Posted on 12 Comments

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!!)

Advertisements
Posted on 5 Comments

Setting Your Family Vacation Place and Dates

 

stay positive (1)

This week we are going to start breaking down my 5 steps that I highlighted in last week’s savings vacation post. So we are starting with Picking your place and dates to start your budget planning!

First and Foremost, get yourself a notebook designated just for your Family Vacation Planning. This is essential because you can take notes, write down your budget and keep your family on track for some vacation fun!

Time for a family vacation meeting! Grab your notebook and a calendar to get you started. If your kids are older, then gather everyone together to begin to discuss where you want to go and when everyone can go. This is the fun part of the planning!

Where do you want to go? The beach, a specific city, a historic site, Disney World, or another exciting place that your family is going to enjoy and cherish! The possibilities are endless! For my family, our first choice is Disney World. Having a 10-year-old little  big girl, this one is a No Brainer because she wants to experience to Happiest Place on Earth with all the Princesses she has fallen in love with over the years.

Next step is planning how long the trip would be. 5 day vacation, a week-long, 2 weeks or just a long weekend? The length of the trip should be considered with the budget because the longer the trip, the more money you will need for lodging, food and spending on the extras. We are looking at a week long vacation for our family.

Here comes the most difficult step for today’s post…. When is the vacation going to fit into your family’s schedule? Ok so this is the hardest part for my family between school, work and now dance schedules to try to figure out when we can all go to have a family vacation. Oh and don’t forget, we are awaiting for our baby girl’s arrival! This pretty much narrowed down our open months to July and August or Christmas Vacation.¬†For my family, it is way out of our budget to plan a Christmas Vacation at Disney World so we are opting for July or August.

Once you have the destination and dates down, it is time to start pricing out your vacation. It is best to look as many different options when you are planning this part. I like to research different travel sites, hotels and other options before solidifying my plan. Another factor to consider is transportation, are you driving, flying or taking a train? This will go into your planning as well because flights need to be paid up front and booked as far in advance as you possibly can. After you research and have a set plan of whom you are booking your vacation through consider if you need a deposit or need to pay for the whole trip up front. All of this needs to be planned into your budget. I know when you book through Disney’s website, you need a deposit if the vacation is booked so many months in advance which is our best budget option.

These are factors to consider in your budget planning for your family vacation. Next week will get into the nitty gritty of budget planning for your family vacation so make sure to check back next Sunday!

vacation