We are back!

My husband and I are back at Disneyworld! The happiest place on Earth!

On May 5th my sweet cousin married the love of his life, and I’m so glad we were able to be here to witness this happy union!

We’re on day two of Disney magic fun. Our days have been packed! Tons of walking, eating, and pictures!

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Back at it!

So this is embarrassing, I have abandoned my blog since October 2012? WOW where has the time gone? Let me tell you…

August

  • My husband and I started the house hunting process

September 

  • We purchased our first home! As exciting as it was, boy did I underestimate what a process it was going to be.
  • This same month we went to San Diego for a wedding for 5 days
  • Once we returned the moving process went quick!

October-December

  • The holidays just zoomed right by me, with family in and out of town
  • We hosted our first Christmas, which was an incredible feeling and the time when owning a house felt more real.

January

  • The best and most amazing thing happened to my husband and I. We found out I was PREGNANT!
  • We were starting out the New Year with a little bundle of joy growing strong!
  • Finally the most important aspect/goal on my bucket list is happening.
  • The reason why I trained so insane, wasn’t to achieve a specific look, but to make sure my heart was strong enough to have a baby, to share in the joys and inevitable hardships parents face, I feel beyond blessed that God has trusted us with a life to care for, and that he has made me stronger to be able to deliver a happy, healthy child.

February

  • We had our first ultrasound; our doctor said we have a happy baby on the way, with a strong heart beat!
  • It was the best feeling ever!

It’s been a whirlwind of excitement and emotions these last few months for my family. My husband and I are feeling incredibly blessed, I can’t wait to share this journey with you all.

This picture pretty much sums it all up...I've never felt so complete!

This picture pretty much sums it all up…I’ve never felt so complete!

GUEST POST: Jim from Gym Source

Hi Everyone! I’m excited to have Jim from Gym Source as a guest blogger to share his knowledge on the benefits of staying active while enjoying the great outdoors.

Jim Rollince is a member of the creating writing department of Gym Source
He enjoys writing about Fitness, Nutrition, and many other related topics. Contact him at jimr@gymsource.net

Great Outdoors: The Many Benefits of Exercising in Nature’s Gym

Although many people believe that choosing to work out outdoors is simply a matter of preference, there is emerging science that shows that exercising outside actually offers a lot more overall than doing so indoors. Many fitness experts are recommending that you exercise outside whenever possible and save the elliptical and treadmills for when the weather is in climate. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy from outdoor physical activity.

Improved Mental Health
If you’ve been feeling depressed, angry or otherwise under the weather lately, you might want to consider moving your fitness routine to a local green space. A study done in Scotland showed that exercising in someplace like a park or forest had a 50 percent greater benefit on mental health than exercising indoors.

Get the Pets Involved
Going outside to exercise is a great opportunity to see to Fido’s health, too. Animals need exercise just as much as human beings, and this will enable you both to spend quality time together doing something healthy and productive. Your pet will quickly shed excess weight, have fewer health problems and be less inclined to become depressed. Furthermore, if your pet has an opportunity to expend some of their pent-up energy, they’re less likely to take out their frustration and boredom on your furniture!

It’s Free
Money is a huge stressor for many people, and stress is one of the most serious threats to health in modern times. Couple that with the often massive costs of gym memberships and you’ve got a problem. Exercise is important, but it does little good if paying for that gym membership is causing undue stress because it’s contributing to financial hardship. Exercising outside is free, easy and you can go any time of the day or night.

Lose Weight
There is a nearly endless capacity for variety when exercising outside. Whereas the inside of a gym stays the same every day of the year, the outside environment is always changing its appearance and you can choose to go wherever you want. In fact, this gives outdoor exercise yet another benefit over indoor fitness. Studies have found that people who exercised in differing environments worked out harder, stayed more motivated and lost more weight than people who exercised in a static environment.

Less Distraction
Many people buy home gym equipment because the idea of working out in the comfort of their own home appeals to them. While this seems like it would make someone more likely to exercise, the opposite is often true. Your home is filled with potential distractions, such as televisions, computers, family, work and household chores that can make it easy to forget about your fitness routine. When you’re outside, these things aren’t around to tempt you into ‘taking it easy’ for the day.

Get Active!
It doesn’t matter exactly where you exercise, but be sure to do it! Chances are you will feel happier and healthier and will go back for more! Grab some friends and get active, or take some time alone to enjoy the great outdoors while you better your health!

Staying fit in Paradise

While the rest of the nation is getting sun and heat, it’s pouring here in Western WA. This makes me even more anxious to go on vacation, and enjoy an actual summer. I read this article on FitSugar (one of my favorite fit blogs) and it inspired me to share some activities I can’t wait to do while enjoying paradise-

Walk along the sand-

According to FitSugar walking along sand burns up to 30% more calories than walking on a flat surface.

Run outside

Swim in the ocean

Go on a scenic hike and see views like this

I can’t wait for vacation! Happy Friday everyone!

Highlights

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1. Rockin rollercoaster
2. Hollywood tower of terror
3. Hoopla stage!
4. After the Finding Nemo ride we spent a long time observing the fish in the observation area, these are cute little clown fish!
5 & 6 pics from the Lion King play at Animal Kingdom- one of my favorite shows at the Disney parks!

It’s been such an amazing time here at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom!

Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom-Research phase 4

Animal kingdom is an exciting, adventure filled park with rides like Expedition Everest and Kali river rapids. With so many adventures to be had at this park you need a lunch that won’t weigh you down. I’ve selected a few options below that will provide the right balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables to help power through the day. I’ve selected a few options at Yak & Yeti for dinner that sounded unique and flavorful, but healthy.

From Dreamstime

Lunch Options-

Flame Tree BBQ

  • Barbecued Chicken Salad-with mixed greens tossed with barbecued chicken $7.79

Restaurantosaurus

  • Vegetable Subosaurus-grilled vegetables, mushrooms, onions, provolone, served on a toasted roll with sweet potato fries $9.39
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken $7.79

Dinner Options-

Anandapur Yak and Yeti Restaurant

  • Seared Ahi Tuna-chilled, sesame-encrusted ahi tuna, wasabi aioli, and sweet chili slaw $10.99
  • Maple Tamarind Chicken-Seared chicken breast, Indonesian tamarind glaze, coconut ginger rice, baby bok choy, shiitake mushroom stir fry. $19.99
  • Seared Miso Salmon-miso glazed Atlantic salmon, jasmine rice, baby bok choy and shiitake mushroom stir-fry $23.99

Sweet Endings-

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

  • Frozen Chai – $4.89,5.39,5.89

found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants I found information at WDWinfo.com


Eating healthy at Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom-Research phase 2

The iconic Magic Kingdom is breathtaking! Walking in you just feel happy, and I always get filled with the excitement I felt the first time I went to Disneyworld! I have so many great memories stemming from this park. The park is chockfull of entertainment, rides, and characters. This day will be doing a ton of running around and taking pictures. I tried to find places that would offer quick, yet satisfying meals for lunch. For dinner I wanted to find a place that offered hearty, yet healthy meals to help restore my energy for the rest of the night!

Lunch Options-

Cosmic Rays:

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich – served with apple slices or fries $9.39
  • Turkey Sandwich $9.39

Columbia Harbor House:

  • Grilled Salmon – served with couscous and steamed fresh broccoli $10.19

Plaza Restaurant:

  • Vegetarian Sandwich – fresh mozzarella, hummus, basil pesto, cucumber, roasted red pepper, tomato, and lettuce on a freshly baked foccaccia $10.99
  • Chicken Strawberry Salad– fresh garden greens, grilled chicken breast, fresh strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, tossed in a white zinfandel vinaigrette dressing $14.99

Dinner options-

Tony’s Town Square:

  • Seafood Diavolo – Linguini pasta with Clams, Mussels, Calamari, Shrimp, and fresh fish of the day in a spicy Tomato sauce $22.99 (I’m hoping I can request whole wheat linguine)
  • Tony’s Fish of the Day – market price

I found the menus and prices on allears.net. 

For further information, pictures, of the restaurants I found information at WDWinfo.com