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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Is it Spring, or is it Summer??

Spring is here!  Ok, well it feels more like summer here in central Florida.  We were at Sea World over the weekend.  Yes, we are theme park junkies!!  We have year passes for Sea World and Busch Gardens that we are going to let expire because they just cost too much to keep up every month.  Anyway, as we first started walking into the park, going toward the sting ray tank, I saw a group of beautiful flowers that I just had to take a picture of.  This is the picture.  I was reminded of the beauty, the fragile state that these flowers could be in.  I was reminded that I was just like this beautiful, fragile flower.  I could appear to be perfect with all my stems and petals shooting upward in the correct position - but I am not.  I am flawed.  I am fat.  I am a food addict.  I am a lot of things.  But in my journey I am trying to let go of the need to be perfect and just be ME.  It's ok that I am flawed, fat and addicted to food because I can do things to correct this about me.  This is my journey and I am on the road to self discovery and correcting all the wrongs that were instilled in me as a child.  There is so much hurt there from the abuse my mom suffered from my ex-stepfather to the addictions that both of my parents have battled and are still battling.  It's no wonder that I am the size I am and addicted to something.  Easter is especially hard for me because I want all the chocolate.  Those danged ole Cadbury Eggs are my biggest weakness, followed by Reese Peanut Butter Cups.  I have purposely not weighed myself because I do not want to see if I have gained any weight.  My will power is still not there.  Guess I need to work harder on it. 
Not the best picture, but me in the shade trying to get out of the heat.

Ok, enough about all that.  So we went to Sea World over the weekend and had a great time.  It was hot.  So hot, that we had to go into a couple of places to get out of the heat a few times.  I do not know why, or if it has something to do with my small pouch, but I was becoming sick to my stomach a few times in the heat.  The last few times we have been to Disney, my back has not hurt.  This time it did, but I think it was due to pms.  If not for that, I would have made it around the parks pain free.  I also didnt have patience for others.  That was all pms related  -  and I know it.  It seems like when people go on vacation, they catch a case of vacation brain.  Does anyone know what that is?  Have you ever seen it in action?  I have seen it too many times.  Some (not all) people just dont think, or care to pay attention, or have common courtesy when they are on vacation.  I know what a lot of people are thinking.  "We paid good money to come here, I will act however I want!"  I totally get that.  I paid good money too and I just dont want to be ran into, talked about, or anything else that could be ugly while I am at the theme parks.  One time at Universal's Islands of Adventure, I took my then 3 yr old into the bathroom and this dude, on the phone, came into the womens restroom, opened a stall and let it go - right there in front of women and girls.  OMG!!  He had a big ole case of VACATION BRAIN.  I pushed my son into another stall and shut the door.  About a minute later I heard this dude say, "oh, my bad!" Wash his hands and then walk out. lol  Well, I just got into a rant about vacation brain,  sorry! 
This squirrel was either trying to sneak attack us during lunch, or had a huge case of VACATION BRAIN!

I was excited to see that the Shamu show was reopened.  They had also remodeled the staging area.  Not a lot, just different colors.  But I was really sad with the show.  Before, the whales would jump straight out of the water several times.  This time they only did it once.  They no longer allow the trainers in the water since the horrible death of one last year.  I understand that, but the show left me wanting more!

I was on a nature kick while there.  I wanted to take pictures of flowers for some reason.  So I will leave this post with a few of the pictures that I took.


  1. Just a quick Hi and wecome to band world.

  2. Hi Christine! Thanks for the welcome!! I am very excited to be part of the banded community.

  3. Hi Stacy, Debbie sent me over. It sounds like you are doing fabulously! I was banded last year and have lost 111 lbs. I'm now at goal. Come visit my blog if you want

  4. Hey, I lived in the Orlando area for the last 10+ years and I just moved back home to the Philly area a week and a half ago. My husband is still seasonal with Disney so we will have "Working" vacations from now on but we are thrilled to be home need our family. I wish I found your blog sooner, we could have walked around disney together. *Maria*-DiZneDiVa-blogger from "This one time at BAND Camp..."-1 vs 300. Follow my journey at

  5. Hi Stacy... glad I found you. I was banded just a few days before you. You've done so well with your weight loss to date. Congratulations!