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  1. I posted a review of my December cruise on AmaWaterways Iconic Christmas Markets cruise on AmaLea (Budapest to Nuremberg). What a wonderful trip! Happy to answer any questions (as so many on these boards have done for me)! https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=673665
  2. Looking for info from anyone who has used the Ama Waterways app to send e-postcards. The app says to load in all your email addresses before departing. So far, so good. My question is, once you're on board, can you choose to send a postcard to only one person on your list, or does the app always send to the entire list? I realize this seems like a dumb question, but there are people who have told me, "send me a picture!" who I know don't want to see one from every port! I don't want to add people to my list only to have them flag my emails as spam. Ah, first world problems. But, if anyone has a quick answer, it would be most appreciated! Leaving in 2 days, can't wait!!!!! Andrea
  3. Arriving one day prior to cruise departing Budapest (transfers already purchased). Departure day and following day are Budapest excursions. Should $100 worth be enough, assuming purchases by credit card wherever possible? The remainder of the cruise is in Euroland, also assuming purchases by card whenever possible - thinking $300 worth. Does that sound reasonable? Thanks for any feedback - I'm 20 days away from my cruise - so excited!!
  4. Hi, everyone! I cannot believe it's October already - sure doesn't feel like it here in NC. 99 degrees yesterday. 99 - what the heck?! I am still at my recent high of 215. I don't know what to say, but, I am determined to get myself back on track! I've not been tracking on MFP, so got back to that today. And I've started back on checking my blood sugar daily. Constant struggle. But I've still got two months till my cruise, and that should be enough time to drop a few pounds. Online check-in is done. Now just need to plan for what to wear, and what I'm going to pack it all in. Belle, hope you're having a great time on your cruise! I love the part of your poem about candy and cakes - don't make! My sister and I have canceled our usual cookie-baking weekend in early December (mostly due to scheduling, but I think it might be time to retire that tradition). Jan, congratulations to your daughter, and to you for not gaining through all the celebrations. Ilovecruisingtoo, I'm right there with you on finding the determination - we can do this!! When is your cruise? I leave Dec. 4th for mine. pacruise804, great loss! And congratulations to your son on his first goal! winewanderer, hope you're having a great week katmu, congrats on a great loss!!
  5. Hi, everyone, opening the thread for us this week, minus Belle's fun poem! Hope everyone is having a great week! Andrea
  6. Great info on this thread - thanks, thunter1224, for starting it! I'll be on AmaLea a couple months after you, so my research is a little behind yours. I'm in "aquarium class" too (avoiding a single supplement), and I was prepared to just consider it an inside cabin. Good to know there may be some sort of view.
  7. Hey, everybody, Sorry I missed Thursday's weigh-in. I was same as last week (which had a gain). And today I'm up still from that. Back to where I was back when I started a month ago. I have lost and gained the same ten pounds about 4 times this year, I think! Anyway, I don't want to bring everybody down with my frustration. Just really having trouble sticking with anything. Work has me so busy and stressed I just don't have motivation for anything else. I just don't know what to do to get my head right. I took a tumble in the yard Friday night - got tangled up in my dog's leash, trying to guide the neighbor's dog back to his house. The playing puppies took me down! Pulled something in my calf and have been hobbling all weekend. But it's been getting better - almost back to normal on our walk this morning. It's always something! Congrats to all who had losses this week. Jasonmom, hope you get the answers you are looking for on the keto diet. Robincruiser, congratulations on paying off the mortgage! That's such a big accomplishment! Belle, hope you are enjoying your cruise!
  8. @Belle, I love these weekly threads, and all the support and friendship I find here! I bet many of us just go through some cycles of checking in more often, then get busy with life and don't come on as much. I always like to hear what is working for others, even if I'm not following the same plan. (I go by Andrea, but I'll certainly answer to Andy here, since that's my screen name - I set it up a long time ago when I was more vigilant about protecting my identity online - nowadays I don't worry so much about it.) @winewanderer, wow, Diana, that Panama Canal cruise sounds wonderful. Hope you have a great time in Tahoe, too. Cleaning out my kitchen today and prepping for a busy week. Cauliflower soup, hard boiled eggs, lots of veggie choices, rotisserie chicken, smoothie ingredients. The usual. Hope everyone's having a good weekend. Andrea
  9. @Belle, wow, 2 month-long cruises before the end of the year! My longest has been 12 days. I fantasize about having enough time off to be able to do longer ones. That's a few years away for me. Have a great time! I've got my Christmas Markets cruise in early December, and I'll be away about 10 days for that (7 on the cruise itself). But before that I have a business trip to India scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving. That should be pretty exciting too! It's going to be a busy holiday season!
  10. Hi, everybody, sorry I didn't make it on Thursday. I had a horrible week, up FIVE pounds. And I can't say I don't know how it happened, I know exactly how it did. Still on a bit of a spiral and trying to turn it around this weekend. No, not trying. I WILL turn it around! Congrats, Jan, winewanderer, pacruise804 and JennyB - great losses, all. Belle and bolt, we're all in it for the long haul, so be happy your gains were small compared to some! 😳 My 14-week (now 13-week) goals get me to my cruise on December 4, and I think my goal for the rest of the season will be just to maintain whatever loss I've achieved by then - I'd better amend that goal to 190 - that's 20 pounds. I am not doing great on the cardio, but I'll keep trying until I get the habit going again. I always feel better when I'm doing some exercise beyond walking - although I'm still committed to walking 200 miles each month. I just barely made it for August - 200.65 - whew!
  11. Wanted to share my little weekend project - sprucing up the patio - new plants, re-painted the furniture, added some lighting. Let's see if I can get the picture to load:
  12. @Belle, Happy Birthday!! I'm not going to say "belated" as I presume we're celebrating all month! Bring on the dancing men! Jo, congrats on your loss (not "only" .8 pounds - .8 pounds!!!!!!). I bet you could easily lose 5-6 pounds before your cruise. 7 weeks to go! Well, it's Monday, and time for my next weekly focus (13 weeks to go for my cruise) - this week it's "up the Cardio". My aim is to get 30-45 minutes of cardio at least 5 days this week. And I'd better get on it, because I was bad this weekend! Scale is way up from last Thursday's weigh-in. Hopefully I'll pull off a small loss or at least no gain by this Thursday. Hope everyone is having a great holiday!
  13. @Jasonmom, wow, 5.6 is awesome! @CarolinaGirl2010, I'd call no gain a win for sure, especially while your foot is hurting. @Jan_In_Maine, sometimes that scale has a mind of its own - you've got the right mindset, though, not to beat yourself up over a few pounds when you know you're in a healthy range. @JennyB1977, I saw your 90 days on MFP - that's awesome! @winewanderer, welcome back! 4 pounds on a 2-week cruise is not bad at all. Hope you had a great time! @RobinCruiser, great loss! I know what you mean about travel challenges. @pacruise804, great job! Happy birthday to your daughter. @bolt, great loss again, and great trend over 4 weeks! and @nyer, CONGRATULATIONS on reaching your goal!!!! To Jasonmom's question about dieting while on a cruise - I always get on the ship with good intentions, but by the second night I have given in to many temptations. But I do think by going in with an intention (that's my by-word for the week) of being healthier, my splurges are less "splurgy" than they used to be. And I don't get the drinks package any more. Then I'm more deliberate about what I drink - it's too easy with the package to over-indulge to try to get your money's worth. Hope everyone is having a great weekend and nobody is in Dorian's path this week. @CarolinaGirl2010, are you on the coast? I see some models show it coming up the coast to SC.
  14. Okay, I just popped back to last Thursday's thread, and if I didn't miss anything, we lost a net 16.6 pounds last week! I counted 12 check-ins. That's nothing to sneeze at! Okay, better get ready for work. Have a great day, all!
  15. Lovely poem, Belle! I'm so excited for a little cool weather (although in North Carolina, we call this "false fall", because we haven't seen the end of summer yet). It was 61 degrees out when I took my dog for her walk this morning. Heavenly! Holidays for my family start in October with my son's birthday - he'll be 18 this year! 😲 Then it's right on into Halloween, fall 5K runs (well, walks for me), Thanksgiving, CRUISE, Christmas and then my birthday. The calendar is about to heat up!! My momentum seems to be going still. I'm down two pounds to 205. Hoping to keep the focus through this long weekend. I don't have any plans, so I will try to direct myself to healthy things. @JessandLevi, I bet even with your husband home for the weekend you'll find you don't fall off the wagon too much. Just being aware will keep you somewhat in check. And a little splurge is not a bad thing. Kudos for doing the IF. I may try that at some point, when my usual routine isn't giving me any results. Okay, we're down 4 pounds so far - let's see how well the group does this week!
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