Planning for Disney...
Sunday, February 23, 2014
It is almost here. Tomorrow afternoon my husband and I will drive down to Hartford and grab a room. Our flight leaves at 6am Tuesday! We will be in Disney 7 full days, leaving early on the eighth day to fly home. Disney vacations are nothing new, we've been going for years, but this is the FIRST trip where I am going to try staying on track as best I can. I will be leaving the computer home but I have my sparkpeople and sparkcoach aps loaded and ready to go! Now to develop a bit of a plan.
Step 1 is activity. Disney automatically requires a lot of walking. Just over a week ago, I re injured my back a bit so I have rested this entire week, cutting back on my calorie range a bit to compensate. Walking is fine, and my husband and I do the theme parks at a pretty leisurely pace. I know I will need at least to get the heart race up a bit each day so I am turning to the one exercise that works the best when my back is bothering me, Nordic walking. The Nordic walking burns more calories than just walking alone, and if I have trouble I have the walking sticks to help me get up and stay up. (My right leg can sometimes lose feeling for a few moments). Worked great for me after my original injury. So when I packed my luggage yesterday, the walking sticks went to! The best part is the we are staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort which has a 1.4 mile walking path around their little lake.
Step 2 is food. I have the Basic Meal plan. This means I get a snack, a quick service (think fast food type)meal and a table service meal every day. This is already included in my package and can actually add up to a LOT of food. Quick Service and Table Service meals come with dessert included. My first day there I booked a "Fantasmic Package" which means add an appetizer in there as well.
The big obstacle with food is that Disney does not actually have nutritional information available for their restaurants. There are healthier options, but sometimes numbers can surprise you. I could use this as an excuse to not track, I mean its not going to be accurate, right? Instead my plan is to track my food based on similar dishes at well know chain restaurants, like Cheesecake Factory, Applebees etc. It may not be 100% accurate, but I think the proportions and such are close enough. Close enough is better than not at all.
Since my Table Service meals are booked ahead (Trust me if you want something specific you have to book up to 6 months ahead sometimes here) I'm going to review their menus online for some better options so I can be prepared before arriving. One meal will be at Splitsville so add some bowling to that night! Several offer a no sugar added sorbet with fresh fruit for dessert.
Quick Service is actually pretty varied at Disney, some places even offering vegetarian options. Again the menus are online to preview. The one I know I am going to hit is Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom. Last time there they had a smoked beef that was excellent, and was served without a sugary BBQ sauce. Most places will offer grapes or carrots in place of French fries, another good option.
My daily snack usually ends up being a bagel in the morning. As long as I watch my toppings I will be OK there. Overall I think its going to be a great trip. Only wishing I had thought to get a pedometer before the trip. Has anyone actually counted their steps around Disney... has to be quite a few.