One of the rare moments where I was not weeping openly.
I became a Magic Kingdom Tour Guide and was trained in three separate tours - Keys to the Kingdom, Family Magic, and Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom.
The day I received my riding crop and gave my very first Keys to the Kingdom tour.
I ran the inaugural Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half and took Jamie to Disneyland for his very first time. I also drank all of the mint juleps I could, but I'm not sure if that is really a point of pride...
Jamie going into Sleeping Beauty Castle for the very first time. I love this picture.
Okay, but seriously... I dream of this drink.
I was selected as a member of the 2014 Traditions Team. For Disney Cast Members, this is a big deal. Traditions is the very first class you take as a Cast Member and it is taught (we like to say it is facilitated) by other Disney Cast Members. It is a tough team to get on and you are only a member of the team for one year, so you have to relish it for that year. I went through several rounds of auditions and interviews before I was selected - 2014 will be my year to enjoy!
The day I found out I was on the team. We all got special Traditions ears!
I also got to spend a good amount of time with my family, which was wonderful because I miss my them a lot now that I'm here in Florida. I had some great times with friends in 2013 and made a lot of memories. But 2013 was also a really difficult year for me. I faced a lot of personal challenges and setbacks, and there were times that I felt like giving up on everything in Florida and moving home. I am very pleased to say that my outlook is much brighter now and I am excited for what awaits this year.
There is one thing that I really need to do this year, though, and that's why I'm back here. The stress of 2013, both from great things and from not so great things, took a toll on me. I stopped taking care of myself the way I know I should. I didn't get enough sleep, I exercised sporadically, and my eating was out of control. I tried to take control of the situation - I went back to Weight Watchers in February and started going to meetings again. But I couldn't find a meeting I loved, so I stopped going. I would start tracking and following the plan again and be great for a few days, then get completely derailed and stay off track for a week. I wanted to lose weight, I wanted it so much, but I couldn't stay on track, and then I got frustrated and beat myself up for losing control. It was a horrible cycle and before I knew it, I stepped on a scale and was almost back to my original starting weight for Weight Watchers.
You'd think that all of this would be enough - that seeing a number that high on the scale would be my breaking point. But it wasn't. I kept spiraling. And then today happened. Today I ran the inaugural 10K here in Walt Disney World. I was slow, but I've always been slow. What killed me were the pictures. When I left my house this morning, I thought I looked so cute all done up in my Minnie Mouse gear. And while I still think I look pretty good for having just run a 10K, when I realized how big I had gotten, my heart sunk.
The difference between the pictures today and the picture from 2012 is about 30 pounds. And it stops here. I am blogging today to say that 2014 will be my year. It is my Traditions year, and it will be the year that I get back to my goal weight and STAY THERE. My life changed when I moved to Florida - I got a new job, I was in a new relationship, and things I relied on back home (a great Weight Watchers meeting and summers you can run in, for example) went away. I used those things as excuses for too long. The truth is, I'm settled into my job now, Jamie and I are comfortable together, and I am as used to running in Florida heat as I ever will be.
I saw a very inspiring video that you can see here that got me thinking. I keep starting a plan, starting a routine, starting Weight Watchers again... and then giving up. What if I gave it 100 days? I did the math and it turns out that if I commit to 100 days, it gets me to just about a week before my birthday. I think weight loss would be one of the best birthday gifts I could give myself, so I am doing it.
Tomorrow will be day one of 100, and my goals are simple:
- Track what I eat and drink every single day.
- Do some sort of exercise every single day.
- Forgive myself if I slip up and get right back on track with a positive mindset.
I will be blogging for the 100 days in an effort to keep myself committed and motivated. Right now, 100 days seems very daunting... but I have faith that this will be a great thing. So here's to 2014 - let's start it off right!