Saturday, January 26, 2013

We are home!

We are BACK!  
The trip was amazing!!  After 9 days with Mickey & friends to Castaway Cay-Bahamas, Disney World and Key West, we're home!  We were sad to leave but it feels good to be home and settled back into the routine.  The good news?  We were able to stick to healthy/clean eating while aboard the Disney Magic!  Yay!  The bad news?  A LOT of people on that ship did not eat healthy.  I've never seen so much ice cream cones, fried foods, rolls and soft drinks consumed in my whole life!  Yikes.  Now don't get me wrong, there were plenty of families like us, but there were quite a few that were not.  Sad.  
Did we stay focused?  YES.  
For our workouts, we woke up each morning and headed to the gym/spa.  It was awesome.  Spin classes, workout equipment and free weights.  The best part is that it all overlooked the water!  Getting your sweat on while looking at the water, can't get any better than that!
It was beautiful!  
If you've never been on a cruise before(it was our first), they give you a daily navigator which has all of the happenings for the following day.  It's usually in your stateroom after dinner each evening  We read the one that was for the 21st, my birthday and our day in Castaway Cay and we noticed it said "Castaway Cay 5K"!  We were in but figured it wouldn't be that many people but we were wrong!  We all met on the ship and they gave us our bibs and the route.
Pretty impressive group of about 150+ of us!  Pretty cool huh?  
The 5K took us all around the island and ended right on the beach, it was so cool!
The rest of the day we swam, played and did all of the fun slides!  SO MUCH FUN! We obviously needed more sunscreen because when we boarded the ship, we all had red cheeks and burnt shoulders!

I decided I'd take a few food pics since so many people are afraid that there aren't healthy options on vacations.  You just have to eat smart and think about what you're consuming.  
Yes, there's way too much food surrounding you.  
Yes, there will be temptations BUT you can avoid them and still have a fabulous time!
 Fruit and veggies are everywhere!  They are fresh and delicious and on most buffets and menu's...they were everywhere aboard the Disney Magic!  My husband and I both loved how fresh the fruit and veggies tasted with every meal!  We'd start with a salad and make sure we ended with fruit!

Yep, there's a whole wheat english muffin and you could request egg white omelets with all the veggies or have good old fashioned scrambled eggs!

Lots of turkey, chicken, fish, other seafood and veggies for dinner in most of the restaurants too.  This made it easier to make healthy decisions, especially when we filled up on fruits and veggies before the main course.  Also, we'd grab an apple and pb between meals to keep us full and less likely to grab for the unhealthy snack options.  Were there lots of unhealthy choices?  OH MY GOODNESS YES!!!  It was out of control with the cookies, popcorn, french fries, tacos, cheeseburgers, etc...
BUT you have the choice.  You can choose the oatmeal, eggs and fruit OR you can choose the donuts, pancakes and whipped cream right?  When it's all right there in front of you, you have the choice and we are happy to report that we made the healthy choice each time!  Don't get me wrong though...those crepes full of chocolate and strawberries did look tempting but I knew I'd have to pay for it when it was over and for me, it just wasn't worth it especially after we had worked so hard in the gym each day!

And this has nothing to do with healthy eating, but had to share a picture of my boys with Captain Mickey!  There was no shortage of fun on this trip :)

My mom snapped a picture of us right after the race at Castaway Cay!  I was drenched in sweat and not used to the hot temps lately sure made me appreciate the cooler temps in Texas this time of year.
It was HOT!

A great family trip!  We are ready to go again!!
We made it home today and were off the ship by 10am.
We spent the day shopping at the local farm for our fresh fruits and veggies and then had to do our grocery shopping for the week.  We food prepped this morning and afternoon and thankfully had our first green smoothie in NINE days!  We missed them!
We are back on a roll and ready to kick our eats back up a notch because although we ate very well on the ship, we know it wasn't quite as great as preparing at home!
I turned a year older on that trip, so here's to 33 for me!  I had a wonderful birthday with lots of pampering from the staff and characters.  And the best part?  My husband bought me a pair of shades that I had been wanting for quite a while...I was SO happy!

Hope you all had a great week and are staying focused with your weekly and monthly goals!
Stay focused and remember that we all have the choice of what we want out of life.
We saw so many families focusing their entire trip on the foods that they ate.  It doesn't have to be that way.  You can focus on being happy, enjoying time together, doing active things TOGETHER!  We spent a lot of time on the top deck in Goofy's wide world of sports where we'd play shuffleboard, ping pong, basketball, walk the track, and foosball with the boys!  It makes for a much more pleasant and happy vacation when you aren't in a food coma the entire time.  I remember trips that the "old me" would take.  I would think only about the foods, the restaurants, the junk.  I would be worried about where we'd eat each meal, every day. But why?  Only to get there and over eat, snack all day and then eat sad.


Courtney said...

Looks like you had an amazing trip!! I have always wanted to go on a cruise but was afraid of the food. I figured I would be in a food coma the whole week and come home miserable!! You should be really proud of yourself for making all those great choices!! Great job!!

Hollie said...

Looks like a great time! I'm really impressed by the great choices. It's so hard when on vacation. Glad your back!

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