Run Like Pluto 1/3

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Today was my first ever runDisney race and it was a part of the Virtual Running Shorts Series! This summer’s races are centered around Pluto and place an emphasis on running with your dog. I don’t have a dog but I know people who do! There were also one or two dogs out for a walk where we were running so we made sure to say “hi”!

The series is three 5K runs – one in each month of June, July, and August – and you can do them from anywhere! I signed up for all three and so did Reenie and we decided we would run them together. For June, Reenie came down to Yardley to run it with me on the canal path. She arrived last night and I prepared a pasta dinner for us (with help from my wonderful husband who makes a mean red sauce…I mean…gravy…) and some garlic bread, heavy on the carbs!

We probably didn’t need to carbo-load for a 5K, but it was part of the fun, this being my first race I’ve ever actually taken seriously (I’ve done 5Ks in the past for charity stuff or fun with friends and family like a mud run and a color run(walk) but I’ve never run an entire 5K without slowing to a walk at some point and I don’t think I’ve ever done it for a time. My goal was to run the entire thing).

 

 

I’ve been training my body to run for the past month now and I was just about ready. I also got us some super awesome t-shirts to rep our race. I don’t know what made me kick start this running thing aside from the fact that I saw Reenie and Kristi do their runDisney runs this past winter and I finally realized that running could be fun. Since doing a race in Disney is out for the time being (at least for a few years), the virtual races seemed like a great option to do on my own while also having or making a bit of that Disney magic.

We woke up to a flash flood warning but the weather man promised it would stop by 9am. We wanted to get started at 8:30 and by then the rain had stopped so we made our way to the park to begin our 5K!

At first I tried to keep pace with Reenie but since she is more of an interval runner and I like to keep a steady pace throughout, I quickly realized that was not going to work. We passed each other back and forth throughout which was fun. I enjoyed running with someone for a change and felt like I was doing pretty well.

I impressed myself with a time of 35:48! I was sort of hoping I wouldn’t do as well for my first race because that just means the next two needed to be faster! I need to beat myself!!!

Anyway, we had a blast and were successful in doing so!

Sweaty and squinty eyed! The sun came out 😎

 

#FashionFriday: Cars Week

In celebration of Cars 3 coming out last week, I spent all of this week Disneybounding as my favorite Cars characters!

Monday’s inspiration was Mater. I pulled out my rust-colored clothing with a bit of blue and a bit of flannel thrown in. I grabbed my work boots and trucker hat and voila! My Mater look 🙂

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On Tuesday I took my inspiration more from Flo’s V8 Cafe than from Flo herself. 20160829212540The Cafe reminded me of a diner or the Frosty Palace from Grease so I paired my Pink Ladies look with some turquoise colors for Flo and here it is!

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Wednesday was bright and sunny – the perfect day to really appreciate the nature around me. I took some cues from Sally and set off on an adventure! Sally’s style is simple, and that’s what I love about her. Blue jeans, a blue shirt, and my blue zip-up were all I needed for today!

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Thursday is for throwbacks so I threw it back to my Fillmore ‘bound for this day. I’ve ‘bounded as Fillmore twice already but I just love his style. Mint green has been all over my wardrobe for the past two years (it was the color I chose for my bridesmaids’ dresses) and I love all things peace sign related so I have a ton of that.

Today I went with the star himself, Lightning McQueen! I know what you’re thinking “didn’t she just do this last Friday?” Yes, you would be right, but last week I was all about the skirts whereas this week I got to wear it with my black pants instead!! And guess what? It was awesome 😎 Bonus – I found an old picture of Dom’s car Disneybounding as Lightning also. Who wore it better? 😂

I hope you enjoyed my Cars style this week as much as I did! I still haven’t seen the new movie and I can’t wait! Maybe one of these rainy days…

Trip Talk: Eating Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is definitely a work in progress lately but it still has it’s place in my heart! Our plan is to end our Four Park Challenge here and spend the evening and night in the park. Since we’ll probably eat a later lunch, I am not sure how big of a dinner we will be in the mood for but there are plenty of options to choose from. I’m looking through all our different options to choose from. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how many options there are since a lot of the park is under construction!

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  • ABC Commissary – This menu looks amazing! BBQ? Something about corn? Mediterranean Salad? If not this trip, I have to eat here in the future!
  • Backlot Express – I have mixed feelings about the Backlot Express. Jenn and I ate there thinking it might have something to do with the Backlot Tour – one of our favorite rides that has been taken from us – and it does not. It is Star Wars themed. My guess is that if you were a Star Wars fan you may know this, but we did not. It was such a bummer. The food was fine but I stupidly picked a salad with avocado on it without realizing and ended up having to trade with Jenn for her Chicken Breast Nuggets since I can’t have avocado. So much for trying to eat healthy. But aside from that I guess if I had made a different option from the get-go I would have been happier. Note to self: Do Not Order the Galactic Chicken Salad. The burger looks awesome. Chicken and Waffles is a favorite of mine. Actually, the food looks good, I just made a dumb choice given my intolerance.
  • Catalina Eddie’s – pizza and Caesar salad. Not much else to it so it probably won’t catch my eye in the park but they are two of my favorite things outside the parks.
  • Fairfax Fare – This Latin American inspired food sounds delicious. It’s like each item I read gets better and better. I would definitely try this if we were looking for a meal.
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge – I could stop in here for a small plate possibly. If we are in the mood for grazing this food looks perfect.
  • Hollywood Scoops – mmm ice cream! I can see grabbing a brownie sundae and heading to Fantasmic!
  • KRNR The Rock Station – I’ve honestly probably walked past this “station” tons of times and never thought twice about the food there. BUT there is a Root Beer Float and I may rock that while we’re hanging around the Rockin’ Roller Coaster!
  • Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner – This place looks pretty cool. I wouldn’t say no to a pulled pork sandwich and chocolate milkshake if we’re in the area 🙂
  • Oasis Canteen – Seriously, though, they keep getting me with the root beer floats. I must be in the mood for one lately. Maybe I’ll get some root beer on my way home tonight…
  • PizzeRizzo – Okay, so this is a must for me because of my past with this restaurant. Every trip to Disney I have ever taken, with the exception of last September since it was already closed, I have eaten at IMG_20151009_115925434_HDRPizza Planet. It was basically an unspoken tradition that started when we were kids. Since it’s closing and the opening of PizzeRizzo in it’s place, I am hoping this might fill that void. I’m not sure if it will, but with the subtle nods to the former occupant I’ll at least feel the atmosphere a little bit. Whether we stop in for a snack or decide to eat dinner here, I absolutely have to stop in. There’s a cannoli that could be calling my name. And what in the world is a Non-Alcoholic Peach Bellini? What is it made of? I’m so curious. Also, The Muppets.
  • Rosie’s All-American Café – That Fried Green Tomato Sandwich looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like it before so that might be something I would like to try.
  • Tune-In Lounge – This looks pretty cool! 50’s atmosphere and ability to order of the Prime Time Cafe menu while you enjoy a drink. I see a Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese that looks tempting if we were to hang out here for a bit.

If we’re looking for dinner, my top picks are ABC Commissary, Fairfax Fare, Dockside Diner, or Rosie’s. Then all the desserts 😀

All this food talk is making me hungry! What else should we try at Hollywood Studios? Any food suggestions that we just have to have? I know that a lot of this park is a work in progress so any help would be greatly appreciated! I’m looking forward to it!

 

 

#FashionFriday: Skirts for Days!

I spent Sunday in my bathing suit 👙 relaxing on the beach 🏖️ after a night out for my cousin’s birthday. We all applied sunscreen, but I guess it wasn’t enough because there was a lot of sunburn to go around. One of my problem areas were my thighs and the thought of having to wear pants on Monday just did not sit well with me (literally). So I threw on my favorite skirt (and some spandex shorts to prevent rubbing) and went about my day.

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I am currently doing Disney Style’s #SummerofDisneyStyle so on Tuesday, when I still didn’t feel like pants would be comfortable, I decided to Disneybound as Classic Minnie Mouse.

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By Wednesday I thought it would be fun to sport some Minnie Style all week (#RocktheDots), but it being Flag Day 🇺🇸 and all, I was trying to find a patriotic Minnie for inspiration and couldn’t find anything that looked like what I had in my closet. So I put on my best Flag Day look that involved a skirt (I was getting pretty into the skirts) and rocked the skirt instead!

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Thursday’s style was, at this point, wear a skirt. I, luckily, have plenty of skirts to choose from and in honor of the bright and sunny ☀️ morning I woke up to (literally, the blinds don’t help much for our window 😎), I went with a bright and sunny look.

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This morning I woke up really wanting to Disneybound for the opening of Cars 3 🏎️. Even though we won’t be going tonight, I thought a ‘bound would be fun. Since I’ve done Fillmore a lot lately, I decided on the star of it all – ⚡ Lightning McQueen! The ‘bound I wanted to do involved my black pants and I spent a good time in bed weighing out whether I should cut my skirt week short or just wear my black skirt. I ended up in a skirt again 🙃

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Lightning approves 🙂

I love the way this look turned out. The black shirt almost reminds me of tire treads and that was unintentional – I only wanted to find a shirt where only a little of the yellow popped out.

So there you have it! Skirts for days. I’m sure I’ll reprise the Lightning ‘bound with my black pants at some point but I’m proud of the fact that I stuck to my “hey, I can wear a skirt every day this week” thing. This probably won’t happen again any time soon because I work in a distribution center and even though I’m usually in the office, if I have to go to the warehouse I’d rather not be in a skirt. But this week was a lot of fun!

Wedding Wednesday

I’m taking part in Disney Style’s Summer of Disney Style Challenge this month and today’s prompt was Wedding Wednesday. My wedding didn’t have a ton of Disney inspiration, aside from our “topper”  which so wonderfully captured my love of Disney and Dom’s love of cars and our Honeymoon taking our convertible road trip, but it also had the flower girl dresses.

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Choosing flower girl dresses was especially difficult for me because I wanted something that would compliment my dress well, but didn’t want to ask my aunts to shell out lots of money on a dress their daughters may never wear again. We were sending ideas back and forth and I was browsing different options when I came across Alfred Angelo’s Disney line. I thought it would be fun to look at the styles and how they relate to the princesses when I came to Jasmine’s Disney Princess Flower Girl Gown.

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I was in shock. This dress was everything. It complimented my dress so well I knew it was the dress for the girls. I held my breath and emailed my aunts, the two people that would actually be purchasing the dresses. I knew they didn’t want me to worry about costs but it was more than I thought someone should spend on a dress for a girl and, not having children of my own, I wasn’t sure what people usually spent.

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Luckily, they loved it and sent me their approval! Since the dresses were a special line, they didn’t sell them at the Bridal shop I bought my dress at but since the girls live farther away, it made more sense for them to find a shop nearby to order it.

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I was so excited and they looked absolutely perfect next to my dress – like they were made for each other! I know I felt like a princess, so I hope my flower girls did too 🙂

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My dress – Allure 8862

Bridesmaid dresses – various Bill Levkoff styles in mint green

 

Trip Talk: Eating Epcot

One of the best ways to work up an appetite in Disney is the 1.2 mile walk that makes up Epcot’s World Showcase. Luckily, throughout that walk you are surrounded by over 50 Counter service, restaurant, and kiosk dining locations to choose from!

Our trip to Epcot in November will most likely focus on a lot of the quick service locations for a quick snack or a light lunch! Our big dinner for the trip is also at Epcot. After spending a full day roaming around the park, we have dinner reservations for Le Cellier at 7:20pm. Our goal was for as late a dinner as possible while still having time to watch illumiNations afterwards. This way we could feel less guilty about eating around the World Showcase all day 🌯🍲🍕🧀🥗🍜🍝🍡🍦🍮

So now for the rest of our eating options (another note is that we’ll also be lunching here one or more of the other days of our trip). Again, I’m going to focus mostly on the Quick Service options since that will be where we will be eating. I’ll also talk a bit about Le Cellier since it is our “big meal” of the trip.

Epcot World Showcase:

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  • La Cantina de San Angel, MexicoIMG_20170612_160430_846 – I did eat here with my sister in September but it’s definitely worth another time! Again, we love Mexican food so if we’re passing by and hungry, I know we’ll stop. The nachos are delicious and might be the perfect start on our trip eating around the world.
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, Norway – Oh hi Norwegian Sweet Pretzels! I think this would be the perfect stop for a quick snack or even an early meal. The Ham and Apple Sandwich, Norwegian Club, and Traditional Kjøttkake would be difficult to choose from!
  • Lotus Blossom Café, China – I love Chinese food but Dom isn’t that big of a fan so it’s possible we wont stop here but the selections also look awesome. I could see Dom and Reenie and I sharing some pot stickers though, that’s definitely an option.
  • Joy of Tea, China – I am a tea lover and I would 100% stop at this kiosk. The variety of options looks awesome and an egg roll snack? I’m in.
  • Refreshment Cool Post, Outpost – The slushies here look tempting! It may be a good way  to cool off.
  • Sommerfest, Germany – Bratworst is perfect paired with a beer and I can see my husband wanting to stop here. I wouldn’t turn it down if offered either!
  • Gelati, Italy – Gelato is one thing I haven’t had in quite a long time. I think if given the opportunity I would get some. Also, they have what is basically an ice cream sandwich with gelato instead of ice cream.
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, Italy – I ate here with Reenie and it was the perfect place to cool off on a hot day and enjoy some food (and perhaps a wine flight). It might be fun to stop in for cheeses or a small plate or two to get away from the sun.
  • Liberty Inn, America – Ah, Liberty Inn, where to start with you? Well, I’m not planning on eating American at the World Showcase, that’s pretty much a fact. Not that I think the food wouldn’t be good, but I’d just rather not.
  • Kabuki Cafe, Japan – That shaved ice looks great! If it’s an extremely hot day it could be just what we need to cool off.
  • Katsura Grill, Japan – I’ve never eaten at the Japan pavilion even though we have been trying for a while. I am not a sushi person but the other options sound delicious! I really want to eat lunch here but it will all depend on where we are at lunchtime. The Shrimp and Chicken Teriyaki sounds good though.
  • Tangierine Café, MoroccoIMG_20170612_160514_050 – Mmm, hummus. On our last trip through Morocco, Reenie and I demolished the hummus fries at Spice Road Table. As much as the Tangerine Cafe’ looks great, for a snack I wouldn’t stop. I’d actually rather sit at Spice Road Table and order a small plate or two like we did last time.
  • Crepes des Chefs de France, France – I just love crepes. If we’re looking for a sweet snack we may need to stop here.
  • L’Artisan des Glaces, France – Lots of ice cream but the Macaron ice cream sandwich looks right up my alley!
  • Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, France – Oh. My. Gosh. I just changed my mind. I want to eat here for lunch. And I want to eat everything. Oh my gosh the food! The breads! The desserts! CHEESE! 100% would stop here. Oh my gosh. I can’t even express how delicious this all looks.
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop, England – While I am not a huge fish eater, I have started to really enjoy it once in a while and I know my husband would eat fish. I could see us stopping here and catching a bite 😉
  • Rose & Crown Pub, Great Britain – Reenie and I stopped here for a drink on our last trip together and it was CROWDED! If we stop in again, maybe we could snack on some House-made Seasoned Crisps because that just sounds great.
  • Refreshment Port, Showcase Plaza – I sort of want to try a croissant doughnut so depending on how we feel towards the end of the night, maybe we’ll stop here.
  • Promenade Refreshments, Showcase Plaza – House-made Ranch Kettle Chips may have to happen. I’m always in for some good kettle chips and ranch sounds really tasty.

Epcot Future World:

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  • The Electric Umbrella – I always walk by the Elextric Umbrella since it is located right in the middle of everything, but it has a lot of food that looks right up my alley. With a Sausage and Pepper Sandwich, French Dip Burger Combo, or the Energy Salad with Roasted Chicken, I’m not sure I could go wrong. The only thing that may be “wrong” about it for this trip is timing. I don’t plan on doing a lot of full-meal eating in Future World so this may need to be saved for a later trip.
  • Sunshine Seasons, The Land – I rediscovered The Land Pavilion on my last trip and just loved it. The menu at Sunshine Seasons looks good but every time I am inside The Land Pavilion I think of it like a cafeteria and don’t bother ordering food there. I seriously think I am missing out so much by not trying the food here. While it’s Asian inspired, the selection is huge from noodles to sandwiches to soups to the grill, with all these options it is going to make a great lunch stop – which is when I plan to eat here!

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    Enjoying a Route Beer Float in Carsland, DCA

  • Taste Track, Transportation – I love that this is named for Test Track, that made me giggle. Apart from that, oh my goodness the options! All of the sundaes look to die for but I’m a sucker for a Root Beer Float (Route Beer Float for all my DCA friends out there!) so this may be my mid-morning breakfast ice cream 😋

 

 

What are your favorite quick service places at Epcot? Do you have any entree suggestions that we should try?

So since we’re talking about food, and Epcot, I’d be amiss not to mention that Reenie and I did Food & Wine in 2015 and loved every single minute of it. I loved it so much that I bought the Food & Wine Cookbook so I could try out some recipes at home. One of the widely-adored recipes it featured was for the IMG_20151016_225002690_HDRCanadian Cheddar Cheese Soup. I’ve since made this on three separate occasions and it is a serious favorite of myself, Reenie, and Dom. I mention this because the soup is from the menu at Le Cellier Steakhouse, where we will be enjoying some signature dining in November. I have mentioned previously that this is our only dinner reservation at Disney this trip and I am beyond excited about it.

Reenie had the idea that while we are all dressed up in our most dapper attire we should attend a nice signature dinner. Since she and I skipped reservations at Epcot on our last trip in favor of the Food & Wine Festival, we agreed that Epcot was the park to do it. She also suggested Le Cellier since it is a steakhouse and might appeal more to Dom and, of course, because of the Cheddar Cheese Soup.

Well, I’m so excited about it. This restaurant has some amazing options and I don’t know where to begin! Besides the soup, there is also an Assortment of Artisanal Cheese appetizer that just has my heart because, cheese. I a little bit want to talk Dom into possibly doing the Porterhouse Steak for Two, but if that doesn’t work I could go for the NY Strip or the Filet Mignon. Also, don’t even get me started on the poutine. Reenie and I had an experience with poutine when she came to visit a month or so ago and I’m hooked. I think my biggest struggle is just going to be which poutine to order and whether or not I share. I can’t even look at the desserts because I’m so full at this point but hmmm, okay, maybe some Maple Crème Brûlée?

Ugh this is going to be the most food-centered day ever and I will love every minute of it!

Do you agree with my food choices (They aren’t even close to being set in stone)? Have you ever eaten at Le Cellier? What did you get?? What’s your favorite thing to eat in Epcot? I’m so open to all suggestions!

Fab Five (+)

I am a huge fan of the Fab Five, the OG Disney characters, the main event! I’m sure most everyone knows that Minnie is one of my absolute favorites but the others are all just #squadgoals.

Mickey Mouse was the original and I love him very much.

I have my first photo with Mickey and my most recent (talking Mickey was so weird when you aren’t expecting it…totally threw us off our game). There were some in between and there will be more to come, but Mickey is just so awesome. He’s the face of pretty much everything at Disney so he’s everywhere!

I have many pins featuring Mickey, Minnie, and pals.

Minnie Mouse, as I said, is one of my absolute favorites. I hardly ever forget to pose for a picture with her ❤

Or dress like her.

There’s Goofy, who’s, well, goofy (but then, so am I)

 

And Pluto, Mickey’s pet and best friend and another of my favorites

This summer’s runDisney virtual short series features Pluto so I am channeling him as I run my 5Ks over the next few months

 

And I labeled this Fab Five (+) because I would totally include Daisy in being fabulous but she brings it to six.

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And then there’s Donald.

Donald Duck. We just celebrated his birthday and I came to the realization that I don’t think I’ve ever actually met him. He is many places, the Mexico pavilion, I recently (in 2015) saw Philharmagic for the first time and he’s there, Dom has an awesome Donald shirt that I just featured on Friday, but I can’t believe I’ve not met him yet.

So this needs to be remedied. My next trip I am going to make it my mission to meet Donald Duck. This shouldn’t be difficult because I believe he makes an appearance at the character brunch we are going to but I just can’t believe it. I can’t get over the fact that I do not have a picture with the Duck himself.

 

Bonus: I love Chip and Dale

(more specifically, it appears I love Chip more than Dale. That’s probably accurate) I’ll probably now have the theme to Rescue Rangers stuck in my head the rest of the day

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#FashionFriday: Donald Duck!

Happy Birthday Donald Duck!

In honor of his birthday, I’ve decided to use Donald as inspiration for #FashionFriday (which I haven’t done in what feels like forever but you can check out some of the previous posts here and here and here).

I have probably written about this before, but when Dom and I were in Disneyland for our Honeymoon we were shopping in Downtown Disney (browsing, really) when we came across a Donald Duck shirt that Dom thought was great. “You should get it,” I said. “Nah,” replied Dom. And that was that. You see, Disneyland was the first stop on our Honeymoon and I think both of us were reluctant to buy much since we were going to be going to so many different places and our main souvenirs were going to be the pressed pennies and post cards we collected along the route (we got so many pressed pennies in Disney but their post cards were lacking…).

Fast-forward to Walt Disney World with my sister a few weeks later: We started our weekend at Disney Springs and I thought “I should look for that shirt that Dom liked and bring one home for him”. Well, as soon as I told my sister about it, she made it her mission to find this shirt. “Excuse me, we were at Disneyland recently and saw this shirt with Donald and something about not wearing pants, do you have that here?” LOL. Somehow the sales associates knew what shirt we were looking for but it wasn’t at Disney Springs. They told us where in the parks we could look and since we would be in Epcot the next day, we decided to start there.

We checked the store they said would have it – no dice. We were bummed, but figured we’d just keep looking in all the stores. In the meantime, I bought Dom something else in case we couldn’t find it. The next day, walking around Hollywood Studios, we walked through a store and there it was! I couldn’t let it go by so I grabbed it off the rack in Dom’s size and bought it. We had searched high and low and finally, three days later, had it in our possession. That’s one of the things that makes this such an epic #FashionFriday because it’s the #FashionFriday that almost never happened!

Enjoy 😉

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Is he wearing pants? The world may never know…

I can’t believe I finally got my husband to pose for a picture for me.

Happy National Running Day!

Today is National Running Day and even though I am between run days (my 5K training schedule has me run Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with the option to walk, run, or rest on the other days), I decided I needed to get out there and run a bit.

Since the blacktop is my nemesis, I decided to stick to the dirt and gravel today. That meant not running quite as far as yesterday but since it was an in-between day I didn’t have any requirements for myself.

Yesterday’s run (my longest so far) was done in the slight drizzly rain in the morning because I knew I would not have time after work and last week’s treadmill run was below par (the treadmill is my other nemesis) so I didn’t want to run on my lunch break. Since I felt good about my run yesterday, I decided to do a watered-down version of it today (aka a much shorter run).

Thanks to yesterday’s Weight Watchers meeting, I have been inspired to begin my vision board for this summer and the first thing going up there is a picture of my running shoes and accessories. Having the right tools is the best way to kick-off a summer workout and my essentials included my sneakers (obviously), a new fanny-pack-esque phone holder so I no longer have to wear my track jacket in order to have pockets, new headphones since my old ones were literally falling apart, and the Runkeeper App.

When I started training for the runDisney 5Ks I am completing this summer I quickly realized that I had very little running gear. Aside from my sneakers (which were a gift from my mom), I had little to no adequate equipment. I had the same headphones from the early days of college which were in terrible shape but I used them because they were better for running then the big bulky ones I use for leisure. I had nowhere to put my phone, however, since most of my work-out clothes do not have pockets and my workouts for the past seven years have either been at the gym or with my mom where we talked most of the walk so there was no need for music or anything like that. The best fix I had for this was running in my track jacket with my phone and keys in my pockets. This quickly became quite a hassle because it would bounce around and not really work out – plus, I was sweating from the run and from the long sleeves – this needed to end. And now that I mention the bouncing, my sports bras were all so old the elastic was pretty worn out and they were just not good at all for frequent movement (or anything actually requiring a sports bra).

So I set out to remedy this. I found a phone holder at Walmart, new headphones at FYE, and am slowly but surely purchasing new sports bras as I find good ones (right now I’m doing a lot of laundering of the good ones). This made my workouts this week much smoother than the previous week. 

This is going to be shocking: I classified my run tonight as a “fun run”. 

I’m not sure I’ve ever classified running as fun in my life, but tonight, that’s exactly what I did. I decided to run for just 5 minutes, listen to the voice on my app tell me how I was doing, turn around and run back 5 minutes. I was actually in shock that I ended up exactly where I started which meant I actually kept a pace. My run was only 0.91 mi but I seriously feel like I’ve accomplished something. I’ve now been training myself to run (short distances, mind you) for two weeks now and I’m already father than I was when I started.

There’s a quote they used to always say at my Weight Watchers meetings, “if I quit now, I’d soon be back where I started, and when I started, I was dying to get to where I am now.” I think this just fully recognises progress, even the smallest bit of progress, and it keeps me motivated to see where I’ll be tomorrow! So whether your goal is weight loss, getting in shape, running, or any other goal, join me in celebrating progress today 🎉
Soundtrack: 80’s Cardio Pandora

  • Flashdance…What A Feeling – Irene Cara
  • We Are The Champions – Queen
  • Jump! – Van Halen

Amazons are Awesome.

Warning! Wonder Woman Spoilers Ahead!

After viewing the new Wonder Woman movie last night at around 1am I jotted down some quick first impressions on the movie so I could share them here:

  1. Amazons are awesome
  2. Wait, why are they British?
  3. Didn’t Stryker die already?
  4. Wait, this isn’t X-Men?
  5. Oh my gosh Diana is kick a$s!
  6. Why did Steve have to die?
  7. At least she has a picture?

I then spent the 15 minute car ride home summarizing the first half of the movie to my husband who slept through it (yes, I had to elbow him for snoring. Yes, he woke up in time for the epic walk across no man’s land (aptly named since a woman had to be the one to cross it)). So there’s that. I suppose it’s my fault since I bought tickets to a showing I knew wouldn’t be over until 12:30 at least, but it was the theatre with the best seats (yes, our theatre has reserved seating)! It probably also didn’t help that the chairs recline so it’s basically like you’re sitting in your living room. Which is probably why I felt so comfortable laughing out loud as if I were in my living room. I regret nothing.

Ready for the movie!!

So there were some funny parts, epic battle scenes, and even a bit of romance which put together made a great flashback to the beginnings of Wonder Woman. 

I obviously fell in love with the Amazons at the beginning of the movie. Amazons are just so amazing and I absolutely love the community, the sisterhood, the bad @$$ warriors that they are, everything!

I thought it was strange that the main characters were from London since Wonder Woman was primarily created to be a heroine for the US, but she’s changed a lot over the years (obviously) or maybe I just don’t know as much about her as I thought I did.

The main bad guy who they set out to stop (and kill) is Stryker. Okay, his name is not Stryker in this film, it’s Ludendorff, but seriously – experimenting with scientific medicines/poisons, involvement in the war, basic all-around bad guy – this is basically Stryker reincarnated and that’s all I could think of any time Danny Huston was on screen. Okay, maybe I’m just a little too obsessed with Wolverine, but still. It’s Stryker, guys, and he’s up to more of his terrible controlling/killing games basically.

I mean, come on, the only difference is the country he’s “fighting” for…

Then there’s the scene. You know the one. The one my husband actually woke up for, the climax of the movie, Diana saving a village by walking across a field so epically that this is basically the scene the movie was based around. They were like, “what can we do to make this film so epic?” And then they had Diana walk across a battlefield just brushing away bullets and all the men cowering in fear. One thing I absolutely love about the Amazons is that since they are a matriarchal society of all women, it is just second nature that women should be regarded as equals to (or, really, higher than) men. Diana does her own thing regardless of what she’s told. She’s grown up in a society where social norms are so different she can’t imagine them any other way and that’s what’s so important about this kick @$$ woman – she is what all women should be: confident, certain, independent, and highly regarded as an equal (or, actually, greater than). She doesn’t care what anyone thinks because she knows her truth 

and fights for what she believes is right. It’s so fitting, then, that Ares is not at all who she believes him to be and is, in fact, a manipulator who appears nonthreatening. This has just so many parallels to the devil and good verses evil that it would probably be a whole other post about that, but ultimately, Diana has what Ares doesn’t – Love – which leads to his ultimate defeat.

Speaking of love, why, oh why did Steve have to die?? I mean, I know why, self sacrifice is the ultimate redemption of a character that felt guilty for the choices he made and then of course the power of love giving Diana the strength to defeat Ares, yadda yadda yadda… But, why did he have to die?? I’m just personally saddened by it and I’m not sure a photo would make up for it but I get that this is like years and years later and the wounds have basically healed already but can they really heal? It’s just a sad memory of the turning point in her life and I get that but where does it go from here? Will there be a sequel? Other love interests? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. I mean, it’s not like she can go back home (in fact, we know she doesn’t) even though her initial mission is complete.

Well there’s my ramblings on the movie. Go see it if you haven’t already, although why you would read this before seeing the movie is beyond me.

❤ JuLi