I just recently got back from a cruise. I decided that I wanted to truly enjoy myself and not be as strict as I am when I’m at home. I really do enjoy my lifestyle, but it was nice to relax and not worry about anything for once. I had an amazing time, and I’m so glad that I made the decision to just enjoy life.
This is not just a diet for me, it’s a lifestyle change. As corny as that sounds, it’s true. I want this to fit into my life, not fit my life around what I’m eating. So I think taking the time to enjoy yourself and new and different foods is a good thing. I wanted to experience every aspect of what my cruise had to offer, and if that included 24-hour ice cream and pizza, then so be it. I enjoyed the heck out of it. I also think it’s important to enjoy being with friends and having a good time. We spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool, and then, of course, we spent a day in Cozumel, and I wanted to enjoy it as much as possible.
I’m pretty confident in how I look, but sometimes I still struggle with being a little self-conscious, especially in a swimsuit. I just told myself to get over it and that it didn’t matter what these people thought of me, I’ll probably never see them again anyways. So I just focused on having a good time and didn’t worry too much about how I looked. It was hard not to compare myself to others around me, but I tried my best. To keep things in perspective for myself, I often found myself thinking about how I would have looked 30 pounds ago and how I would have felt in my bathing suit 30 pounds ago. That normally did the trick; it reminded me of how far I’ve come.
This picture I think really showcases how far I’ve come. I was so happy and carefree that day in Cozumel. I’m pretty not once did I even think about how I looked. I was just so focused on having a good time that it didn’t even cross my mind. This picture shows what I’ve overcome, I felt so good wearing that bikini. Last summer I was wearing something similar, but I was not feeling as confident as I do now.
I think my 6 months of dedication have truly paid off. I couldn’t even imagine going on a cruise 30 pounds ago. I would have struggled so much with my self-image, and I’m so happy that I’m treating this journey as more than just a physical one. I not only lost weight, but I’ve also gained a great deal self-confidence and happiness in who I am as a person. I’m not where I want to be physically or mentally, but I’m so much closer to my goals than I used to be. I would like to add that I only gained 2 pounds on my cruise, and the memories I gained were so worth it and I have Carnival to thank for those, as well as my bffs!!
If you have a different opinion on dieting while on vacation, I would love to hear from you!