Raffle for RODS Racing

15 Sep

As you know from my last post (which was a long time ago), I’m running my fifth Walt Disney World Marathon, and this time, I’m doing it for RODS Racing. RODS helps loving families adopt orphans with Down Syndrome. Right now, they’re raising funds for Laura, who was born in 2009 and still looking for her forever home.


I’m currently 2/3 of the way towards my fundraising goal of $1500, so I’m offering an amazing raffle package, which I’ve been able to put together with the help of some fantastic companies and friends.

For each $3 donation, your name will be added to the list of donors, and a name will be drawn at random using a “name picking” website.

Included in the raffle are….

A set of Jamberry nails, donated by my friend Melissa

raffle 2

A runner’s goodie bag, donated by my friend Jill. Lots of essential goodies like fuel, recovery products, and a Raw Threads headband!

raffle 1

An Avon Whipped Pumpkin Creme candle, donated by my sister-in-law Michelle. Just in time for fall!

raffle 3

A gift card from Albion Fit for $50. Have you seen their clothes?

gift card albion fit

I personally purchased the Daiquiri and Gidget swimsuits, and am absolutely in love with them. I’ll be posting about them soon!



A gift card to Allied Medal Hangers for $50.

gift card from allied medal

All of my medals are hanging from a hanger from Allied Medal, but I’m dying for this one!


I’ll also be throwing in a $50 gift card to anywhere you’d like… as long as it’s local to me or I can buy it online.

If you’re interested in participating in the raffle, please head on over to my fundraising page and make a donation. Like I said, each $3 donation will enter your name in to the drawing.

I appreciate all donations of any size. Thank you!


Drawing will occur on 10/15 at 12 noon EST.

Raffle for Disney Starbucks Mugs

13 May

Hi all! As you know, I’ve been running the Walt Disney World Marathon for the past several years, and this year, I decided to give back and run with a charity. I chose RODS Racing, an organization that helps loving families and couples adopt orphans with Down Syndrome. When I heard that parents could even leave their children at the hospital and orphan them, I knew I had to get involved.

Right now, they’re raising money for Quentin, a 6-year old orphan with Down Sydrome. He is an adorable young man! He loves to be around others and has made great progress over the past year. He would love to have a family of his own! Please donate today to help him be united with his forever family soon!

quentin rods

This is where you come in. Can you help me reach my fundraising goals? Right now, I’m raffling off two Disney Starbucks “You are Here” collection mugs. They’re brand new and still in their boxes.

starbucks mugs

With your donation of at least $5, you will be entered in to the raffle to win these two mugs. My fundraising page can be found at http://www.rodsracing.com/team/andrea-moore. Raffle ends 11:59pmEST on May 27, 2015.

Thank you!

My Upcoming Race Schedule

26 Apr

I’ve got quite a packed race schedule over the next year!

Yesterday was the Lake Minneola 12K (stay tuned for the recap!)

lake minneola 12k

In July, I’m heading to Chicago with a big group of friends to do the Chicago Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon and 5K. I’m actually loving this medal.

rock n roll chicago


In September, I’m heading back to Disneyland for the Dumbo Double Dare, which is a 10K followed by a half marathon on the next day. The last time I did this race was in 2013, and I was sick pretty much the whole time and spent a majority of my vacation alone because I didn’t plan the trip too well. This time, I’m doing it up right!

dumbo double dare 2015

For my birthday in November, I’ll be doing Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

wine and dine half

When I go home in December for a week, I’ll be running the Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon, which I’ve always wanted to run but never got around to registering. The course runs through the same trail I used to train on when I lived in Delaware and trained for my first half marathon and full marathon. Lots of memories of blood, sweat, and tears on that trail!

rehoboth beach half marathon

For the fifth time, I will be running the full marathon at Walt Disney World in January, and it will be my second time running the 10K. For the first time ever, I will running the marathon for charity. I’ve decided to fundraise for RODS Racing, an organization that helps unite loving families with orphans with Down Syndrome. If you’d like to help me reach my goal, you can find my fundraising page here.

walt disney world marathon weekend

Then in March, I’ll be heading to Sarasota for the First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon. I’ve always been envious of my friends who have earned the beautiful dolphin medal at this race. I can’t wait!

first watch sarasota half

What’s on your schedule?

Recap of the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon

3 Apr

‘Twas the night before the marathon, and Flat Andrea was ready to go!

marathon flat andrea

The alarm was set for another 2:30am wake up, and I was super stoked!

marathon getting ready

I got to the starting area with plenty of time to hang out with some friends beforehand and head to my corral, where I was all by myself.

marathon start

I made it a goal to stick to :30/:30 intervals (run 30 seconds, walk 30 seconds) for the race, which honestly makes the time go by pretty quickly.

The first five miles take you up to the Magic Kingdom toll plaza, through the Transportation & Ticket Center, and up to the Contemporary Resort.

marathon 5 miles

I was surprised how consistent I was. I was wearing a pace bracelet with a goal time of 6:51, which would have been a 1 minute PR. I was already chipping off time, but I was trying to not be too optimistic because I still had 21 miles to go.

Once we passed the 5 mile marker, we were running through Magic Kingdom!

marathon magic kingdom

marathon mile 5

Once out of Magic Kingdom, the next few miles take you through some backstage areas, out along the road to the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian, and around the Speedway. I’ve always found the Speedway to be the worst addition to the marathon course. There’s absolutely no shade, and I’m not a big fan of cars (they line the track with classic cars). Plus, the hill going down into the track is pretty steep and can be pretty dangerous if slippery.

marathon miles 6 to 9

I was still sticking to my intervals, so I was staying pretty consistent, despite the boredom of the Speedway. It was getting to be the time when my friends back home were waking up, so I started getting some really encouraging texts. And one of my friends was on his way to come spectate the race, so I was pretty pumped to keep going.

marathon race track

Right after the 9 mile marker, I lathered up my quads with Bio-Freeze. That stuff is seriously a party in your pants! It always gives me a little boost to keep going.

The road from the Speedway to Animal Kingdom is a couple of miles long. Run Disney really tries to entertain us along the way with characters and funny signs, but it truly is pretty boring along there. I just kept telling myself to stick with the :30/:30 intervals. I was still chipping off time, and the thought of PRing this race was really spurring me on!

marathon miles 10 to 12

The 13th mile marker is right inside Animal Kingdom, and I was obviously still having a lot of fun.

marathon animal kingdom

The 14th mile marker is right outside of Animal Kingdom, and the next few miles are spent on Osceola Parkway until we hit the Wide World of Sports.

marathon miles 13 to 16

The 17th mile marker is right outside of the Wide World of Sports Complex, and we run the next few miles in there. It’s honestly the longest couple of miles. There are a bunch of turns. The sidewalks are crowded. It just seems like a lifetime in there. But I did run in to my friends Amber and Danielle while in the complex. We didn’t stay together too long, but it’s always a little pick-me-up to see your friends.

marathon miles 17 to 20

The 20th mile marker is right outside of the WWOS complex, and it wasn’t long until I ran in to my friend Jill and her friend. We stuck together for a little while and did some “pole dancing”. That’s what I call it when we pick something up ahead to run to and then stop to take a break. They were taking longer run intervals, so it really pushed me further when I didn’t think I could.

I ran with them from about the 21st mile marker until the 23rd, which is inside Hollywood Studios. I was really pumped that I was definitely going to PR so I told them I was going to go ahead and run ahead to see just how much I could take off my time.

marathon miles 21 to 23

After Hollywood Studios, we run along the boardwalk passed the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and then in to the backside of Epcot for the last few miles.

Right inside Epcot, my friends were waiting to cheer me on and offer me a beverage from the England pavilion.

marathon epcot

I think I walked a lot around Epcot but I was still on a mission to PR.. big time!

And PR I did!

marathon miles 23 to 26 

That’s a 10 MINUTE PR!

 marathon finisher

Overall, I felt pretty awesome. I kept to my intervals for almost all of the race. I never felt like I hit a wall. I think I was properly hydrated and fueled the whole time. I had a few Gu Chomps every 4 miles religiously. I was taking Fig Newtons and cups of Coke from spectators.

When I got done, I grabbed my checked bag, which I had packed with a bottle of Coke and two PB&J sandwiches and enjoyed a nice little picnic on the group at the reunion area while I waited for my friends to finish.

Honestly, this race was so much fun, and I’m so proud of myself for setting a new personal record. It definitely spurred me on to sign up for more races. You’ll see my race schedule soon in a future post.

‘Til next time!

Recap of the 2015 Walt Disney World 10K

4 Feb

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog. Whoops! With some nudging from Sara, I decided to give the blog a “go” again.

So let’s get right in to things and talk about the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

On the Wednesday before the race, a friend and I stopped over at the expo kind of late in the evening, and we didn’t dilly dally too long.

expo 1

expo 2

We quickly picked up our packets and headed over to the Jostens Center to check out the official merchandise. Unfortunately, nothing caught my eye, so I headed right to Raw Threads to buy a shirt I’ve been wanting for a while.

raw threads shirt

The next night, I met up with some old friends for dinner at Boatwright’s at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort.


On Friday morning, it was time to wake up bright and early for the 10K, a race I wanted to do last year, but I had already made the commitment to do Goofy (the half marathon and full marathon).

10k 8

I was super excited to finally wear my Minnie skirt! I’m not a costume person for races, and this is probably as far as I go when it comes to dressing up. But I loved it! I may need to buy more from Running Skirts.

10k 1

I left my house around 3:30am and was at the “reunion area” by 4am to meet up with friends and walk to the corrals together.

10k 2

Surprisingly, I was in Corral B, and I can’t tell you how pleasant this race was without having to dodge packs of walkers (not that there’s anything wrong with it!).  I ran the whole race doing :30/:30 intervals, meaning I would run for 30 seconds and walk for 30 seconds. It really helped the time and the miles go by quickly.

10k 6

10k 5

I absolutely LOVED running through Epcot before the sun came out. The ambiance of Epcot has always been a favorite of mine- the lights, the water, the music. 

10k 4

I finished a race before the sun came out. What?!

10k 7


And the main reason I ran this race- the Minnie Mouse medal!!

10k 3 

I kept a pretty consistent pace and finished in a pretty good time (for me).10k splits

But now that I think about it, I wish I had finished a bit faster so that I could have a better “Proof of Time” for future races and better corral placement. 

(So sorry this was mainly just pictures and not much content, but this race felt like a big blur)

Did you run during the WDW Marathon Weekend? Tell me about your experience in the comments.

A New DietBet Game

25 Oct

Are you ready for a new DietBet game?!


I created this new game to coincide with the beginning of the holiday season. Wouldn’t it be nice to show up to your friends and family’s holiday parties looking like a slimmer version of yourself?

 Are you up for the challenge? If you’re new to this, let me tell you all about it.

The creators of DietBet are calling it “social dieting.” The rules of the game are really simple.

First, you’re given 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. Each game has a set bet you must make to join the game. For my first game, I bet $25.

Second, you must submit proof of your weight to DietBet, but your weight is kept completely confidential from the other participants. You can check in a few times throughout the game to update your progress and add pictures. You can also post any fitness activities you’ve done.

diet bet weigh in

At the end of the four weeks, you post your final weight. If you lost 4% of your body weight, you get to split the total pot with all of the other winners.

diet bet 2

DietBet has found that people who use DietBet are 5 times more likely to lose weight than doing it on their own. 90% of all participants lose weight, and the winners average a 9 pound loss at the end of four weeks.

You can download the DietBet app on your iPhone to make it even more simple to keep your diet going.

So are you interested? Join my game! Weigh-in is on Monday, October 27th!

Tell me- what is motivating you to lose weight?

Disclaimer- I will be compensated by DietBet for creating the game. All opinions are my own.

What I’ve Been Watching

7 Oct

Since I need time to unwind from crazy shifts at Disney and since I haven’t really been running, I’ve been gluing my buttocks to my couch for some quality time with Netflix and Hulu.

So, here’s what I’ve been watching:

Movies on Netflix

Storage 24



In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest.

My overwhelming crush on Once Upon a Time’s Colin O’Donoghue led me to peruse Netflix for other Colin performances, and I found this gem. I love a good sci-fi/horror movie, but this one was just terrible. Other than a steamy Colin make-out scene, there was little to no good content in this movie. It wasn’t scary at all. It was all a bit predictable. Colin, what were you thinking?



I passed by this one several times on Netflix before finally settling on it. It’s gotten some pretty mixed reviews, but I gave it an honest shot. The movie is a biopic about Princess Diana’s last two years as she embarked on a love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, played by Naveen Andrews. I thought both Naomi Watts (Diana) and Andrews gave solid performances. The movie never bored me, and I think they did a really solid job respecting her death. I loved how they paid a lot of attention to detail with her dresses and public events.

Don’t let the negative reviews persuade you to not see this film.

Craigslist Joe

craigslist joe

I was on a documentary kick for a bit and came across Craigslist Joe.

From the official website:

It was in this climate that 29-year-old Joseph Garner cut himself off from everyone he knew and everything he owned, to embark on a bold adventure. Armed with only a laptop, cell phone, toothbrush, and the clothes on his back – alongside the hope that community was not gone but just had shifted – Joe lived for a month looking for alms in America’s new town square: Craigslist. For 31 December days and nights, everything in his life would come from the Craigslist website. From transportation to food, from shelter to companionship, Joe would depend on the generosity of people who had never seen him and whose sole connection to him was a giant virtual swap meet.

I found this movie so fascinating and heart-warming. This man left everything behind and relied completely on random strangers for the bare necessities. He met people to stay with at dance classes. He helped a hoarding former “Home Alone” actress and ended up staying with a dominatrix in Chicago. He not only survived the trip, but he also had the experience of a lifetime. I don’t want to give too much away. You’ll have to watch it yourself. I loved it!

TV Shows

The Mindy Project

Hulu finally added the first season to its line-up! For some reason, they only had season 2 for the longest time. After a year of Alison telling me how wonderful the show is, I finally dipped my toe in… and fell in love! The show is so quirky and hilarious. I find myself laughing out loud, and I really only do that with Modern Family.

How I Met Your Mother

I never watched HIMYM when it was on, but I binge-watched seasons 1-8 in the beginning of the year and not-so-patiently waited for the arrival of season 9 on Netflix. Now that it’s finally available, I’ve been watching here and there. As I’ve heard from other people, season 9 just doesn’t add up to the other 8 seasons. It’s a little over-the-top and a little unfunny.

Fall TV

Not too many things make me as happy as knowing my favorite shows are back on for the fall season!


Oh, Scandal, how I love thee. I mean, can we get some more shirtless Scott Foley with a naked Liv wrapped herself around him? Oh my dear!

scott foley

 Once Upon a Time

It has become clear I watch shows solely for the tall, dark-haired men.

captain hook

It’s no secret that I’m over all things Frozen. I haven’t even seen the movie yet, but if I hear that dang “Let It Go” song one more time, I might come undone. This season of OUAT features the characters of Frozen, and of course, I find them boring. But that’s not enough of a reason for me to stop watching. I need my Colin fix every Sunday!

The Walking Dead

Season 5!!! Five more days!!!


I’m really anxious to see what happened with Beth. My brother and I talk almost daily about the show, and we had assumed the worst had happened to poor Beth. I want to a Daryl/Beth hook-up!

So what’s on your Netflix must-watch list? What are you watching this fall? Anything I should be watching?

Where I’ve Been

6 Oct

Wow. It’s been so long since I last posted. I honestly thought about giving up the blog, but then I thought about how much I enjoy reading my old posts and reminiscing. So this is what I’ve been up to since I last posted (in no particular order):

I flew home for a few days in the beginning of September.


It had been nine months since I last saw my family! It was so enjoyable to just sit in my parents’ living room in my favorite oversized chair and relax with my family.

I got to spend lots of time with my adorable niece, Violet. I brought her some Disney gifts, like a Minnie Mouse plush, coloring book, and crayons. She loved taking the crayons out one by one and putting them back in one by one.


Having her sleep on my chest was exactly what I needed to cement my decision on moving back home in the very near future.


Since my diabetes “diagnosis”, I’ve lost 12 pounds! I’ve slacked off a bit and have incorporated way too many carbs back in my diet, but I promise I’ll get it under control soon.

I wasn’t seeing much of a difference in the mirror until I took this picture the night I went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.


While I was home in Delaware, I had good intentions of starting my marathon training and ended up only running once while home.


While out on the run, I threw up once and had to run to a bathroom really quick. I’m so out of shape, guys. I have no idea how I’m going to train for the full marathon in January. Every time I go out on a run, it’s just awful, and I dread going out again. I’m hoping the cooler weather we’re about to get in Florida will help. If not, I may end up deferring the race until 2016.

Molly Beagle’s been doing well. A few weeks ago, her cough started to rear its ugly head again, so we went back in to the vet where he increased the dosage of her meds and told me that he thinks there’s still a lot of life left in her. She turns 15 in just a few weeks!


My beautiful pal, Sara, was in town last week with her husband, so I got to spend some quality girl time in the Magic Kingdom with her!


What’s coming up:

My parents are arriving in just 27 days! They’ll be here for over a week, and I cannot even wait to enjoy the parks with them. We have a bunch of dining reservations, and my mom, Molly, and I are all celebrating our birthdays while they’re here!

My Walt Disney World College Program roomie, Ashley, will be here for a wedding the week after my parents leave! I haven’t seen her in nine years! How in the world has it been that long!?


I hope to be around the blog a bit more. Thanks for sticking around!

A Shocking Diagnosis

13 Aug

I wrote before about how I’m seeing a reproductive endocrinologist to figure out why I’ve been in so much pain every month. It’s a debilitating pain that rears its ugly head every two hours for 10-14 days a month. It’s been a deterrent from running and anything remotely resembling a social life. I even had to call in sick one day at Disney.

While we’ve been ruling out things, the doctor sent me to the lab for a bundle of blood work tests. The results were shocking, discouraging, and a huge eye-opener.

Last Wednesday, the first thing she said was “has anyone ever told you before that you’re diabetic?” Diabetic. No. I have eaten myself sick. I did this to myself. I felt my eyes welling up with tears. (Side note- I had my glucose tested in 2009 and 2012, and both readings were in the 80s)

She went over the lab results line by line.

Technically, to diagnose someone with diabetes, one’s glucose reading must be 126 or above. Mine was 121. It shot up to 171 two hours after drinking the glucose drink. My A1C reading was 6.8%. The A1C test measures your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months instead of your blood sugar level at a point in time. Anything below 6.4% is prediabetic. A reading of 6.8 puts me right over the line. However, from my research, it takes two separate tests to truly diagnose diabetes, so I’ll be seeing an endocrinologist soon to get a second test and see where we need to go treatment-wise. I’ve very borderline diabetic, so my reproductive endo doctor is confident I can fix this with diet. This is NOT a life sentence.

But, there was good news. The blood work did show that I scored pretty well on the test they run to see if you can get pregnant. Here I thought I was pretty sterile. To hear that I have a good chance at getting pregnant definitely made me feel a lot better after hearing the bad news.

I left the doctor’s office with a diet plan suited for people with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and insulin resistance. It’s basically high fat, low carb or ketogenic.

The first two weeks is the Wean Off phase. The key is to wean off all sugar, all white flour, all white/red potatoes, and all white rice, as well as carrots and corn. I had none of this in my house anyway since I started a lower carb diet a few weeks ago, so this has been less difficult than I thought it would be.

The second phase is the weight loss phase. Each day consists of 3 meals and 2 snacks.

Foods to Avoid:

  • All flour-based foods (pasta, bread, chips, crackers, etc.)
  • No starchy veggies (beans, sweet potatoes, hard squash)
  • Dairy- hard cheese is okay
  • Juices
  • Fruits- limit tomatoes

Acceptable Foods:

  • Veggies (green leafy, broccoli, squash- yellow and zucchini, cauliflower, asparagus, mushrooms, avocado, green beans, cabbage, cucumber)
  • Protein- meats, nuts, hard cheese, tofu
  • Oils- olive oil, butter, heavy whipping cream, mayo
  • Snacks- cheese, pork rinds, no sugar peanut butter, boiled eggs, olives, meats, nuts (peanuts and almonds are best)


  • At least 64 ounces of water
  • Unsweetened tea
  • Splenda is marginally better than sugar (use sparingly)

I certainly haven’t perfected this way of eating, but here’s a sample day I’ve had recently:

Breakfast– 3 scrambled eggs and 4 strips of bacon, coffee with almond milk (I need to ask doctor about coffee)

Snack- Genoa salami and white sharp cheddar cheese

Lunch– Chicken salad with slices of cucumber and celery sticks

Dinner– Margaritaville Island Lime Shrimp with zucchini and squash sauteed in olive oil.

Snack– 40 peanuts

Most of my days have been looking like this-

nutrition breakdown

I certainly haven’t been perfect every day, and I’m still learning, but I’m noticing some pretty great changes.

I can now drink iced tea without sweetener. I tried to drink it tonight with Sweet ‘n Low, but it was way too sweet. I enjoy the taste of the tea now without the sugar/sweetener.

I’m nowhere near as lethargic as I used to be.

My mind is no longer consumed of thoughts of food. I’m not addicted to it. When I think of food, I think of how I can make the best possible choice. I no longer have the option to make a bad decision knowing that it will have bigger consequences than I thought before.

I’ve lost 2 pounds in 6 days. It’s not a lot, but it’s just the beginning! This puts me at 6.2 pounds lost overall since the first part of July.

I’m feeling pretty confident that I can nip this diabetes stuff in the bud and lose the weight for good this time.

In other news, the pain is being managed, and I will resume running just in time to start a 20-week training program for the WDW Marathon!

So with that said, it’s time I sign off for now. If you’re doing a high fat/low carb (ketogenic) diet, how are you liking it? Are you finding success with it?

July in Photos

30 Jul

July was a busy month filled with working seven days a week, finding a new doctor, and trying to find a balance between work and play.

So instead of hashing out everything that happened in July, here’s some photos to recap it all.

july 5

I spent some time in the pool swimming laps and reading poolside afterwards.

july 2

Molly and I have spent a lot of time outside taking long walks, even if a storm was about to hit!

july 3

A beautiful Florida sunset!

july 1

My family spent some time at the beach earlier this month, and as always, I was sent pictures. My sweet niece Violet thoroughly enjoyed playing in the sand, and it was her first time in the ocean! She already loves the water. As much as I love getting pictures from home, they unfortunately remind me just how much I’m missing.

july 4

I found a reproductive endocrinologist here in Orlando I actually really like. She’s put me on a high fat/low carb gluten-free diet. It’s been a challenge, but I’m looking forward to following a plan that will help me make significant strides towards a healthier lifestyle. We’re also looking further into some of the issues I’ve been having and ruling out things.

july 6

Sundays are best when they start with brunch.

july 7

I love my town, Celebration, Florida. The colors, the palm trees, the brick paved roads. Love it!

july 8

Molly and I really enjoy our daily trips to the dog park. Luckily, my apartment complex finally finished it, so we don’t have to drive to get to a dog park anymore. I try to cool Molly off in the swimmy pool :)

july 9

My signature Starbucks drink- a grande iced non-fat raspberry latte.

july 10

A week ago, I treated myself to a haircut and brow wax at Aveda and brunch at Cody’s on 4th in Mount Dora. It’s one of my favorite ways to splurge.

How was your July? Any fun plans for August?

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