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  1. Well my comedy of errors continues. 

    Back in July we gave up on our screwed up booking for the Meraviglia for late October and switched to a YC sailing from Barcelona for our 15th wedding anniversary in September 2022 on the Fantasia. 


    Last week I checked to see if our FCC from our 2019 Meraviglia sailing had been re-applied yet by the Existing Reservations department and noticed something strange, we were no longer on the Fantasia... we were now booked from Barcelona on the say date/itinerary on the Opera. Our booking still said "Yacht Club Experience" but unfortunately the Opera isn't equipped with a Yacht Club. I called again and changed our booking to the Meraviglia leaving from Barcelona a few days earlier with a slightly different itinerary but that cruise is going to cost us an additional $1,000. The rep I spoke with was sympathetic but said I'd have to email the Existing Reservations department to try and have the price adjusted.


    I emailed Existing Reservations department again three days ago and got the typical automated response but haven't heard anything back from an actual person yet. I also copied some of their corporate contacts on the email to see to see if that might move things along a bit.

    This poor booking has gone from 14 days NYC to Miami on the Divina, to 14 days from Miami on the Meraviglia, to two seven day Miami to Miami cruises on the Meraviglia, to a 7 day itinerary from Barcelona on the Fantasia's YC, then to Opera's non-existent Yacht Club, and then back to Meraviglia in their Yacht Club.

    I had been trying to convince my parents to take a MSC Cruise with us but I'm not going to push that as an option anymore. They enjoy Princess and Celebrity and I can't imagine them (or their TA) dealing with this. I love the onboard experience with MSC but this has really gotten out of hand and we might abandon them after this... if this sailing actually ever happens.  

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  2. Great job everyone. Congrats Izena on reaching your goals!


    I weighed in yesterday and was down, weighed in today and I was down again. After almost a month of frustrating gains followed by minuscule losses I’m within .4 pounds of my lowest weigh-in from last month. Continuing with the Metamucil 14 day cleanse and have started drinking my breakfast and lunch then having a normal dinner. I’ve noticed myself being irritable which is probably hunger related lol. 

    Going down to Cincinnati tomorrow, hoping to take in a Reds game and then we have concert Monday night. The concert is requiring proof of vaccination or a negative test plus masks so we’re hopefully going to be safe. 

    Here’s a few shots from our twenty-four hour trip to Epcot/Magic Kingdom last week for our 14th wedding anniversary. Haven’t gone through all the photos yet, so I only have Epcot for you today. 05755709-1B6E-43EA-B7E7-56CA7366FE74.thumb.jpeg.c394300312c4c4279848e660369f1900.jpeg2B00D1D7-9743-448A-B7B4-2406D3EB4EE8.thumb.jpeg.3613909d1ff6d840afd1c8abf33bb2fa.jpeg0DC6992F-EEB5-458A-9F30-5CF277F4C5D0.thumb.jpeg.b204781c08e4f45d464a7039ce41b629.jpeg4159A85C-090D-446A-82A9-A4CA39923A44.thumb.jpeg.693be4802b7f836405567a2a3b6bf2eb.jpegBF73C407-48C6-4DCD-A798-E711C0220575.thumb.jpeg.4e4f13a1079d8a398881c22b6cbc60a0.jpegBFDE4F14-A9CC-4EB9-9E93-94FDEE4CA902.thumb.jpeg.326ddba45d825f46ccfb002a48528450.jpegA07A1070-0FC6-4671-8372-2EAEE12234E1.thumb.jpeg.4a02e8cf681378d5e75a9879eea24578.jpeg751D36AC-0380-4A92-A6B1-F6CF9F1208EF.thumb.jpeg.1ba1473afb9844ac854e85148ce8a33a.jpeg


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  3. Might start weighing in on Friday instead of Saturday since it has been ruining my weekends a bit recently. Plus since I work from home it’s bit easier to weigh myself at a consistent time on Friday instead waiting by the scale on Saturday morning when I could be out doing something fun. 

    My wife’s bosses’ younger brother passed away from Covid on Tuesday night at the age of 58. He was hesitant to get vaccinated but relented and got the first dose but then traveled to Florida before getting the second dose and caught it there. Not sure of how healthy he was prior to Covid but 58 is still a pretty young age to be dead from something he could have been vaccinated against six months ago. 

  4. Hope everyone is having a great weekend, keep up the hard work. 

    Up again this week, approximately 1.5 pounds. I started a two week Metamucil cleanse three days ago so I’m curious if that is partly responsible for the gain. Going to try not to be too hard on myself about my weight until I’m through the container of Metamucil. 

    My new smart watch has a body composition function which is supposed to be pretty accurate. While my weight has climbed recently it says my skeletal muscle has increased and my body fat has decreased. Not sure if I can trust the results but I can cling to hope that it is and I’m making some progress even if the scale doesn’t necessarily show it. 

    Managed to go for a photo hike last weekend, saw a few deer.



    For our 14th wedding anniversary we flew to Orlando for approximately 23 hours to visit Epcot and enjoy the after hours Boo Bash Party at Magic Kingdom. Made some questionable food choices while there but I also walked 17.5 miles starting around 4am until about 2am the next day. Sort of hoping the walking canceled out the ice cream cone, I’ve cream sandwich and Sake frozen shaved ice I had. I might post a couple photos if I get around to editing them this weekend. 

    Have a terrific rest of your weekend everyone. 

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  5. “Light like a feather I’m not.”



    18A5B1A0-9CFD-474B-BA52-D9E033DFBC16.thumb.jpeg.c0665381b085866eb288cd8a8a7a8739.jpegBelated birthday wishes Belle. 

    Keep up the hard work everyone. 

    I’m down slightly from last week but still up from my weigh-in on 08/14/21. What’s irritating is that yesterday when did my unofficial scale check I was 1.5 pounds lighter, then twenty-four hours later I go right back up. I biked hard this week, 99.95 miles to be exact, and I still barely lost. No soda, no alcohol, two espressos, two miniature French doughnuts, no pizza (since I gained last week), a lot of salad with a “healthy” dressing, four bite size KitKats spread out throughout the week, a banana for dessert to get rid of excess salt, one Happy Meal from McDonald’s, no chips or salty snacks. I don’t know how much strict I can be and still just tread water at the same general weight. 


    Good luck in the coming week. Try and make good decisions at the cookouts, etc. 

  6. Great work everyone, keep it up. 

    Only lost one pound this week but earlier in the week I was down more than three pounds on my unofficial weight checks. I’m hoping I actually lost more than a pound and my body is just playing tricks on me. More than half way to my initial goal weight, about 13.2 pounds to go. Then I plan on taking a day off a week from going to gym so I can get back to my photography hobby. Between work, 90-180 minutes a day at the gym and sleep I found that photography just doesn’t fit in terribly well. Been trying to get in a few shots when I can though. 





  7. On 8/15/2021 at 10:42 PM, Belle said:

    Opti---Good weight loss, doing good!  Isn't it nice to wear new or clothes in your closet

    that fit at smaller sizes? Only 15 lbs from goal weight, that's Great.  Do you plan to stay

    at that goal weight or try to go lower? Some people do others don't.


    My goal weight was just a number that I wanted to get to, nothing medically significant about it otherwise. Saying I wanted to lose thirty plus pounds was like saying that I wanted to train to become an astronaut. 


    Weight calculators suggest I should lose 35-40 more once I hit my initial goal. I doubt I'll ever be that thin since I honestly think I'd look sick if I lost that much weight. First things first... get to my goal weight, then re-evaluate and go from there lol. 

  8. Down 2.1 pounds this week so I'm pretty happy for once lol.


    Went to pick up some new gym shorts at Nordstrom Rack and ended up trying on blazers and fit quite comfortably in a 46R (slim fit surprisingly) which is a size down from my normal 48R. Didn't buy a blazer since I'm months away from my next cruise so I'm hoping I can lose a bit more.


    Also tried on another shirt that I purchased for a cruise 3-4 years ago but was never able to button up. Well that finally changed in Saturday, it's still tight but it's close to being wearable in public. 


    I'm finally within 15 pounds of the goal weight that I set for myself. It's weird to be closer to the goal weight than the starting weight.


    Great work everyone, keep it up!

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  9. Sounds like a lot of people had bad weeks recently too. I did weigh in last week but didn’t post here because I was really down on myself. I gained, then weighed myself the next day and gained again, and gained the next two days as well. This was despite exercising with weights and cycling everyday since early June. The week of the bad weigh in I had cycled over sixty-five miles. I also ate responsibly so I’m still at a loss for why I gained over four pounds in less than a week. 

    The good news is the weight did drop back off and this week I’m down another 1.1 pounds from my weight two weeks ago. It’s a set back since I was hoping to be down 3-5 pounds every week two weeks, not just one. Hopefully the next weigh in will be better though I doubt I’ll be able to break the 69.24 miles I cycled this week to do it lol. 

    Good luck and great effort everyone!

  10. Good afternoon everyone. Hope everyone is having a good week (it's only Monday as I type this lol).


    I was down two pounds this week for my Saturday weigh which was nice to see. Still another 17.4 to reach my goal. I think I finally admitted to myself that losing that 17.4 pounds might be obtainable but my imagined result of being "gut free" probably would require a lot more weight loss. It has been nice seeing my stomach shrink some the past few months but I don't think I was really being honest with myself about how much weight I'd have to lose to have a flat stomach. 

    With that all said, if I lose another 17.4 pounds I'm confident that I won't be confused with any sea life that has become beached on the shore during our next vacation. That next (cruise) vacation is also nearly six months away now instead of three so I've got more time to get rid of this flat tire looking thing around my midsection lol.


    Spent a lot of time in the gym this past week doing more cycling and weight training. Biked 49.24 miles which is a lot more than my norm. Already biked twenty plus miles over the weekend so I'm hoping to break the fifty mile barrier this week.


    Keep up the hard work everyone, if it was easy we'd all look like supermodels!

  11. 1 minute ago, Stockjock said:

    Not sure if you are willing to consider that Fantasia out of Barcelona slightly later (late Nov or Early Dec, I believe), but if so, it's a Voyagers Select sailing.  So not only was it dirt cheap to begin with, but you get 20% off and double Voyagers Club points.  

    Beyond that, the Yacht Club cabins are as cheap as I've seen them, net, after the 20% discount.  So if you've always wanted to try YC, it could offer a good opportunity.  One negative though is that the weather will be a bit cooler.


    I'd be open to a later sailing but the cost would have to be a lot cheaper to offset the $750+ FCC that MSC won't let us use beyond September 2022. When I called today I was trying to book for 10/29/22 and they wouldn't let me change the booking to that date and still apply the FCC. I'll check it out though, if the savings are good enough I'd let the FCC expire.

  12. Never received a call from MSC, something they wanted to do, and they haven't sent any additional emails to me. I finally gave up since our final payment was due in four days and I didn't want to shell out an extra $5,000 and hope that MSC gave it back to me (lol).

    I was chatting with my folks recently and mentioned our issues with our upcoming cruise and they mentioned that if we couldn't work it out they'd be happy to schedule a cruise with us (they prefer Princess and Celebrity). My Dad is finally retiring and they usually take us on a cruise every five years for our wedding anniversary so this seemed like a good option. We pretty quickly got organized and are cruising with them in late January, onboard the Enchanted Princess for nine nights for Fort Lauderdale.


    Today I called up MSC and changed our screwed up Meraviglia booking to the Fantasia out of Barcelona. Originally we were going to book for late October 2022 but MSC wouldn't let us use our FCC for that date and said we had to use it by the end of September 2022. It was slightly more expensive to sail in September but we're finally booked for seven nights in the Fantasia's YC. We were looking forward to another 14 nights on the Meraviglia but it will be our first time in YC and our first trip tp Spain. Hopefully the cruise industry will have stabilized a lot between now and then. Our 15th wedding anniversary will be during the voyage so hopefully Palermo is a nice place to celebrate another year of marriage lol.

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  13. I was completely ready for a gain this week despite a lot of hard work which was going to be disheartening. After spending about fifteen hours in the gym this week cycling (47+ miles) and lifting weights I lost a whopping 1.4 pounds. I’m 19.4 pounds away from my goal, which is still a long way from a “healthy” weight but I honestly think I’d look unhealthy at that weight (another thirty pounds). 

    In other news, we are canceling our October MSC cruise and rebooking for late 2022. I’ve been trying for more than a month to get our booking fixed after they screwed it up and am getting no where fast. With our final payment date coming up, MSC saying we owe them another $5,000 (we don’t, it’s their error), and my parents offering (out of the blue) to take us on a Princess cruise in January 2022 we decided to move on from our previous plans. 

    Great work everyone, keep up the hard work!

  14. Only down 0.03 pounds this week sadly but it's still a loss. I didn't make it into the gym as much last week since work was a bit crazy and I wasn't as motivated as I should have been to go prior to work. Still hit the gym everyday but there were no morning and evening visits like in previous weeks. Goal this week will be to make at least nine visits to the gym in seven days. 


    Possible moderate gains in my bicep circumference measured by my wife. We're not sure when we should be measuring that honestly. I feel more "muscles" right after a gym visit but I'm not sure if that stays or starts to fade in between gym visits. I could probably have her measure me more but it makes me feel weird and more vain lol. 

  15. My unofficial daily weigh-ins show me up about two pounds the last few days. I'm hoping it will drop back down by the time my official Saturday weigh-in gets here. 


    My wife and I are doing some reorganization of our clothes and getting some things together for donation. I ran across a button up shirt I had never been able to wear. I wrote the reason why on the tag years ago. Now that problem is fixed and it's too loose and too long in the sleeves. It's a good problem to have I guess. 


    Good luck and great work everyone!


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  16. On 7/2/2021 at 10:32 PM, drsel said:

    MSC website wants you to pay $5000 extra?

    You need a good TA to sort it out with MSC.

    Don't waste your precious time and money, leave it to the TA, it's their job



    I've never felt the need to use a TA, my parents regularly do, but my patience is running really thin right now. 


    Sent an email as requested by the phone agent on 06/15/21. 


    Received the following response on 06/22/21:



    Dear Mr Prime
    Booking No. XXXXXXXX
    We recently received a request to help with changes on your booking. We would like to help but need further clarification on what is needed to be adjusted.
    Can you kindly provide a number and time when we can call you to discuss the changes.
    We appreciate your patience
    Best regards
    Resolution Department
    I replied the next morning, 06/23/21, with:
    Good Morning Linda, 
    I will be available between 10am and 11am ET today (Wednesday). My best contact number is 555-555-5555. Looking forward to speaking with you. 
    Optimus Prime 
    Then sent another email on 06/28/21:
    Good Afternoon Linda, 
    I haven't heard back from anyone yet. I am available most of this week from 8am to 9pm ET. My best contact number is still 555-555-5555. Thank you and have a great afternoon. 
    Optimus Prime
    Still nothing so I sent another follow-up on 07/01/21:
    Good Afternoon Linda, 
    I still haven't heard back from anyone yet in response to your email on 06/22/2021. I am available from 8am to 9pm ET and would love to speak with someone soon. My best contact number is still 555-555-5555. Thank you and have a great afternoon. 
    Optimus Prime 
    Finally, thirty minutes ago I receive the following completely unsatisfactory response:
    Thank you for contacting MSC Cruises ,  please  contact us  directly  and  speak with  one of our  agents  please  contact  us  at  1-877-665-4655 to  discuss this matter  .
    We look forward to welcoming you back on MSC Cruises in the near future.   
    MSC Cruises (USA) Inc.
    I'm usually pretty agreeable with customer service people, they have tough job but I'm really annoyed by this lol. Below is my latest reply, which will get me no where but I'm leaning towards just canceling and switching to another cruise line at this point. BTW, that 877 number is their normal customer service number. 
    Good Afternoon,  
    No, someone from the Existing Reservations Department may contact me, as soon as possible please. MSC wanted a good contact number and time to call which I promptly provided and have been waiting for nearly two weeks. A regular agent is probably going to tell me to email the Existing Reservations Department, like they usually do. 
    I remain available at 555-555-5555. 
    Thank you for your anticipated quick response.
    Optimus Prime 
  17. 8 hours ago, Belle said:

    Hope everyone had a enjoyable day what ever you did, Staying home or

    going out. Did you see fireworks? In person or on TV?


    How was your eating? Get any exercise?

    I ate more than I should and didn't get any exercise--Was a Holiday wasn't it?

    Right back  on track tomorrow. (really wasn't that bad but I had been eating very little before)


    Food shopping today, have to be good not to let  "things jump into the cart on their own"!

    Had a pretty good workout yesterday. Currently cycling right now, then weights. This afternoon we’re heading to movies for a 70s double feature of Jaws and Taxi Driver. Need to be careful not to blow my diet while at the theater lol. 

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  18. Down 1.6 pounds this week. Not super happy, seems the losses are getting smaller and smaller but maybe next week will be better. From my 06/05/21 weigh-in to today (07/03/21) I'm down 6.5 pounds. I didn't even start unofficially checking my weight for the first two months of working out since I wanted to focus on the routine, not the weight. I'll never know with certainty how much I've lost since I started. 


    My goal right now is to lose another 21.1 pounds before our 10/23/21 cruise. That number will put me into a different "century" weight class if you get my meaning. I've got sixteen weeks to do it so I'm cautiously optimistic. I need to average a little more than 1.3 pounds per week but I'd love to reach that goal a bit early but beggars can't be choosers.


    Tried on the suit I got married in today for the first time in many years, possibly since our ceremony on the Adventure of the Seas in 2007. The pants were roomy around the waist, maybe could fit two fingers in between my tummy and waist band. The jacket felt like a dress honestly. It's a single breasted, three button coat and it felt more like a double-breasted coat. This was tailored to fit me back in 2007 and though my memories of how it fit are fuzzy now I doubt it was that ill-fitting then

  19. Our fourteen night cruise on the Meraviglia is a mess now. We have two separate bookings now, in two different cabins. Sent an email to the Existing Reservations email address per the suggestion of the phone rep that was assisting us in mid-June. Heard back within a week acknowledging that some work needed to be done on to correct our booking and MSC requested a good contact number and time to call me. Replied the same day and have emailed two more times since but no one has ever called me. Their email asking for a good contact number and time to call was received ten days ago. Not really sure what to do since the normal phone reps don’t seem equipped to fix most complicated issues. Our final payment is due at the end of the month and right now the website shows we $5,000 more than we’re supposed to lol. 

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  20. Keep up the hard work everyone else. 

    Went to the gym ten times in seven days. Ended up losing 1.9 pounds. Not as big of a loss as last week but at least the scale moved in the right direction. 

    I tried on a black/red sequined blazer I picked up a few years ago that I’ve never been able to button up, let alone wear out. I originally thought it would be fun to wear on MSC’s Italian night or something to wear for a fun photo on the Swarovski staircase. I tried it on Friday night and was able to button both buttons. It’s still tight (slim fit) but that’s pretty exciting progress considering I was no where close to buttoning it earlier this month. The last time I tried it on I told my wife I probably wouldn’t be bringing it with us in October, now it may make the trip after all. 


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  21. Still trending up on my "unofficial" morning weigh-ins, about a two pound increase from Saturday. Hit the gym twice on Sunday (once in the morning, then hung out at the pool, and then went back to gym in the evening). Then visited the gym after work on Monday and Tuesday. I'd like to hit the gym twice more often but I'm not much of a morning person like my wife is so I don't join her very often for her 6am workouts lol. If the weather is nice on Friday I might get up early with her, hit the gym at the crack of dawn then work until noon at home, hang out at the pool and work in the afternoon and hit the gym again on Friday night to make a final push before my official Saturday weigh check.


    Waiting on a phone call from MSC about my screwed up sailing in Oct/Nov 2021. They asked me to provide a date and time I'd be available to discuss. We'll see if they actually call during the time I provided them.

  22. Great work everyone. 

    Down 2.2 pounds from last Saturday’s weigh in. I was concerned I was going to gain based on my “unofficial” weigh in on Thursday. Went to the gym eight times in seven days, cycled almost thirty miles and increased my weights on several machines.

    Would love to lose another five pounds by July 4th weekend. Might not be a realistic goal but it’s worth trying for. 

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