The Challenge

Ok, bear with me, my brain is going about 20 different directions tonight after working a closing shift at Universal (wait, what? When did I switch from Disney to Universal??? WELLLLLLLL……. Maybe that can be another post! But Universal is just a part-time job I started to have me not being bored in the summer while I’m not teaching!), so I felt the need to blog.


Do you know the toughest thing about trying to get back on track while living in Florida? I had planned ALLLLLL day to go for a run once I got home from work because I knew I had extra energy (I slept in! Huzzah!!!), but of course it starts with a lightning storm as soon as I step out of work. I got done at 9:30, almost 3 hours ago. It’s still storming. And Florida is ALWAYS like this, I plan to run, and it rains as soon as I have a chance to go! 😦 Boo.

So, I’m doing a back up type of workout. Namely: cleaning, and quasi-packing for the big move at the end of next month! woot woot! 😀

So many things in my life you dear readers don’t know about because I’m a horrible blogger! So sorry about that!


So, about the title of this post (see? I told you… MIND. EVERYWHERE.)…. my mom has challenged Shaun (the boyfriend) and I to lose 25 pounds between the two of us by the end of this month. Which is really what helped kickstart this getting-on-track-again bit. I mean, we had planned to revamp our eating habits and start running training with it being summer and me not teaching anyway, but it gives us a good incentive.

this was us a year ago… in our Iron Man glory! And look at my pretty hair, I miss it 😦


andddd us back in May. I love and hate this picture. Love because, well BOBA FETT and hate because of how terrible I look!


we definitely have the weight to lose. My mom had us take pictures of our feet on the scale when we started and then we’re going to take pictures again at the end of the month. I can’t tell you where we’re at now though… our scale is broken. I mean, I don’t think I went from 237 to 102 in just over a week. That would be bad. And seeing as I still look like the girl in the Boba Fett picture (but with super short hair now), I don’t think it’s true.

It is kinda really sad that the only pictures we have of each other are actually only selfies because I hate seeing myself. The only reason this picture made it online in the first place was because of who we got to meet… my face is even blotchy from crying, a sight I would never allow on the web!

Goal: see this girl? She was in a size 12 just last April. This was me 70 POUNDS ago. I know i can do that and more.


I wore this blue dress a couple months back, and let me tell you it looked nothing like this on me. It barely covered my butt! But, I know I can get back to her again – a girl who was just starting to feel okay with herself and was on the way to being healthy.

Which is why I jumped at the chance of my mom’s challenge. Shaun wasn’t as keen, but I think that’s partially because this is his first time ever doing anything concerning weight loss besides a few runs with me. The poor boy.


So, in honor of the challenge… what are things you’ve found that work? That didn’t work? I’m trying to help Shaun understand what to eat and do and what’s bad (hard for picky eaters like us!), but it is definitely a struggle. Where were the little things you started with? If you were to start fresh, what would be your biggest goal?



I’m going to try to really use this blog again… it was a motivation for me when I could use it often. So hopefully I’ll get some of the pages up top updated with new things and whatnot. Stay tuned! 🙂



The Mouse House

Hey guys remember me? Disney obsessed, ran two Disney races, attempting to lose weight in the process of life?

This girl? :


I know, I’m terrible at this whole updating business… As much as I try, it’s just hard to update a blog when you really don’t touch your laptop that often. There’s a lot that’s been going on the past few months, some of which I vaguely touched on the last post with saying “Oh hey, I work for Disney and ran a half marathon on my 24th birthday,” and some I completely left out like “Hey, so Dan and I broke up on mutual terms and are still best buds and now I have an amazing boyfriend in Florida who makes me the happiest… and I’m not only working for Disney on the college program but moving here and staying when it’s done and am doing ANOTHER half marathon this year in November.”

See? Updates need to happen more often.


But… I had a friend earlier who asked if I had blogged about any of my work experience at Disney, and said that she would definitely read it. And I got to thinking… huh, maybe I should do that. Bring the ole blog back to life again. You know, start writing more.

(who knows, maybe it’ll start me running again more and help with that aspect)


Which is what leads to this current post I’m writing right now.

I’ve been in Florida for 5 months already, and have only gone back to Delaware for two days since I moved down at the beginning of January. I was ready to come back here the second my plane landed in Philly actually. And, in all honesty, these past five months I have never been happier than I am now. Working for the Mouse has always been a huge dream of mine, since the really young age of four… but the reality of it has proved to be so much more than I ever hoped it could be. I’ve gotten to work at a lot of different locations, worn a bunch of costumes (some not so flattering – I mean, seriously? I looked like a fat, blue baby in one), and most importantly met some of the most amazing people ever.

Some of those people were pretty interesting too…..






So I’m going to be updating a bit more about what it’s like to work at Disney and everything like that….


For tonight, a bit about where I work.

I work in what’s called Zone 1 Number 1 in Downtown Disney – namely: Team Mickey, Tren-D, Disney’s Pin Traders, Marketplace Stroller and Wheelchair Rental, and a Bridgecart down by Fulton’s Crab House. Lots and lots of places. I’m also currently working Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios, but that can be a different post for a different day.

I have three costumes I wear between the five places:



And I have had the chance to meet the best group of coworkers Disney could have given me for the perfect College Program (Note about this next picture, most of those featured have already gone home which is depressing… but the picture is from February, so it’s now 4 months old)….


I also get to spend my days off inside the parks playing and enjoying myself to no end – and I do just that on multiple occasions.

And, as much as I would love to go into even MORE detail about how wonderful my life is here and give you stories upon stories about what I do (though a lot would have to do with Ewoks at the moment due to SWW taking over my brain)… it is currently 2:30 in the morning, I worked a 12.5 hour shift yesterday/today, and am in the midst of a 60 hour work week while having not slept since Saturday night. So you shall just have to deal with what has been written for now. 🙂


Until next time, which will be in the next few days at the latest, ciao lovelies!

I’m back! I swear!

AHHHHH I’m sorry! I really am! I wouldn’t be surprised if all of my followers left me 😦

If you didn’t notice from my last post… no, I didn’t fall off of the running bandwagon. In fact, I can cross a few things off of my Goals list you see above. I think I’ll do that at some point tonight since I’m trying to get my life updated. 🙂

For those of you who don’t remember me (it’s been a while since a real post), I’m Courtney/Kortni, and I have been struggling/working on losing weight for a while now. This specific journey I’m on now started last November actually. Unfortunately, I did slack a bit towards the end of summer with student teaching and gained a good bit of my progress back on, but now I am back in full force.

And by full force, I mean my workouts since last Monday (day off) consists of:

  • Tuesday 10/16: 2.16 mile treadmill Interval run for 32:20 minutes, at 14:58 average
  • Wednesday 10/17: hour gym workout with a mile run on the treadmill.
  • Thursday 10/18: 2.60 mile interval run for 37:25 minutes, at 14:23 average
  • Sunday 10/21: 4.0 mile interval run for 57:12 minutes, at 14:18 average.
  • Today 10/22: hour at BodyStep with mom… almost threw up after, so you know how intense that was!

And I’ve done both my second MudRun and the 10 miler race in the past month. and started training for my half marathon in February.



So I will be moving to Florida on January 3rd, and moving into my apartment on the 7th, to work at Walt Disney World for 7 glorious months. I’m excited.

And nervous.

Oh so nervous.

To the point that I cry on my boyfriend’s shoulder/stomach/back/anywhere at least once a weekend in fear because there’s so many emotions going through me that I kinda explode when he’s around.

Because, the truth is, I’m the most upset about leaving him.

Part of me, the part that knows Dan and knows myself completely, knows that he and I will work it out and make it through. Dan’s told me this. To the point that he’s said (just as recently as yesterday actually), “Even if I’m not physically there, I’m always with you and I’ll be by your side every step of this. And cheering you on. Because I love you.”

But… there’s the part of me that is use to my past relationships, and that’s the part that likes to take over my brain and mess with my emotions and make me scared.

So that’s something I’m going through right now. Big time. And of course, that’s messing with my weight as well since I’m so stressed.


Another stress:

I made this for my students!


My life is controlled by 24 third grade students. It’s getting easier now that I’m into my solo weeks, but it’s still a scary, daunting thing that I’m doing every single day. I’ve at least come to realize that running helps. a lot. So, when I’m starting to feel overwhelmed, I just go for my training… or I throw in some other type of killer workout, like I did tonight.


I just wanted to give you a life update, and ramble for a bit apparently. I’m going to try to start updating more often for you guys, but of course I can’t promise too much. 🙂


On a final note:


The Most Upsetting Thing to Happen Yet

I had one of the worst things happen to me yesterday. I had to go to the doctor’s for a physical check up (for student teaching. ick, I hate doctor offices!), and had to get on that dreaded scale they have there.

It said I was somewhere between 212 and 215.

26 pounds heavier than what my scale at home says.

TWENTY SIX. In other words, that scale says I haven’t done a single thing with myself at all.

How unmotivational. I wanted to burst into tears the second I saw it.

And when the doctor was asking me about my wellness, she went, “So tell me… how is your exercise? Do you go for walks when you get a chance?”

Blink. Blink.

“Oh, let me tell you it all! haha! I walk the dogs with my mom almost every morning, and I go to the gym about three, sometimes four, times a week. We start with a cardio warm-up, do a 40 minute weight training set – focusing on different parts of the body each day we’re there, and then we do a 20 minute cardio exercise. I’m also outside running a lot, about 4-5 times a week, because I’m doing the c25k program and training to run 10 miles in September.”

“Oh. Well… that’s fantastic.”

I think I shocked her. Though, not as much as when I told her I weigh 26 pounds less at home than I do here (and have worked very hard for those 26 pounds).

But yet… I still want to burst into tears because of what that stinking scale said. And I think its because I’m the person who sees the change less in myself. I feel like I haven’t lost anything, even though the scale says -26 and the inches say -21 so far.

This is what one of my Game On! teammates sent me just now about this (I emailed them about it right before I started this post, because I’m so upset…. I need to text Dan about it, he’ll curse the scale out and make me feel better lol): “Do NOT let that get you down!  I never ever look at the scale when I go to the Doctor!  I swear they do it to make us feel badly! All scales are different, and I just use mine for consistency!  Keep up the good work, and we have just have a few days left!”

It was so upsetting to see though… but I guess I just need to use it as fuel for my next few weeks of running. And I’m gonna need it… I start week 4 of the c25k program tonight after work. HALFWAY THROUGH!

Time for another week already?

“happy” Monday, everyone! Who else woke up to this on Saturday morning?

yes, the road is covered in ice..

I’m sure you can guess that that put a damper on my weekend plans (sad day), but the roads in my neighborhood are finally clear enough that I think I can quite possibly get my run in after work today. Finally. I still haven’t gotten a new pair of shoes for running, and I haven’t had a chance to stock up on winter weather running clothes, so I was not prepared to attempt to run on ice at all.
Seriously, who can run on ice anyway? Not me, that’s for sure! lol!
But, it’s a new day AND a new week (and tomorrow is the last day of this week for the Game)… and I have 3 weeks left until vacation! Hooray!
Meaning, I am going to go hardcore these next 3 weeks… and should really get a lot of squats into my day (my poor butt has no love from me, I swear).
I just got my summary in my email from Lose It! (I love that website/app, I swear it’s the best thing ever), and this is what my workout summary for last week was:
Exercise Summary
  • Outaise Running, c25k Week 2 Day 2, 33 Min, 520 Calories
  • Dog Walking, 1 Hour 20 Min, 633 Calories
  • Running, 25 Min, 342 Calories
  • Snowy Dog Walking, 13 Min, 135 Calories
  • House Cleaning, 2 Hours, 362 Calories
  • Walking, 50 Min, 175 Calories
  • Zumba, 25 Min, 345 Calories
  • Total: 2512 Calories

Not too shabby if you ask me! Lol… though, it could be better… I’m looking forward to seeing that number much higher next week!

I’m looking for some new ways to add things into my exercise routines. I miss going to the gym a lot, but I know that my schedule right now is limiting my chances (hoping to get back there with Lorie and Marty on Wednesday though), and I am working my running in a bit… but now I need to work on strength/endurance on top of the running, since doing just one or the other doesn’t always help out. Know what I mean?

Pinterest has some good things I want to try, especially with butt exercises! lol!

Here’s one that I really want to try:

I can see this killing me, but feeling so awesome after!

I think I’m going to try that the next chance I have at the gym (watch out, Wednesday, it’s going down). Anyone else have any really good workouts they like and want to share?

Hey there, Friday!!!

I had 59 hits on my site yesterday (welcome everyone!).

Let’s see, last night when I got home from class I literally collapsed on my bed. I was exhausted (I think the nighttime sinus medicine helped with the collapsing though)… so, any hopes of doing an exercise went out the window. And I am really upset at myself for that – yes, I know it was better for me to sleep because I was feeling lousy all day yesterday, but it felt wrong not to exercise. Know what I mean?

Today’s agenda took a bit of a turn from what I had planned originally because I have to go to Sprint after work and get a new phone. And they aren’t the quickest (or smartest) people at my Sprint store, so who knows how long that will take today. But, hello new iPhone that will allow me to have a GPS for my running, and to scan foods that I eat!! 🙂

(When you have a business connected to your cell phone, you cannot just not have a cell phone… apparently, I missed something important last night because of my phone being out of commission)

That’s my little update for me, now for some motivation (since I didn’t have any yesterday… sorry!!!):

Motivational Wednesday

Today, I’m going to share two motivation pictures with you (thank you pinterest!!). One because I am obsessed with Disney, as anyone would know, and the other because it is really a great thing to look at when you’re starting to feel like you can’t do something. 🙂



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