which is prepared by someone else and put in front of me. Delicious to boot! I had 16 days of that.

Fortunately, most mornings I woke up to discover we were docked and I got dressed like this.
I did come prepared.


For the first 10 days I was known as “that woman who runs” and I became friends with the night desk clerk. They want to know who leaves the ship for safety/security reasons. I always returned before 7. I didn’t want to miss breakfast.

The last week I was joined by a running buddy. This is Bob waiting for me one morning.



My previous 3 blogs have pictures of the beautiful environment we enjoyed and other activities on the tour so I won’t repeat them here.
Except for one other new man in my life.



This is Sheldon. He’s 84 and was traveling with his daughter.
He was my DANCE partner! I want to be him in 14 years.

Joe wasn’t neglected.
This photo shows us standing in front of a monument (looks like a rocket ship) marking the intersection of 3 countries – Switzerland, France and Germany. No wonder people here are fluent in so many languages.


Oh yes, the Verdict. I returned home 1.2 pounds more than the day I left. Not bad at all and I credit it to keeping connected to Spark, even if minimally. Logging in motivated me to stick to the plan.

I didn’t skip any courses, but portions were of reasonable size. The exercise helped, of course, but mainly it was my resolve not to “graze” during the day unless something was really, really interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the homecoming as well since I don’t have major pounds to lose.

The plan worked!

Note: I didn’t count the time/steps in museums or on the tours where the routine was to walk a little/stop and listen to the guide and repeat. I did record the mileage of my runs and extended walks. The total was 85 miles over 14 days. That includes 9 days of running (25 miles), nothing too long. As I said, I never wanted to miss breakfast.
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