By, Mallory Haldeman Cruising to mexico ! As you all know, I began my prep two weeks ago now for my firs show in may. This Sunday, we are taking off on a five day cruise to mexico. Into past, this may have had me in quite the panic mode by now but not this year. I've kept my body in check during my off season and while I may have only 8-9 pounds to drop I still need need to be conscientious of my food choices and training while aboard! I won't be bringing any of my own food, but skipping out on the alcohol will really allow me to make the best food choices, food is available to you 24 hours a day on these ships but use it to your advantage. three big meals a day just won't work for me at this point in my prep. I'm hungry all day long... But no worries I can always find some chicken, fish, and salad. The sitdown dinners can provide a clean source of carbs in the form of rice or potato along with usually a plain broiled fish option. Aside from that I stick to what I know, salad veggies and eggs and anything that obviously hasn't had much work done to it lol. To help with the extra sodium that I'll be taking in I'll be packing my "shrink wrap" diuretic from muscle foods to help keep down any water retention . Training. On the cruise is always a fun experience. The ships always have a full gym, and although it may not be like the one at home , there is plenty to do. I'll be keeping up with my cardio and turning up the intensity with my "ab-fx" and "tone-fx". I never do much running but one or two sessions is OK and switches up my regular routine. So I'll be doing a few laps on the outdoor track! Don't forget to take advantage of the free yoga and multiple steam rooms and hot tubs. We also signed up for a meditation class! I may be passing on the free ice cream and booze but I'm sure to come home feeling refreshed.