About a year ago at this time, my friends and I were madly voting away in a contest to win a cruise vacation. I didn’t think I stood a chance in heck of actually winning, but as it turned out, by the end I was the one with the most votes. A few weeks later I received my certificate in the mail telling me I was the proud owner of a 7 day Caribbean cruise for 2, and that I had a whole year to use it. What I didn’t count on was that the cruise itself isn’t really the biggest cost, and flights were not included in my prize, nor were any of the ‘upgrades.’ Either way, I swore to myself that I would make it happen. So, about a month or two ago, I realized that my year was very quickly running out. I had until April 15th, so I called and booked it for April 7th in the hopes that by some miracle we could pay for the flights.
April 7th is now 6 weeks away, and after scrimping, and saving our pennies, we’re all set to go! Passports and plane tickets are in hand, and my daughter and I are now planning out everything we’ll do aboard Oasis of the Seas, and on our shore excursions in Nassau, St Martin, and St Thomas. This is a first for both of us. Raising a special needs child doesn’t leave a whole lot of money laying around for vacations, so I’m very grateful that I will be able to share this with Chelsea. Ben and Dad will have their own vacation in a few months, and they’re happy with that.
I’d been so busy worrying about plane tickets, passports, time off work, and everything else that goes along with a vacation, that once it was all done I came to the startling conclusion that I was going to be visiting a tropical locale, and that I would not only be wearing summer clothing that shows off legs, and arms, but <gasp> having to wear a bathing suit. That was when the panic really set in. We moved to Calgary about 5 years ago, and while I enjoy summers here, they are as far from hot and humid as you can get. Swimming is not a Calgary summer time activity, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I put on a bathing suit. Not only that, but it’s been a long winter, spent mostly in front of the computer, causing my weight to reach an all time high.
As all of this was running around in my brain, I realized that not only am I bigger than I’ve ever been, but I really don’t feel all that great. I’m more tired than usual, less motivated to get out and do things that I normally would jump at the chance for, and just generally feeling blah. All of this has resulted in a drastic change to my diet, completely cutting out sugar, restricting carbs, increasing fruits & veggies, and lowering fat intake. I’m not following any particular diet, but in the week since I’ve made the changes, I’m already starting to feel more like myself. Chelsea and I have also signed ourselves up for an exercise program. We only have 6 weeks, but at this point, I’m more interested in feeling better than what I will look like in my bathing suit, so we’re going to give it all we’ve got.
I’ve also come across a few other bloggers who are keeping track of their progress on a weekly ‘Fit-N-Firm Friday,’ that have really motivated me. They’ve already started so if you’re looking for motivation, these ladies have some great idea, check ’em out! Starting this Friday, Chelsea and I will be posting our stats, along with a count down to cruise day!
If you’re at all interested, Mighty Ships did a program on Oasis of the Seas that not only shows the boat, but the exact cruise we will be going on. You can watch it here.
Have you been on a cruise? What do we need to know? Are there any ‘must see’s’ on the Islands we’ll be visiting?