Monday, September 19, 2011

My Diet Survived the Cruise!

It's been a while since I posted. We actually got back from our cruise a couple of weeks ago. The weather when we got home was up in the high 80s/low 90s, very unusual for the PNW. Our first real summer weather.

I gained about 6 pounds on the cruise. I started out trying to eat healthy, sticking with salads and no dessert for the first few days. But the salads, to be honest, weren't that great, not anywhere near as good as the ones I make at home or can get at local restaurants. So I ended up feeling rather unsatisfied. I decided to splurge, and on about the third day I discovered the lunchtime dessert bar/buffet. I was on vacation, so I ate me some sweets. On looking back, I'm not convinced they were really worth it. But they did add to the enjoyment of the cruise. I've lost the 6 pounds, and today went for my first walk since I got back.

We ate out one night at the fancy on-board restaurant, and had chocolate souffle for dessert that night. THAT was most definitely worth it!

A week or so after we returned home, I came down with a cold, which was miserable. I had no energy, but also no appetite. So I didn't immediately get back into exercising/walking, but at least I wasn't over-eating. Basically, I was surviving on chicken soup and cough drops.

Anyway, want to see pictures of my cruise? They have very little to do with my diet or the chicken challenge. But the vacation sure did contribute to my mental health.

Me on the verandah of our cabin

A view of our cabin

Sailing into the sunset

The view from our cabin on the first day -- Canada's Inside Passage

The atrium of the ship, the Disney Wonder

Sailing along Tracy Arm Fjord, a waterfall streaming straight down the sheer cliff


The landscape was so primordial.

The color of the water is the result of glacial silt, it looks tropical, but it isn't!

The Sawyer Glacier at the end of the fjord

That horizontal line where the vegetation stops marks where the glacier used to be only a few years ago.

The ship stopped in Skagway, Alaska, and we took an excursion to the Yukon Territory, where prospectors used to search for gold.

We stopped in a town called Carcross, and visited a Husky trainer/breeder, where you could get a ride on a wagon pulled by dogs.

Although it was quite cool for us, for the dogs it was hot work, so she was spraying them off with water and filling their water dishes after every run to cool them down.

I got to feed the puppies treats!

Aren't they adorable?

Our next stop was Juneau, where we hiked about 3/4 mile to see the Mendenhall Glacier.

A waterfall beside the glacier

Some intrepid kayakers

At our next stop, Ketchikan, we took a floatplane to a salmon hatchery, where we got to watch black bears catching and eating salmon.

We got a good view of the ship from the plane.

View from the window of the plane

Can you see the bear in the center of the picture, fishing in the stream?

I had to crank up the zoom on my point-and-shoot camera. As we stood there, several bears came out of the woods on the opposite side of the stream.

A blue heron was hanging around, hoping to get a few morsels of fish.

As we stood there, another bear came out of the woods behind us and passed about 20 feet away, heading for the water.

When he was done, he headed back into the woods.

Well, I hope you enjoyed coming along on my Alaskan adventure. We had a great time, and I didn't let it derail my diet! I am back on track and losing again.