Jasmine 2.0

I went to see the live action movie Aladdin, yesterday. It was fantastic! This version of Jasmine is much stronger than the Disney cartoon version. SUPER SPOILER ALERT: She is so strong, and she actually becomes the Sultan by the end of the story! Yay, for women’s empowerment, and yay, for Disney, for letting a princess be more. She is by far the most qualified for the job. The realization that things had to change in the kingdom is a slow burn throughout the movie. I left the theater in a great mood. The music is amazing. It always has been, but the new songs are a perfect fit for the new story. I want to see it again. Maybe I can talk Mike into seeing it. 🙂

Meet me at the Kingdom

Donna

P.S. Thank you to Screenrant for the fantastic photo above.

P.P.S. I am six and a half pounds down since restarting Noom.  Since I am 63 years old, and have been on the program for a little over a week, I am pretty happy with that result.

Disney’s Sequoia Lodge?

Today’s featured image shows my sweaty, but happy, face after my walk. After being so sedentary for so long, it is a real challenge for me right now to take a 10-15 minute walk. But hope springs eternal, right? So each day that I take a walk is another milestone on the way to Paris. Step by step, I’ll get there.

And when I do get there, I hope to be staying at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge. I’ll use my Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points to stay there, so it’ll be like the hotel is paid for before I even get there.

Here’s What Disney has to say about it:

“Patterned after the classic inns of the American West, Disney’s Sequoia Lodge is a rustic retreat at Disneyland Paris Resort in France. Here, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty—including lush pine trees and the shimmering waters of Lake Disney.

Stay Close To The Magic

From here, the theme parks are only a 15-minute walk away—and quicker by free shuttle. Disney’s Sequoia Lodge is also located conveniently close to Disney Village.

Dining

  • Hunter’s Grill and Beaver Creek Tavern, serving country-style cuisine in a log-cabin setting
  • Redwood Bar and Lounge, a cocktail lounge with a large, open fireplace

Recreation

Discover fun for everyone, with activities and recreation to delight all ages.

  • Indoor pool with waterslide
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Sauna and steam bath
  • Fitness center
  • Boutique
  • Kids play area

Services & Amenities

Enjoy an array of comforts and conveniences to help you feel carefree and cared-for during your stay.

  • Wi-Fi Internet, available at no extra charge
  • Safety deposit box
  • Currency exchange
  • Room with access for Guests with disabilities
  • Disney and international TV channels
  • Dry cleaning (fees apply)
  • Concierge services
  • Shuttle service to the Disneyland Paris theme parks and Disney Village, available at no extra charge”

Sounds great, right? I am very excited at the prospect of visiting Disneyland Paris after all these years. I was last there in 1999. At the time there was only one park (now there’s two), and there were only three hotels onsite, now there are eight. It will be a whole new adventure.

Meet me at the Kingdom!

Donna

P.S. Hey, I just discovered that there is a whole new possibility for our DVC points. Villages Nature Paris would offer us accommodations with a kitchen. And we would have a bigger living space to all hang out together.

Hmm…three hotel rooms at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, or one two-bedroom and one one-bedroom villa at Villages Nature Paris? Stayed tuned for more details.

Motivation

As you can see from today’s featured photo, I have a clear image of my goal. Disneyland Paris in March 2021. My eye is on the prize, and I am currently very motivated.

I have two other very important motivations to keep on keeping on. First, my blood pressure is higher than it should be. Second, my blood glucose levels are higher that usual. (Don’t worry; I have an appointment with my Doc soon.) Neither of these facts is surprising. From October through May, I ate every sweet that came my way, and truthfully, I went out of my way to get my hands on sweets.

Candy and bakery are my personal crack. Sugar has been my favorite friend for way too long. Our relationship has been a rocky one, and I now realize that I must say goodbye to this friend for awhile. Even though we may enjoy spending time with a friend, sometimes a particular friend can have a very negative influence on us. So bye-bye for now sugar. I will miss you, but I won’t miss the way you make me feel!

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I am a mean sugar consumer. I grew up with someone who could be a mean drunk, so I recognize the signs. Crankiness, over-reacting to situations, lashing out, and just general meanness. I don’t want to live my life in that space. Not at all.

So, Dear Readers, I look to the future, not forgetting my past, but remembering it so I can build toward a more positive tomorrow.

Meet me at the Kingdom.

Donna

 

 

Taking the Good Grains Path

Today has been a wonderful Saturday. I started out my day with Stay Steady Cereal; I had their Original flavor. It was very tasty and sweeter than I expected with no artificial sweeteners. I found it on a Facebook ad. Here’s what they say about it:

“Eating on a low to no-sugar diet is tough. Plus, there simply are not a lot of convenient or tasty choices. That’s why we made The Steady Box!

6 StaySteady Cereals – included in every box… you pick the pack of flavors you want.

Plus, a changing mix of low-to-no-carb snacks each box. This box includes:

  • 6 Keep Healthy Bars – Low Net Carb
  • 2 SmartCakes – only 38 calories each and 0g sugar
  • 1 Bada Bean Bada Boom – yummy broad bean snack
  • 1 SmartSweets Sweet Fish – only 3g sugar for the bag 

FRIENDLY for…
Folks looking for diabetic friendly diet options to explore, weight management, and fitness diets.
Please note that we’ve included a fun mix of low-to-no-sugar snacks…”

The price is reasonable, and I had my first bowl of cereal today. As a diabetic on Metformin, I am always looking for low to no sugar choices. So far, so good. I’ll keep you posted as I go along to see if I think it’s worth it. The prices are actually pretty reasonable. Check them out at: goodgrains.com.

Well, Dear Readers, I’ve got to go. There’s a ten minute walk waiting on me. Disneyland Paris thought for the day: “Disneyland Paris is a magical holiday destination with two Parks filled with endless attractions, restaurants and shops for Guests of all ages.”-Disneyland Paris Website FAQ. Gosh, I sure hope so. I like aiming for a magical holiday destination, don’t you?

Thanks for reading, Folks. Meet me at the Kingdom.

Donna

 

Routine and Surprise

This morning I officially restarted Noom. So I weighed in (I hate that part), I’m logging my food, I did my ten minute lesson, and I started walking. Since I am retired, I can sustain the routine pretty easily. But I’ve got to tell you, I only walked for ten minutes, and it totally kicked my butt! (See the red, sweaty face in today’s photo.) The weight that I’ve regained in the last eight months is mostly in my belly and butt. Yugh! Moving around is so exhausting! That fat used to be more evenly distributed; now it’s concentrated in my mid-section. I’m not discouraged; however, I realize that I have  a long road ahead of me. I am not at all defeated, defeat for me is defined by quitting. I will not quit!

In 21 months we hope to vacation at Disneyland Paris. As Disney Vacation Club members, we can trade our points for five nights at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge in Marne-la-Vallee, France. We’d like to go Paris rather than Orlando next time so Emi (my daughter who lives in England) and her family don’t have the expensive flights for one vacation. So we’ll spend five nights there, visit the parks for two or three days, and head into Paris for a day or two.

This trip is my long term motivation for sticking to better food choices and for keeping more movement/walking in my daily life. I have 21 months to do this, and I want to focus every day of those 21 months on a healthier, more mobile lifestyle.

Now for the surprise: we had a short, but very sweet, drop-in visit from our dear friends Wayne and Caleb. They swung in for a cup of coffee on their way to a conference. What a delightful treat! It was a slice of Yooper heaven. Mike and I grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, so we are Yoopers born and bred. This visit was such an unexpected blessing!

Thank you for you faithfulness, Dear Readers! Meet me at the Kingdom!

Donna

Starting down the Road Toward Disneyland Paris

Hello Dear Readers,

Well, I finally decided to face the music. Ever since our trip to Walt Disney World in October of 2018, I have been completely off the rails.  Eating every sugary thing in sight, and sitting all day long. I’ve packed on over 30 pounds, and I feel pretty lousy.  Low energy, cranky most of the time, isolating myself. And frankly, I’ve been a bit depressed.  Wow! First world problems, right??

I restarted Noom, an online weight management program, today. It worked well for me before, so I re-upped. Tomorrow I start my daily walks again. And I will choose less dense foods, foods with more water content. For example I’ll choose a cup of grapes over a 1/4 cup of raisins. I’ll pick 1/4 pound of salad over 1/4 pounder from McDonalds, a hard-boiled egg over a fried egg, lettuce rather than a tortilla for a wrap, and a baked potato over fries.

I’m also going to start some self talk when I walk. “Heart, this walk is for you, to make you stronger. Legs, this walk is for you, to build more muscle. Brain, this walk is for you, to get more oxygen to you.” Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

My ultimate goal is looking toward March 2021, when we hope to meet up with the kids and grandkids at Disneyland Paris for 6 days/5 nights. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise…  We make plans and God smiles, right? But this goal will help to keep me on track. They do not have ECVs there, only wheel chairs, so I want to be able to get myself around the parks. I want to enjoy every minute of our time together there.

So here we go again, dear friends. One foot in front of the other, one healthy meal at a time. Will I sustain it forever? I believe I can. Mostly I believe I can do it today. And tomorrow is a new opportunity to do it again.

Join me on this road to Paris. The possibilities are so exciting. The road is mine, with the help of God, to create and choose.

Meet me at the Kingdom.

Donna

Earth Day 2019 and Disney Plans

Hiya all,

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate Mike and I will eat meat-free today.  Our dinner will be Spring Veggie Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Mashed Potato Topping from Dinnerly. We changed our food delivery to Dinnerly because we still get three dinners, but for only $5 per serving. The food is delicious, and we still get to cook together. The veggies included in the pie are: leeks, carrots, garlic, snap peas, and of course, mashed potatoes on top. Yum!

Our next Disney Vacation Club vacay is about 5 months away.  Mike and I have two nights scheduled at a resort in Maine in October.  With this reservation, we will only lose one unused Vacation Club point in 2019.  Should be fun.

Then we are looking toward March 2021, when we hope to meet up with the kids and grandkids at Disneyland Paris for 6 days/5 nights. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise…  We make plans and God smiles, right?

That’s it for today, Friends. I hope you had a blessed Easter! Ours was a humdinger! He is risen indeed!!

Meet me at the Kingdom.

Donna

Pilgrimage to better health to meet Mickey. A 14 month Quest.