If you have never been on a Low-Carb Cruise, you’re missing out! This year’s cruise departed from Galveston, TX and stopped in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico. When we weren’t having fun playing with the stingrays and sea-turtles in the Cayman Islands, we got to hang out with all the low-carb experts (and yes, they are normal people, just like you and me), learned a lot from awesome lectures during sea days, and made tons of new friends.
The talks were so informative and motivating and I have learned that even a little bit of wheat acts like an opiate and can wreak havoc in the body, in my case, my hands and ankles swell nicely. Who needs that? Another interesting fact I picked up was that consuming artificially sweetened food, can still cause an insulin response, when the food passes taste receptors in the intestines. If you ask me, I am not interested in increasing my diabetes risk even more than it already is. Especially motivating was the touching presentation of success stories from some fellow low-carbers on this cruise. Wow, if these people can make such a huge difference in their lives, I thought, so can I.
My biggest motivator, however, was winning the Low-Carb Cruise grand prize of $500 towards a stateroom of the 2013 Low-Carb Cruise, which is setting sail in New Orleans next May. I’ll post more about that when I know more. Anyway, my goal for next year’s cruise is to have a success-story myself. I really want this!!!
So, What Would I Consider Success?
♥ No more swollen ankles
♥ Awesome blood-work
♥ Comfortably wear a size 14 (or smaller) jeans
My Action Plan:
♥ Stay entirely off wheat (which causes my swelling)
♥ Ditch the diet coke (can cause weight-loss stalls)
♥ Lay off all sweeteners (can cause insulin response)
♥ Shape-Shift (tone up twice a week)
♥ Journal and blog at least once or twice a week about my progress
♥ Get blood-work done ASAP & again before the cruise
♥ And, of course, continue to eat low-carb
So, one day after my return from the cruise (did I mention that I did not gain a single pound on the trip), I’m off to a good start. I finished off my last diet coke, stayed low-carb all day, and my ketostick was a nice pink. I like it when I burn fat and make ketones!
Stay tuned for more progress…