Sunday, January 29, 2017

Weekend Wear-abouts (Past TWO Weekends!): Family + Disney + Artegon + A Whole 30 Update

Not gonna lie, had this post in a draft (title only) to write about LAST weekend, and lo and behold I'm just now getting round to writing it. SO- we have a multi-weekend 'wear-about' post, m'k?

Last weekend Will and I checked out some more of the International Festival of the Arts at Epcot. Didn't eat any of the food (hello, Whole 30) but tried all the photo ops and enjoyed the atmosphere. We also bumped into Kate (KateJuneau) and her friend. 

On Saturday, we headed to Artegon, a unique indoor mall filled with various vendors selling alternative wares. Artegon closed as of January 29th- it was pretty empty when we were there, but we found some neat photo opportunities. 

On Sunday we enjoyed a cool morning at Magic Kingdom. 

This past Friday, my mom was in town and she, Will and I headed to the Windermere Library for story time followed by a visit to the Windermere Farmer's Market. Windermere is such a charming little town and feels worlds away from Disney, which is only a 10 minute drive away. John and I also had a date night while my mom stayed home with Will. We headed to Fantasia Mini Golf and had a great time putt putting. He and I had played twice at Winter Summerland before we had Will; I won one match and John one another. This round was to crown the winner and it was... John. I only lost by three strokes though, and the course was so cute and fun. 

On Saturday I kind of hit bottom and was just in a foul mood, including feeling like I was starting to catch a cold (more below in our Whole 30 recap). After a few tears, I holed up in bed for a couple of hours to decompress and nap. I woke up feeling much better, physically and mentally. It was a nice cool day so we headed to Animal Kingdom for the last few hours of the evening. Oh, and we went and had our taxes done that morning. FUN! ;)

On Sunday we drove an hour north to Ocala to visit John's grandfather and aunt in The Villages. It was so special to see Will with his great grandfather. We took lots of pictures to remember the day. 

Ok, a little update on Whole 30. We've been doing really well, documenting our food via Insta Stories on Instagram, and staying excited/motivated to try new recipes and such. It hasn't been awful, not in the least, but I'm not gonna lie, there have been a few rough patches. For one, whenever we visit the theme parks, it's tough not to grab a 'walkin' beer' or a sweet treat. Also, there's been two nights so far where I just wanted a glass of red wine SO BADLY! Our date night would have been the perfect chance to have an adult beverage and split dessert. And on Saturday, I was DONE. D-O-N-E. I had no desire to plan and prep meals. I was seriously thisclose to throwing in the towel. I honestly don't feel like I've gained a ton of energy since being on the program, and I don't think I've lost any weight (you're not supposed to weigh yourself during the program, so I haven't. John has, being the rule breaker that he is, and has lost about 5 pounds). We just finished Day 14 and I hear it's day 16 where everything just *clicks* so I'm looking forward to seeing if that happens. 

So why haven't we just given up on Whole 30? I personally work better when I have a defined time and know there is an 'end' to my goals; hence, I know that in 15 more days, I'll be done with Whole 30 and can indulge in some of my cravings again (french fries, cheese, wine, chocolate). Also, if we just stopped Whole 30 but still tried to commit to eating clean, I know I'd think to myself, "A little piece of cake or small fry from McD's won't hurt." Which is true, it won't, but those will add up and I'll basically give up on clean eating. For me, it's easier to just DO IT and see it through. Plus I hate giving up. PLUS I'd hate to fess up that I gave up, via Instagram (which is why I'm documenting it to begin with). I've had some GREAT support through there and can't thank everyone enough who has written words of encouragement or asked questions about the program. 

Ok, long enough post. You still here?! Awesome! :) I'll check in again and let you know if I've felt the TIGER BLOOD euphoria that is supposed to kick in within the next week. 

Hope you had a great weekend and thanks for reading!

XO, Ashley


  1. Nice to see some cute stops around Orlando. I give you props for trying Whole 30; thanks for keeping us informed of the process and how it worked for you. Of course, always love the outings at Disney! Kari *o*

  2. Such cute family pictures. I love the backgrounds, being passionate about photography i feel like taking my camera and standing infront of the backdrops and making everyone pose! PS, Love disneyland and their food!

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