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How I Am Getting Disney Fit

Long Time No Talk

Hey everyone its been a while… ok a long while since I have been on my blog. There has been some changes to my blog and my life, some good and some bad but many growing experiences. One exciting thing going on is our upcoming trip to Disney World in Florida!

Life Is Disney, Disney Is Life

My husband will tell you that right now our life revolves around EVERYTHING DISNEY! I have lists for each person (future post I am sure!). Then there is the schedules for our dining and fastpasses (I keep adjusting the fastpasses but don’t tell him!!). Plus, I am making each family member a shirt for each day. You will be able to find the shirts in my boutique very soon! I am trying to be prepared so that the trip goes smoothly. The one thing I forgot about was getting myself physically fit for Disney…

30 Days To Get Fit

Oh crap the countdown is on… our plane takes off 31 days and I can barely walk to my back yard to water my garden without feeling like I need a nap afterward. (This is a whole other story for the future!) How in the heck am I going to make it around Disney everyday for 7 days??

Its time to buckle down and get myself in shape or at least Disney fit in 30 days. In all of my research and hours of reading blog posts about Disney, I know that you can end up walking 50,000 steps PER DAY! What in the hell does a stay at home mom that barely gets around going to do?? I don’t want to have to keep finding places I can sit or lean against the whole time because that won’t be any fun for myself or my family.

Making Progress Everyday

Like any workout regime, you don’t want to push yourself to much from the start but make progress each and everyday. My goal is to increase my steps every 5 days so that by the end 22,500 steps will feel easy or easier than it did at Day 1!

Getting fit for Disney isn’t just about the steps and walking. You need to build up the strength in your legs and back to handle being on your feet and if you have a child in a stroller then pushing a stroller while walking all day/night. So along with reaching my set steps goal each day, I have added a task to go along with it.

Some days it will be taking an outdoor walk so that my body can begin to adjust to the heat and humidity. I am in New Jersey so its hot and humid but we just got back from Fort Lauderale area and let me tell you its much more humid down in Florida. Let’s just say I love my AC in Jersey so I need to get my body in shape to not die in the Florida weather.

Another task is doing a stair workout which will help in doing my laundry more often as well. My goal is to do 15-20 minutes of stairs a few times a day. This will help build up my leg muscles for the stamina I will need in Disney.

My last, or so far last, task is taking 30 minutes of stretching my entire body every other day. Being a former cheerleader and gymnast, stretching is cruical to the body. One wrong turn on a tight muscle could reek havoc on your body for months (been there done that). One of my favorite ways to stretch is to alternate between yoga and my pilates stretch bands. (love love love these!) This will definitely help get my muscles stretched out.

Who is with me?

So now you see my goal for our Disney trip. I will be updating my progress on my Facebook page and Instagram. If I do adjust my workout then I will be posting my updates on this blog post. This is definitely do able for a mom so now I need to keep the motivation to get it done! Check out the image if you want to download it to your phone or download the PDF to print it out. (PS cute disney stickers are a great way to countdown your days!!)

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Family Day at Adventure Aquarium

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Every Summer, Danyella and I, create a Summer bucket list of things we want to do through the summer. We don’t get through all of the items but it is the fun of making the bucket list and trying to accomplish as many as we can. One of the top things on this year’s bucket list was to go to the aquarium. Yesterday, we surprised Danyella and had a family day at the aquarium!

*This is NOT a sponsored post. I was NOT paid and DID NOT receive free tickets. This is just our family’s experience at the aquarium.

Knowing that we had a day that my husband was off of work and Danyella did not have dance, I had to plan a family day. Having nearly 90 degree weather through the week, I thought that the zoo would be the perfect place to go… until the weather changed and the forecast was calling for rain all day. Having a love of sharks, my husband suggested that we go to the aquarium.

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This was a great idea until I looked at the ticket prices. $30 per adult and $22 per child which was a huge leap from the $13 and $11 for tickets to the zoo near us. I did some research and found a discount on groupon. So instead of spending $91 (with taxes and fees), I purchased the tickets for $62 for the 3 of us. Thankfully the baby was free!

We got there and started off with the shark touching exhibit which was fun for Doug and Danyella. Next, we were off to the penguin park. We got outside just as they were feeding the penguins which was fun to watch. Danyella could have sat there all day and watched her precious penguins. There is a play area for younger kids and what looked to be a water play area for nice days. This was a short stop because it was so crowded with strollers that it was hard to maneuver around.

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Our next area to check out was the kid’s touch area. This will be fun to take Evie when she is a little bigger and she can play with the interactive learning tools. It was fun to see the crocodile and frogs in this area.

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Then, we headed to the area with the different exotic fish, jellyfish and other sea creatures. By the time we hit this section, Evie decided she didn’t want to sit in her stroller anymore. I should have known this would happen since she is usually wrapped when I take her out. So, she got her Daddy to hold her as we walked through the rest of this section.

We got to see many cool fish, more penguins just hanging out and the parts of what they call their shipwreck. This is the big tank that extends through different parts of the aquarium that has so many different fist, stingrays, sea turtles and sharks! I wish Evie was a little bigger that we could have sat her up against the glass and gotten some good shots of her with the sharks, stingrays and sea turtles.

The sharks were saved for last since that is my husband’s favorite part and we knew he would want to spend more time watching them. The shark tunnel was really cool to watch them swim all around us. I got a funny photo of Evie crying as one was coming up behind her… just perfect timing for that one. Then, I took a photo of Danyella with this look like she was actually interested and having fun. (Moms of tween girls will understand how hard that is lol). Doug and Dany went across the Shark Bridge which is basically a net walking area across the shark tank! I stayed with the baby since we couldn’t hold her and walk across.

As a mom on a budget, being able to pack our lunch to eat at the aquarium was a huge plus for me. We stopped and bought $5 wawa hoagies plus I picked up chips and drinks at the dollar store the day before. We bought Danyella ice cream which was $5.50 for a small cup of Dippin Dots…. crazy! The money we saved on food was well spent at the gift shop with the girls getting stuffed animals and other cute things.

Overall, the trip was fun for the whole family though in a year or two Evie will really be able to enjoy a visit. The discounted cost through groupon and bringing our own food helped justify the cost of the tickets and parking ($10!!). We were in the aquarium by 10 and left about 2 so it was a short visit and next time I would plan on going when it’s warmer and we can enjoy the outdoor activities. If you want to make a plan the website has lots of information: Adventure Aquarium but I highly suggest looking for a discount on tickets through groupon or local businesses sometimes have discount coupons in the Summer.

Our Day With the Penguins