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    March 15, 2012

    Good morning!

    One month from today, Mal and I will be on vacation! We’re taking a week-long cruise with friends to Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, and the Cayman Islands. Woohoo!

    I imagine our time on the cruise will look something like this:


    And this:


    And probably this:


    Anyway, we’re psyched and cannot wait!

    I’m planning to take a true vacation and not blog at all on the cruise, but I also don’t want to leave CNC dead for an entire week. I’m planning some posts and giveaways to publish ahead of time, but I’d also like to throw some guest posts into the mix. This is where you guys come in!

    If you’d like to contribute a guest post, just drop me an email with your proposed topic (it can be anything really) by Friday, March 23rd. I’ll select the ones I think CNC readers will like best and publish them during the week we’re away on vacation.


    Breakfast was a repeat of yesterday’s “Oatmeal” Minus the Oats. I planned to switch it up this morning, but I just had a huge craving for this breakfast. On the side: iced coffee with Sol sunflower beverage.

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    Tory Row 5K Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s giveaway to win a free entry to the Tory Row 5K! Here’s your winner:


    I thought about doing the race last year, but I had a conflict that weekend. Would love to do it this year! I don’t run that much, but having a goal like this (although small) will help motivate me. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Congrats, Melanie! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com to claim your entry!

    If you’d still like to register for the Tory Row 5K, you can save $5 by entering the code CNCVIP at checkout. The code is valid from now until Sunday, March 17th at midnight.

    Three Questions Thursday

    Happy Thursday! Here’s the next edition of Three Questions Thursday!

    I know you love CrossFit and a lot of people do the Paleo diet along with it. Are you eating Paleo now?

    No, I’m not. I actually never was since I’ve been eating grains all along. There are aspects of the Paleo diet that I really like, such as the emphasis on whole foods, fruits and veggies, and quality sources of protein and fat, which I’ve incorporated more into my diet since starting CrossFit. But, when it comes down to it, I love oatmeal, cheese, and beer way too much to ever give them up!

    I’ve made your Oatmeal Minus the Oats several times and love it!! I do have a question though. Every time I’ve made it, some sticks like crazy to the bottom of the pot and I have a very hard time cleaning the pot. Has this happened to you? What am I doing wrong?

    Yep, it happens to me, too! To prevent it, I turn the heat on low on the pot, spray it with non-stick cooking spray, and then start adding the ingredients for my Oatmeal Minus the Oats as it heats up. When everything is all set, I’ll turn the heat up to medium and stir like crazy to mix things up and further prevent it from sticking. I still get a little stick-age, but not too bad!

    How did you become a full-time blogger? Do you have any advice for making it a career?

    Well, it was quite the journey (lots of blood, sweat, and tears), but definitely worth it! I love my job! Here’s the whole story start to finish.

    As for advice, I started typing up my ideas, but my response got really long, so I decided to turn it into a separate blog post. A few of my favorite blog buddies also contributed some ideas, so please check it out!

    Question of the Day

    Have you ever been on a cruise? Any advice for first-timers?

    This post was edited to remove an image that was originally published in poor taste.

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    That sounds awesome!!!! How fun 🙂

    I’ll be sending you an email too!


    Debra@FitandFab365 March 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. Have a great time!


    Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve been on two cruises and I love them! I would say the best
    Tip I have is to take some Bovine with you, which helps for sea sickness. I never in a million years thought I would feel nauseous on such a huge boat, but I did and this medication was a lifesaver!


    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Are you bringing your own beer bong? Ha ha!

    Our first and only cruise was Boston to Bermuda. It was fun! We enjoyed the pool and drinks while at sea and all the great excursions. The food can be a little overwhelming. There’s a LOT of it and people eat WAY too much. It kind of reminded me of pigs eating from a trough.


    Megan March 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I just started reading your blog and LOVE it 🙂 I also just wanted to say…AMEN to the oatmeal, cheese and beer sister…3 of my favorite things in the world


    Cristina C. March 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    This made me think of you 🙂



    Julia March 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Advice: don’t feel like you have to eat everything they offer, and ask for what you want, because they probably have it! Our first night at dinner I had an amazing veggie platter so I asked if i could have that every single night for dinner, regardless of whether they technically had it on the menu or not. So, each night, for 7 nights, I had an amazing veggie platter. I had dessert each night too, of course 😉
    Get out of your room a LOT! Take advantage of the dining room for all meals, not just dinner. It’s fun to feel like you get fancy meals all day long, but it almost feels free. It’s also a fun way to meet people who you see around the boat.
    Besides the food? I have no advice 🙂 Oh, the ‘clubs’ they usually have on board, laaaaaamesauce. Unless you like one hit wonders from the 70’s that were BARELY even one hit wonders.
    Have soooo much fun!


    Erin March 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Out of curiosity, did you book the cruise yourself or did you use a travel agent? If you booked it yourself, who did you use? This cruise route sounds like a blast and I think my husband and I would really enjoy it. Have a great time!


    Tina March 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    @Erin: We used a travel agent through AvoyaTravel.com.


    Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers March 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I have never been on a cruise yet, but my hubby and I are hoping we will actually get to go on a honeymoon sometime this spring or summer (or it will never happen). It’s either that or Europe!


    Kara @ Javelin Journal March 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    The only cruise I’ve been on was as an 18-year-old with my Mom, but we both wanted to work out and the gym was in the very front of the ship, so it was awesome to have a cool view while getting our sweat on! The shore excursions were my favorite part; we went to Cozumel also and did a horseback ride (kind of cool) and a bike and snorkel tour (awesome!!). Get in the water for sure :).


    Jessi March 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I’ve been on two cruises: one as a 13 year old and one as an adult. They’re great. You get to see a bunch of different cities and never have to worry about hotels or food. Everything’s just there. Warning though- the food is intense and omnipresent. From early morning smorgasbords to midnight buffets, they have you covered. My advice: go with a plan. You can normally manage to snag something healthy from the breakfast buffet and you may want to stash a piece of fruit or an extra yoghurt in your mini bar fridge for later. Also the ships tend to have a decent (but small) gym and even a couple of classes. Much fun to exercise with a view of the ocean =) Have a great time!


    Katie J March 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I have been on 4 of them. I actually lost weight on one of them. I have found that the staff is willing to accomodate any needs you may have ie; not eating gluten, low sodium, etc. There are so many healthy food options that you should not have any trouble… well maybe except for the booze lol!

    Also walking the ship, using the gym and doing active shore excursions will help. You are going to have a GREAT time!

    P.S. I think this is the first time I have commented!


    MelanieF March 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    It will be our second this year. Bonamine helps with sea sickness. But other than that, you will have a great time! Enjoy.


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but they look like so much fun. And that’s awesome that you’ll be taking a true break from the blog and everything – you deserve it! 🙂


    Jenaé (@YogaEatRun) March 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I’d absolutely love to do a guest post!! I’m emailing you right now! 😀


    Cristina March 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Go to the shows (comedy, opening night, closing night, etc). They are insanely tacky but really fun (and often unintentionally hilarious). Get plenty of rest so you don’t get sick 🙂


    The Healthy Apple March 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    OMG Yea for your cruise; you deserve it darling! Have fun. oxo


    Katrine March 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Have a great trip! I’ll be checking out a couple restaurants for Boston’s restaurant week next week, so if you’re interested in a review or two, I’m happy to do it!


    Megan @ Weddings and Workouts March 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The cruise sounds fab, have a wonderful time! Will miss your posts, but looking forward to the guest posts, too 🙂


    Angela @ The Chicken Scoop March 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

    How fun! I went on a cruise in high school with friends and it was a blast! But the boat got pretty boring after a few days and I couldn’t wait to get off! But then again, being over 21 might help that. The land stops help with the boredom too!! Have fun!!

    And I had to laugh at the Paleo thing. I have been doing “Paleo inspired” lately. I already eat healthy but telling myself to do Paleo keeps me even healthier strangely, but I also refuse to give up my oatmeal and cheese (oh and beer!)


    Brianne March 16, 2012 at 8:24 am

    My advice for a first time cruiser is to NOT drink alcohol on the first night on ship. I was nauseous the first day on the boat and drank and it did not make for a pleasant evening. My body had to adjust to being on a boat, even a large cruise ship. The second cruise vacation I took, I didn’t drink the first night and it was a lot more enjoyable. After the first night, I let loose and had a good time.
    Relax and enjoy the service, food, places you’ll visit! Have fun!


    Life's a Bowl March 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’m starting to look at options for our honeymoon and the idea of a cruise is somewhat enticing, especially a Mediterranean cruise… My biggest hesitation is that it would be the first cruise for the both of us and if we don’t like it we’re stuck…


    Amanda (modernation) March 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I have been on a few cruises – as a child and an adult. My advice is to take advantage of on-shore time. Don’t necessarily do pre-planned activities with the cruise. Get away from the crowds and go find some locals to take advantage of the short window of time you have in a new country. Find hole-in-the-wall restaurants and really get a feel for the culture. Just be safe!


    Luv What You Do March 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I have done that cruise and it is ‘Unbelizable’ (you will soon understand). Honduras is amazing and if you haven’t booked anything, check out the beaches (we loved Tabayana). Rotan is one of my favorite places ever. I blogged about a fantastic local place in Grand Caymen too

    You will have a blast and I can’t wiat to read about your trip!


    Joss March 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    hey girl..maybe you have answered this already, I’m not sure – but what cruise line are you going with ? I have been with norwegian and holland America (loved both!)


    Joss March 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

    oh p.s Make sure you book some of the different speciality restaurants..it may be at a cost – but it sure is better than eating at the buffet every night.

    We saved the buffet for lunch time and ate in the dining room (free) or the speciality restaurants for dinners 🙂 Always something yummy to try on the planned menus – and in the dining room you can order as many things as you wish to try out!


    Joss March 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

    http://www.cruisecritic.com – check the forums out…especially if you are a newbie. You can go to your specific cruise line and lots of questions/answers there!

    sorry for all the replys 😛


    Lori Z March 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    We just got back from our first cruise on Sun. I LOVED it! Cayman Islands was our favorite stop. Definitely want to go back there!! If you are planning any excursions I highly recommend going to Stingray City. I did not book with the cruise ship as I found much better rates online. Our excursion was Stingray City with 2 snorkeling stops. So excited for you guys. You will have a great time!


    Rebecca Meier March 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    We did that same cruise for our honeymoon back in 2008 and had an amazing time! Belize and Honduras were beautiful. Enjoy your trip!!


    Austin Lehman Adventure Travel February 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Sounds like an amazing cruise. I did one very similar around the Caribbean, or possibly even the same one! I loved every minute of the trip. While the foot is all you can eat, it is basically a bit sub par, which for me it was good, or I would have GORGED myself on everything because it all “sounded” delicious. I hope your trip went amazing! I know mine did! Did you go down the water slide?


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