27 days until Princess Half Marathon Weekend!

Image27 days left until the Princess Marathon weekend kicks off! I am SO excited for this race. Am I as prepared physically as I need to be? Nope, not yet. Will I be? I hope so! I am going to try hard to hit 8 miles this weekend so that I can do 10 next weekend and then 11 or 12 the following weekend.

Tentative Half Marathon Weekend Itinerary:

  • Thursday Feb 20 – Arrive at WDW and check in to hotel. Attend Expo and pick up packets and shop!
  • Friday Feb 21 – Kids Race and Brunch at Chef Mickeys.
  • Saturday Feb 22 – Rest and prep day! Get to bed EARLY!
  • Sunday Feb 23 – Half Marathon day! Dinner at Le Cellier to celebrate our accomplishment!
  • Monday and Tuesday Feb 24, 25th are going to be spent pampering ourselves and celebrating our way through the parks.

Last weekend I got a 5 mile run in and it was a struggle. It was cold out. In the 40’s in Florida. I am making progress with my time, and still staying true to my 14 to 14.5 min per mile pacing strategy.

I still haven’t figured out how we are going to afford this crazy vacation, but I am determined to make it happen and make it one of the best vacations we have ever had. I know it will be a life changing trip for me. I will be accomplishing something that I have wanted to do for a long time. A dream come true for me, and a symbolic representation of the new life I am living.

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My Disney Family Fun Run – 5K Experience

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I ran my first Disney race (The Disney Family Fun Run 5k) two weeks ago during Disney’s Marathon Weekend.

IMG_90401THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE (EXPO)
On Wednesday night Lucky Charm and I headed to the Expo where we had to pick up our packets for our races, and check out some of the gear they had for sale. We drove straight to the Expo where we were parked way out in the back fields of Disney’s Wide World of Sports. I put her in the stroller and we walked (ok, I admit I was a little excited so we may have speed-walked) up to the front gates where they had some fun banners for people to take photographs with for their corresponding race. Lucky Charm didn’t want to take my photo, so I just took a photo of the banner.

Packet pickup was pretty easy, we had our signed waivers ready and went to the counter with the appropriate corresponding number (which was printed on the waiver) and had to sign that we picked up our materials. I had previously purchased (during race registration) the commemorative Kids Race Mickey ears for Lucky Charm, as well as the commemorative pin for the 5k, so we were handed those with our race IMG_90521materials including our race bibs, and gear bag. Lucky Charm’s bag had the marathon guide, her ears, pin, t-shirt, and race bib. My bag had the race guide and bib, and we were given a paper to take to pick up the t-shirt at another location.

As we approached the Josten’s Center (where the majority of expo activities were held) we were told that strollers were not allowed in the building, so we parked the stroller and headed in. Lucky Charm has some anxiety around large groups of people and since we arrived at the Expo around 5:30PM the traffic inside the building was growing by the minute. This triggered her into a lovely little spiral of anxiousness which resulted in her throwing herself on the floor in the middle of the Expo screaming. I just stood there dumbfounded knowing that there were 50 people staring at her, IMG_90471and I at that very moment. I asked her if she was done, and if she needed a hug, and she continued to throw a fit. After three rounds of this vicious cycle, I ended up carrying her through the Expo and leaving. My only purchase was three lovely bondibands. I was disappointed in the availability of 5k merchandise – but can understand that it is the smaller of their events and they were focused on the bigger achievements that weekend.

After we left the Expo, we headed to our hotel which was in Lake Buena Vista (just off Disney property). I got my race gear set out for the next morning and we got ready for bed. The alarm was set for 3:45AM. Mr. Lucky had to work until 10pm so drove to the hotel when he got out of work. I ended up falling asleep with Lucky Charm before he arrived so I got up and went down to let him into the hotel and climbed right back into bed.

 

RACE DAY!
The morning of the race I was so pumped. I had Pandora playing my favorite workout station as I got ready and that just psyched me up even more. We got Lucky Charm dressed while she was half asleep, and loaded up the backpack and mini cooler for our adventure. IMG_90801

We left the hotel around 4:30am since we were told we had to be in our corrals by 5:30am. I wasn’t sure what to expect traffic wise knowing that marathon weekend traffic results in road closures. We got there very quickly, and we got parked close to the first set of tents. We sat in the car for a few minutes and I ate a banana for breakfast. All of us really enjoyed watching the costumes people had on as they walked by our car. As we walked towards the IMG_90831tents we were directed to an area where bags needed to be inspected and then through to the main area where there was a stage set up with a DJ and a concession tent with coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast. The DJs were very good at getting the audience engaged and warmed up with music and communicating the happenings of the day. At 5:00 we were let through to the corrals to take our places. There were lit balloons that indicated the corral assignment (A through E). I was assigned to corral D and I was very thankful I was not in the very last corral. It had started to sprinkle and it was not even 50 degrees outside, so I was very chilly, and regretting my decision not to bring a sweatshirt with me. I knew that we could have a sweatshirt and throw it before the race, but I don’t own any that I can lose like that, so I wasn’t prepared. I noticed that many people were running in groups with their friends/family, and there were very few of us running alone. I was excited to run alone and do this just for myself, by myself. Although, I am really looking forward to lining up with LMM for the Princess Half Marathon, and couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome that experience is going to be.

START OF THE RACE
As 6am approached, they let corral A line up near the start line, and shot off fireworks as the race began. Slowly each of the corrals ahead were led to the start line and finally it was time for corral D. I was really chilled by this time, but I was pumped to start my run after waiting patiently for over an hour. When the fireworks went off we headed out and I watched for my family on the sidelines and waved to them as I jogged by. Neither of them saw me, but Mr. Lucky was recording so I was sure he would see it afterwards. It was a little crowded in the beginning but most everyone was pumped up and ready to get on their way. First, we navigated through the parking lots of Epcot, cheered on by cast members along the way. This part of the race was somewhat boring, but it was interesting to run through the back side of Epcot where the general public is not typically allowed. As we entered the world showcase, it was still dark and the ball was lit up so beautifully. IMG_90901Running through the showcase was really beautiful, and I saw one character (Dopey) who had a VERY long line of people waiting for photos (more about the Dopey Challenge later!). Each mile marker was beautifully displayed and there were lines of people posing for photos at each one. I stopped briefly at the first water stop to get a drink, and quickly got back on course and on my way. Even though I knew I was making decent time, I refused to stop for more than a second to snap a photo. I didn’t even see any of the characters that others saw during the race because I was in such a zone! I still can’t believe that I missed them, I seriously only thought that there was just the one character on the course! I was starting to get hot and tired when I was approaching the ball, but I knew that was the final stretch, and it motivated me. I stopped for a quick selfie, and then headed to the finish line. IMG_90941It was so amazing to cross that finish line and the feeling of accomplishment is amazing. The cheering crowds are definitely a bonus.

AFTER THE RACE
I scanned the crowds for my family and when I found them I stopped for a photo and told them where to meet me. I got my medal, and stopped for a final photo.photo 2 I was very grateful to the woman behind me for taking my photo for me since the photographer was not allowed to, and I didn’t have anyone with me. After the photo station, there were tables set up with post race refreshments. I grabbed a snack box, a banana, a water and a powerade. I met the Lucky’s and we walked back to the car. We didn’t hang around to see Pluto or his friends after the race or enjoy the entertainment because it had started to sprinkle and I was freezing and hungry. When we got back to the hotel, we celebrated Mr. Lucky’s birthday with some cake for breakfast, and then all curled up together for a nice little nap!

Stay tuned for more about our post race celebration and Lucky Charm’s first runDisney Kid’s Race!

A Pet What?

I’m not getting a pet – I have two cats, one of which randomly pees on things when she is mad.

But I am getting a PET Scan. Essentially a PET Scan is similar to a CT scan, but the radioactive dye they put through will cling to the hungry cancer cells and appear glowing on the screen.

The results of my CT scan last week came back reading that I have a 1cm node in my neck but it is too close to the jugular to biopsy. That leaves us with a PET scan to evaluate cancerous cells/nodes throughout my body. At the end of my appointment, the doctor asked if I had any questions and I asked about some wonky bloodwork results I had reviewed from the previous week. She shared with me that these levels typically indicate Lymphoma, but we dont quite have enough information to make the diagnosis yet. From everything I have read, (and believe me I have searched to the end of Google (if that’s possible) for answers) the labwork isn’t usually drawn/drawn in this group if you don’t have cancer, and its not typically elevated if you don’t have Lymphoma/Cancer for these specific tests. They are LDH, Uric Acid, and Beta 2 Microglobulin.

After my PET scan, I will have a biopsy of the cancerous cells that are found. Then I assume a treatment protocol will be in place.

The worst part of all of this? I can’t be around Lucky Charm for 24 hours after my PET Scan so I don’t expose her to radiation. My amazing friends and I went out for dinner this weekend and one of them is putting me up in a hotel for the night so I don’t have to worry about somewhere to stay without children in the house.

I have up and down moments, but I still haven’t cried. Mostly I am just unsettled and spend time googling when I am bored, or alone. I have been trying to keep myself busy and take good care of myself despite it all. Lucky Charm started ballet today and I can’t wait to pick her up and hear all about it.

We are going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on Friday with some friends. It will be the perfect distraction for my lucky little family!!! This is how I plan to take care of myself this week, distraction with costume making, planning, and looking forward to a fun time with my family and friends. Just wait ’til you see our costumes!

I will have results of my PET scan on Thursday. Have a great week! What are the obstacles you are facing this week? How are you going to take care of yourself?

She’s already Three!

Lucky Charm’s Birthday trip was amazing. We had one of the best little family vacations ever. She was so thrilled to be a princess all weekend (as if she isn’t ALL the time!) and get all of the birthday girl attention. She was really well behaved too.

We started our journey with me decorating our hotel room for her before she saw the room. One of the housekeeping managers saw me carrying balloons into our room and she offered to come in and do some special towel art for her birthday too. I thought lucky charm was going to squeal with joy when she saw it was all decorated for her birthday but she didn’t seem to be phased. She was just happy to be in the room and at Disney and was ready to go go go!

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The first night of our trip we went to the Grand Floridian hotel and had dinner with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, Drizella, and Lady Tremaine (the evil stepmom). E was enamored with all of them. All of the characters were really great, especially Cinderella and Anastasia. Prince Charming was a bit stuck up and irritated – so he could have definitely played his part better – he was everything but charming but Lucky Charm still loved him. Every time the announcer came over the sound system to announce a new character coming out she lit up with anticipation. She wouldn’t touch her dinner until all of them had visited our table.

As for dinner and how it worked out for me after surgery – it was fabulous! At $38.00 per person I was annoyed with the cost and whether I would get my money worth. I definitely did. The food, atmosphere and entertainment was amazing even if my portion sizes were small. I had a portion of make-your-own-stir-fry with chicken, mushroom, zucchini and squash, a little serving of mashed potatoes, some caprese salad, and a few tiny bites of the desserts so I didn’t feel deprived. I was very full but I didn’t overdo it. I was proud of myself. After dinner we went to Magic Kingdom for a few hours and enjoyed our night.

The next day we went to the pool in the morning and then headed to Magic Kingdom again. We rode Dumbo, and saw the Princesses including Lucky Charm’s #1 fave Belle, and then Tinkerbell. It was a relaxed day, and we didn’t have any concrete plans.

The morning of Lucky Charms birthday we woke her up and let her open her birthday gifts which included a stuffed Sofia doll, a Sofia nightgown and a few little Disney toys. She had a bath and we got her dressed in her Belle Princess gown and took her for her princess makeover. The experience at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was amazing. We waited for a little while before she was called by her fairy-godmother-in-training. We were taken into a changing room and told that she was going to get her makeover in the chair in the front window of the store. They escorted her to the front of the store wearing a bright pink glittery and feathery shawl and she was so proud!

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When we got to the front window she was enjoying very much watching everyone walk by while she got pampered.

She got her hair done, her nails and makeup, and got the pixie dust treatment. By the end when she was turned around to see herself in the mirror she was glowing from ear to ear.

After her makeover we had a little photo shoot and headed to Epcot for her princess lunch. We first stopped to get photos with Mickey, Minnie and the gang. At lunch she got to get a photo with Belle, and spend some time and take photos with Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, and Cinderella. She didn’t eat much again, but was given a cupcake with a lit candle at the end of the meal so she felt super special.

Overall, those were the highlights of our vacation, and we had some much needed family bonding time and I think Lucky Charm had the best birthday ever.

In other news, I didn’t lose much weight while we were on vacation even after walking like approx. 6 miles per day. I stayed mostly on my plan for eating and I felt good while we were in the parks. It was nice to be out in the 90 degree weather and not feel like my head was going to explode. We had drinks and snacks in our little cooler in the stroller and we stopped to refresh when we needed to.

Disney Magic

disney_magic_by_untamedunwanted-d5k1sdfIf you’ve been to Disney World, then you know the type of magic I am talking about when I say Disney Magic. I have been experiencing Disney magic since I was a sassy little five-year-old. My parents took my sister and I for our first visit as a Christmas gift. I still remember that trip and cherish those memories. I can remember meeting Minnie, and driving around in our rental car. I remember the way the hotel room smelled when we walked in.
When I met Mr. Lucky in college, he had never been to Disney World. I first introduced him about a year into our relationship. Since then, we have been Passholders for many of our years together, and together we have brought our Lucky Charm to know and love Disney. Her first visit was when she was six weeks old. She loved all of the smells, sights and sounds. Today, she asks to go to Disney at LEAST once a day.
We decided to take her to Disney World for her third birthday in lieu of a traditional birthday party. We are staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort for three nights. I am hoping to get checked in, and let Lucky Charm and daddy walk around the resort or go to the pool for a bit while I decorate our hotel room for her birthday. I am going to have mickey confetti for the front window, and a string of lights, some balloons, a birthday banner, and some princess decorations.
The night we arrive, we are scheduled for dinner at the Grand Floridian’s 1900 Park Fare. Dinner is with Cinderella, the Prince, the wicked Stepmother, and Anastasia and Drizella.
The next morning we are scheduled to go to Hollywood Studios. We are starting the day with a breakfast with the Disney Jr. cast at Hollywood and Vine. She will get to visit with the Little Einstein’s cast, Jake, Special Agent Oso and Handy Manny. We haven’t decided if we will spend the rest of the day at Hollywood Studios or if we will leave late afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at Typhoon Lagoon water park.
Lucky Charm has been begging to go to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique since it first opened. The age requirements are 3 years old, in fact when I called to make the reservation – I tried to make it for the day before she turned 3 and they refused to allow her until she was actually 3. We decided we would allow her to get a princess makeover ON her birthday and take her to a special dinner. Our original plans included dinner in Cinderella’s castle. There were no open reservations for the castle during our trip, so we have settled on a princess lunch at Akershus in Norway at Epcot. Here she will get to interact with several princesses, and it includes a photo package as well. We will likely spend a few hours at Epcot following lunch and then head to Magic Kingdom to finish off the day.
We are hoping for an amazing trip, with lots of Disney Magic for our little princess. We waited and prayed to be parents for so long, and we treasure Lucky Charm, and her birthmom Tiny for helping to complete our family. I am hoping to do a review of the different places we visit and eat at Disney and provide some feedback of how they work with bariatric patients when we return.

How do YOU celebrate at Disney?

Crunch

photoDo you ever miss the texture of a food? Will a good crunch will satisfy you? I miss crunchy food.

Right now my diet is so restricted that I have missed crunch in my life. Until I found these Sea Salt and Vinegar PROTEIN CHIPS!!! They are the perfect mix of crunch and flavor, for only 9net carbs and they pack 10g protein for an added bonus! These are my new favorite find!

It will probably never be a good idea to eat regular potato chips again, but these will be a good substitute until I can eat things like crackers. My nutritionist probably wouldn’t be thrilled with me eating them, but thankfully I only had half of this little bag and I felt satisfied. What are your favorite healthy snacks? I would give anything for a crunchy raw piece of celery or carrot. 4 more months to go? Ugh.

I am almost 2 months out from surgery and I am down 47 pounds. I feel amazing, and Lucky Charm and I even walked 2 miles last night when I got home from work. Well we ran some of it, as much as one can run with a toddler.

I can’t wait for the months ahead. I am finally really starting to see changes in myself. This morning my cami (I typically wear them underneath my dress shirts to prevent cleavage at work and to help suck in my stomach) was so baggy that the arm holes were sagging. Since when do cami’s sag? When they are TOO BIG!

I am excitedly looking forward to our little Disney family getaway in August for Lucky Charm’s Third Birthday. I have most of our reservations secured and I am working on the extra special magical details. I will write another full blog post on all of my fun plans and visions soon.

Oh, and as for the therapist, she gave us some really great suggestions to help Lucky Charm’s sleeping patterns that have somewhat worked so far. As for our marriage – Mr. Lucky thinks the therapist is unnecessary and we can resolve everything on our own. I disagree but I am not going to continue to argue with him about how we can fix this. He needs to be willing to go the distance too. So for now, things are just coasting, and I don’t know what to do.

I’m also thinking about giving away a thirty-one thermal lunch tote to one of my followers when I reach 100 followers. Would you all be interested? I may even be able to throw in another fun prize.