Good morning... How are you doing this morning? It looks like it's going to be a bright sunny day here, today, though I haven't checked the weather to see what the temperature is supposed to be.
There's not a lot to report from my neighborhood... We just got back yesterday from our cruise; we've been gone all week. We went to Key West, then made 2 stops in the Bahamas. Although I'm not a big "cruise person", we did have a good time. We had a very nice stateroom, with a balcony, so if there wasn't anything going on that we wanted to participate in, we were happy to chill in the room for a couple of hours.
We had fun touring Key West and seeing the southern most point in the country - yes, we've been there once before, but that's one of those places, you can visit time and again and not get tired of... at least, I can. We also enjoyed Nassau, in the Bahamas. Our last day was spent on a private island, owned by the cruise line, in the Bahamas. It was relaxing to simply sit on the beach and relax with a margarita (or two...).
I'm pretty much recuperated from my recent surgery, though I should probably have given myself a bit more time before undertaking something like the cruise and lugging suitcases, etc but it worked out. We had luggage taken to our stateroom at the beginning and my husband carried the heavier things that we had to keep with us. When we got back to port, we took care of our own luggage, which was a little more difficult, but it worked out. Maybe I'll be able to take a couple of days to rest - no, I guess not... lol
Anyway, not unexpectedly, I gained weight during the cruise... what is unexpected is that amount I gained... Yeah - I totally didn't expect to gain a whole 5.2 lbs and I have to believe that part of that is due to fluid retention from the salt consumed with the margaritas. Of course, it didn't help that every meal consisted of some of the best, most delicious crusty French bread, I've ever had the pleasure of eating. I did, however, make sure I balanced all that with plenty of fruit and some kind of vegetables and/or salad at every meal, including breakfast.
Anyway, it's hard to believe that I consumed more than 18,000 calories over the 5 days (5.2 lbs X 3500 calories/pound) or that I failed to use up any of it, which I know I did, because we did lots of walking from one part of the ship to another, plus walking around Key West (according to my tracker, I did almost 15,000 steps that day) and Nassau (about 12,000 steps that day), plus we chose to take stairs instead of the elevator many times as we went from place to place on the ship. Although I did eat 3 meals/day, it's not like I planted my butt in a deck chair and lived on dessert and margaritas for 5 days - tempting, but boring :-)
Anyway, I often weigh less later in the day, so we'll see if some of the weight drops off later today, beyond that, it will be interesting to see how long it takes for the rest of it to come off. If it's only a couple of days or so, I'll go with the thought that it's mostly fluid retention, not really fat gain.
So, now I'm back home and back to business as usual... well, not really "as usual". Our winter neighbors arrived from OR, the day we left for the cruise, so we have yet to see them and my neighbor and I will begin our daily walks in the next couple of days, I'm sure. That will help drop off weight, as well as reduce fluid retention.
So - that's my story; what about you? I hope the week was everything you planned for and then some. I look forward to hearing about it.
~~Wishing a wonderful, successful week~~