Surviving Disneyworld while pregnant

At 23 weeks pregnant I couldn’t be more proud of how I handled myself over the last 2 days of park hopping. I’d like to share some tried and tested tips that have helped me survive the last two days at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Day 1-Animal Kingdom
Before I left home I researched on the Disney boards to see what rides I would be restricted from riding. The consensus seemed to agree AK park was the least pregnant friendly amongst the other WDW.

So I approached this day as an opportunity to really slow down and enjoy the natural surroundings of AK. I met with family around 9:30, a big group of about 15 people and as the day went on we branched out and discovered our own path to AK.

Here are my tips from this day-
Carefully select the rides you ride. Throughout all parks at Disney they give fair warning on what rides aren’t safe for pregnant women. Take those warnings seriously! No ride is worth risking the health & safety of your baby. At AK I didn’t ride anything.

Find alternatives to rides.

Disney has put in an insane amount of work in creating world-class, live shows and parades. My favorite at AK is the Festival of the Lion King!

Play carnival games & enjoy sweet treats. My husband and I had the opportunity to take my adorable niece around DinoLand while her mom (my sis) & dad enjoyed some big kid rides. We also fed her Mickey ice cream. She absolutely loved it! And we did too! We won her 4 new stuffed animals or “new friends” as she likes to call them!

Slow down, and enjoy your surroundings. At AK they offer many walking trails through animal exhibits. Take time to enjoy the beauty of nature displayed at this park.

Take mid-day breaks. I only sat during 2 shows and 2 meal breaks for a short time each. Being on your feet for almost 10 hours for anyone can be a challenge for any adult, but when you’re pregnant it can take a complete toll on your body. Take the time to return back to your hotel for a nap and to refresh yourself.

Elevate your feet to let your body fully relax: I elevated my legs on a stack of pillows and let my body relax after a nice cold shower.

Day 2: Magic Kingdom
After running on only 5-6 hours of sleep for the last three nights we decided to take the opportunity to sleep 8 hours last night. It felt amazing!

We arrived at the park at 9:30 am, and met up with family. We took off towards fantasy land and ran around non-stop until hunger struck. We stopped at the new Gaston’s tavern-a cute little quick service area. We enjoyed a pork shank that was to-die-for! Fall off the bone amazing! Then we were off again. Around 3, I needed a break.

Here are my tips-
Run on your own schedule: If you keep sacrificing sleep for park time you put you and your baby’s health and well being at risk. You’ll be too tired to truly enjoy the magic that is Disney. It’s ok to fall behind your group, you can catch up later.

Eat & drink: make sure you are eating enough food, we probably stopped and ate 6 times throughout the day. Stay hydrated, I brought a 100ml hydration pack by Dakine and make sure to finish it all by the end of the day. In the morning I fill it up at our hotel for free. It’ll save you at least $50 on water a day. Yes, at the parks they charge $3 or so for a bottle of water! Bring your own!

Take advantage to rest in the AC buildings. Listen to your body, if you need to stop, stop! Florida heat+tons of walking+being pregnant=a high possibility of overheating, dehydration, or much worse!

Rest frequently for long periods of time throughout the day. Don’t hesitate to just rest your feet on an empty bench for 30-40 minutes. I took a lot of moments to just sit.
Unlike day one, where I only sat during the shows and meals.

My favorite rest break was at a little garden area across the castle during the Celebrate a Dream parade with my mom & hubby! We were able to catch views of the parade while letting our feet breath!

Accept the fact that you can’t keep up with everyone else! This lesson was one I learned from my mom, and It took me a couple days to come to terms with this reality but I’m still learning to adjust to my pregnant body.

We stayed at the park till 7, and then went back to our hotel for the rest of the night. I still didn’t learn from my own tips from day 1 to take a mid day break. I promised myself and my husband last night that we would enact this as a rule. For the other two park days we will leave by 3:30 for a midday break! I’ll keep you all posted to see how it goes!

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Me resting my feet during the parade

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A few pictures from the last two days

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Finding Balance

Finding balance, it’s much easier said than done. When I first started my journey it was easy to say no to temptation. It was easy to avoid people and places that I knew would be detrimental to my diet and sidetrack me from my goal. However as time passes it’s getting a lot harder to avoid people, places, and situations because a part of me misses them.

This weekend I was completely burnt out. I was sore, achy, and tired. When I thought of walking into the gym and lifting another weight, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I missed lazy Saturday’s with my family. I missed not having a schedule. I wanted to also take my sister out for her birthday without the stress of counting calories. I wanted freedom from my daily grind. So I let myself. I took Saturday and Sunday off,completely. I didn’t go to the gym or log calories on myfitnesspal app. I felt guilty…but then I realized I really, really need this.

I need to let go sometimes. This burnt out feeling I have wasn’t from the weather. It was internal. My mind needed to relax, in order for my body to completely recover. Since July, I’ve been really adamant about getting in my workouts, logging calories, and being very strict on myself. I was at a point where I needed to step back and re-focus on your goal on why I started.

It’s easy to find motivational quotes that push you through a mental barrier, but sometimes just relaxing and letting your mind go is what will fuel you for the rest of your journey. I enjoyed my weekend with my family, sans Iphone app and gym!

I realized this weekend it’s all about balance. Enjoy time with family and friends, but still find healthy alternatives, like meeting for coffee and sitting outside, instead of eating at a restaurant. Schedule a hike with a friend, instead of a movie. It’s all about balance. It’s a long, and life changing journey, but it’s worth it when you discover new strength.

I’m ready to refocus and reach for my goal-

My goal is to be 8-10 pounds lighter in 7 weeks, before I go to Disneyworld for my nieces 2nd birthday!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy first day of Spring everyone! When I think of Spring, I automatically associate it with sun and warmth! Unfortunately, the western side of WA state didn’t make the transition out of winter yet. We’re enjoying the long days of  gray clouds, rainstorms, and gloom. I need to get out of here and enjoy somewhere warm and sunny!

The lack of natural vitamin D & C is making me feel sad, but it is also more motivation to start the vacation planning process. This year I also want to cross things off my bucket list!

Previous to my weightloss journey, I would always plan vacations centered around eating,A LOT, and being lazy. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to enjoy local cuisine. But, now when I look for destinations, I want to make sure the emphasis is making sure it will be beneficial for my mind, body, and soul.

Our first vacation will be around the end of April. I want to go to Napa Valley, CA. I feel this would be the best option for us as a quick weekend getaway. My husband and I have been wanting to go for years, but haven’t had the opportunity. Now, we’re set on making this trip happen, even just for a weekend. We both really need this! We want this to be our time to relax & rejuvenate as we enjoy the local wine, food, and walks outside, while soaking up some sunshine! A quick break from our strenuous schedules.

Beautiful wine country!

Beautiful wine country!

Does anyone have any hotel suggestions? We’d like to be in the center of town, closest to  the wineries. I’ve been looking on Groupon & Living Social for deals, but I haven’t seen any for Napa. Maybe I missed it?

Where is your first vacation leading you this spring? What’s your definition of an amazing vacation?

Countdown!

So in 7 days I will be reuniting with my family in Las Vegas, NV! I can’t express how excited I am to be with family and enjoy some warm sunshine aaaahhhhhhhhhhh! It’s going to be amazing! I think the headcount is 70 adults and 13 kids (under 10)! The headcount is just for the event, not all of us can make it. Yes my family is like a mafia, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is never a dull or quiet moment when we’re together!

Although I’m super excited for this 5 day getaway, it does make me slightly nervous. Vacations used to be my biggest fall back. They were every reason to veg-out & pig out, especially in Vegas! Have you seen the buffets? WOW!

Back in November, I went to Las Vegas with my immediate family to celebrate an early Thanksgiving. I picked up a few tricks to help me stay on track-

What I packed

  • Running shoes
  • Workout clothes
  • Greek Yogurt­-you could obviously buy your snacks at your destination, but we had really great deals with coupons & advertised special at our local grocery store. We needed to use them anyways!
  • Protein shakes-I drink premier protein, you can find them at Costco. 30 grams of protein!
  • Almonds
  • Lunchbox
  • Icepack
  • Waterbottle-I use this one by Thermos

I wanted to bring my foodscale, but at the mention of it my husband looked at me like I was crazy, so I won’t be taking it with us!

What I do

  • If I fly in at night, I make it a priority to workout the next morning-The first day always sets the tone for a trip.
  • I use MyFitnessPal app (Iphone) to keep track of my calories
  • Bring snacks (greek yogurt, protein shakes, and almonds) in a lunchbox. Our schedule is so unpredictable it’s always good to eat something at least every 3 hours. Even if you’re going to a buffet that day!
  • Most importantly, I let myself relax. I work extremely hard at home, and for my mental health, I try not to stress if I have more free meals then healthy meals. Use this time to recuperate and enjoy the time with family!

What helps you stay healthy on a vacation?