So I mentioned this briefly in my March wrap-up, but I just had to write more about it because I’m so excited!!! In September, Jason and I are going on a cruise!!!!
The longer story: Jason and I got married back in December 1999. I got pregnant the following month and had Morrigan in October. Ambrose and Laurence followed in 2002 and 2004, and so since the very early days of our marriage, we’ve almost never had a chance to have a couples’ vacation. That includes a honeymoon, as we were poor college kids when we married.
Fast forward to 2011. I made a goal that year to lose 50 lbs. At first, I told no one about my goal, or about the reward I promised myself if I made it: a Caribbean cruise honeymoon in 2012, only twelve years after our wedding ceremony (ha!). Long story short, I lost 54 lbs in 2011, and Jason and I booked passage on an 11-night trip that docked in several places in central and South America, as well as one of the Caribbean islands. I chose a cruise purely as a way to visit so many new-to-me countries, and ended up falling in love with the cruise experience itself. I fell so hard that the next year, Jason got wind of a drastically reduced price for a week-long cruise through several Caribbean islands plus Bermuda, and jumped on the chance to take me for a spontaneous vacation.
Those two cruises make up half of the four couple-only vacations we’ve ever had, excluding the occasional night alone when the kids visit their grandparents. We haven’t had some time off alone since we were in Portland in 2014, and even then it was hardly a together-vacation, since Jason was there for a developer conference and we only had evenings to spend with each other. The last few years of moving have made vacations just about impossible, and so beyond my few trips back to SA to visit family when we were away, it’s been a long home-bound time.
Which is why this sudden surprise trip Jason booked for September has me SO EXCITED! It’s a short trip, about a week long, starting in Seattle and hitting Astoria (Oregon), San Francisco, and Victoria (Canada) before ending in Vancouver. Other than the trip I just mentioned to Portland, I’ve never been further west than El Paso before, and I’ve never seen the Pacific Ocean, so this has me just giddy!
It also has me very motivated to keep the ball rolling on my weight loss! On my previous two cruises, I weighed 40 and 70 lbs less than I do at this moment. I know I won’t be able to get back to either of those sizes in the next 5.5 months, but I’d love to lose a good chunk so I don’t feel quite as self-conscious when I get on the boat. I’d also like to not have to worry about the weight limits on shore excursions and stuff like that. So I’m going to be pushing myself very hard and doing everything I can for the next few months. I know motivation is a thing that doesn’t last, but I also know that I can be very determined, and once I really get things rolling, I don’t give up easily. So cheer for me, my friends! I need to do this!!