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Old 04-19-2012, 04:22 PM   #751
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And Frankie? [/B][/COLOR]
Oh Frankie. Frankie is a day by day thing. One day I actually said to him - - HELLO! Are you living or dying?

I know how awful that sounds. But I know that I love him so.

Thanks so much for asking Nancy. I haven't said a thing because it's so all over the place.

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So, I've been struggling a bit. Well, lot. And as a result I've been avoiding some things - one of which is posting here.

That is a big mistake. It's the times that I'm struggling that I need to be here the most. SO! Now that I'm done with vacations and weekends away for a while I've decided that I'm recommitting to ME today.

I like to play mind games with myself. It makes hard/long/unpleasant tasks easier to manage. I tried this particular tactic a while back - maybe Vol 1 or 2 of the thread? Anyway, it's my alphabet adjective game. Every day I pick a new adjective that I'm going to do/be/strive for during the day. 26 days of being "on plan" is a daunting thought right now. But for one day, I can be one thing.

Am I making any sense at all

Today is "A" and I'm going to focus on being Active. (which means the minute I finish this post I'm back up out of my chair and finding something else to do!) My potential to-do list for today includes a bit of gardening, washing some windows, mopping the kitchen floor. Active. Tomorrow, I'll choose a "B" word (ha. not b*tchy. I hope. ) and so on...

Nancy - I just edited all of this out. I went on too much. If you've already read it - well.....

Anyway, I am very frustrated for you but at the same time so wish you - and all of us - were kinder to ourselves.

Also, I think it's time you just workout to workout - for the joy you get from it - for the mental release you and I both cherish and because you are an athlete.

And for a time stop checking it - scale or Erin's do da. And just enjoy.

Okay, saying way too much again. Love you.

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Crap I took out the goods.

Montreal is only 5 hours.

Newbies - I went to school near Montreal (university) so my youth is Montreal. Friends still there.

And Ms. Megan your man is not so close unless he's speeding like a demon even at the 45 minutes. So he's just north of Burlington then?

And stay off my dam@ lake Megan!

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[COLOR="Navy"][B]oh jeez. I can't wait to hear this one
So as everyone knows the scale is not a love of mine. Not because I've not been very successful but because I read on a different planet to most. So it gets totally bothersome.

So I got all excited about your do da from Erin Nancy. The other day I found it again and linked it to Jean suggesting the purchase to celebrate my birth. And she's not into it. She's all like "really - so you can now get focused on different kind of numbers?".

I'm like eff off. It's my birthday - don't down my wants. And I explain that this would be better because I'm the opposite of skinny fat. I'm whatever. Solid nonsense. yeah, I like that. I'm solid nonsense. So let it tell me how solid I am. Good apparatus.

So she's not into it but I'm feeling I *might* open it with pure joy on my birthday.

NOPE. Now, because of you Nancy I don't have a chance in he!! of being happy on my birthday.

You see she and I were having this conversation about age. She's 50 and how strange everything has been around weights - cardio - scale weight - size and I STUPIDLY say "we're not alone - Nancy just said her muscle mass went up but so did her fat percentage...."

And it was one of those moments where it was coming out of my mouth and I knew I was screwed as I'm speaking. Aren't they great moments?

She goes "so she used that thing you want for your birthday? The device that is supposed to be positive for you?"

Uh oh.

I'm not getting it. Just a feeling.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:00 PM   #752
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My legs are better I ran 7 on Saturday, but have not worked out other than that. I need to get to doing some weight training, I have been learning that alot of my legs issues is from lack of weight training.


Lisa, your weight training... tell me what you do that you love so much
And don't think you're safe from my tirade. (I edited what I'm referring to Jo but keeping this in - I just worry about the next generation - not what we say but how they pick everything up). Jo, you must get it done and leave it alone because of your family. Those two girls are precious and they will watch you like a hawk because they want to be just like you. So be careful with your ways, okay? Just let them see how fierce you are!

And the hamstrings not being as strong as the quads is a biggie for women and injuries.

So listen both my weight workouts are an hour. But I have a much better suggestion for you. Why not do 8 minutes in the morning every day sort of deal?

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You take two weight exercises - just like Megan said mine are mostly body weight exercises - and do them in four sets. And then the next day pick two more that are not overworking the same areas and so on and so on. And if you run out of options then repeat some like a cycle. And you do this short weight workout every day (six days) every week and add your cardio when you want. I often use this on vacation or when I'm bored with my usual. It's great for feeling worked out even if you don't get your cardio in and can be done anywhere. Will work with ZERO equipment although I do take hand weights.

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Mine Jo is two ways. One is to do all weights. One after another after another without stopping and I have enough moves that two cycles makes an hour.

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The other is even more satisfying but is hard on the body so it needs good rest time.

I do a four minute warm up.

Then stretching. Mostly dynamic not static.

Then start.

3 minutes hard cardio (anything - any machine - kick boxing - running (not me - talking to you. ) - jump rope - jumping jacks)

Immediately on to two weight moves. Twice.

3 minutes hard cardio

Two weight moves. Twice.

And so on and so on until an hour. I have enough that it is only once cycle.

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I used to do this workout all the time but it stresses my body (too much) sometimes so after the operation I had to leave it but picked it back up last week. And we shall see. But all weights that I listed above is good too.

As for the moves. Just pick up any SHAPE type magazine and they're full of them. Or Jillian's Boost Your Metabolism is all body weight moves. And is cheap just to give you some ideas.

I do use some weights Jo. One I love is kettlebell swings with weights instead.

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Morning all. I had a crazy week or so but I finally feel like things have settled down now that a big work event is over. (Evening of Excellence where we display artwork for the children so parents can come see how excellent their children are. I spent hours mounting art on poster board, hours and hours.... at my house.)

Nancy- Montreal?? Thats like 30 minutes from Brian's house or maybe 45 yet I've never been. But everyone says its a great place to go. When are you thinking about going?

Lisa- I can't tell you how many times I post things on facebook and think this is a post Lisa would comment on. It's often. I cleared a lot of negative people off my facebook and do my best to ignore the rest. As for your mom I'll just send you lots of hugs. My grandfather had dementia for the last ten years of his life, it's a very hard thing for a family to live with. I hope your mom is doing better today.

Jo- Weight training definitely helps or really any kind of strength training. (Some of the best exercises are done using your body as the weight.) I've seen a big improvements in my race times since I started a regular strength training routine. I use Nike Training Club on my iphone when I'm in Vermont(away from the workout room we have in our house) or on those days when I decide to do something in addition to what I had planned that day. It might be worth checking out.


Everyone have a great day, off to work for me.
Listen to Megan Jo. Plus she looks fantastic.

So parents can see how excellent their children are.

And Megan I can't do that on fb because some of the annoying ones are loved ones!!! Funny.

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Lisa, I'm so sorry about your Mom's fall. I think you should look into mirrorless! They are better than P&S camera's without all the hassle of a DSLR. They are all the rage, I would love to get my hands on one, just to see how it works!

LOVE my camera, the upgrade was so worth it, the clarity I get is amazing...better than my own eyes, I think! Here's a shot I took Tuesday:



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Glad for her that you held in your freaking on the inside Karen. So young, eh?

Listen Ms. Talented - you're driving me crazy. You can't simply post your lovely shots without giving us the goods on the camera. Which one? I'm SO curious.

Fantastic shot Karen. Lovely.

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Jo - He literally just left, so it will be *maybe* another 9 months before he's home, and depending on what happens with his rank he could be off again just as soon as he gets back. Whether or not he picks up, there's a chance he could either stay out in San Diego and head back on another deployment three months after he gets home, or they'll move him back to Lejeune and he'll likely go back to Infantry. His wife and I are keeping our fingers crossed that he gets sent back to Lejeune because there's a great brain injury center there. However, I do have to say that after dealing with years of his being deployed to the Middle East, his current deployment which will have him bouncing around the islands in the Pacific Rim is a cakewalk as far as my stress goes. I get pics of his adventures there and it looks BEAUTIFUL.

Lisa- Thanks. From the bottom of my heart-- even though I didn't get to read the full response, the fact that you took the time to type something out really means a lot. I think I just tend to internalize it all so when it finally comes out it's just BLAH. The best part of letting it all out is that I'm starting to feel a lot better-- like things aren't weighing on my chest and I'm actually able to get out of my pity party for one and start living life. I was trying to think of a C for yesterday, and after the 5k I ran last night, CATASTROPHE is the word I'd choose. But more on that in a few.

Karen- LOVE the shot. I'm way better at shooting scenery than people. Do you just take tons of shots and find the 'good' ones? Or is there a secret?


And on to the catastrophe, which really wasn't THAT bad now that it's the morning after. It was more a comedy of errors. My company put together a team for the Mercedes Benz Corporate Challenge in WPB, and the plan was that I'd drive over with a few coworkers and I was left behind. I finally catch up with them and park somewhere so we can carpool. When we finally found a spot to park, we realized that we needed to put $5 into the slot. We only had $20's. Eventually this guy came over to us saying he was the parking attendant. We gave him money, got change, and left for the race. At the start, there was this Tony Little-on-crack-type guy warming up the crowds for like a 40 minute warm up. It was hysterical and I likely would have joined in had it not been like 90 degrees with air so thick you could bite it. The race wasn't bad as we basically ran along Flagler Drive for an up and back course. We started out in a cluster-eff of people who didn't realize strollers should start behind runners, but eventually managed to hit a good pace for the first half. However, as we're taking the corner, one of my coworkers realized he lost his keys. So the last 1.5 miles was us basically stopping everyone and asking if anyone saw them, running around palm trees trying to see if they were kicked there... a mess. But we had rum. Yes, my coworker brought rum to the 5k and was drinking it while he was running. I have to admit, it was helpful. We found our coworkers, found the keys at lost and found, managed to have our picture taken with some sports drink people, and then went off to the bar. On our way back? We realize that the parking attendant may not have actually been a parking attendant since it was someone else on duty. It was a hilarious catastrophe that we can't stop talking about this morning. So all in all, a win.
Funny story Rhianna. I'm still struggling trying to figure out the rum. Cause it makes you all happy? Rum makes me VERY happy.

As for your brother - I think a lot about male soldiers. How they come home without the bond of their brothers. And what a loss that must be. I mean - we know there are days that over there that none of us could even take in but I bet the bond of the group - especially for men - is one aspect that they just crave when they return.

I lived in Japan for awhile and was forever seeing US soldiers in the bars and such back in easier times (1994-95). I was in Sendai. Where is he? Forgive me if I missed it. All around the Pacific Rim but where?

You weren't having a pity party Rhianna. Some colleagues were being childish and nasty and making your work - which should be just work - hellish. And you were simply tired and frustrated and venting. My point is it's a no win situation to give them a moment of your thought process or time - besides letting the proper people know. I've spent way too much of my time on the earth wondering about this person or that person and the why and the anger or frustration when I should have been using my energy on me. Just learned that recently. If I could bottle the time I've spent on other people's paths - HOLY COW Batman. I've often wanted them to change etc. but that's futile as we all know. So my rambling simply means good for you for venting.

This weekend is Disney or last?
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Oh man news.....
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Here's to facebook because I found something better on there! This is what my kidney was up to last week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! While its twin was sitting on its a$$.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYYCF-4HwUg

I'll keep it up for a bit because I didn't ask but I know he wouldn't care - would no doubt love the views - but anyway. . Wild, eh?

And MC Kelly! Jay Z's involved.
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Ok I need to get this out. Tough Mudder is 17 days... almost 16 now and I'm starting to panic a little. I can't pin point what exactly I'm so worried about.... maybe it's the fear of the unknown. I just keep picturing myself climbing up and down this mountain for three hours freezing and shivering. I see myself cramping up and miserable. I think that I've almost read too much about it.

My ankle is much stronger but I do still have times when it feels week and I'm worried I'll be dropping down from one of the 12 foot walls and I'll twist it again. I'm worried that it's going to make me weak.

I guess when it comes down to it all these little fears add up to me worrying about not finishing it. I've done many races and this is the first one I'm looking at and wondering if I will finish it. I guess it's been my focus for so long that the idea of not finishing is not sitting well. I don't want to have to reach a moment where I have to say I can't go on.

The up side is that I'll have Brian there with me. I know he'll push me and I might get frustrated with him. I also know he won't let me just quit and he'll do everything in his power to make sure I cross that finish. I try to tell myself that I pushed myself in boot camps and races, I can push myself in this.

I need to get my head in the right place for this. Two and half weeks to get my head on straight!
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Hello. My cat just peed on me. Not around me. Not near me. Not on my mattress.

Got on me and peed on ME.

Happy Friday to everyone!

So sighing....

His name is Neville and let's do some rhyming.
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This.

I feel like I've read too much about it - it's so damn intriguing - and I'm not even racing. Regardless, I can't wait to hear all about it.

Megan, stop it. You'll be fine. You love the boot camp nature - this race IS you. You're a powerhouse. And maybe you'll be the one supporting Brian to finish Ms. Megan. Stop underestimating yourself.

And as for your ankle - let it go - you have no control of it all. I know, easier said than done on that.
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First... grrr... apparently the response I put up last night didn't go through. Or I forgot to hit send when Tom's dad walked through the door with his three dogs, so right now, there are SIX ankle biters in my house. Four pugs, a beagle, and a Boston Terrier. It's pretty amusing, especially since the youngest pug is a ball of energy and gets our oldies up and running.

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Funny story Rhianna. I'm still struggling trying to figure out the rum. Cause it makes you all happy? Rum makes me VERY happy.

As for your brother - I think a lot about male soldiers. How they come home without the bond of their brothers. And what a loss that must be. I mean - we know there are days that over there that none of us could even take in but I bet the bond of the group - especially for men - is one aspect that they just crave when they return.

I lived in Japan for awhile and was forever seeing US soldiers in the bars and such back in easier times (1994-95). I was in Sendai. Where is he? Forgive me if I missed it. All around the Pacific Rim but where?

You weren't having a pity party Rhianna. Some colleagues were being childish and nasty and making your work - which should be just work - hellish. And you were simply tired and frustrated and venting. My point is it's a no win situation to give them a moment of your thought process or time - besides letting the proper people know. I've spent way too much of my time on the earth wondering about this person or that person and the why and the anger or frustration when I should have been using my energy on me. Just learned that recently. If I could bottle the time I've spent on other people's paths - HOLY COW Batman. I've often wanted them to change etc. but that's futile as we all know. So my rambling simply means good for you for venting.

This weekend is Disney or last?
Most important things first: We leave tomorrow morning no later than 8 am for Disney. We plan on getting there, maybe hitting up a park, and then checking in around 4. Sounds perfect to me. I will actually take tons of pics to put up this time around, and maybe even bring my camera instead of just relying on my iPhone.

The rum was a planned thing-- we were joking about it turning into a drinking race but he's the only one who was serious about it and I'm never one to turn down rum. I just didn't realize how much I'd need it or how happy it would make me running. I think I have a new plan for my fuel belt. And on a fun note- according to our team captain, the unofficial results are in and my company placed first across all companies for fastest finish by their women. Who knows if that will change later since there were only four of us, but for now it's a nice win.

Right now my brother is at MCAS Iwakuni. He'll be leaving in a few weeks for Guam, and then head off to somewhere else. He hasn't really kept the family up to date on the details because he is looking at it more like a vacation than anything else. So he sends us photos of where he is and info about where he's going when he gets the details and we just go with it. I laugh because he enlisted with the Marines because initially (pre 9-11) they told him he'd likely be stationed in Okinawa, and that's something he's always wanted to do. Then of course, 9-11 happens, and he gets stationed in luxurious places like Fallujah, Qusaybah, and Camp Leatherneck. Now that he's finally in Japan, he's not excited. Hopefully it will change.

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Ok I need to get this out. Tough Mudder is 17 days... almost 16 now and I'm starting to panic a little. I can't pin point what exactly I'm so worried about.... maybe it's the fear of the unknown. I just keep picturing myself climbing up and down this mountain for three hours freezing and shivering. I see myself cramping up and miserable. I think that I've almost read too much about it.

My ankle is much stronger but I do still have times when it feels week and I'm worried I'll be dropping down from one of the 12 foot walls and I'll twist it again. I'm worried that it's going to make me weak.

I guess when it comes down to it all these little fears add up to me worrying about not finishing it. I've done many races and this is the first one I'm looking at and wondering if I will finish it. I guess it's been my focus for so long that the idea of not finishing is not sitting well. I don't want to have to reach a moment where I have to say I can't go on.

The up side is that I'll have Brian there with me. I know he'll push me and I might get frustrated with him. I also know he won't let me just quit and he'll do everything in his power to make sure I cross that finish. I try to tell myself that I pushed myself in boot camps and races, I can push myself in this.

I need to get my head in the right place for this. Two and half weeks to get my head on straight!
I've never run a Mudder, but the people who I know that have said it's less about the boot camp feel and how fast you go and more the finish. The obstacles rely on teamwork, so if you're worried about getting off the wall just see if someone will be willing to catch you or ease you down. I know I'd still have butterflies, but from how it sounds, this event is more communal than others.
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Hello. My cat just peed on me. Not around me. Not near me. Not on my mattress.

Got on me and peed on ME.

Happy Friday to everyone!

So sighing....

His name is Neville and let's do some rhyming.
There once was a cat named Neville
He was a handsome and sly lil devil.
Lisa looked fine
So he marked her as 'mine'
but in his urine she didn't revel
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Ola fellow goddesses! OMG, out of the loop for a couple of weeks and it seems like a lifetime goes by! I keep thinking life is always a case of controlled chaos and I keep waiting for it to slow down. Funny thing though...IT NEVER DOES!!!

Good news (I think). Went to the PT for my hip and he said he's been seeing a few female patients with the same hip locking up thing. No commonality among us, but he has been seeing good results, so I'm hopeful. Now if the f**ng insurance company would get off their you know whats and approve a tx plan!!

Down 13 pounds since January! WHOOP, WHOOP!

Rhi- I pulled up the race list for South FL a couple of weeks ago and saw those Mercedes races. Thought about jumping in on those and if the booze is included, my kinda party! And send your bro a HUGE from me. My cuz is finally back from his umpteenth deployment to Afghanistan, hopefully for the last time before he retires. He's back on base in Hawaii and moving to Georgia this summer, so he'll be nice and close. And oh so conveniently located in closer proximity to the Mouse!!

Cranked out 8 yesterday including uphill sprints. Watch out Wine and Dine Half...13.1 will seem like a walk in the park by November rolls around.

Experimenting with making homemade body scrubs; sugar and either lemon, orange, or lavendar. Let you know how it turns out tomorrow - DH is placing even money that I mess it up and end up looking like I have chicken pox. He's such a dude...
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This.

I feel like I've read too much about it - it's so damn intriguing - and I'm not even racing. Regardless, I can't wait to hear all about it.

Megan, stop it. You'll be fine. You love the boot camp nature - this race IS you. You're a powerhouse. And maybe you'll be the one supporting Brian to finish Ms. Megan. Stop underestimating yourself.

And as for your ankle - let it go - you have no control of it all. I know, easier said than done on that.
Lisa... how I love you. Thank you for supporting me!!! I'm obviously playing a mental game with myself. I have recovered physically from my injury but I think mentally my confidence hasn't come back. I've written my thoughts down and I've talked to my boot camp coach. I know I can do this, I just need to shake the doubt that's built up since I got hurt.

I'm starting to look forward to it more though and I can't wait to tell you all about it.


Rhi- I'm not so worried about being fast as just finishing and trying to keep myself strong and healthy. There is no time on this event and you are supposed to help the people around you out. I'm more worried that I'll hurt my ankle again and I won't be able to finish. I got so worked up about it that it started making me worry about everything else.
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So ladies I am in a much better spot about the Tough Mudder. I've looked at the obstacles they've listed so far for this race and I'm gaining more confidence. With two weeks to go I'm more looking at what to wear and how to make my outfit fun. I'm focusing on the fun. Right now I'm planning on black capri pants and a long sleeved shirt. I'd considered wearing a sparkle skirt but I'm hearing mixed reviews about wearing it for a mud race and I don't want to ruin it.

So anyone have any ideas on how to jazz up what I wear to play in the mud? I'm thinking a ribbon in my hair for sure, any other ideas?


Hope you all had a good weekend.
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I'm back! And in love with AKL and am going to try and twist Tom's arm into making that our home resort if we ever buy DVC. I'll get some photos up tomorrow and do a bit of a trip report then as well assuming work isn't super busy-- but wouldn't you know I forgot my darn camera after digging it out and putting it on the pile of things to pack. I still got some great photos, even with my iPhone. All though most were pictures of food. Is that a sign I need a diet or what?

On the topic of photos... I'm a huge dork for PhotoPass. I'm trying to get pictures of us in each park so we can make a neat little collection of photos of us at Disney (ssh... don't tell him, but I'm trying to think of eventual decorations for our wedding since we want to have it at Disney-- so an assortment of us there with our family as kids, with friends, and then us as a couple are what I'm trying to get). Usually since we travel solo, it's easier to PhotoPass the shots and they come out GREAT. This trip I'm really disappointed with the photographers we had. We had better pics taken by the groundskeepers or random strangers. I mean, spacing issues, direct sun issues, the castle being shot at an angle... yuck. I think they all need a lesson in basic photos.
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I had to come share my news. I've been emailing with my boot camp instructor about Tough Mudder and she's been giving me advice because she's some mud runs before. I recently set a bunch of health and fitness goals and I started a blog as a way to check in on myself as time goes by. Well I blogged the other day about Tough Mudder, my instructor read it and asked if she could put it on her blog as a guest blog. Her exact words were that it could be very inspirational to other people.

Her blog goes out to everyone she trains and to some other trainers so that is very cool.

Ok I had to share that. Off to work I go, have a great day everyone!
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