Guest blogger Robin says: So I actually did it. I finally managed to go on vacation and NOT gain weight. That may not sound like a big deal to many of you, but for me, just getting through a weekend without gaining weight is a huge thing for me. Really.
This summer, we set sail on a seven-day Disney Cruise to the Mexican Riviera. It was our first cruise with our boys -- ages 5 and 7. With nonstop food and drinks available, I thought I'd pack on the pounds without much effort.
How'd I disembark without extra personal tonnage?
I took advantage of the onboard gym and did cardio workouts four of the seven days. We also walked A LOT during our port excursions--just looking for an ATM in Cabo San Lucas took us on a mile-long uphill loop -- and, believe it or not, I didn't eat all day long. I ate at every meal, and pretty much ordered what I wanted, but I didn't indulge in the 24-hour pizza, or the late-night chicken fingers and burgers available. I did have a couple of room-service cookies and dessert after dinner on most nights.
One of the weirdest things that helped, I think, was that our stateroom was on Deck 2, which is pretty much as low as you can go before you're bunking with the crew -- my travel agent forgot that little bit of info when we booked. So . . . since most of the activities were on Decks 9 and 10, we hoofed it up the stairs quite a bit -- turns out waiting for elevators on a cruise ship takes forever. I was amazed by how many cookies and slices of cheesecake those stairs helped to burn.
One other item: I didn't really overindulge on food during our excursions -- though it was more like forced dieting. To be perfectly honest, the thought of eating much of what was offered in Mazatlan and on the pirate ship in Puerta Vallarta kinda turned my stomach anyway.
Finally, I actually got a good amount of sleep in this vacation. At home, I'm usually up at all hours for some reason or another: a kid with a nightmare, my weird insomnia, work deadlines -- on the ship, we were all rocked to sleep each night and slept great another one benefit to having your stateroom almost submerged!. Since so much scientific research points to lack of sleep as being one reason people gain weight, my well-rested body seemed to be able to resist holding on to every single calorie that crossed my lips.
My vacation diet consists of this -- I'm going to live on the lowest deck of a cruise ship and eat only cookies for the rest of my life.