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  1. There is also an online means of requesting shareholder OBC: https://rclshareholderbenefit.questionpro.com/. It looks like a survey, but prompts you to enter your cruise info (ship, embarkation date, reservation #) and then allows you to upload a PDF (or other file type) to show your stock ownership.
  2. Thank you for your creative and positive poem, Belle! I'm down 1 lb! My weight graph still looks like the Rocky Mountains, all jagged peaks and valleys, but the trend is still downward, so I'll definitely take it. I reminded myself this morning that this is a long-term goal, not something that will take just a few months. Given that I'm trying to get back to a level of fitness and weight health that I enjoyed thirty+ years ago, I need to rein in my expectations and impatience :-). I'm ecstatic that our golf courses will reopen (on a limited basis) next week -- I love playing golf, and always walk, so am looking forward to being able to engage in prolonged exercise once again. I've gone walking almost every day, for at least 30 minutes each time, so am hopeful that I'll be able to complete 18 holes. I've been working on stretching a lot -- I still have a few twinges from my ribcage musculature, but they are greatly diminished. Melmar and Diana, great losses! PaCruiser, hang in there; that's so neat that you're partnering with your daughter. Jan_in_Maine, I've been following one of your city's finest on FB -- Lt. Tim Cotton. I really enjoy his writing -- are you familiar with it?
  3. Good morning from Eastern WA! Spring has finally really sprung here -- for me, that means the forsythia are still (barely) in bloom, and the lilacs are out! I love walking by lilac bushes -- I don't even have to reach over (for one of the highest blooms) and grab a head of flowers to smell -- I can smell them three feet away :-). Jan, congratulations on doing so well with your spring cleaning! I'll have to emulate your practice of breaking it down into manageable chunks. We were going to work on serious decluttering this spring -- but have postponed, because there's nowhere (or no one) to take the clutter to, and no way of having a yard sale. Maybe I'll start tagging the things that we want to get rid of . . . PA Cruise and Diana, great losses! I have switched to eating plain nonfat Greek yogurt with a dab of honey and frozen fruit -- I let it sit for about 10 minutes to allow the fruit to start thawing, and then stir it up and eat it. I find I enjoy the tangy taste of the plain yogurt, coupled with the slight sweetness of the honey and the thawing fruit. I love the ideas for alternative cruise activities; we were supposed to be docking in Cartagena, Colombia today on the Norwegian Bliss; some of my fellow would-be cruisers and I have been posting in our FB group as if we were actually on the ship; it's actually somewhat therapeutic, and I'm learning a lot about the Bliss without ever having been on her. Technically, I'm down .3 lb from last week, although right now I seem to be on a periodic up/down/up cycle. I had planned on adhering to my Noom plan while on the 21-night cruise, so although I'm tempted to try out the "Ashore Unlimited Beverage Plan," I probably need to enjoy that virtually as well :-) Diana in WA
  4. I'm still hoping (because it springs eternal, you know!) that we'll be able to enjoy ours on Allure in November!
  5. @John&LaLa, I noticed your comment in Post #38 about your insurance . . . I've been able to request extension of the policies I've purchased so they can be used for a future trip. The most recent cancelled cruise (NCL Bliss Panama Canal) was covered under a Travelex policy; they (Travelex) granted me a one-time date extension on the policy. It will cover a future trip up until April 2021, and if the amount I need to protect is lower, they will (supposedly) issue me a refund on the premium. I don't know if that will help, but maybe . . .
  6. Perhaps I should change my screen name to "OneDayL8te"! Thanks for the poem, Belle; it was spot on! Tomorrow we would have started our travel to NYC, preparatory to boarding NCL Bliss for our Panama Canal cruise. Am I sad -- of course! As you wrote: "One thing will be true for us all Our next cruise isn't our call" -and- "Thin might not be the word but will weigh less Should be eating right and doing exercise in this mess" I am so grateful for the support of this group, and value your comments and experiences. They've really helped me with downs (and ups), not just in terms of weight, but also emotions and goals. I guess I'm down .9 lbs this week, but since I weigh myself daily (under Noom), that changes day to day, and I've learned to accept that as long as the overall trend is downward, I'm doing the right things. I will seize on the opportunity to eat more healthily than I might have chosen to do aboard the Bliss for 21 days! The weather here in Eastern Washington has been very springlike, with temperatures in the mid 60s during the day, and down in the low 40s at night. Irrigation just got turned on this week, so my weekend task is to work on the sprinklers, several of which need to be replaced. Mask in place, I braved Home Depot to find replacement sprinklers and parts; most people seemed to be trying to keep their distance, but some apparently thought that this was an appropriate 'family outing,' so I made several detours down uninhabited aisles to get the things I needed. My ribs should be pretty much completely healed by now (4 weeks into the 4-6 week healing projection); although I still have some pain (I learned it's called "intercostal" -- didn't know I had muscle between my ribs!), it's manageable with rest and small doses of ibuprofen. Fortunately, we have ample places to walk, so I've been able to walk every day and increase my distance; I'm up to about a 40-minute walk. I hope you all are doing well. Diana from WA (aka IRMO12HD, aka OneDayL8te!)
  7. I just spoke with Travelex regarding my travel insurance for our (cancelled) Panama Canal cruise aboard NCL Bliss. As has been mentioned, I won't be able to get a refund for the premium I paid (unless I can prove that all of the money has been refunded to me by the cruise line, airlines, etc. That won't happen until July at the earliest, so . . .). What I can (and will) do is request a "One Time Date Transfer" to switch the policy to another trip. I will have to start that trip within a year of my cancelled trip. It's my understanding that if the new trip costs less than the original trip, I can request a prorated refund of the difference in premium. I purchased this policy through squaremouth.com.
  8. Hi, everyone! Well, two weeks have passed since my accident, and I'm happy to say that my pain has reduced to the point where I have resumed my daily walks -- although on a greatly reduced scale so far. I reduced my steps goal to 3000 steps per day, and will increase it 500 steps probably every other day. Ups and downs as far as the scale is concerned, but I'm down overall, so that's good. My husband has been doing the food shopping, and has been doing a good job -- I'm all over him about washing his hands as soon as he comes in the door, and apparently the stores have been on top of sanitizing the carts and providing hand sanitizer both entering and exiting. It's asparagus season here in Eastern Washington, so I'm ecstatic -- one of our local farms has set up an online store, with farm "curbside" pickup. $1.75/lb, but it's cut fresh that morning. Our Panama Canal cruise on the NCL Bliss has been cancelled, so am extending my goals out to my birthday in August and then (hopefully) our Transatlantic cruise on RCL Allure OTS in November. Governor Inslee just extended our "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" through May 4. Well, at least that should give my ribs time to heal fully! Diana (in WA)
  9. @tbae, thank you for posting. I appreciate reading your positive viewpoint.
  10. Thanks for doing the review! We are (most probably) not going to be able to experience the Norwegian Bliss (April 19 Panama Canal sailing NYC-Seattle), which would have been our first NCL experience, so I'm really enjoying your descriptions.
  11. April 12 out of LA? Isn't that sailing out of NYC-Manhattan?
  12. My at-home fitness plan crashed on Thursday -- literally 😞 I broke three ribs on my left side in a motor scooter accident. Just getting up and down from my chair is going to have to be my workout for the foreseeable future. The silver lining (I guess) is that the pain has decreased my appetite substantially, so as long as I focus on healthy nutrition, my weight should stay the same (maybe even go down a bit). Although I'm pretty sure NCL is going to cancel our 19 April Panama Canal cruise, I want to stay with this group, and hope that our November Transatlantic will actually take place.
  13. Hello, everyone! @pacruise804 and @JennyB1977, I hope you're feeling better; I find it more difficult to eat 'healthily' when I'm ill, because most of the comfort foods I want just don't fit in the healthy category . . . One of the things I've learned from Noom is to leave 5 mouthfuls on the plate (save them for later, share them with a friend, etc.), and that has helped me moderate my portions when it comes to foods that aren't so great for my weight loss. I'm down about 2 lbs from last week, but am currently on one of those 'upswing" peaks in my Rocky Mountain weight chart. I find that the daily weight check is helping me overcome my frustration at seeing day-to-day fluctuations, and focus on the overall trend. Next week, I'll be traveling as we're helping my stepdaughter move from Tacoma to Phoenix, so am thinking about bringing our scale! I'm currently working on a list of healthy snacks to take along. @winewanderer, have a great cruise! How long a cruise is it? @melmar02, I hope your cruise works out! Diana too!
  14. Better late than never . . . right? At least I'm still posting in February (thanks, Leap Year!). I truly appreciate being a part of this accepting, supportive group. Your comments have really helped me deal with some stumbling blocks and impediments in my weight loss / lifestyle change journey. I, too, have experienced weight upswings and downturns this week, and have managed to stick to my plan (almost) throughout. I'm down 1.7 lbs for the week -- but my weight chart in Noom looks a lot like the Rocky Mountains -- all peaks and valleys. Overall, the trend is downward, though. I learned a new recipe last week for Oatmeal Banana cookies which are made from . . . oatmeal and bananas! Here's the recipe, in case anyone wants to try them (approximate calorie and nutrition values are 1 cookie ~= 50 calories, 11 g carb, 2 g protein, 1 g fat, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar): Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; thoroughly mash (until almost liquid) 1 large RIPE banana (I used two small ones); add/mix in 1 cup Quick Oats (like Quaker, but they should be Quick, not Old Fashioned oats). I then added a shake of cinnamon, and a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips, but you don't have to; it added a few calories/fat, I'm sure, but was worth it :-)) . Make round balls out of the cookie batter (I made about 9). Place onto baking sheet (I used parchment paper to prevent sticking), spacing about 2 inches apart. Gently press down on each ball so that it flattens into a round disc. Cookies will not spread much during baking, so keep that in mind when shaping and flattening your discs. I baked mine for 15 minutes, then turned them over and baked for 10 minutes more, as I wanted a firmer texture. They were good warm -- and cold! Put them in the refrigerator to store. I found this recipe at https://kirbiecravings.com/2-ingredient-banana-oatmeal-cookies/. Diana (too!)
  15. I wonder if anyone else has noticed the wording in the original document or in the response; it's referring to the distance from the kids' play area to the window as 'mere feet' -- as in "none of the glass panes, which were mere feet from the kids’ H2O Zone, contained a warning, design decal on the glass, or anything to warn passengers,such as Mr. Anello, of the hidden danger that some of the glass pane windows in the middle row may be slid open." To me, 'mere' refers to a few -- as in 3-4, not 30 to 40.
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