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My Return to WDW

Monday, January 02, 2012

November 2011 saw my triumphant return to Disney World. Its been 2 years since our last trip to WDW. We went with my Mom and Dad who had never been there before. I am including a passage from my “Princess in Training” blog so you can understand part of the pain involved in going down to Florida.

“Anyway, as much as I love going to WDW, there is always a sense of apprehension about going. In the past, I didn’t fit comfortably in airplane seats. So I took up my seat and part of Matthew’s too. Embarrassing isn’t a strong enough word…. Same rang true for ride seats, bus seats, and basically anything else that I had to fit my oversized rear end into. I had a hard time having the energy to do all that walking. There were frequent breaks. I was also over the weight limit on some rides, not that I actually TOLD anyone that fact. Again, embarrassing isn’t a strong enough word. My constant fear was that I would be asked to get off a ride (it never happened, but I still worried that it would!) However all of that has changed. That person is a mere shadow of the person I am today. I am more excited than ever to go on my WDW trip in November, and my trip in February to run Princess will be a dream come true.”

I returned to WDW 105 lbs lighter than the last time I had been there. I made it a point to take some pictures in the same places I had in the past to serve as a reference. Sometimes, especially lately, I have needed some reminders of the person I used to be. Sometimes it is hard for me to remember that the slip ups I have been experiencing are really rather small in the large scheme of things. I think that I have shifted my mindset in that I don’t think about that person I used to be as being me anymore. She isn’t my focus anymore. I now look at myself and see the improvements I want to make. Unfortunately, while I may not see myself at 300 pounds anymore, my negative thoughts about the body that I am currently in, are the same. I am working on this and making an effort to improve the way I think and talk about myself. I have been seriously considering talking to a professional to help me move along this path. I know that mental health is just as important as physical health and if one is struggling, the other will follow. BUT I will take the steps I need to and that is all I need to focus on right now. I am trying very hard to not look at the whole picture because I have found that in my current emotional state it tends to send me into a breakdown. We all have our struggles and I am working through mine. As I said in my last post, I am not focusing on what I should have done, but on what I can do differently from this point on. Its going to be difficult, and it is going to be a lot of hard work, but it has been up until this point, so I expect nothing less from the next part of my journey. I have decided that I am starting fresh. Yes, I have come a long way, but I still have a long way to go until I reach my goals. I have some pretty ambitious things brewing my brain, and I think I am finally ready to buckle down and finish what I have started. I am saving these ambitions for later, but I am pretty excited at the prospect!

So without further ado, here are the Disney pictures, a lifetime in the making.

Now I am a Princess in Training:
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    WOW aamazing! You are such an inspiration!

    PS I think talking to someone would really help! I really want to myself because I still wake up on days and just feel blah and lost but you my dear just hearing what you told my mom snapped me out of it!!!!;)
    2318 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/15/2012 9:57:18 AM
    AMAZING blog Emily and the pics show your incredible success!

    You are a Spark Princess as well!

    2321 days ago
  • LISAW/3
    You've made such a tremendous change!
    I love the side by side comparison shots from WDW! Great idea!
    2324 days ago
    The 2010 Princess was my first (of 2) half marathons that I have done. I hope you have a great time completing it!

    What a great idea to do comparison shots in the same places! The difference is amazing! Congratulations!
    2328 days ago
    Great photos !
    Happy New Year 2012, to you and yours !
    2329 days ago
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  • MANDYH0506
    LOVE the comparison pics - you are a completely different person, inside and out! And this is even more exciting for me right now, because we're leaving for our first trip to WDW in less than two weeks!
    2330 days ago
    WOW!! How inspiring! You look AMAZING! emoticon
    2330 days ago
    Those are some fantastic comparison shots. You've come such a long way! I understand about the emotional battle though. You can't always look back for motivation, you have to examine where you are right now and what needs to change. I'm excited to hear about your new plans and can't wait to see your progress!
    2330 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    OMG! I am totally loving the RunDisney shirt and HF arm warmers! See you at the airport!

    eta...I don't THINK we need a chaperone for Princess. Nah! We will behave. I think. Maybe not.


    So proud of you and you WILL find that mojo again! Come on treadmill motor! Get your butt home!
    2331 days ago
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