In June 2010, the Lew Crew took its first Royal Caribbean cruise from Florida to Nassau, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas to celebrate Caroline's graduation from high school! Dad took full advantage of the exercise opportunities available on-board, while Caroline, Mom and I took full advantage of the pools, lounge chairs, shopping, poolside adult beverages (okay, I did the advantage-taking on this one), room service... and the list goes on. We had heard tales of friends and acquaintances who had gained as much as 10 pounds(!) during a week-long cruise after indulging in all-you-can-eat buffets, schmaltzy restaurants, gourmet shops, endless poolside alcohol, authentic island cuisine in ports of call, and so much more.
I probably gained a pound or two, admittedly, though we did not spend the entire cruise lazily, and all of my clothes still fit perfectly when we returned home.
I didn't have the courage to try this, but it made for such a cool photo.
We tried unsuccessfully to get Dad to enter this!
In one of our ports of call, we participated in a mini-America's Cup, for which I was selected as the team captain, and asked to give an impromptu inspirational speech halfway through, which I'd like to believe helped clench our victory (hence all of us signaling "number one")! We were each given a task to perform to compete against the other racing vessel. Thank goodness for my sense of adventure, my inner ear preventing me from seasickness, and my four years of passionate public speaking in ADPi to prep me for such a nerve-wracking (but thrilling) experience!
On the last night of the cruise, this man drunkenly stood on his chair and proclaimed his love for the Captain and Royal Caribbean. Folks, I'll loudly and proudly tell you, I wanted to join him. Until he took his shirt off and whirled it above his head... Instead:
This Spring Break, the Lew Crew is journeying out of the country for a trip south of the border: Mexico! Caroline's and my breaks finally aligned, so the stars must have, too. I guess it's because I joined the Private School Club, and she and Ian call it.
The point of my post is that the resort at which we're staying reportedly has a fantastic fitness facility, which all of us plan to use. I'll be in Week Six of my 5K training, so I can't afford to lose a week's momentum! I used to think that allowing myself to enjoy time away from the gym and exercise in different ways (e.g., running in the waves, taking a long walk in the sand, even walking a few miles around the city carrying shopping bags) wasn't beneficial to my health. I've learned that there are a million ways to exercise, and the vast majority of them do not occur inside a structured gym. I also learned that keeping up my momentum while on vacation and out of my normal routine is great for mentally regrouping, learning new strategies, and experimenting with new foods. Perhaps the healthiest benefit of all is spending QT with the best family anyone could possibly imagine!
So while I fully intend to sip fruity drinks, immerse myself in local cuisine and culture, and soak up the sun, I also plan to kick my own butt in the process!
P.S. Do you work out while you're on vacation, or do you give yourself some respite? Have you ever been to Mexico? If so, what tips or pointers do you have?