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Blog party! How I started blogging

Hi friends! :) Today I’m joining up with Susan and Janice at 5 Minutes for Mom for The Ultimate Blog Party 2014!


We’re all sharing a bit about who we are and why we blog. Here’s mine…

I’m Denise and I started Healthy Disney Family earlier this year. I came up with the name because it describes what I wanted to write about – living a healthy lifestyle, Disney, and my family.

After losing and successfully keeping off over 100 pounds, I wanted to talk about the healthy lifestyle changes I’d made and what I’m doing to stay healthy. I want to share my experience in case it helps anyone else too, the same way people’s stories and experiences helped me.

I also wanted to talk about Disney and connect with other people who love Disney too! Disney is a huge part of my life and inspired me to lose the last 60+ pounds to run my first Half Marathon, the 2013 Tinker Bell Half at Disneyland. The picture of me in the header on the right is the moment I crossed the finish line at the race. Such an amazing feeling!

Family is so important to me. My husband and I have been together for over 11 years. We met shortly before I left the US to study abroad in Amsterdam and finish my degree. My plan had been to move to Europe after graduation, but meeting him changed everything in the best way :) We got married on the beach in Jamaica and it has been quite an adventure along the way! After a very difficult pregnancy where I spent several weeks on bed rest, we were incredibly thankful and blessed to have our son. He’s our little buddy – a caring and sweet little guy who makes us laugh every day. He loves Legos, Star Wars, and sports, especially soccer, basketball, and running the runDisney kids races!

I’ll be writing more in depth about training for my upcoming three half marathons, posting race recaps, and training for my big races in 2015. If I I can register before it sells out, I’ll be doing the 2015 runDisney Dopey Challenge during Walt Disney World’s Marathon weekend. I’m registered for the 2015 runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge during WDW’s Princess weekend so I’m excited to be guaranteed in for at least one runDisney challenge next year :)

If this is your first time here, thanks for checking out my blog! If you’ve been already been reading, of course many thanks to you as well!

If you want to join in the Ultimate Blog Party too, here’s the link for #UBP14. If you’re a blogger, you can add your post and if you’re a reader you can find other blogs that interest you too!

– Denise


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  1. April 9, 2014    

    What a great story and link-up idea! My first half marathon was a runDisney race, too – the Princess Half in 2013! That is awesome you and your hubby did a destination wedding in Jamaica…my husband and I did the same thing, but in Maui! Beach weddings are the best! :0)

  2. April 9, 2014    

    I love the essence of your blog! Disney, famiy, and health! What could be better! My first race ever was a Disney race and it inspired me to become a runner and now I have been running at disney for 4 years now. Maybe i’ll see you at one of the Run Disney races!
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