One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Cruising for a Cause: Day 2

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This morning started out bright and early at the fitness center for a stretching and ab session with Liz the trainer.


She. Is. AWESOME!  Really funny and tough in a good way. She used to be a professional dancer and you can tell in the shape and way she could move her body.

I know I shouldn’t compare but her tiny frame made me feel like a big puffy ogre.


I promised myself NO fat thoughts so I’m moving on.

During the class Liz took a liking to Mom who was really struggling and used her for a demo.


They had the whole class cracking up and Mom learned a new technique for getting up without needed help.


Afterwards I ran my mile (gotta keep up the #2014RunStreak!) on the 7th deck and then headed to see a Demonstration by Chef Marc Anthony Bynum.


He talked about the importance of knowing where your food comes from and making informed decisions about what you put in your body. He made pulled pork, ceviche and a pear cobbler. The only thing that surprised me was when when someone in the audience asked him if he was using butter or margarine and he said margarine. It just didn’t make sense to me.

Anyway, after his presentation I took a little stroll to the back of the ship.


The ocean makes me feel so calm. Small.

I could stare it all day.

But I didn’t because my stomach was growling. So I headed for a quick bite to eat.


That’s oatmeal with a little brown sugar, raisins, almonds, walnuts, and cinnamon. On the side: 1 sausage, 1 slice of bacon and some pineapple.

Mom? I found her living it up by the pool.


I left her there and headed back to the theater to see Diana Von Welanetz Wentworth talk about her new book.


She said something that really stuck with me:

“When you serve yourself, you inevitably serve everyone.”

Meaning — and I’m talking mostly to the fellow moms out there — by taking care of YOU it helps you take care of everyone else.

After that shot of inspiration I went back to the pool and found this.


It made me smile but I had to wake her up for our spa appointments!

I got my first ever Thai massage and it was fantastic! There’s a lot of pressure involved and it’s pretty intense but afterwards I felt relaxed and my lower back pain was gone.

I made the mistake of checking off “fine lines and wrinkles” as being one of my concerns on the spa card and ended up with a free consolation with the non-surgical cosmetic guy. I was honest and told him I was a little concerned with my laugh lines and forehead wrinkles. Especially this one.


I’m not going to lie, I was seriously considering the injection (it was a Botox alternative) but I decided against it.

I want to grow old gracefully and accept that my face (like my body) is and will be what it will be. All I can do is keep taking care of myself. Right?


Ugh. Getting old is awesome and sucks at the same time!  I sat and pondered that for a bit.


I met back up with Mom and we grabbed lunch…


… before heading to the hot tub at the back of the boat.


When we got back to the cabin there was a snack waiting for us.


I couldn’t help myself, I indulged in some cheese and grapes (skipping the crackers), one of my favorite snacks.

Tonight was dress-up night so I picked up these cute red earrings and a red shawl to represent for the American Heart Association.


I don’t normally accessorize so I felt pretty shnazzy.

We made it downstairs to see Holly and Ben, who got married on the ship


Their story is amazing. She had a massive stroke last year on the day they were supposed to get married. It caused a heart attack and her fiance stood by her side for months in the hospital. It’s one year later and Princess invited them to marry on the ship in celebration of her survival and to help raise awareness of heart health.

They looked beautiful.

Dinner was again unbelievable. I picked 3 things off the menu I’ve never eaten before.

Carpaccio of beef


Tom Kah Gai (Thai chicken soup)


Togarashi-seared red snapper


And for dessert, a chocolate mousse heart.


It was the smallest chocolate thing on the menu according to the waitress.

The only other things I ate today that aren’t pictured are a banana, an orange and a few bites of Mom’s egg muffin before we left the cabin in the morning. I’d do my little food table but to be honest, it’s getting late and I need to get to bed!

Right now I’m watching The Notebook while working on this in my cabin and I’m bawling my eyes out, of course. This is the first time I’ve ever seen it and THIS is why. I knew I’d be a blubbering mess!

Mom? She’s living it up at the casino!

Tomorrow is Grand Cayman!

Hope you are having a great week!

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There are 9 comments so far.

    Kimberly Whittaker

    February 12, 2014

    Your first massage?!? I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Massages are my go-to way to relax (pending the funds of course). Hope you enjoy a few more spas days in the future!


    February 12, 2014

    Glad you and your Mom are enjoying the cruise. We went on a family cruise for last year Spring Break and we all LOVED it. We have three boys ranging in age from 11 to 15 and they all had a great time. I really enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to cook a thing or wash a dish all week long – a true Mom vacation! I have a picture off the back of the boat similar to the one you took and it is framed and hanging by the sink in my bathroom. I look at it and take a deep breath when things get too hectic. Seeing your pics makes me want to get busy booking our next cruise. Have a great week!


    February 12, 2014

    Way to not give in to the botox-ish injection! I completely agree with your assessment of aging.

    Martha Glantz

    February 12, 2014

    When I was in my 20’s and 30’s I said “NEVER” to any kind of cosmetic surgery or treatments. In my 40’s and 50’s I thought “hmmmm, something to consider but probably not.” Now seriously thinking of Juvaderm for those lines around my mouth. Aging gracefully is one thing, but a little help might not be so bad.
    Sounds like a wonderful cruise, As a heart attack survivor I am a big supporter of the AHA. Glad you are too.


    February 12, 2014

    Sounds like a wonderful day and mom looks so relaxed! :) You both deserve it! :)

    Amy Rolniak

    February 12, 2014

    Thanks for the updates. I love that you are loving it!!


    February 13, 2014

    Rookie mistake on filling out the spa paperwork. I’ve been on 10+ cruises, and just fill out my name and write at the top, “not interested in buying products, just want a massage” then they leave you alone. Glad you’re having fun.

    Tiffany Walker

    February 13, 2014

    Wow, it looks like you are having an amazing time…I love your mom, she is so cute! You’re seriously making me want to start checking into cruise prices! ;)


    February 14, 2014

    oh my gosh!! So jealous! Lets become besties and go on cruises together! :)