Dissed by Vader

Today I kicked off theme park season with a trip to the Disney-MGM Studios park with Chris (:love:), Cheri (I hope I spelled that right), and Rachel. Cheri is down from the Detroit area to visit her best friend Rachel, who just happens to be the girlfriend of Chris’s housemate Kenny. Cheri also plays World of Warcraft with Chris and his other housemate, Ben. They are all in the same guild on the Shadow Council RP server–isn’t that sweet? 😉

Anyway, you are all probably wondering why we chose to visit the Disney-MGM instead of something REALLY fun like Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.

There was only one reason: It was the last Star Wars weekend at Disney-MGM, and, as a huge fan of the movies and cosplay fanatic, Cheri wanted to take her custom-made Tusken Raider baby doll around the park and have its picture taken with all of the dressed up Star Wars characters. Since it was also her 32nd birthday, we clearly had to make this happen.

I was a bit concerned about finding meals that I could actually eat without counting them as free meals, but managed to get through the day with my Nalgene water bottle, two Luna bars and a lovely little kids meal at the Backlot Express restaurant: a small side of chili, some grilled chicken slices, raw broccoli, celery, and carrots, a cup of applesauce, and a small OJ for the bargain price of $5.39. If you’ve ever been to Disney, you will recognize that as a dirt-cheap meal in the Land of the Mouse.

Rachel used to work at the park as a cast member on the Great Movie Ride, so she herded us from ride to ride with the precision and and efficiency of a pro.

By the end of the day, despite the threat of tornadoes and several rounds of absolutely drenching rain, we’d gotten photos taken with Jedi Mickey, Queen Amidala, Anakin Skywalker (in both kid and grown up form), Chewbacca, The Incredibles, the Emperor/Palpatine, and Darth Vader.

There was a small snafu with the Vader photo though. Being a native Floridian and extremely averse to dying of heat stroke or acquiring a case of heat rash (have been v. prone to heat rash since I was a kid), I was dressed in the aqua v-halter swim top from my last round of photos, some workout shorts, and my favorite Mizuno Wave Precision running shoes. This is June in Florida after all, which meant that the temperature this morning was in the 90s while the humidity level was up to what felt like 100%. I figured that if it started raining, I would be streamlined enough to sprint to shelter, and if I got soaked anyhow, I’d dry off faster. I also wasn’t averse to catching whatever meager rays of sunshine might be poking through the overcast skies. (No worries–I had on SPF 15. A bit of color is okay, but turning into a crusty, wrinkled melanoma victim by age 35 is NOT in my life plan.)

Heh…anyway, I was dressed in pretty much the same amount of clothing I have on when working out, but Milord Vader chose to be offended by my lack of midriff coverage and sent one of his lackeys–a park employee–to ask me to throw on a shirt. LOL. Fortunately I did have a shirt in my bag, but how funny that Darth Vader is more prudish than Mickey Mouse!


Stupid me forgot to put the SD memory card back into my camera after the last batch of progress photos, so I was cameraless today. Cheri did take a bunch of pictures on her camera, however, so I’ll post them when she gets them online.

6/10/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 18
Total Perfect Days = 40/62

– 1344 calories eaten / -767 deficit
– 50.1% carb, 31.6% protein, 20.9% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs
6/4/05 – 135.6 lbs

Nutrition: 1800-2000 calorie high zig zag day

1: 3×1 omelette, 3 small pancakes, 1/2 c. grapes
2: Caramel apple Luna bar
3: 1/3 c. chili, 2 oz. chicken breast, 1 c. mixed raw veggies, 1/3 c. apple sauce, 1 c. orange juice
4: Caramel apple Luna bar
5: 1 c. lean beef chili, 3/4 slice banana bread, 1 cup fresh pineapple
6: 3/4 slice banana bread, 1 banana

Total: 2091 calories, 59.9% carb, 22.8% protein, 19.5% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum

11:00-6:00 PM Walking around Disney/MGM Studios theme park with intermittent sprints to get through afternoon rain showers.

The Awful Truth:
1. Nothing so far. 🙂

Brownie Points:
1. Did something active on the weekend with other people for a change. Amazing, eh?
2. Signed up for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer course just for kicks. My GI Bill will cover $500 of the $649 fee, so why not learn something new this summer?
3. Did not have any cheese-infused tater tots or icky lite beer at Devaney’s last night when out with Chris and friends.

Short-term Goals:
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Pick up some beef for steak and beef noodles.

10 thoughts on “Dissed by Vader

  1. Sorry if this is completely unrelated to pretty much anything, but…Next week my boyfriend and I are visiting Orlando (we’re from Vancouver, BC). What can we expect weather-wise? I’m assuming hot, but what’s the deal with these thunderstorms and stuff? Does that happen throughout the day, or how does that work? Thanks dude!

  2. Shrew–Check the 10 day forecast for Orlando here

    It looks like it’s going to be close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit with very high humidity, which basically means that wearing shorts and a t-shirt, you will be absolutely drenched with sweat within 15 minutes of stepping outside, even if you don’t move at all. It rains heavily for about 30-45 minutes EVERY day in central Florida in the afternoon, but becomes sunny and hot right afterwards. Very strange, I know. I wouldn’t bother packing any warm clothes beyond maybe a light windbreaker or jacket because you are going to spend most of your time feeling extremely warm, even at night. When you step off the plane you are going to be hit by a solid wall of muggy heat.

    Don’t even think about wearing jeans to the theme parks if you plan to go. Cotton and lightweight, breathable fabrics only! Nothing is as awful as being trapped in soaking wet jeans (from sweat, rain, or getting drowned in a water ride) for an entire day while walking miles and miles around Disney World. And skip the fashion statements when it comes to shoes. Wear what’s comfortable, whether that’s sneakers or flipflops.

  3. Ha! Too funny about having to put on a shirt! Must have been a women under there cause no man in his right mind would have suggested that! LOL!:biggrin:

  4. Hi Maggie,
    Been reading your blog for a while now, sorry I haven’t posted a comment before this. Just wanted to say that I’m so happy that you were able to get out of the office and have some fun for a change. Also, you look awesome and you are an inspiration to me! Keep up the hard work, it’s really paying off!

  5. Maggie,
    You definitely seem enamoured of the Luna bars – I’m curious given your daily nutritional goals you don’t go right for a smaller-sized protein bar instead (if you’re going to be eating an MRB at all, that is), just to get a higher pro-carb ratio.

    MRBs…. ah, so addicting. I’m eating my “2nd lunch” of a Clif Builder Bar as I type this. I always tell myself, “I’ll eat the ones I have and not buy any more”, but then they go on sale somewhere…. *sigh*


  6. How exactly am I enamored of Luna bars? I have about two or three per MONTH. Thirty days times 6 meals per day equals 180 meals in the average month, with only three of them being storebought MRPs. 1.67% doesn’t seem so very dire to me. 😉

    Saturday was an aberration since I was at a theme park all day without access to my normal fridge full of healthy options. Since my ratios are 50/30/20 instead of the lower carb 40/40/20 or 40/30/30 of BFL and Zone, I have more room to play with when it comes to bar selection. The reasons I had those Lunas was because a) They were only $5 a box on sale and b) Unlike most other commercial MRPs, Lunas taste good, are under 200 calories, and don’t contain bloat-inducing dairy.

    BTW, to answer your email query from last week, I don’t place my shakes, smoothies, and various bars in the same category as commercial MRPs because I skip all of the preservatives and funky headache-inducing chemicals that the companies put into their nasty tasting concoctions. I also do not have a problem with artificial sweeteners. My beef with storebought MRPs is more about cost (way too high), taste (usually gross), and physical effects on my body (headaches, bloating, nausea) than whether or not they are all natural and granola approved.

  7. Thanks for the clarification. 🙂 I actually just tried a batch of homemade bars last night, and haven’t had one yet. I hear they are better once you chill them and let them ‘age’ a little. 😀

    The best tasting ‘energy’ bar out there (as opposed to protein bar) is definitely Larabar. They are made of fruit and nuts, sometimes added cocoa/cinnamon. But literally nothing else. So tasty…. and so expensive…. so naturally I experimented with making my own in the food processor. Just whiz up some dates and add almonds, semi-dried bananas, etc. Good stuff.

    Thank you for your response and for the site; I am constantly learning from it.


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