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Navigating Vacations

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

In this case "navigating" is the right word since we took a river cruise up the Danube which was fantastic. I'd always heard about cruising and seems like LOTS of food was part of the description. I was determined to have fun and not gain weight (or at least to keep it in check).

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How you ask?

I'd like to say it was easy and seriously it wasn't that hard. Basically I stuck to my routines as much as possible and it helped that the tour involved a lot of walking tours.

When I woke up I'd take about a 15 minute walk around the upper deck of the ship. The fitness center was so small and depressing I only used it twice. That breath of fresh air and the views were amazing. this is a picture snapped one morning.

It also helped that we had fantastic weather so being outside was a joy. After my walk I headed to breakfast that was a buffet and I stuck to my regular breakfast as much as possible. Checked out the pastries on the way out and avoided them the whole trip. If I had time I'd take another walk around the deck before we headed out for our excursion. Walking and seeing the amazing sites was beyond the beyond.

We had lunch on the ship and we pretty much stuck to soup and salad and maybe a small sandwich. And passed on the wine! Bypassed the afternoon tea as well.

Most afternoons we were cruising and with the nice weather we were all up on the deck and most of us were walking and strolling around. In Bratislava we took a 10 mile bike ride behind what was once the Iron Curtain. Beautiful views and a moving experience.

Because we were in countries with different cuisines I did sample things like sausage and cheeses that I normally wouldn't eat, but that is part of the experience.

Dinners were the biggest challenge since we started with cocktails at 6. Good thing the snacks were minimal! Dinner was a 4 course meal & I started with the salad most days and sampled the soup. Entrees were delicious and not that big and if dessert wasn't worth I, I skipped it. the cheese table however.....hard to pass up. And the waiters just kept pouring the wine.

I also brought one pair of jeans that fit just right and while I didn't weigh, those were my barometer. If I couldn't zip them that would tell me I'd gone too far and thankfully that never happened. I did track my food even though a lot was a guess. And my Garmin reminded me to move and I got about 15,000 steps/day or more every day.

Before the trip I was worried about going. Haven't done much travel and this one really took me out of my comfort zone. Now that I'm home and about over jet lag, I'm 100% thrilled that I went. And thrilled that my weight is right where it was when I left.
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