- SUNDAY AM: 3.77 mile run, 30 minutes of stretching/’yoga’ following
- TUESDAY AM: yoga on the beach with spa instructor
- WEDNESDAY AM: three 15 minute sets on the elliptical, 40 minutes self-guided flow yoga
- THURSDAY AM: three 15 minute sets on the elliptical, 15 minutes of weights/strength training
Since I rarely run, I always forget how much recovery time I really need after a run like that. The last time I ran was on my vacation to Hawaii in February – I did about the same distance along Waikiki beach. I should have remembered that my legs would be screaming at me the rest of the week. I don’t know how I did any sightseeing the rest of the time!
Yoga on the beach was absolutely amazing, but the instructor led a very basic flow class (which I figured would be the case going into it). At one point, I noticed half the class was watching me instead of the instructor. Later in the day while on the beach, I ran into two of the ladies in the class who commented how flexible I was and how I should have just jumped in and led everyone!
It was a nice change to be forced to use different cardio equipment – a different type of elliptical than normal, using free weights instead of depending on the machines, etc. I felt really great about the quality of the workouts I got on the ship.
THE FOOD: Here are the highlights/what I remembered to photograph – it was vacation after all!:
…and some thoughts…
- I was happy to see nutritional information available on items at Starbucks and Wolfgang Puck Express, along with the availability of fresh fruit at ALL the food establishments I stopped in.
- I was AMAZED by the cost of eating at the airport. I was excited to find a turkey sandwich at Starbucks… until I realized it was $8. Um no. I can make a week’s worth of turkey sandwiches for that kind of dough.
- My mom is a flight attendant, so she’s always battling with making healthy dining choices while traveling. I have a new respect for her “eating out and losing weight” issues.
- I really wish the FAA would allow water bottles thru security.
ON CRUISE SHIPS:
- Food was available 24/7. The problem was the QUALITY of food that was available at what time. The first night we went to the snack bar to find pizza and cookies. Alas, I knew I was in trouble. Let’s just say that I had to smuggle Cheerios out of the Windjammer Cafe when it was closed.
- QUANTITY was another interesting topic. With all the buffets, beverage options and courses during formal dinner, it’s no wonder you put on weight during your vacation. During the formal dinners, the assistant waiter would offer you a piece of bread, then give you three pieces of bread. If you ate that, then she’d come by again and refill your bread plate before you could even say no.
- On the top of amount of food, I was astounded by the amount of food people would take: three breakfast pastries, five pieces of bacon, three pieces of sausages, a huge bowl of corned beef hash, all topped with scrambled eggs. No wonder we have an obesity problem in our country – if people are even eating HALF of what was on their plates on a regular day, we have some serious educating to do.
- The salad bar saved the day for me. The cruise had an excellent option of various veggies, but not so much with dressing options. I fell in love with a low-fat raspberry vinaigrette… that was then taken away from me on the last day (WTF?!)
- At formal dinner, I became “THAT GIRL” by the end of the week. Unfortunately, no one told the chef to take it easy with the sauce (see the above photos of the duck, lamb shank and shrimp dishes). Even when I ordered the “broiled cod with fresh veggies”, it was placed on top of a creamy saffron sauce. I did a lot of food surgery: removing chicken/duck skin to get to the breast meat, taking food off its original plate to get it away from so much sauce. It took me three times as long to get thru my meals because of it. The last night, I ordered the “grilled chicken with chef’s choice of veggies. The plate that came out had a piece of cooked (but not grilled as promised) chicken with skin on it, scoop of mashed potatoes, green beans and mushrooms. The problem: everything but the potatoes had a horrific tasting brown gravy slathered on it. I took one bite of the chicken and had to spit it out. Luckily, our head waiter was amazing: he had already brought me a huge plate of roasted veggies (with NO sauce thank goodness) and quickly obtained a piece of broiled salmon.
- I did my best to keep the bread/wine/dessert rule: choose one for your meal and that’s it. Well… it turned into choose 1.5 to 2 for your meal. The first two nights was the wine and dessert combo (I saw a sugar free strawberry cheesecake that just couldn’t be missed), the second two night I had some bread and a few bites of Hans’ desserts.
- You’ve heard you can gain a pound a day on a cruise, right? Well friends, it’s true. Or at least that’s how I feel today. I feel so gross and bloated from the week long vacation away from my usual food consumption. Can’t wait to get back to my lunch wraps, oatmeal and Trader Joe’s items!
- I still have my sea legs AKA I feel like I’m still rocking around on that boat! I’m so dizzy – I hope this doesn’t last long. Both Hans and I aren’t moving too fast today. Strange that this didn’t happen after our honeymoon cruise. It must be the difference between the Mediterranean Sea and being in the Atlantic Ocean.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. Back to work tomorrow! Check back for today’s blog post during Next Iron Chef!