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Weight Loss Update: runDisney?

Check out more information at runDisney.com

This morning I was scrolling on TikToc, and something caught my eye. It was a video of a runDisney race. As I watched it, all I could think about was my long forgotten goal of running a 5K. As you all know if you’ve read my previous post, I’m currently on a weight loss journey. It’s been up and down, but so far so good. I’ve never been a runner. I hated gym in school, and I always felt like I couldn’t run. It just wasn’t for me.

I’ve heard of runDisney before – but I don’t know. This time things felt different. After pouring myself a cup of coffee, I went online and did some research. And I was shocked. They have full training guides! Full guides! I couldn’t believe it. And it wasn’t like the Couch-to-5K program either. (Tried it…. and it didn’t work for me.) The runDisney guide seemed easy to get started, and even attainable. Could I do this?…

After reading about runDisney and the training plan, I decided to give it a try. If it didn’t go well, or it seemed too unattainable, I would just stick to my morning walks. The runDisney website it linked here, and the program pdf for the 5K is linked here too. If you want to check it out and get inspired like me, please click those thinks. I swear its not sponsored.

I figured out the first day while lacing up my running shoes. I’ve been walking for 30 minutes every day or so, and that was the first step. So I was ready to begin adding some light jogging. I’ve put the first day plan below incase you want to follow along and get started with me.

runDisney 5K Training Plan – Day 1

  • Warm Up:
    • Walk for 3 Minutes
    • Run for 5-10 Seconds, Walk remaining time for 1 minute, repeat for 7 minutes
  • Main Run:
    • Run 10-20 seconds, Walk remaining time for 1 minute, repeat for 10 minutes
  • Cool Down:
    • Jog slowly on and off, taking as many walk breaks as possible, for 10 minutes
    • Walk for 3-5 minutes

This might not seem like the hardest thing in the world, but I think that’s the point. It’s a starting point. I could complete this. I was able to complete this. Not easily though. I was a sweating fool and I had to catch my breath towards the end. But it is possible. This is coming from someone that has never ran in her life. And has failed every time I’ve tried.

Other programs were difficult to start and seemed to begin beyond my abilities. No beef against Couch-to-5K either, I know it’s worked for so many people, it just wasn’t for me. But I’m so excited to have this program, and for the first time, I’m excited to run. I’m already planning on getting up a bit earlier so I can get in a run before work on Thursday.

I don’t exactly have a goal for when I want to run a 5K. I just want to take this program day by day and run by run. If I need to repeat a week, I’m going to. I’m excited for everything that this program has to offer, and I’ll make sure to keep you updated on how my journey is going.

Let me know if you are also on a weight loss journey, or if you are just a Disney fan like me looking for something different in your workout routine. I would love to talk to you, and make a supportive community.

Until next time… Happy Tuesday!

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the art of weight loss.

let the journey begin… again.

All my life I’ve struggled with my weight. It has affected all aspects of my life from my self-esteem to my confidence and even my day-to-day life. I remember not wanting to eat in the school cafeteria because I felt like everyone was watching me. My body became my prison. I constantly nit-picked and degraded myself.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, one, it’s my blog. I can ramble about anything on my mind. And, two, it’s because I’m back on the train to lose some weight. I’m back to the yoyo-ing and I’m up again. I gained during college, lost it all, and gained it back again now. All the date nights, evenings out to the bar, and dinners with family have caused me to gain again. Although less than I did before.

I’m sick of yoyo-ing and hating myself. I’m over not liking my body in photos and opting to stay in instead of going out with friends. This doesn’t mean that I’m not going to try to lose; It just means that I’m going to try to not hate myself in the process. I’m adopting a new way of thinking.

I am where I am. I can change, and do better tomorrow. I am enough.

This is so new for me. I’ve tried this mindset before, but I’ve ended up at the end of the day hating my body. I need to change that. I can’t keep the same mindset and think the end result will change. I’m 22 years old. It’s time I step into my power and become the woman I was meant to be.

Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com

I love the phrase “body under construction”. That’s where I’m at right now. Under construction. I have time, and I can make the right decisions to get where I want to be at the end of the day. And that’s why I’m writing here. I want to bring you on the path to my weight loss – to being healthier. I want to keep a record of how I’m feeling and my ups and downs. Most weight loss influencers don’t tell you about the struggle. They ignore it, or they give an idealized version.

It’s a struggle. It hurts. It’s sacrifice. I want people who are also going on this journey to find consolation in my observations and comments. I know the struggle and problem with trying to lose weight in our current society. I’m hoping that documenting my journey will help me and hopefully someone else.

Today’s plan: a walk around the neighborhood with the dog, and a yoga video from Youtube.

Let’s start this journey and begin together. I’ll make posts on occasion with my progress and thoughts while also writing about my life. If you are starting like me, or on your own journey, let me know in the comments. Let’s build this community and help each other out. I hope you all have a great day where ever you are.

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Walt Disney World – Part 1

Disney’s Old Key West Resort & Mickey Beignets Review

Hello Internet! I’m for the delay in getting another post published. It’s been a wild past few weeks and I finally found a few minutes to write this out. And, “Oh Boy!” (queue Mickey voice), I am excited to share this. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of going to Walt Disney World with my boyfriend and his family. Every year his family attends the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, and I am so grateful to tag along this year.

Mickey Powerlines!

This trip began late Thursday night. My BF and I decided to head out after his late class, which honestly was the best idea ever. The three-ish-hour drive was peaceful and perfectly uneventful. Plus it was amazing to see the iconic Mickey Mouse powerlines lit up. We got into Orlando around 10pm and ended up getting some ‘fancy’ White Castle before passing out in our hotel room.

Friday was where the real excitement began. After waking up and getting ready for the day, we had the unfortunate realization that we forgot our sneakers at home. Note to anyone packing for Disney: always pack your sneakers first! But at least this gave us (more like me) to go shopping a bit. Friday was a free day within the family, so we were free to explore the area and check out the nearest Target and Walmart. The stores here are like a dream. Everywhere has a Disney section! It took all my will to not buy all the Disney merch.

After a while few hours of running to different stores, we finally each found to pair of sneakers. They seemed pretty comfy and, hopefully, they wouldn’t hurt us by the end of our park day. By the time, we were all done with our shopping venture, we finally checked into our hotel. We were staying at Disney’s Old Key West Resort. I’ve never really stayed on-site before, so this in of itself was a magical experience.

The Walkway In Between the Various Shops and Stores

The hotel was beautiful! Full of adorable charm and whimsy. Even though it was raining on and off all day, the hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Our rooms ended up not being ready until a few hours after our check-in time, but we enjoyed checking out the gift shop and restaurants. My BF was excited to show off all the amenities and memories from when he came as a kid, and I was excited to share all of my Disney knowledge.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort is a part of the Disney Vacation Club list of resorts. My family isn’t as into Disney as my BF’s family, so I have never spent much time on a hotel on Disney property.

I honestly felt like a celebrity the entire time we stayed here. My BF dropped me off at the front so that I wouldn’t have to walk in the rain. I was immediately greeted and told about the different shops we could check out while they prepared our room. Although we were a little bummed that our rooms weren’t ready, we decided to take advantage of it and go explore the surrounding hotels and area. After nearly heading to Disney Springs, we decided to take a detour and head to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside hotel for something I have been craving for a while now…

Mickey Beignets!

The famous MICKEY BEIGNETS!

I have been absolutely obsessed with these treats ever since I started following AJ Wolfe’s Disney Food Blog. For those of you that don’t know. AJ is absolutely in love with these beignets. And after trying them for myself, I understand why. These fluffy, soft, and delicious treats are now one of my favorite Disney snacks. I am absolutely in heaven. I decided to get the classic beignets, while my boyfriend’s brother got the boozy version. Although the boozy version looked amazing, it seemed harder to eat compared to the classic.

The beignets were warm and covered in powdered sugar – which, by the time we were finished, was all over my boyfriend and the table. The mickey shapes were perfectly fried and I was in love with the simplicity of this snack. It is now one of my favorite treats, and I will definitely be making a trip to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort in the near future.

After taking that amazing stop, my BF and I were finally ready to check out our room at the Beach Club. The room was awesome, to say the least! Three bedrooms, full kitchen, laundry room, living room, balcony, and full bathrooms per room! It was nothing like I had ever experienced before. If I have the privilege to stay here again I will. I would go into more detail, but unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the room and other facilities. All I can say is that if you get the chance to stay… DO IT!

I have so much more to say about my Disney experience, but I think this post is already long enough. I’ll post a second part soon with a review of the Boathouse Restaurant, the new Flight of Passage ride at Animal Kingdom, and a highlight of some of my favorites at the ECPOT Food and Wine Festival! Stay tuned!