I've heard of and actually have looked into the Disneyland marathon but have never done it. However, after yesterday I felt like I had participated in one or maybe an Iron Man.
The day started with me taking the two little ones to Disneyland. Before leaving I made sure breakfast was consumed and that food for the day was prepared. I also juiced a lot more, quantity wise, than I have ever done before (I included a screenshot of what I did and the values from MyFitnessPal below).
Upon arriving I discovered that I left the second seat for our Phil and Ted's double stroller at home. Not having this, presented an immediate problem. With this particular stroller the seats stack. Thus creating a seating arrangement similar to that of a double decker bus. Making it easy to use, steer and control while still being streamlined. We bought ours from a lady selling her's on craigslist years ago and we love it! If you haven't seen a Phil and Ted's before here is what our stroller looks like. I told my little guy the issue and said that he would need to walk or be carried. He looked at me and said, "I want to walk." I was glad and somewhat relieved. After about two minutes, the little man said "Up please Daddy" and I knew that my day was going to be interesting. After picking him up and continuing on, I quickly became thankful for all the weight I've lost over the last two weeks. Seriously, if felt great knowing that I could carry him and push the stroller as we walked in Disneyland from the Mickey and Friends parking lot.
If you are wondering why we didn't take the tram in... simply enough a tram is convenient if you have one adult and one child or two adults and two children. In my opinion it is easier to walk in (pushing the stroller) when you are out numbered and a day supply of food for the kids. Trying to break down the stroller, hold the food bags and keep two kids on their bums, just wasn't something I wanted to attempt.
After about 200 yards it became evident that carrying a 3 1/2 year old was going to be more of a challenge than I thought. Switching arms every 100 yards or so helped, but still was difficult. Eventually the light bulb turned on... my shoulders! Stopping to hoist the little guy up and then securing him by his two legs with my left hand accompanied by directions to "hold on and lean forward" we were on our way... as I became the missing seat. People looked at me with eyes of surprise. Some smiled. Others shook their heads as we passed. Upon arriving in the park I had high hopes of leaving the stroller at Main Street Station as the boy wanted to go to the Haunted Mansion. A quick train ride (while leaving the food, gear and stroller at the station) would have been easy... but the station was closed. Completely blocked off. Onward we went. At times he walked, but mostly he wanted to be carried. When the three of us got to a ride they would walk in for the most part under their own power, at times they both wanted up... and the stroller was no where in sight.
If you are wondering how many calories one can burn while spending over four hours walking around at Disneyland, while carrying one or two kids... let me know, as I am too.
In the end, we had a great day! I got a huge workout in and the kids met many Disney Characters, rode several rides and even had lunch with Jasmine, Alladin and Genie! It was a great day!
To top off my day (night), once the kids went to sleep, I hit PLAY on day 3 of Insanity! A little more cardio to help me with this weight loss adventure!
Before leaving I threw together a 'juice' that was UNLIKE ANY I had ever made before. I was looking for quantity and sustainability... not flavor. I knew from previous juicing that a sweet potato / yam would leave me feeling full and satisfied longer than anything else I have previously combined. I started there... and then added more.
stainless water bottle with a few pieces of ice... this way it would stay cold.