I knew I was going on a cruise for a year. We had planned it down to the minute. I was traveling with family and friends, and we expected to have a blast. However, about a month before the cruise, I began to have anxiety attacks and bad dreams. Why? Because I had been trying diligently to stay on a healthy eating regime. I just worried that I couldn’t cruise and lose! I felt I had to make a choice. Or was it possible that I could Cruise and Lose?
When I got on the ship, the first thing they said was the rooms weren’t ready, so go up to the Lido Deck and enjoy the buffet. Was I up to the challenge? I walked out the elevator and was greeted by Guy Fieri’s Burgers. They were spitting those burgers out faster than a factory assembly line. They had ten choices. I went with the regular – cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onion. I thought I was doing good. Then they put the fries on the plate. At this point, I decided I couldn’t cruise and lose, so I would just maintain. After all, I would be doing a lot of walking.
Well, while I was walking the next day, I stumbled across this dessert and milk shake joint tucked away in a corner of the ship. I tried to ignore it, but a chocolate caramel milk shake kept calling my name… “Bea! Bea!” Obviously, I had to quiet that voice and have a milk shake. That was the start of moving passed maintaining to gaining!
By the time the cruise was over, I was tired of looking at food. I had tried every type of food they had on the boat… Asian, Italian, Seafood, Barbecue, homestyle American, Pizza and Sushi. I didn’t even get mad at myself because I was on vacation and I paid for that food. Did I Cruise and Lose – No. However, the water and islands were warm and beautiful, and the family and friends were loving. This made me Cruise and Win.