March Check In

March got off to a very slow start. I was trying harder, but I still was fighting the fuck-its big time. It wasn’t until I ran my 12.5 mile run that things finally clicked. This run sucked and I HURT. Part of it was because I wasn’t running as much as I should have been, but mostly the joints in my legs hurt because of all the extra weight I’m carrying. I’ve run while being over weight, and I’ve run being in the best shape ever and I know the difference between pain because something is wrong, and pain because my joints aren’t used to hauling this much weight around. I haven’t felt that bad ever during a run because I haven’t run that heavy before. The difference was tremendous and it was a serious wake up call for me.

One of my many reasons for getting back into shape is to run the Dopey challenge at Walt Disney World. And judging by the way I felt after at 12 and a half miles, I knew I couldn’t keep messing around with my food choices or my workouts. So I let myself recover that day and spent the last two weeks of March busting my ass and eating really clean, no more slip ups. 5 pounds later my next long run of 14 miles was considerable easier and even faster than the 12.5 I did two weeks earlier. It’s amazing what happens when I do what I’m supposed to do and take care of my body, lol.

Me with an awesome Tony Stark cosplayer at Wondercon 2018. I’m totally sucking in my stomach and worrying about how I look and I feel like you can totally see it in my face. No more of that.

It’s a new month an I have new motivation. I’m going to an Avengers themed party at the end of the month and we’re allowed to wear costumes. I’m so crazy excited about, but it means if I want to wear my tried and true Black Widow costume, I’ve got to squeeze my butt back into a cat suit and there’s only so much spanx can do for a body. The last time I wore it was at Wondercon last year. I was only 5 pounds lighter than I am now and it was TIGHT. I was all spanxed up in it and super self conscious. While I had fun at the con, I didn’t have a lot of confidence and half the fun of cosplay is embodying the character, so I didn’t take as many photos as I wanted or interacted as much as I’d have liked and I feel like I missed out on a lot.

I don’t want to feel held back again because I didn’t take as good of care of myself as I could have, so my plan this month is to do everything I can to lose about 7-12 pounds by the end of the month so that not only does it fit, but I feel good wearing it. It’s a lot, but I’m near my heaviest and that weight is easier to get off if I do what I’m supposed to. The thought of wearing and rocking that costume at the party is giving me serious motivation to stick to my workouts even when my energy is flagging, and eat clean even when I want to snack or comfort eat.

I skipped a lot of walks and runs in March so my goal is to get a walk or run in every day this month and get back into the practice of that so I can inch my way closer to my goals for Run The Year. Got a 3.4 miles in this first day of the month so feeling like I’m off to a good start.

My challenge for the month is Darebee’s 10,000 squats. I’m trying to build my legs up for both the runs and future races, but also a stair climb I have coming up in the fall.
My programs for the month are Darebee’s Power Cardio and another round of Iron Born, this time with heavier weights. I’ve started using 15 and 20 lbs weights and while they’re still a little tough I can use them pretty regularly so I’m looking forward to seeing how strong I’ll be at the end of this month.

Also, because April is full of all kinds of geekiness, in honor of Avengers: Endgame, I’ll be doing an Avenger themed workout every day leading up to the release of Avengers: Endgame on April 26th. I’ll also be getting in a week long Game of Thrones workout in in honor of the final season.

It’s a new season, a new month, and I’m feeling good and feeling motivated for the next quarter of the year. What are you doing this month? What’s getting you motivated this Spring?

Minnie’s Valentine’s Day Surprise Scavenger Hunt at Disneyland

This morning my mom and I got to experience Minnie’s Valentine’s Day Surprise Scavenger Hunt at Disneyland and the kick off of Valentine’s Month at Disneyland Resort and we had so much fun! My mom and I love doing the egg hunt at the parks during Easter time, so when we found out a new hunt was coming to the parks, we were sold!

From the Disneyland website:
“Throughout Valentine’s month, test your investigative skills as you search for the secret valentines Minnie has hidden for Mickey and friends all around Disneyland Park. Simply purchase a commemorative game board and stickers for $6.99 plus tax at select merchandise locations, find the secret valentines and redeem your completed game board at Disney Showcase for a special surprise (while supplies last)—January 22 through February 18, 2019.”

Participating Locations



https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disneyland/valentines-month/

Much like the Disney egg hunts, you can purchase the game board and redeem it for a prize without having to complete the board first. I picked up two game boards at Disneyana and then headed to the Disney Showcase to redeem them and pick up our surprise before the hunt.

Game board and stickers
A full look at the game board and clues
Game board stickers.

It turns out there were two different surprises we could redeem the game boards for so we were able to get both. The surprises were boxes of Valentines with each box containing different characters. They had the Valentines on display at the redemption location so you could see them before choosing your pack.

Redemption location and a look at the surprises for redeeming our game boards.
Valentines pack 1

Valentines pack 2
Both packs of Valentines
Back of the packs

Once our game boards were stamped and our Valentines received we were ready to hunt! Just like the egg hunt, Valentines were hidden around the park, but unlike the egg hunt map, the game board has valentines giving clues as to the location of each one. I also noticed each of the stickers had a letter on it which, when the game board was completed, spelled out words.

Since we weren’t sure just what the Valentines looked like it took a bit to find one, but once we knew what to look for it was easier (but not necessarily easy) to sport the rest. Here’s the first Valentine we spotted:

Found our first Valentine of the hunt!

One of the many reasons I love doing the hunts is all the little details I get to see at the parks while searching for eggs, or, in this case, Valentines, and Minnie’s Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt gave us plenty of views of fun spots. Found in shop windows, on top of rides, on decorations, and various other places some were so well hidden we had to come at it at just the right angle to even find it! There’s 12 Valentines to find in total, and it took us maybe 2 hours to find them all, mostly because a few were particularly tricky (I’m looking at you Frontierland and Tomorrowland.)

My mom and I both lamented that this only takes place at Disneyland, and not in Disney’s California Adventure and Downtown Disney, too, as we had so much fun hunting for them, we wanted to continue hunting for more. The surprise was fun, though I think I’m partial to the egg hunt eggs, but everything was really well done, and I hope we get more scavenger hunts in the future. Maybe one for Halloween Time?

This event is only for a limited time, so if you get a chance to experience it, I highly recommend it!

!SPOILERS!

Don’t scroll any further!
Below is the completed map as well as locations and views of the Valentines. Turn back now if you want them to remain a mystery!

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I love the statues in New Orleans Square so this was a favorite location of mine to find a Valentine.
I think this was my favorite location for a Valentine
This was a hard one to find, and I forgot to take a photo of the other side which had Stitch on it. The cast members underneath it didn’t even know it was there!

This was the trickiest for us to find.

Completed game board. I put my stickers next to their corresponding Valentine since I wanted to be able to see the clue as well.
The stickers, when placed in the right location, spell out “Love The Magic”