Here I Go Again

Something I have learned about myself is that I just do better and work more consistently for weight loss when I am attending weight watchers regularly. So, cut to me headed back in to our local center to begin Phase 2 of my weight loss this morning. Losing that first 40 or so pounds was great and exciting BUT I have been sitting at this new size for nearly 2 months! I let myself get a little lazy and it is time to remedy that! Soooo, start looking for those weekly recaps on Wednesdays. No excuses kids- It is back to the grind!

ww3 (450x600)It is really important to me to continue losing weight healthfully through natural efforts such as healthy eating and exercise. So, to the approximately one zillion requests a week I get to review your diet pills, herbs, supplements and such- the answer will continue to be NO. I am not a judger but my belief is building a new way of life for myself- not restricting or popping supplements to lose a few quick pounds and wreck my heart in the process. Pass! I will however be promoting the idea of EAT BETTER NOT LESS. I started with a couple of really filling meals today.

2 organic eggs prepared in organic butter on a split sprouted grain English muffin

IMG_18873oz deli turkey, 1 oz cheese, cup of berries, kale/spinach chips, 2tbl black bean hummus

IMG_1973I am, however, in the market to review any natural food/beverage products, fitness equipment/clothing/shoes, or fun lifestyle items. I took a review break for a bit but some of you mentioned missing the new products SO I am back on the market to review. ;) I am on the hunt for a new blender than can handle the bulky job that is my lunch smoothie- hint hint.

tired4In other news, things have been weirdly busy around these parts with holiday prep. Can we have a conversation about how I started Christmas Shopping this weekend?? What?!?

IMG_1946I feel like that should not happen the same weekend we decorated pumpkins but hey, it is what it is.

IMG_1948 IMG_1947 IMG_1949 IMG_1951I am kind of loving my finished product!

IMG_1956Anyway, that’s all I got!!

I suppose it is “over the hump” and we can all start looking forward to the weekend?

Anyone have any great fall/Halloween plans???

Race Recap- Mickey’s Happy Haunted Trail Run 5K

It seems like in the world of Disney race recaps 1/2 marathons get all of the glory. In fact, there are some who don’t know that during major race weekends such as Marathon Weekend, Princess 1/2 weekend, Tinkerbell 1/2, etc etc Disney offers a 5k race option. This normally takes place a day or two before the main event and can get other friends and family members in on the Run Disney fun! This race happened to fall at the end of our vacation so we thought a 5k would be a cool way to end our trip to FL.

IMG_1741The hubs and I chose to run 2-3 miles every other morning during vacation so this race was super low pressure. We were planning a fun time and nothing more. Most folks don’t attempt a PR at a Disney race. In between the photos and first time racers a PR becomes a challenge (and not the good kind). So, we boarded the bus at our Disney resort and it promptly began to rain…a lot.

IMG_1742 IMG_1745We had made it to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports nearly an hour before corral time so we took shelter inside. We managed to have fun joking with the other runners and scoping out the memorabilia inside the complex. We even managed to find Troy Aikman’s helmet-Go Cowboys!! ;)

IMG_1593Anywho, back to the race. Even though it was pouring- it wasn’t lightening which meant we would likely run. I made a decision to sit in a covered area until the last minute and then I would head out to the corral. It was actually kind of neat to watch the field being mowed and listen to the rain in the dark.

IMG_1749The hubs was super antsy and excited to get out there so we abandoned my plan, made a quick restroom stop, and headed down to the corrals. In true Disney Magic form it stopped raining. True Story. The DJs were jamming, people were smiling, and it was time to get lined up!

IMG_1752 IMG_1756See you later clouds! The rain would actually hold off for the entire race. I have to admit I was getting pretty excited. The announcers warned us of all the scary twists and turns that awaited us in the woods. And then the scariest (and coolest) of them all appeared- The Headless Horseman!! Coolest. Thing. Ever.

IMG_1795The corrals were released to the start and they started everyone in 5 minute waves. All of my Disney races have been through the parks and on the pavement so I had no clue what to expect.

IMG_1760 IMG_1763The entire race took place inside the Wide World Of Sports Complex. We were literally running out on a dirt trail which added to the “spooky” vibe. The trail was packed down and flat so it was pretty easy to run on .

IMG_1762 IMG_1766 IMG_1769The course got a bit congested in spots and required walking- this is really no big deal but it does show the importance of not starting in a corral with a faster time than we are capable of. Too many of those runners/walkers slowing way down too soon causes congestion. But on this particular day I didn’t care so it was onward!

IMG_1774 IMG_1775Disney had some villains and spookiness sprinkled along the course.  I chose to bypass most of that BUT I had to wait in the insane line to visit the grave diggers. Worth It. ;)

IMG_1777 IMG_1779I lost a LOT of time there but luckily the end was just around the corner, er field.

IMG_1787We both ended the race all smiles and had a wonderful time! I also kind of love my new hitch hiking ghosts finishers medal.

IMG_1789Thanks for another fun and magical race Run Disney!!!!! See you real soon!

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All The Things

Settle in folks- It is update time!!

Happy Monday Ya’ll! I seriously hope all of my readers didn’t ditch me while I was on vacation. I had every intention of blogging from Florida but once I went “offline” for a couple of days- it felt great. So, executive decision was to catch up on the old blog when I got home. To be honest, vacation was wonderful. Florida was a bit rainy but we had more sun than clouds and I honestly have no complaints. We spent half of the week in Tampa and the other half in Orlando aka Disney central. While I have a couple of things I want to recap- including a Run Disney event- I think the rest of vacation is better summed up with the old adage- a picture is worth a thousand words!!

We had Beaches…

IMG_1267 IMG_1268 IMG_1270 IMG_1276 IMG_1284 IMG_1285 IMG_1286 IMG_1293 IMG_1307Delicious Food…

IMG_1319 IMG_1342 IMG_1350 IMG_1129 IMG_1131 IMG_1475 IMG_1586 IMG_1152Workouts (to work off said delicious food)…

IMG_1138 IMG_1294 IMG_1329 IMG_1787 IMG_1790Plenty of Disney…

IMG_1371 IMG_1379 IMG_1386 IMG_1413 IMG_1414 IMG_1416 IMG_1425 IMG_1427 IMG_1482 IMG_1485 IMG_1497 IMG_1511 IMG_1525 IMG_1563 IMG_1565 IMG_1566 IMG_1568Fun with Harry Potter…

IMG_1740 IMG_1739 IMG_1738 IMG_1737 IMG_1722 IMG_1717And Lots of time to relax and be silly too…

IMG_1170 IMG_1212 IMG_1349 IMG_1483 IMG_1692And now we are back in reality…sort of. It actually took a full five days of being back at work to get myself back on any sort of real schedule. My eating habits have been terrible, water intake dismal, and general motivation in the dumps. I hate, hate, hate that I let vacation become an excuse to get lazy but that is where we are. Luckily, I am not letting this turn into a full blown derailment and I have

  1. Made A Meal Plan
  2. Made A Workout Schedule
  3. Food Shopped/ Prepped

for the week. I am also planning on getting back to my weekly weigh-ins and reports ASAP because THAT is what keeps me honest. Just saying. I am ready to take off another 40 pounds. It’s time. Also, am I the only one that HEARTS some good stationary and notebooks for keeping track of “all the things” ? Seriously- I am obsessed.

IMG_1103And speaking of workouts, color me excited about my new Under Armour kicks!!! You might recall (probably not –teehee) that I reviewed a freebie pair of shoes from Under Armour a couple falls back. They totally made a loyal customer out of this girl. I am still just as jazzed about the shoes as I was then. If another company can offer up a light shoe with a roomy toe box and maximum cushioning that could out perform these– I would love to see it. Consider yourself challenged. ;) I bought these at the outlet for around half of the retail price. I was THRILLED.

IMG_1893It is cold, cold, cold here. So this means the trial is clearing up a bit. Woohoo!!! It also means I am going to have to put my gym membership to use. If anyone can recommend a good beginners plan for strength training/toning pass it my way!

In other life news- guess who had something to celebrate this weekend? The hubs and I have made it through 7 exciting and wonderful years of marriage. The rain totally derailed our plans so we spent the weekend just hanging out. We caught a movie (Maze Runner was pretty rad), had a couple yummy meals, and (probably my favorite part of the weekend) took off for a rainy drive on the parkway. We snapped photos, stopped at some little gift shops/lodges along the way and generally had a wonderful weekend.

IMG_1820 IMG_1818 IMG_1881 IMG_1882 IMG_1883 IMG_1884 IMG_1885And since it has been awhile- a progress photo. This might be where I am now but I am headed for healthier pastures!

IMG_1823That’s all I got!

Tell me your fall plans!! Halloween parties? 5Ks? Pumpkin Patch? I am loving all things fall.