Avoid Gaining Weight on Your Cruise: Tips

In 2008, after struggling with my weight for most of my life, I finally found something that worked for me and lost 70 pounds.  Since maintaining weight loss can be just as hard, if not harder, than losing it, I have developed my own strategies to keep it off and still enjoy my cruise. And trust me, I am not one for deprivation and definitely love my food and drink. Food is everywhere on a cruise, it's unlimited, it's free, and you are encouraged to overindulge so it's not that surprising that the average cruiser gains about 8 pounds on a week-long cruise. That's as much as the average adult gains over the entire course of the holiday season. So, how can you avoid gaining weight on your cruise or at least minimize the damage?
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Should You Go on a Cruise?

Since I am a cruise lover, you might imagine I'd enthusiastically recommend cruising to everyone. However, as much as we love to go on cruises, cruising is not for everyone. So, should you go on a cruise? Answer these three questions and find out!
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What to Pack for a Cruise: My List of Essentials

Whether you consider it a dream or an inconvenience, much of what we consider normal or take for granted on land is  stripped away on a cruise ship. You can't drive to the corner store to pick up something you need, your cell phone's only real function is as a camera, and neither your cash nor your credit cards have any value on board (but I still would recommend keeping those safe). Weird, right? Consequently, cruisers have come up with lists of items that make life on a ship just a little bit more like home. While I don't claim to have anything truly innovative, the following items are on my list of what to pack for a cruise.
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