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Last week my family set out for the “happiest place on earth” –Disneyland-. At least that’s their tagline.
The happiest place also turns out to be one of the most expensive places I’ve ever visited! It felt like we were charged for everything from simply breathing in the magical air of Disney to anything and everything we came across. So when tummies started rumbling it could have been a real problem to rely on Disney food.
The high-ticket items made us very focused on our wallets, we wanted to refrain from going crazy, which would have been so easy to do. All of that waiting with my kids proved that when low blood sugar kicks in, they start to lose it and snacks become mandatory. So strike one.
To get any snack around meant another long line and waiting to eat just so we could return to another line to wait again. Strike two.
As if the long lines and cost weren’t prohibitive enough, I am right in the middle of training for the Boston Marathon, seeing all of the cookies, candy, popcorn, and ice cream was beyond tempting. Now, typically junk food makes me sick to stomach and if that wasn’t enough it pretty much ruins my run the next day. So strike three.
We could have easily struck out and just bought junk, but we planned ahead and brought along some thinkThin® Brownie Crunch Bars, which taste like a treat, but are high in protein and low in sugar.
We didn’t feel like we were missing out on all of the goodies Disney had to offer, because these bars are that tasty. I was really glad we had them! Some of the lines were pretty long, and whipping out a healthier snack to sustain my kids between meals was a lifesaver.
We laughed until we cried, got motion sickness, stared in wonderment at the visual party that only Disney can whip up, screamed on rides, bounded on and then off of roller coasters with sheer joy. All of it making memories that we will always cherish. So… was being patient and staying positive during those years we saved for this trip worth it? YES! Was coming prepared with high-energy, ready-to-eat snacks a smart move and a money saver? YES!
It was beyond what we could have ever imagined. We had so much fun, and now my children are ready to start saving for the next visit!
The message was loud and clear to my family that week – anything worth doing is worth staying the course to do.
Whether you’re starting a new fitness routine, training for the Boston Marathon or saving up to attend Disneyland, staying positive and being patient is the key to making it all work. How you look at things will make or break you. You can think of it as deprivation, or you can think of it as delayed gratification. In the end, the choice is yours.
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