Wednesday, January 16, 2013


The old adage goes "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade."  Then some clever and fun loving person changed it to "when life gives you lemons, make a lemon martini."  Well screw that, I want the Ritz Carlton Famous Lemon Pound Cake with a blueberry compote. I made it over the summer and it was amazing!!!  Here is the recipe I came across while browsing pinterest.  and then drizzled, topped or smothered in this  Most excellent when paired. Go all out and put some fresh whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream with it too.

The problem?  I decided to take part in the six-sister's stuff 8-week Get Healthy Challenge.
Not only did I commit myself to this challenge but I am the lead person in our mini Facebook group.  In this challenge you are supposed to forego sweets for six out of seven days in the week.  And I know I shouldn't eat a full cake in one day.  And I am too competitive to let the points go and eat the cake over the course of a week.

Normally I allow a few calories for sweet treats.  This is my favorite recipe that comes in at only 74 calories a cupcake:  these are so tasty and you can freeze them a defrost when the sweet tooth hits.  But instead of these, and instead of that delicious lemon pound cake, I turn to peanut butter.  I finally broke down and bought some sugar-free pudding.  I am trying to resist these as well because I don't want to get into the habit of eating them everyday.

But let's get back to the cake.  Ever since I received the news and the deadline to a life changing situation, I have wanted to binge.  On sweets, on salty treats, whatever I can find and most definitely I want to bake cake after cake after cake and eat them too.  So I am very thankful of my transformation in the last year.  While I don't always have self control around food, I am 85% better.  I haven't binged, only dreamed.  Dreamed about warmer temperatures, dreamed about getting a job in Disneyland and dreamed about eating lemon and blueberries in sweet tasting bliss.

This is me
(heading out to see the Lion King on stage)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

I am hoping to blog more in the new year.  I have just started another blog and I know I can update that one weekly but this one......?????

With the new year comes new goals.

Goal #1- lose the holiday weight and a little more to FINALLY reach my goal weight.  This is the first time in I think forever that my "weight to lose" has been so small.  Kind of exciting really.

Goal #2- this goal is in two parts but the same intent.  I would like to gain a min/mile in my run time and increase my run-walk ratio to 3:1.  I think this is very doable.  I am excited to see how far I can go this year.  If all goes well, I also hope to start training for a full marathon by the end of August.  That will be a wait and see how my leg finishes healing.

Other Goals:
a) Run a full marathon in 2014 or 2015.  I am hoping to run the St. Jude's Country Marathon in Nashville.  :)
b) 5 year goal--Run the Goofy Challenge at WDW in January 2018 and the Dumbo challenge in Disneyland August/September 2018.  Woop-woop.

Some fun things for this new year include jogging to the moon. You can be part of a relay team to run laps around the earth and moon.  So cool.  I haven't signed up for any races this year yet, but that will come.  I have my eye on a few.  I am also starting the 8-week challenge put out by the six-sisters website.  Looking forward to continuing this journey of transformation.

What are your goals for 2013?  Where will this year take you?

This is me
(Oct. 2011 on the right--October 2012 on the left)

Monday, November 19, 2012

65 Crazy Hours

Walt Disney World 2012—65 Hour adventure           

6:00pm Pacific Time: Leave for Penny’s house so Thomas can get to bed at a decent time for school the next day.

7:30ish pm Pacific Time:  After some last minute packing, leave Penny’s house for the airport and some dinner.

8:45ish pm Pacific Time:  Dinner at Andale’s Mexican Restaurant in Terminal 2 at SFO.  Penny and I shared garlic shrimp nachos and a presidente burrito.  They were AMAZING!!!

9:30pm Pacific Time: We started watching some movies on the iPad to pass the time.  Started off with some Pixar shorts before moving on to Breaking Dawn part 1. 


12:00am Pacific Time: We finally get to board the plane.  We finish out movie, don our sleeping masks and then go to sleep. (Take off at 12:45am)

5:45ish Central Time (3:45am pacific/6:45am eastern): Arrive at Dallas Fort Worth after appx 2.5 hours of sleep. We decide to eat at Friday’s for Spinach Dip and Potato Skins.  When you haven’t slept there are no real meal definitions.  What’s breakfast????  After we eat, we watch the sunrise as we change terminals to get our connecting flight.

7:30ish Central Time: We board out second flight, don our face masks and fall asleep for about another 2 hours.

11:15am Eastern Time:  We finally land in Orlando.  We grab our bags from the overhead compartment, grab some Starbucks and make our way to Disney’s Magical Express, where the line is LONG.

2:00pm Eastern Time (I think): We arrive at our hotel and check in.  We get our room so we take our stuff there.  The resort is beautiful.  After a quick bathroom break, we grab what we need for the next few hours and head to the Health and Fitness Expo.

2:30pm Eastern Time: We arrive at the Expo where we get my running stuff, Penny’s Party Ticket and try to catch a shuttle to the Hollywood Studios.  We were sent to Yacht Club to catch a shuttle to the park.

3:15pm Eastern Time:  After waiting awhile for a shuttle, Penny finds a sign that says we need to take a boat.  D’oh.  Time to find the boat ramp and get on a boat.

4:00pm Eastern Time: FINALLY arrive at the Hollywood Studios Park.  We head over to the 50’s Primetime Café for out 2:55pm reservation, almost 1.5 hours late at that point.  I tell the hostess our story and she has pity on us and gets us a table within 5-10 minutes.  We share the most amazing fried cheese which is like an herbed goat cheese round that has been fried and served with raspberry sauce, crostinis and fresh fruit.  The onion rings are served “falling” out of a mini fry basket with horseradish sauce.  We also share the grilled chicken cesar salad that way we had room for dad’s sundae.  Everything was delicious.

5:30pm Eastern Time: We realize that all the rides have an hour or so wait so we just wander around the park towards the Streets of America.  We do a little shopping, make a pit stop and then wait for the start of the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. 

6:15pm Eastern Time:  The ceremony finally starts as it is opening night of the Dancing Lights.  Once that is over they begin and they are so beautiful.  It takes us a good 30-40 minutes to soak it in and make our way down the street and get all the pictures we want. 

7:00ish pm Eastern Time:  Wait for our shuttle back to the resort so we can change and stop by the store to get some allergy medication.  And they were showing Cinderella in the outdoor theater.  What a sign!

7:40ish pm Eastern Time: Changed and waiting for our shuttle to the Magic Kingdom Park.

8:00pm Eastern Time: We arrive at the Magic Kingdom Park for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Main street is blocked by the crowds for the Holiday Parade.  We make the most of it and watch it.

8:45pm Eastern Time: We take pictures in front of the Castle.

9:15pm Eastern Time:  We get in line for our FREE hot chocolate and cookies.  The Snickerdoodles were SO tasty.

9:30pm Eastern Time:  We squeeze into a corner of Main Street for the special fireworks show.

9:50-11:30pm Eastern Time: We race around the park and ride a few rides.  First up is Pirates of the Caribbean, then Thunder Mountain-twice, try to beat the parade over by Haunted Mansion.  Before we ride that we grab another hot chocolate and some apple slices.  We walk through the graveyard before we ride and enjoy spotting the differences between this ride and the one in Disneyland.  From there we make our way towards fantasyland where I run like crazy person when I see Cinderella and her family.  After I get my picture we decide to finish the night with a ride on Space Mountain.

11:30pm-12:15am Eastern Time: We take a few more shots of the Castle lit up, do some shopping down Main Street and enjoy the snow.  The park closes at midnight and we head to our shuttle stop arriving at our hotel around 12:15am.


1:10am Eastern Time: Finally get some shut-eye.

6:30am Eastern Time: first alarm goes off

6:40am Eastern Time: 2nd alarm goes off, decide against breakfast and get more sleep

7:20am Eastern Time: Get up and begin to get ready.

8:00am Eastern Time: Head to shuttle stop with a quick stop in the sundries store and take a quick minute to enjoy the resort view.

8:45am Eastern Time: Arrive at the Animal Kingdom resort, go through security and enter park.

9:00am-11am Eastern Time: The park officially opens and we follow a cast member over to Expedition Everest.  AMAZING ride!!!!  We went from that to getting a fastpass, and then over to the Safari Ride.  After a fabulous safari ride, we did the two different animal treks back to Expedition Everest for the second time!!

11:00am Eastern Time:  Time for an amazing lunch at Yak & Yeti.  We started with potstickers, seared ahi, and spicy chicken wings.  As we were finishing those up, our entrée of steak and shrimp was delivered followed by a dessert of cream cheese wontons and pineapple skewers.  Again, everything was amazingly delicious. 

12:30pm-3:30ish pm Eastern Time: We check in for our Safari Trek.  What an amazing tour and I recommend to anyone travelling to Walt Disney World.  It is so much fun.  We get outfitted with our vests, water bottles and have everything attached so it doesn’t fall into any animal pens.  We trek through a jungle of sorts, go over rope bridges, and “hang” over hippo and crocodile enclosures.  After that you take a private safari truck out to the savannah.   Part way through the trip, you stop at a “hut” for a nice lunch and extra time to overlook the savannah.  Here they served a sampling of delicious African inspired dishes.  There was: curried chicken salad, fruit salad, prosciutto, pocket bread, poached shrimp, salmon and cream cheese similar to lox, and a sun-dried tomato hummus and the best was POG to drink!

4:00pm-5:00pm Eastern Time: We finish our trip to the animal kingdom with a walk around the tree of life and a viewing of “It’s Tough to be a Bug” and some shopping. 

5:30-6:30pm Eastern Time:  Arrive at Epcot for a quick tour of the food booths and try to catch Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy.

7:00pm Eastern Time:  Arrive back at the hotel to get ready for the race and pack for the trip home. 

7:30pm Eastern Time: Go and wait for the shuttle to the start of the race. 

8:30ish pm Eastern Time: Penny is in Epcot checking things out while I wait for the race to start.

9:30pm Eastern Time: They finally begin to move us into our corrals.  It is much more organized than in Anaheim.

10:00pm Eastern Time: The guns go off for corral a, the race has officially begun. 

10:15pm Eastern Time: The guns go off for my corral d, I am off.  The first few miles are on the roads of the Disney resort.  We go through Animal Kingdom first, then the roads again, then through Hollywood Studios, the parking lot and then back in to see the lights over The Streets of America.  Out we go, down the boardwalk in through a bit of Epcot to the finish line.


1:03am Eastern Time:  I finish!!!!  Once I get my two medals, I text Penny to order me one of everything from the Mexico food booth.  This entails a shrimp taco, a steak taco, and a caramel de leche flan.  I was so hungry I inhaled it once I got to that area of the park.  We didn’t have much time before we needed to get back to the hotel so we finish the night with a few spanikopita from the Greece booth.  We definitely didn’t eat everything we planned but it was SO busy and we had to get going.

2:45am Eastern Time: We get back to our hotel and I hop in the shower, we finish packing and head to the lobby of our hotel.  The “hotel” we stayed out was the Carribean Resort.  It is different Villas situated around a lake.  So in short, the lobby is a good ½ mile from our room and we have to walk and dodge sprinklers that are spraying as much of the sidewalk as it is the grass. 

3:45am Eastern Time: Our 3:25 shuttle still hasn’t arrived.  We find out this is due to an accident that has closed the entrance to our resort.  We should be able to get the 3:55am shuttle; which we do.

5:30am Eastern Time: We make it through check in and look for some food.  I opt for a protein shake to replenish my body.  It was tasty, chocolate, banana, peanut butter and protein mix. Penny got cereal from a different spot.  The options were pretty limited.

6:00am Eastern Time: We board our flight, put on the eye masks, and fall asleep before the flight even takes off.   I manage to sleep only about 2.5 hours while Penny gets close to 4.

9:45am Pacific Time: We land in San Francisco.

10:40am Pacific Time: We drop Penny off at her house.

11:00am Pacific Time: I am home.  65 hours later.