Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recap. The blog has been weighing heavy on my mind for the past month. I contemplated taking it down because I no longer wanted to journal my life online anymore. Nothing really happened to make me think this, but after 10 years of journaling on a message board, on LiveJournal, and three blogs, I was exhausted. I think I wanted a bit of time off of social media. Every time I exercised or took a picture, I immediately thought of how I’d post about it. That’s not healthy. But I’m here, and I’m ready to recap what’s been going on for the last month and half since I posted.
I stopped running.
You’re not surprised, are you? I think it’s been fairly obvious that I’ve not always been completely in love with running. I always feel really heavy when I run, and at the beginning of May, something happened that made me stop running completely. You all have told me you enjoy my honesty, so here it goes. I’m dealing with endometriosis. In 2007, I had surgery on my uterus, and the surgeon found endometriosis. He removed the adhesions, but I’m fairly certain it’s back… with a vengeance. I was having attacks 3-4 times a night, and each time, I’d be up for at least an hour trying to make the pain go away and trying to cool myself down (I’d get overheated). I was spending most of my days just trying to recover from the lack of sleep. During every run, the pain would strike when I’d be the furthest from home. It was embarrassing, terrifying, and extremely uncomfortable. Each occurrence lasts about 20 minutes. So I quit running to avoid any possible pain attacks while out on a run, and I ended up in the pool because it’s close to home, and I’ve never had an attack in the pool.
I was on a swim team when I was young and again in high school. I’ve lifeguarded and taught swim lessons. I feel at home in the pool. So, I’ve been swimming laps 3-4 times a week. With running, I’d make excuses for skipping a run, but I look forward to swimming laps. It’s refreshing, but it’s such a good workout! I’ve gotten up to 1000 yards per workout, and I’m really excited to see the progress I’m making with endurance and strength.
Also, running would make me feel like eating a huge meal afterwards because I felt like I deserved it. Swimming makes me want to eat really healthy meals afterwards, like salmon with veggies.
Once the weight comes off, my endometriosis is under control, and the weather cools down, I’ll start training for the WDW Marathon again.
Disney rehired me!
After being on the waitlist for over three months, I was finally rehired as a food & beverage server at the Walt Disney World Resort!
I’ve spent the past few weeks taking all of the required classes at Disney University, and tomorrow is my first day actually on the job.
I’m ecstatic to be part of the magic again! I never feel like myself when I’m away from the company. I simply belong there.
I’ve been spending lots of time in the Disney parks (surprise there, right?)
Magic Kingdom’s newest gem of the new Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, opened in May, and I’ve had two opportunities to experience it!
The ride is exceptionally smooth and quiet (for a rollercoaster), and the dips and turns are just enough not to scare little kids, but big enough for adults to enjoy as well. I really love the animatronics inside the mine. The diamonds are really bright, and the dwarfs are adorable! The train cars are a bit small, so be prepared to get really close to your fellow rider.
And, of course, a trip to the parks with Kelly isn’t complete without #duckfacejazzhands on Splash Mountain.
Gotta love the couple in the third row.
I’ve been volunteering at Give Kids the World.
(photo credit- Give Kids the World)
Sometimes when my days are bad, it’s so invigorating and inspiring to head over to the Village and spend some time with the families. Some nights, I’m delivering pizzas, but other nights, I’m serving banana splits and milkshakes at the Ice Cream Palace or helping out with Village Idol, the Village’s version of American Idol.
I’ve spent the past month and a half feeling kinda down and out over the endometriosis pain, finances, and a touch of homesickness. But it looks like things are about to make a turn for the better, and I can’t wait!