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  1. Hey there all you Mexico Savvy people! I am not taking a Cruise this year; my husband and I are going straight to Cancun to an all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya. PLEASE... anyone with helpful hints, tips, must do's, etc please be kind and share with me. I have always had wonderful luck with Cruise help, this time I need some advice on this location that is not a typical Cruise destination. I will be there over Thanksgiving for 6 days. Staying at the El Cid Resort if anyone has any feedback or experience with this resort, tell me about it! Thanks to anyone willing to chime in and help.
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    How much do you usually spend?

    I completely agree with you! That was an awesome thing to point out. On our first Cruise, we spent a whopping $1,000.00 on Cruise photos. You do the math, we bought ALOT! They were all so good.... and we all know we are suckers for flattering photos. Great point!
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    Basketball Court on the GOLDEN????

    Can anyone tell me if the Golden has a usable Basketball Court? We have seen information stating that they have a basketball court and then read a review that stated there was none on the Golden. Please fill me in if you know...... Thanks a bunch!
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    What to ask steward for on arrival to room?

    Great thread! We normally ask for none of these things when we are on a Cruise. I didn't know you can make such requests! This time, we faxed in a request for the Egg crate toppers. There was an overwhelming amount of people saying Princess beds were little to be desired. I also did check the box for the Robes on the Cruise personalizer. That was a great benefit to us. Can someone please talk to me a little more about the Bedspread issues? Why a sheet on top, etc? We have always purchased a pack of "Pre-Paid" phone cards from Sam's Club. They have about 30 minutes on each card. I believe we get 20 in a pack for a mere $20 or so (don't quote me!). We ALWAYS give them at the end with extra cash tips (according to service). Every morning, we leave one for the Cabin Steward (and assistant if he/she has one). Our kids, my husband and I always sign a "Thanks for all you do!" note with a little picture they draw and we place it on the bed with the phone card. I know for sure, those are VERY appreciated by these people as they are all usually international citizens and calling home to family is expensive. It truly is the little things that make the experience more enjoyable for US and THEM. Getting to know them vs making them feel that they are here simply to "Serve us" is a bad idea. They work hard and deserve more than just a smile sometimes. Happy Fall :)
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    What to ask steward for on arrival to room?

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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Hey Girls! I gotta make this one quick, I'm on the run today..... lots of in and out! Today is my 3 week mark of starting this whole thing. I weighed myself this morning. I am down exactly 10 pounds. Should I be proud? Well, I'll take it! Still doing everything this same exact way. I am not getting bored with it (yet). I must stay motivated!
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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Hey Pam, No way did I take the pill while eating out this weekend!! LOL. I would be terrified. I really ate way to much. So, I planned on skipping it for those 2 meals. I did weigh in this morning. I'm so disappointed to say that I was 1 1/2 pounds MORE! It was the Chicken and Biscuits as the Cheesecake Factory, I just know it!!! I need to work EXTRA hard this week.
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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Hi Pam, Yeah... pregnant is what always comes to peoples minds! Mine, like yours took care of it LONG ago... I know what you mean when your not worried about that! lol. Mine are NEVER regular to begin with. I don't know what to think in your case. Very Odd though. With my luck, I will be on mine during my Cruise. Things have been going just OK. I was down 8 pounds 2 days ago and haven't stepped back on the scale. I have not done as great on the food selections. We have eaten out a few times. I have taken what I could get. I feel like I stuffed my face a little to much once. We went to the Cheesecake Factory AND The Melting Pot over the weekend. OH MY........ did I have a stomach ache after eating both times. I will start full throtle tomorrow morning hitting it hard without any looking back. I still am on the same routine, lots of Bike riding, playing LOTS of Tennis and NO NO NO NO NO Soda! I'm going to weigh myself in the morning and see what my weekend damage was. I hope its not to bad. I really have done so well, until the weekend that is........ I was thinking of joining weight watchers as well as what I'm doing now. Whats your thoughts? How about you? 17 pounds is REALLY something to be proud of. Your doing awesome Pam. Any word from our friends Cheryl and Marina? Whats everyone else been up too?
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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Darn Double Post Again!
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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Hey Pam! I think your doing awesome too! It seems we all have our own little ways to make it work. I want to exercise more. I think my progress would sky rocket if I did more than just ride a bike. I do feel it in my clothes. Unless its all in my mind.... hahahaha Yes, it was really hard with company. Even cooking dinner for my family. I still cook them great meals, I don't want to deprive them just because I'm watching what I eat. Every so often, I take a bite of what they are having, boy its always sooooooo good! My San Francisco trip is in 2 weeks. I am going to still take my pills at each meal. I think I am disciplined enough now and don't worry about anything. I have had NO issues to deal with, so I am not scared to take them while on a trip. HOWEVER, in a few weeks when my cruise comes up..... I WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY PILLS!!!!!!!!! :-)
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    Tell Me All About The Golden!!!!

    [quote name='2pbears']We were on the repositioning cruise with David. I don't believe that the menus were the new ones -- at least they didn't appear to be too different than the Dawn's menus last November. We did notice that there was no escargot. Don't know if this was because this was only a 6 day cruise or if it has been eliminated from the menu. I was disappointed as I love the escargot. Also, the lobster on formal night was not like the lobster tails we had on the Dawn. It was listed as lobster tail and king prawns but they didn't really look like prawns--it was good though. Overall the food was good, but not great. We ate in the Desert Rose Steakhouse one night and it was very good. It is well worth the $15 per person charge. We found the entertainment to be very good. They had Dan Bennett, a juggler/comedian who we had seen last year on the Dawn. He is fabulous. Also the magician )Gaetano), the comedians (Steve Smith and Kelly Monteith) and the hypnotist (Tim Triplett) were very good. We didn't go to any of the production shows. Hope this helps. I photographed the menus for someone else here on Cruise Critic but haven't yet figured out how to post them. If you post your email address I would be happy to email them to you.[/quote] I would REALLY appreciate a copy of the menus you have as well! [EMAIL="TheHollandsx4@aol.com"]TheHollandsx4@aol.com[/EMAIL] Thanks so much! Happy Cruising :)
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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Hey Ladies! Ok, so I had a REALLY rough last few days. My Sister with her 4 VERY young children came to stay for 5 days to visit from AZ. We had lots of fun and cooked ALOT, every meal actually. Everything was all the good homemade stuff. I did great! I stuck with my usual's, didn't cheat or even want to. My poor computer never seen any action those days! I simply had no time. I got 2 notices from the Alli site that I missed my "Check in" day. I weighed myself about 3 days ago and I was down 7 pounds. A couple of weeks and 7 pounds? I am happy with that! I have been doing GREAT. Still no problems at all. I normally do not take the breakfast pill. The meal is not worth taking it for. I take it lunch and dinner and still take my Multi-Vitamin at night along with a fiber pill that Cheryl recommended. Everything is VERY normal. Just like always. No issues at all. I'm kind of disappointed I got off the bike riding regimen the last few days. So much going on, its been hard to ride in the mornings and afternoons. I went a couple miles tonight and it felt darn good! When I say I don't indulge, I really mean it. Sometimes I want a home baked cookie or something sweet. I normally just pass. I was at the grocery store today and wanted a darn kit kat so bad! I bought it and drove home enjoying the heck out of it! It was the first time I had something like that in almost 3 weeks. It tasted soooooo good, but I could go without for another 3 weeks and not miss it. I still have stayed far away from any type of sodas (my previous weakness). It has been a piece of cake. I think if I drank one now, I would get sick from the sweetness. Things are going really great. I feel very proud of myself for staying strong and sticking with a goal. I have also taken up drinking Ice Tea when we are out if that's all I can get. Coffee is another thing in the morning I now kind of enjoy. Just one mug full with some fat free creamer. Makes me feel fuller to. Anyway's, welcome new girls! You will get lots of great help and advice on this board. I too, am so happy to have found it. These girls here are GREAT! Cheryl, will you please share that list you have with me also? I do not have Excel on my computer. Is it possible to send it another way? If so, my email is TheHollandsx4@aol.com Have a great night everyone. I am going to weigh myself in the morning again and I will check in with you guys to tell you my progress. :)
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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Hey Pam! Congrats on the loss. That is fantastic! The weather here is nice too. Fall is my favorite time of year. I'll bet Marina is having a blast. I hope she comes home and shares a picture or two!
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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Hi Girls! I have missed you all over the last couple days. I have been trying to get online but have been in and out of the house SO much that the time I slipped away from me. Pam: Yes, I am still riding bikes with my Son to school. There has been 2 mornings we couldn't ride, but other than that.... its going great. My legs feel tighter and the weather is so wonderful, who could pass it up? They are building a new Gym within walking distance from my house and I have been waiting for that to open since I already joined at the beginning of the year. I could really use it! It will grand open next month. Maybe I could get in some time there before my trip! Marina: I'm sorry I was not able to catch you before your last day on these boards. I hope your trip is amazing and I will be thinking about you! I hope you don't completely deprive yourself of all good things on this trip. That is not what Vacation is about. At least you know you have a goal to work it off when you come home. Have a great time and come back and share all the details! Cheryl: Thanks for the advice on what works for you. I have been put in the crumby position to eat out a couple times since last week and it has not been enjoyable at all, I have without doubt, skipped my pill when I did eat out. I actually find that I like those frozen meals and they don't bother me. I just assume eat those. I have NEVER liked green vegetables in my life. Since starting this last week, I have eaten broccoli many times because its apart of the meal and I need to eat it all or be hungry. Its not to bad. I will continue to eat it when its there. Overall, I weighed myself yesterday morning and was down only 3 pounds. I can't say I really feel a difference anywhere. I do feel good and no tummy issues at all. None. It is hard to believe that there is potential for disaster. I can't relate yet. I started taking my Thyroid pills without missing, since I would go months without taking them. I have hypo-thyroid ism. Slow metabolism really goes against me. I hope these pills will take effect and help me a little bit! I have had NO soda at all. It is much easier now than it was for the first couple of days. I will stick with that. We will not be buying Soda cards on this cruise! Water has become my friend, we have always been lifelong enemies! If you have a "Dillard's department store" in your areas, you must go! They have had tons and tons of 75% off clearance for the last couple of weeks and starting yesterday through this Sunday, it all started at an additional 30% off those already 75% off prices! I turns out to be about 85-90% off in total. Amazing deals. I have more than done my share of trips to all 4 of our Dillards the past couple weeks, but today I struck again! I went to 2 of them for 6 hours of shopping. I got some mighty good deals. If you can imagine, I am a total consumer queen. I picked up another formal gown today (I only have about 10, yes all with matching shoes!) This gown was SO beautiful and calling my name! It is Gold-ish, long to the ground, sheer jacket with Gold trim, etc. It was $200.00 regular price. I also got lucky and found some near identical formal shoes with crystals all over the lovely straps costing $90 regular price. I walked out the door paying $38 for both dress and shoes including tax! I couldn't resist. Although it is my size, I need to loose a few more pounds to be able to continue to zip all the way to the top. (It was a tad bit tight) I will make it a personal goal to continue to loose so that I can wear this particular dress on one formal night. It is lovely and it will give me something to push for. Please root for me on this! Its a true beauty and makes me look very flattering! hahaha. Wish me luck over the next couple of weeks! 7 left. I am NOT going to let myself stay away from the board so long next time. I need the encouragement, it helps so much. Since I have no one to talk about this with, you all have became my only support system! Everyone have a super night and a great weekend. :)
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    Anyone trying this Alli system ????

    Hi Pam, nice to hear from you! I don't know what the heck is going on with me! I am still taking the pills thanks to not having any issues. Yesterday, I experienced my very first time away from home for hours and hours and actually had to eat lunch out for the first time in the whole week. We are not very big fans of eating out, but had to. We have a favorite place here called "Cafe Rio" and I got a steak salad with a lime-cilantro dressing (house dressing) and the salad was loaded with good stuff. I have had it many times before and normally polish off the whole thing! As hungry as I was yesterday, I couldn't finish it. Only maybe 1/2. For the rest of the day, my stomach felt so odd. It felt queasy and my chest was a little heavy. Weird huh? I was smart and didn't take my pill in fear of problems. So, I skipped dinner since my stomach was not feeling its best. I think what the problem was, that all week I have eaten very well and not a lot of fat/calories. Then comes along this salad... It just made me sick! Anyway's, we live and learn... right? I am back on track today feel good! We'll see what the week holds ahead. No additional loss though. I can't say that I'm disappointed, I'll take anything. Marina, have a wonderful trip. I hope you enjoy it! Anyone heard from Cheryl? Its been a few days since she has been around. I hope she is doing great!
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