Cruising My Way to a Goal

Now I’ve done it. I told my friend Sandy about my plan to lose at least 50 pounds and get my HbA1c under 6.5% before I can book another cruise. She’s an RN who also holds a degree in nutrition and is a CDE on top of that, so she’s quite capable of kicking my heinie if I venture too far off the path.


She’s also had an affinity for cruises ever since she tagged along on one to the Caribbean with my granddaughter and me last year. Now she’s salivating about going through the Panama Canal.

I decided on the Panama Canal as my ultimate reward after finding a strange-looking coin among my change. Turns out it was from Panama. I took it as a sign.

As for interim rewards—I love this place! Some of you have given me some good suggestions in the comments section of last week’s blog entry (“Finding My Inner Beach Ball”).

Of course, I immediately hit on the idea of a “real” bagel in Montreal, but that’s not carb-free. Actually, I don’t recall ever having been to Montreal. Most of my time in Canada has been in British Columbia, because I lived in the Seattle area for awhile.

Fresh, fragrant flowers. Mmmmmm. Once upon a time, I dreamed of having a gleaming table in the dining room with a bowl of fresh flowers in the middle of its pristine wooden expanse.

It’s still a dream. Oh, I have the table and the dining room, but discovered I could either have fresh flowers or cats. I have cats. There was a two-year period when there were no cats in the house, but I couldn’t have those fresh flowers on a pristine wooden expanse for two reasons:

  • A former cat knocked over a vase of flowers while I was gone one day and the resulting flood of water raised the grain on the practically new table, and
  • My husband thinks the dining room table is his own, personal desk that does not have to be kept cleaned off.

However, I suppose having a husband is better than having a clean table, even with a bowl of flowers in the middle. Plus, you can’t take a romantic walk with a dining room table, despite the fact that it has twice as many legs as a husband.

Books are a great idea. I used to reward myself with books. It helped get me through a major project if I knew Tom Clancy’s new novel was waiting for me to read. Perhaps I should buy something I really want to read and make myself wait until I’ve lost a certain amount of weight.

I have, however, decided on my first reward, which nobody could have suggested since they didn’t know (until now) that I am going to Alaska in May. Don’t yell at me: This cruise was booked last fall! If I lose 10 pounds by the time we sail, I can buy myself something totally frivolous in Alaska. Or maybe in Seattle, where Sandy and I are stopping over for a day before we sail.

What will that be? I don’t know. I haven’t seen it yet. I was unable to look much the last time I was in Alaska, because the grandchildren were with me. Those of you who have children know that they can take up all of your time with their wants and needs!

So. A book for the second round of interim rewards and, for the first, a totally frivolous “something” from Alaska.

But only if I’ve lost 10 pounds first. Which means I should probably try and locate that elusive reward sometime before the chocolate extravaganza on-board.

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  • CalgaryDiabetic

    Dear Jan. Going on a cruise for a Diabetic is like sending an AA disciple to October Fest. I think a place with food on tap 24 hours per day is not a good idea. Go on a bus/walking tour of Europe. Cheaper and more stuff to see. Of course 4000 calories from the buffet breakfasts are hard to survive but if you are capable of walking for several hours you can burn them off. Lunches and suppers were on your own so you can be more moderate. Visit beautiful( not the City but the Rockies) Calgary and there is a genuine(I know I lived in Montreal for 40 years) Montreal bagel shop on Elbow Drive not the yucky Safeway pretend bagels. I stay away since I could only stop eating them after a dozen, BG would be out of control for days.

  • Tara

    Speaking of using books as a reward, here is something I like to do: Get the audio version of a book you really want to read (as an mp3, CD, or tape) and listen to it when you are exercising–and ONLY when you are exercising. Wanting desperately to find out what happens in the next chapter can be good motivation to get back on the bike or out for a walk!

    If you like to exercise in front of the TV, you can do the same thing with a season of a TV show on DVD.

  • Jan Chait

    Great idea, Tara! I am a bookaholic. In fact, I racked up nearly $100 at the bookstore today. CrackerBarrel has a deal where you can rent audiobooks at one location and return them to any of the other locations. I do that when I’m driving some distance, but hadn’t thought of it as a means of looking forward to exercising. I’ll bet the library has audio books for borrowing, too.


  • Jan Chait

    CalgaryDiabetic, thanks for the advice on cruising, but we may have to agree to disagree on whether people with diabetes should stay away or not. I’ve been on several cruises and, to me, the food situation is no different from my house, where I work, and where I have food on tap 24 hours a day. I also tend to get more exercise, since I have to traipse throughout the ship to get to the food. Plus, they have gyms, swimming pools and a promenade deck. In addition, I tend to get off the ship when it’s in port and go sightseeing. When I’m at home, on the other hand, I pretty much stay at home. You’re right about Europe, by the way. It’s much more walker-friendly than most of the United States. Finally, now I will have to go to Calgary and get a bagel!