Archives for March 2012

RWS Features #18

 

Good morning! Today Bobby and I are volunteering at a Triathlon. It is the same one that we spectated at last year. You can see the recap here. I will be back with a full report next week.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway at the bottom of yesterday’s post. The zero water pitcher is really awesome, we fill ours up several times a day!

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It’s time for another RWS Features! Today I want you to meet Heidi from http://www.bananabuzzbomb.com You can also find her on Twitter @BananaBuzzbomb. Heidi is so funny and so sweet, I love her honest genuine posts, be sure to add her to your reader!

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

Initially I started blogging in 2006 as a way to keep family members, like my grandma and grandpa from out-of-state, up-to-date on what we were doing. It was just another form of communication.  As time went on I began to document my running journey/challenges.  Now I also see it as my own personal outlet.  It holds me accountable and is a place I can share my journey with those that are interested.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences.

BananaBuzzbomb is about a me, a 28 year old vegan triathlete, learning about myself and about life.  Specifically, I’m learning to simplify, to take care of my body to the best of my ability, and to detoxify my surroundings.  I’m learning to focus on the journey and not the destination.

3.) What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

I like that I can easily have a friendly reminder of how far I’ve come just by simply clicking back into my archives.  I also love that people from the blogging community that = become my friends.  I have gained more knowledge, insight, and support than I ever dreamed possible. It is also my hope that maybe someone, even if only one person, may learn something through my through my challenges and successes.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment or challenge I’ve overcome would be running.  I couldn’t run if my life depended on it.  Now I can say I’ve finished many 5Ks, a Half Marathon, and a Sprint Triathlon.  I’m currently training for my next Half Marathon and my first Half Ironman Distance REV3 Triathlon.

Thanks so much Heidi!

*check it out, I was featured on a friend’s blog yesterday! 4 Real Featured Blogger: Heather

QOTD: Have you ever volunteered for a race?

Disney Princess Weekend: Monday, and a Giveaway!

 

In case you missed my other non-running Disney Princess posts, you can check them out below:

Disney Princess weekend Friday

Disney Princess Weekend Saturday

Disney Princess Weekend Sunday

After quite the eventful Sunday, we were excited to hit the parks at a nice relaxing pace on Monday. We went to Hollywood Studios, and wore our I did it shirts.

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We headed straight for Toy Story Mania. The fastpass return time was already really late, so we stood in the standby line, which went by really fast.

We saw this hilarious guy on the street telling people to stop and go.

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We made sad faces in our picture then he changed his at the last minute.

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my mom wanted a picture with this funny pair. I could watch the street performers all day! Be sure to watch them if they are out when you are there!

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Karen and I wanted to ride Star Tours, so our moms waited for us to be down with it. There was hardly a line for it, either! We also saw Beauty and the Beast.

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I really can’t remember what else we did besides lunch! We ate at Backlot Express, and it took forever to get my sandwich because I special ordered it. I won’t make that mistake again, I will just pick off the stuff I don’t like.

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We decided to head back to the hotel and then go to the Magic Kingdom (I love being on the monorail!) To do some shopping and I really wanted a dole whip! First, we got a picture with Richard. I love this guy, he has been at the Grand for 20 years. Whenever a bride is getting her photos taken at the resort, he goes around with her holding the train of her dress up. it is so. cute.

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We hopped on the monorail and were quickly at the gates of the magic Kingdom.

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I snagged a couple pics of the Main Strees Barber shop

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My mom and I headed for adventureland and Dole Whips while Karen and her mom were in search of some regular ice cream.

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aaahhh my trip is now complete. We seriously considered each getting another one they were so good.

We waited for the other outside the Plaza, and what do you know, the parade was about to start and we had perfect seats!

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make sure you get it all mom haha

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After the parade we did some shopping and walking around the shops, it was so relaxing.

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We headed back to the hotel just in time for scones and tea

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I used the down time to take photos with my stalker lens

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I honestly don’t remember what I did before it was time for appetizers! But, soon enough it was time for our last night in the lounge. It started raining, but we crossed our fingers it would finish before time to walk to Ohana. We were able to walk over there and enjoy our last dinner. Look who else we found, Megan!

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The food was good as usual, I was stuffed!

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We were able to watch Wishes from our seats, and then we headed out and took the monorail back to the Grand. Tuesday morning, we packed up the car and I somehow managed to drive the whole 9 hours home, with a car that looked like this.

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We had a great trip with great friends, and now have so many memories. Thanks so much for reading along for our magical trip!

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GIVEAWAY!

Remember Yesterday’s post that included Zero Water? Well the kind folks there have offered to give a RWS reader one of the water filter pitchers! This thing is awesome trust me. I saw them pour RED WINE into it and regular water came out. I drank it myself. Way cool. Here is how you enter:

1.) Tell me How much water you drink in a day (separate comment)

2.) RT, post to FB, mention on your blog (separate comment for each)

I will announce a winner on Tuesday, April  3.

QOTD: Are you a light packer or over packer?

Please don’t forget to vote for me for best running blog, I would appreciate it!

Working Out When Sick

 

Well, it happened. After flying, driving, being on a cruise ship and out of town for a week, I have come down with a cold. I started feeling “yucky” Tuesday but forced myself to the gym anyway, where I felt awful and really didn’t want to be there. Usually when this happens, once I get going I am ok, but not this time. Then, this morning I woke up congested, with a pounding headache, and couldn’t taste anything. As hard as I try to stay germ free, they somehow found me and attacked.

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Ah, boat, I guess being cooped up on you helped spread the germ love.

I am slightly frustrated because as it is I  missed my long run last weekend being out of town…and I have a half marathon coming up. Not cool. I decided to take the day off from exercise, which led me to think about working out and being sick, and if it’s ok or not, how much, etc.

There are a lot of factors that come into play, for instance the fact that I am training for a half marathon. If I wasn’t training for anything, I would be content to work from the couch and not worry about my missed sweat sessions. But with 18 days until my race and only a 6 miler under my belt since RnR New Orleans, I really need to get my rear in gear.

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me and the lovely Karen at the RnR NOLA expo.

Here are a few simple rules I personally follow. Please remember, I am not a doctor, although that would be cool, right?

1.) If it’s in your chest, stay in bed. Going into a coughing fit every 24 seconds is not cool for you, or the people around you at the gym. If your cold is in your chest, it is better to rest to fight another day.

2.) If you have a fever, cool it. (no pun intended…well…maybe a little.) You don’t want to raise your internal body temp any higher than it already is, or you could get sicker.

3.) Do what you can. Pretty simple right? If you feel ok to go for a walk, but not a run, don’t try for a sprint workout. Even just a little bit of exercising might help you feel more accomplished and maybe even better, but don’t push yourself too hard.

4.) Listen to your body! It’s better to take a break so that you get well soon if you have something like the flu. Prolonging your symptoms and sidelining yourself longer is no fun.

5.) If it is in your head, and not your chest, but you just don’t feel like working out anyway…that’s ok!!! My cold is in my head, but guess what? I decided to just chill today and try again tomorrow. I don’t feel guilty about it, I know I need to rest and re-energize my body so I can be back to 100% as soon as possible.

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Tips for lessening your cold symptoms:

1.) drink Emergen-c

2.) Drink lots of water

3.) rest when you need to do so

4.) take your vitamins

5.) wash your hands to help keep family members well

I want to elaborate a bit on number 2. The kind folks at zero water provided me with a filtered water pitcher to try out, and I absolutely love it. We drink a lot of water at our house, but I hate how even the “filtered” water out of the refrigerator doesn’t really truly purify the water. A lot of toxins enter your body via the water we bathe in and the water we drink, so I was really excited to try out the filter and I love it. it’s easy to use and the water “tastes” great. be sure to check out their website and Facebook page if you are interested in purchasing a filter.

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QOTD: What are your rules for working out when sick?  Do you drink filtered water?

Running in Disney World: Boardwalk Area

 

Good morning friends! I played catch up ALL DAY yesterday on my computer. I looked up and it was 4:00! I got a lot done with clients, etc. but still haven’t unpacked my suitcase. Oops. I did manage to drag myself to the gym last night even though I rrrreeaalllyyy didn’t feel like it. Confession time: I ate like CRAP all of last week. I drank coke, had several desserts a day, and only worked out 3 times in 6 days and it shows. I felt so sluggish and just wanted it to be over. Today I am going to attempt a run, so hopefully it isn’t a disaster!

On a lighter note, I did have one workout last week that WASN’T a disaster. Last Wednesday, I had a 6:30 am flight to Orlando. It wasn’t fun getting up that early, but the great part is I was at my resort, by the pool by 11:00. I stayed out there a couple of hours and still had time to kill before the rest of my group arrived, so I decided to go for a run.

I have run the loop around the boardwalk area once before when I was staying at the Boardwalk Inn, but wanted to do it again and also run along the path that goes to Hollywood studios (this is part of the Disney Marathon.) I put on one of my running skirts and headed out the back of the Yacht Club.

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Facing the Yacht Club from the Boardwalk

I started out to the right. The weather was perfect, so there were a lot of people out and about. There was a lot to look at so I didn’t get bored.

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I made it up the hill by the Swan and Dolphin, and down past the shops and things in front of the Boardwalk Inn. All of the sudden, the heaven’s let loose and it started pouring rain! I just kept running, I was halfway around the lake, what could I really do?

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I ran on, and came upon Jen’s wedding ceremony location, Sea Breeze Point. Per usual, I took a picture and e mailed it to her and let her know I was thinking of her.

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I made it up the other bridge and stopped for a quick photo.

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This is where I passed the international gateway, the “back door” to the EPCOT theme park. I made it back to the Yacht club, and decided to go around again, but this time I would detour off by the Boardwalk and head down the path along the river to Hollywood Studios.

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It was very quiet and peaceful, with just a couple of families making their way over. I went under the bridge and could see Hollywood Studios in the distance. I kept having marathon flashbacks!

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I went up the hill to where the busses stop, and turned around and headed back to the boardwalk.

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A couple of boats full of people passed by.

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Below is a view of the Yacht club from the other side of the lake.

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I finished the loop and made it back to the Yacht club and my Garmin beeped, it was three miles exactly, perfect! I sat in some rocking chairs underneath the awning of the resort and cooled off while I people watched. Pure bliss!

Please also be sure to check out my post on running in Disney World, the Grand Floridian and Polynesian.

Also please don’t forget to vote for me for the Fitness Magazine Blogger awards!

QOTD: Would you rather run in rain or wind?

*Remember, I am a Disney travel planner. It does not cost you ANYTHING to use me to plan and book your trip to WDW, DL, or on the Disney Cruise Line for you! I can also book other cruise lines as well.* heather@travelwiththemagic.com

Back and Burned

 

Hola! I am back from the beautiful Disney Fantasy cruise ship! I had a fabulous time in WDW at the Yacht club and on the boat getting to know fellow agents and such. I hate it had to end so quickly, but it does feel good to be home. I have so much to catch up on, and things will be getting back to normal now (as normal as they get here on RWS!) I can’t wait to share stories and pictures, but I must do some organizing and sorting etc. and I still have a bit to recap from my princess trip! I hope you enjoyed the guest posts while I was away. a HUGE thank you again to my lovely volunteers, you wrote some great stuff! So, did you miss me?!?!  Here are a few teaser pictures:

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Now I must go re-apply some aloe….I may or may not have gotten a sunburn on Castaway Cay. I put on sunscreen and reapplied and still managed to burn. Ouch!

QOTD: What Caribbean Island would you visit given the chance?

Tips for the Active Mom

 

Today’s post comes from Amanda from Happy Mother Runner. She has QUITE the busy schedule, but still manages to fit in time to be healthy and active. Here are her tips for moms to help you stay on track! Also be sure to check out her blog and say hello!

As a mom I try to stay healthy and happy for my child. But there are times when balancing everything (work, PhD program, Mommy, Wife, and Runner) can get tricky. After much trial and error I have discovered 6 tips that make staying healthy and active just a little easier.

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#1: Stop eating my child’s leftovers.
I hate throwing away food even if it’s only two bites. So now that my son is eating big people food, I found myself eating whatever he has left on his plate. Embarrassed about this action, I asked other mommies if they did the same thing. Surprisingly, I wasn’t alone. But eating my son’s leftovers three to four times a day can lead to some serious calorie intake and overeating (especially when I am eating with him). I have taught myself to throw away the few bites he has left, or wrapping it up and saving it for his next meal. No more guilty feelings for wasting food and no more eating half a bowl of Mac and Cheese when I am not hungry.

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#2: Don’t skip a run because of sleep deprivation.
For 3-4 months Michael stopped sleeping through the night. He was up 3 times, minimum. This, obviously, interrupted my REM cycle and caused me to feel tired and lethargic in the mornings. For the first few weeks I skipped my runs because I was too tired to even lace up my shoes. After a while, I noticed that my patience and sanity were slowly dwindling. I told my hubby that I needed to go for a quick run to hit the refresh button on my Mommy meter. When I was finished I felt refreshed, rejuvenated, and happy. Exercise increases oxygen intake to the brain, which helps you feel energized and awake. After realizing that I had been depriving myself of an energy boost, I stopped skipping runs because of sleep deprivation.

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#3: I reward myself for accomplishing my running goals.
For a while I was the ONLY runner in my family. Yes that includes my hubby, siblings, cousins, etc. And during that time nobody really understood what I was doing. Many times hubby would ask, “What do you mean PR?” or “How did you hit a wall?” To make sure that my accomplishments were celebrated, I would reward myself. For small accomplishments (breaking through a mileage barrier) I would splurge on my favorite Starbucks drink. For bigger accomplishments I would invest in a coveted running item (hitting my one year mark of running I splurged on a pair of running sunglasses). There is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for your hard work; it helps you realize that you have achieved something pretty awesome.

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#4: Utilize my baby jogger
Sometimes it’s impossible to get out the door for a run. For example, my husband works at a job where he can get called in at any minute. Many times I have had to cancel my run because he’s walking out the door and I have no one to watch my son. What I have learned is that a baby jogger can be a runner’s best friend. Now when I don’t have the option for a solitary run, I throw my little man in the jogger and head out the door. I switch up my running schedule and do a 3 mile tempo and at the end I can throw in some hills. My son loves it. Not only does it make his Mommy happy because she got a run in, but it makes him happy because he’s going fast & getting some fresh air. Many times we find ourselves laughing uncontrollably. It allows us the opportunity to spend time together and bond doing the activity I love most.

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#5: Don’t feel guilty for running
Mother’s guilt is a very strong emotion. But one of the biggest rules I live by is that I can’t let it stop me from getting out the door. A crying child can pull at the heart strings, but a happy and healthy mommy can wipe those tears away for years to come. It is important to keep up with your workout to be a good role model with your child. If you are lucky, your child might just want to start running with you someday. If that day does come for me, it will make up for all those days I felt so guilty leaving the house for 40 minutes to get in a good run.

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#6: Sneak away from work
There are times when things don’t work out; you over sleep, you get caught in the mommy guilt, it’s too cold for a run with the baby, and the list can go on. That is why I keep a pair of running shoes, top, socks, and shorts in the bottom drawer of my work desk. If I really feel like I need a run I will sneak away during my lunch break. Even if it’s a one mile run, I always feel better afterwards. *If you don’t have access to a shower, keep some baby wipes in your drawer … your co-workers will thank you.

Being a running Mommy can be tough. But by setting guidelines for yourself, you can find the task of balancing everything a little easier.

Be inspired, stay motivated, & run strong,

Amanda
HappyMotherRunner.com

QOTD: Any tips for the active mom?

Why a NCAA bracket is bad for my health

 

Today’s post comes from a new blogger, Betsy. Please be sure to go encourage her as she starts out on her blogging journey! Thanks Betsy!

I need to start out by saying that I love basketball. College basketball that is. If I could sleep my way through college football season to get to the “round-ball on the hard-court,” I would in a heartbeat. My love for the sport goes all the way back to pigtails and ruffled dresses. My grandfather was a booster for the University of Memphis (back then Memphis State) and would take my family to games often. I love the pace of the sport, the sound of sneakers squeaking on the court and the glisten of sweat on the lithe and muscular players. With all that being said, I have to come to realize that filling out a bracket is bad for my health.

If you don’t know what I’m referring too, according to ehow.com they define/explain the NCAA bracket as such:

“The NCAA Division I basketball tournament is held every March. The field is composed of 68 teams, with seeds 65 through playing the first game to advance to complete the symmetrical bracket of 64.

Throughout the NCAA tournament, many fans and even non-fans enjoy predicting the results by filling out a bracket before the tournament begins. Often, people enter contests to see who can predict the bracket most accurately.”

I have never filled out a bracket in the past and why I felt the need to get in on the office bracket can only be explained by three words: competition, pride and ego. Mind you these three same words contributed to my 10 week running hiatus due to injury. But that is another story.

I filled out my bracket the morning it was due. I did not consult anyone, including my basketball coach husband, in helping fill out my bracket. I filled it out based on gut instinct and team record of the year. Once I completed it, I did have my husband look it over and he said, “that’s a good bracket.” With that, my ego was off and running. I let anyone and everyone know that my bracket was GREAT and that they better watch out. I spent the better part of the day, checking my phone and ESPN.com for scores. I was obsessed. I had to know how my teams were doing and if they were advancing. To my absolute delight, my teams were advancing.

Towards the end of day one of Round 1, I was dancing a jig around my living room all to my husband’s amusement. He patiently waited until I was done and very sweetly said, “don’t get cocky about that bracket.” I danced my way to bed and woke up to horrible news. I didn’t even have my first cup of coffee down when I was on my phone again comparing the results of the night before to my bracket. I ran into the bedroom to wake up the husband to ask if there was still hope. He replied that there was. That bit of news didn’t really help. I was anxious. My stomach was in knots.

At the end of Round 1, my bracket was in bad shape due to “Cinderella” teams and so was I. I hadn’t been making an honest buck at work, I was hitting the snack drawer which I normally avoid. I had also consumed an insane amount of diet coke which I had given up after Christmas.

Now the weekend. Games on all day long. I can’t watch. I can barely ask my husband about the games. I’m depressed that I’m not going to WIN. By the end of Sunday, I make a pan of brownies. Not only do I lick the bowl. I eat 3 before they have even cooled and eat another for good measure before bed.

I’m done. Today is a new day and I haven’t even checked the results of yesterday’s games. I woke up and went on an early morning run, per my normal routine, and had one of the best runs since my injury.

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Maybe there is something to this “March Madness.”

QOTD: Did you fill out a bracket? Tell me all about it!

RWS Features #17

 

Good morning! I got on the Mickey Boat yesterday (The Disney Fantasy) and will be getting back to reality (and my computer!) On Monday. I hope you have been enjoying the guests posts I lined up, and I can’t wait to share pictures with you when I get back from my trip!

Today I want to introduce you to Tiffany, who blogs at Love, Sweat, and Beers. You can also find her on Twitter @LoveSweatBeers. Tiffany has managed to keep a healthy, active lifestyle since she was in school playing soccer and running cross country, and now she does all kinds of workouts to stay fit.

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I have always enjoyed writing, and writing about some of my hobbies and passions makes it that much more enjoyable.  It’s a wonderful outlet.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences

Love, Sweat, and Beers brings together the fun and excitement that comes from nurturing your passions, getting your sweat on, and kicking back a couple of really good beers!

3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

I want to continue making blog friends, enlightening others, and becoming a more well-rounded and open-minded person.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My biggest healthy living accomplishment is the length of time I have spent leading a relatively healthy lifestyle.  I’ve never had many health extremes, but I’ve maintained my health, weight, and fitness levels for years, and I’m proud of that.

Thanks Tiffany!

QOTD: Have you always been healthy or did you have a specific turning point in your life?

The Small Things

 

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Hola! My name is Adventures with Alexandra and I will be your guest blogger today. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

Hey, everyone! When I’m not blogging over at Adventures with Alexandra, I am squeezing in time to eat right and workout between all of my other activities! This past week or so, I’ve been trying to come up with a list of small things one can do throughout the day to be healthier and fit. Here is what I’ve come up with so far:

1. Take the stairs!

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Photo from here.

 

 

2. Park far away in parking lots and walk!

I recommend doing this one during the daytime only!

 

3. Wear ankle weights!

Our server the other night gave me this idea. She wears ankle weights as a workout during her shift – her doc actually recommended it!

 

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…so you can get awesome calves like this dude!

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4. Cut meals in half immediately upon receiving the food!

One reason restaurant meals have a lot more calories when compared to home cooked meals is because the portions are huge! By cutting your food in half and boxing it, you won’t see it and feel the need to eat it…unless you’re still hungry, of course! However, I think the “out of sight, out of mind” saying will likely kick in here.

 

5. If you don’t love eating leftovers, you can split meals with others instead.

 

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6. Keep liquid calories in mind!

My mom stopped drinking sweet tea and lost 10 pounds! I gave up soda as well and try to drink as much water as possible. Don’t like the boring taste? Soak some fruit (oranges are our fav!) in water overnight…mmm, mmm good!

 

7. Pack your lunch and snacks!

Bonus points for packing them the night before! This will save you more time in the morning. I suggest throwing a water bottle, protein bar, bag of trail mix, or piece of fruit in your bag to avoid any stops by fast food restaurants and/or vending machines throughout the day.

 

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8. Drink a glass of water before each meal!

I feel like everyone always mentions this tip, but it works! Sometimes when your body thinks it’s hungry, you are actually just thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water and/or chewing a piece of gum before chowing down on a big meal or snack.

 

9. Do hourly exercises!

I’ve been doing hourly exercises a lot recently and they are a great way to fit in a workout throughout the day. You’ll be surprised by what you can actually accomplish! I either do a certain pre-planned amount of reps or as many reps as I can in one minute every hour. I’ve done lunges down the hall at work, I’ve used weights from Target, I’ve done push-ups on a yoga mat I stash in the corner of my office, I’ve walked at lunch, etc!

 

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True story.

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10. Plan workouts and meals ahead of time…I’m talking a week in advance!

If you can plan your workouts around your weekly social calendar, you will feel less stressed about fitting them in each day. Same goes for meals – you will know when you need to make meals in advance and/or take them with you. This will keep you from any late night fast food stops after work. It’s also good to plan ahead so you know when you need to hold off on some extra calories. For example, if you know you are going to a birthday party Friday night where there will be alcohol and birthday cake, then maybe you should hold off on diving into the sleeve of Girl Scout cookies at lunch.

 

I know Heather always has a QOTD, so here is mine – what small things do you do daily to stay healthy and fit? Let me know in the comments below!

I’d like to thank Heather for letting me take over her blog for the day. I hope she’s having a blast – I’m super jealy of her cruise! I might need to give her a call, so she can book me a Disney cruise ASAP! Also, if you have time today, be sure to check out my blog, Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for reading!

Stay fit and fabulous,

Alexandra

Disney Princess Weekend: Sunday

 

If you missed my first two non-race recaps, you can check them out below:

Disney Princess Weekend: Thursday and Friday

Disney Princess Weekend: Saturday

Sunday morning we got up and ran the Disney Princess half marathon, but were back at the hotel by mid morning. Unfortunately, We missed breakfast in the lounge by just a couple of minutes, but were able to get some coffee from the wonderful ladies who work in the lounge to warm our freezing selves up! We showered and changed, and decided to go to the Magic Kingdom. We were starving, and I knew I wanted something yummy and greasy as a recovery food!

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Why yes I did wear my tiara to the park, along with my medal.

We took the monorail over to the park, and the crowds were really not that bad.

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We ended up in Fantasyland at Pinocchio’s and I ordered a fabulously greasy pizza with fries and a coke. I didn’t really care that it wasn’t healthy, my body was craving calories and carbs!

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We used my magical fastpass to ride Peter Pan, then we did Mickey’s Philharmagic,

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Haunted Mansion, and Pirates. About this time, I was getting really sleepy. My mom and I decided to go back to the hotel for a nap while Karen and her mom finished up in the Magic Kingdom. I know my limits, and if I wanted to be ANY fun at dinner, I needed a nap!

I slept about an hour, and it was glorious! I decided to run down to the shops at the hotel for a few minutes before getting ready for dinner. When I got back in the elevator, it was me, and another couple. I thought the man looked very familiar, but I was still half asleep. It hit me when I saw they had runDisney shirts on…It was Jeff Galloway and his wife!!! (he wasn’t wearing his Disney hat which is why it took me a minute!) He saw my medal and asked me if I had a fun race. I said I did, and I told him I had talked to him Friday at his meet up, and thanked him again for spending so much individual time with everyone. His wife laughed and said Jeff loved talking to people so it was no problem for him! Then Jeff told me the meet ups really had been taking off and taking on a life of their own and how he loved it! By then we were at my floor and I said goodbye. I of course immediately tweeted about it!

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I had such a great time racing in my tutu, I wanted to be able to wear it again. I somehow convinced everyone that we NEEDED to wear our tutu’s to dinner that night at 1900 Park Fare.

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We went to the lounge for appetizers and were having WAY too much fun. Let’s just say I get really silly when I have a glass of champagne! As we were sitting there, Jeff Galloway and his wife were walking by with their appetizers and went and sat at a table. my mom wanted to meet him, so she kept trying to “get his attention” with her medal.

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They left and didn’t see us, but then he ended up coming back and walked right up to our table and started talking to us about the race! Of course we had to get a picture, too. he was so sweet and let us take about ten photos.

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I of course had to tweet…again.

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It was finally time for dinner, so we headed down to 1900 Park Fare we were ended up having to wait FOREVER to eat. We someone managed to entertain ourselves though.

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Karen’s mom wasn’t feeling good so she went back to the room, and it was time for us to be seated. The food was excellent of course, and I had to keep apologizing to the table next to me because every time I would try to squeeze by to my table, my tutu would hit them in the face.

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Have I ever mentioned I love Disney mac n cheese?

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I think they thought we were crazy. But then the characters started to come by…and they thought we had lost our minds.

When the first stepsister came up, we were already standing and she came up behind me and scared the crap out of me so I made a kind of “ah!” scared noise (not loud) and she looked at me then walked off! Luckily she did come back…but when I tried to tell her about the race she told me she didn’t need some medal to feel secure and confident in herself.

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Then when we tried to take a picture, she did this.

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We finally got her to take a normal one

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and as soon as we did, she turned and screamed right in my ear and said “not so funny when someone does it to you, huh?” We were absolutely dying laughing, it. was. hysterical.

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Soon enough the other step sister came by, and she wasn’t very nice either. I told her that her sister was mean to us and she said we probably deserved it.

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We also got to meet Cinderella and Prince Charming

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I have no idea.

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Karen flying back to the table.

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Dessert!

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Finally, it was time to go, all of the fun from the day was catching up to us. We headed back to the room, and fluttered down the hall.

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and for some reason decided to take a jumping picture. We actually hit it just right on the FIRST TRY (when does THAT happen?) until I realized my eyes were closed.

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It may have taken us about 100 more tries to get it right (in between fits of laughter, of course!) I will just share a few of these little gems with you.

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This is the one we ended up with:

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Oh my. What a fun night!

QOTD: Who is king of Jumping photos? Who has worn a tutu to a restaurant? and waved a magic wand at random people?