#throwawaythursday vs. #throwbackthursday: Disneyland

TTT-3-6-14Since my family ditched me this week for a week at Disneyland, I thought I’d throwback to a few recent trips. The #throwaway picture is from August 2008, close to my heaviest (probably after turkey legs and corndogs, that’s for sure). If you aren’t familiar with Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA), this picture was taken in front of the Toy Story Mania! in DCA. This picture annoys me for a couple reasons. 1) The duck face and 2) that shirt. Yes, that shirt. I wore that DANG shirt ALL. THE. TIME. It was my go to “I feel fat, but this shirt is REALLY big on me, so it makes me feel skinny” shirts. You probably know exactly what I am talking about.

Then the #throwback picture of from September 2011 close to my skinniest when I went to run the Disneyland Half Marathon. This picture was taken on Main Street, USA in front of the Music Shoppe and (obviously) with the wooden tobacco Indian. Not sure why, but I really love this picture. Maybe, because the Disneynerd within me knows and loves the history behind the wooden Indian, maybe because it’s how I am so much HAPPIER and HEALTHIER than in the other picture? I don’t know? But, it’s night and day to me in those two regards.

I think the one thing about experiencing Disneyland before and after the weight-loss is the amount of energy I have to just GO throughout the day. I remember I’d always crash by mid-afternoon in the park and would NEED an energy drink, soda and probably a snack to re-coup. But, now, give me a water bottle and some strategically snuck in treats and I am pretty much good to go for the day. Give me a good breakfast and lunch and by dinner I really don’t even need anything. Not to mention my feet don’t kill by the end of the day anymore and I don’t have to worry about squeezing into carts, trains or other shared spaces with strangers. Talk about anxiety.

I am still debating and planning on a trip to Disneyland at the end of the year. If I go, I kind of want to go in November for the new Marvel Super Heroes Half Marathon at Disneyland. But, we’ll see … it’d sure be nice though if Disney would THROWBACK the price for the half marathon. $195 for a half is just a BIT too hard to handle. Either way … I’m craving a Dole Whip.

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