A Year in Review!

My photo reflections of 2014! 

January – Playoffs & Painting! 

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February – State of Slim and State Swim Swim Meet! 

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March – Red Solo Cup, Red Mountains and Red Nose Pitbull! 

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April – Annual Girls Trip! 

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May – Biceps, Bonfires, Bullets and Birthdays! 

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June-July-August – Summer Lovin had me a blast! 

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September – Did an upgrade on my phone and lost everything! 

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October – Fall Festivities! 

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November & December – Celebrations

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Will this be your journey?

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GJ State of Slim group started their journey on December 2, 2013 and have lost over 175 pounds from numerous members of the support group. Members are in different stages of their journey and many with different goals to achieve.

Welcome to the Grand Junction State of Slim support group – GJ State of Slim. If you’re reviewing this you’ve been added by someone who cares about you and your health. On December 2, 2013 5 women (and one supportive husband) started our 16 week State of Slim journey to build our Mile High metabolism. It’s working!

If you want to join our group we ask that you read the book State of Slim by Holly Wyatt, M.D. and Jim Hill, PhD. It is the foundation of our journey. (We are not affiliated with state of slim and gain nothing by recommending their book or program – we just really believe it works and are passionate about it.)

This is a support group only! We do not offer medical advice. We encourage anyone to read this book and begin your journey but anyone with more than 50 pounds to lose should consult with a physician.
(Anyone joining us does so at their own risk).

Join us on our journey.

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Here are a few comments about our journeys together as the GJ State of Slim!

• I think the energy and strength are my motivator to be as healthy as possible. I had an 83 year old patient tell me the other day that if he had known he was going to live so long he would have taken better care of his body. I want to be healthy as possible as long as possible and eating fresh and exercising are the ticket….Nurse Practitioner

• Been an up and down week for me. Exercise has been hard, working between 11-13hrs per day. I need to remember my whys: 1. This is about me and not work. My work will certainly wait, no one will do it for me. As of this morning, I’m down 10.5 pounds and feel good. Next week I am certain will be better!

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• Only two days back on Phase 1 and I hit a new low.

• I really like this, remember if you overindulged one meal, don’t give up, get back on program!

• Starting week 4 of Phase 2 today, I’m down 20 and my wife is down 17…keep it up…it’s worth it.

• Day 12 for me, down 9 pounds and feel great. Monday marks my journey into phase 2, however I wondering if it’s ok to stay in phase 1 one more week?

o Yes you can. The main reason Phase II was designed at week 3 was: with no processed food, decreased sodium, no fruit, no alcohol, etc., it would jump-start metabolism with balance of carb and proteins, the meals are close to decrease hunger, stabilize blood sugar and, of course, water weight falls off so results start to happen quickly. Watch the following: 1) energy level-remember if you are sticking to portions you are consuming only about 1300 calories, men about 1500, 2) watch for cloudy thinking and being pissed off-lol; slow digesting carbs are restricted, right? and 3) if you start craving what you have cut out: chips, sugar, bread…this is typically behavioral driven thus the Indulgence Meal was designed so you fill the craving a bit by having something on day 7 to look forward to. I support you, girl!

• My man is wicked modest and private, but I’m sharing. He started SOS for a second time. After 6 weeks, he is down 19.4″, 2″ in chest and 5.5″ in waist AND he had hip surgery two weeks ago is on crutches with no physical activity!

• “The Food You Eat Can Be Either the Safest & Most Powerful Form of Medicine, OR The Slowest Form of Poison” Ann Wingren

• Finished my second go round of phase I. Since November, I have lost 13 lbs. Weight loss is usually quite challenging for me, so this is good progress. Now, into phase II, hoping to continue some more losses. Feeling good, a bit less morning fatigue.

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• I am in phase 2 and down about 15 lbs. I have learned that change takes time, enjoy the process, and sticking to the eating plan of the SOS, gives me freedom in other areas of my life.

• Phase 1 day 12, down almost 10 pounds, 4 1/2+ inches……hubby is down into numbers he hasn’t seen in years AND his blood sugar has ranged between low 90’s-115ish……it was over 200 2 days before we started!! We’ve learned that we are in control of our health & success and we are strong in many ways! Thank you for inviting us along this amazing journey!

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• Wow- I guess I have changed! Thank you Deanna for reminding me how pictures can be motivating and thank you Carol for taking the recent picture of me!

• Are your whys written down where you can see them multiple times each day? The ‘why’ is so powerful and My whys are what help me get past temptations. They help me know without a doubt I will finish what I started and then keep me going through maintenance.

How are you reminded of your whys each day?

• Well, I got on my scale today and am amazed to say I am the lowest weight I have been in 19 years. Woohoo!

• So my SOS moment today- had to show my driver’s license at the bank and I realized that I actually weigh less than what it says! Whaaaatttt???!!! Oh yeah- happy dance!!

• Good morning GJ Slimmers! Today I want to remind everyone to hydrate! We’ve been very focused on food and exercise and I’m sure you’re also drinking your water. Just a reminder – the book suggests to drink 50% of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 170 lbs, you need 95 oz today. If you weigh 150, you need 75 oz.

Typically in the winter I have really dry hands and chapped lips and cannot put on enough chap stick or lotion. I noticed yesterday I’m using less lotion throughout the day. My hands are still dry (comes with the dry climate we live in) but they’re not bothering me. And I have put a lot less Chap Stick on… hydrate from within! On a separate but kind of related note – my finger nails are stronger and growing.

I plan to raise a tall glass of h2O to all of you at lunch time today – cheers!

• Ladies… Today I weighed myself on the scale at the gym but it appeared broken. After a few minutes I realized – I had to set the scale down to a lower weight to make it work. First time in 8 years I’ve been here and it feels awesome. I’m here on the treadmill slugging away but movement is movement and I’m going to keep my eye on the journey ahead. Thanks to all of you for joining me on this journey.

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• I love the change I’m seeing on the inside as well as the physical change. My entire approach to health and wellness is being redefined. I think a lot more about my choices and WHY and have finally come to realize that I own my journey. Of course it helps to be a size smaller after 4 weeks .

• My husband ordered an outfit on-line for me for Christmas. I was very worried it wouldn’t fit since he went down a size. Um – it’s almost too big. SOS works. Please for those just joining us – read the book and understand what a mile high metabolism means so you can build one. It’s so much more than exercise and eating less. Exercise and WHAT we eat and when are key. Love this journey.

• You’ll see a little less of the Gj State of Slimmers this week. Everyone who started phase 1 on 12/2 lost weight, inches and most lost body fat too. First time in my history I’ve lost weight in December. Yahoo!! Next week we’re stirring it up a bit. Meet at Golds Gym at 5:45 for weigh in and a group picture, then join us for body combat at 6:00 am. Let’s start the Christmas week with sweat and encouragement! The subsequent meetings will be as scheduled at four winds. Anyone else who will be starting phase 1 after the holidays is always welcome to join our support group now.

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• Just realized that eating my chocolate muffins with oatmeal has cured cravings. I wasn’t getting the oatmeal for a few days. Can’t slack on any component of plan.

• Oh and on phase 2 we finally get to eat ostrich. Been craving that almost every day… .

• Pumpkin chili rocks! I had to speed up recipe and sauté the peppers and onion in a little olive oil- didn’t read that it was a slow cooker recipe! Plus side…I have lunch already for tomorrow!

• Never lost 6.4 pounds in one week in my life! Thanks for all the support! Ready for week two!

• We can order 12 pack of 1 pound bags and can mix cpb2 and pb2 for $80 plus shipping and tax.

Chocolate cheesecake muffins
These are modifications I made to original recipe
Vanilla protein powder and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder( didn’t have choc)
Ran out of egg whites once and used half water/3 egg whites
Increased Greek yogurt to 3/4 cup as they were dry
2 tsp cinnamon ( I love cinnamon )
1/4 tsp chipotle powder(brings out chocolate flavor, like Mexican brownies)
Baked 325 for 13 minutes
Great to mix CPB2 and frost as you go

• Doing great, you Grand Junctioners. It’s so worth following exactly, especially Phase I. You will reap the benefits. The brain power is a great effect.

• Day one complete… Not too bad food wise but I did not get in all my exercise. Tomorrow will be better. Spent the last 2.5 hours cooking and prepping food for the next few days. Made the smoothie for snack tonight with chocolate pb2… It was great!

• Good Morning Slimmers!

I have to share something with you. Last night at our meeting we talked about the guidelines of Phase 1. So I am mentally preparing to start phase 1 on 12/2. My normal routine doesn’t consist of eating breakfast an hour after I wake up. Typically I don’t eat until 8:30 or 9:00 am. This morning after getting home from the gym I immediately made a protein shake. I think this could become a regular routine for me.

What are you doing to mentally prepare for phase 1?

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o When I got home last night I started watching my taped episodes of biggest loser and the voice. At 1130 I finally went to bed. This morning when the alarm went off I started rationalizing more sleep and no walk. But then I went to my WHYs… I realized that my reasons for doing this are important enough to get up even after only 5 hours if sleep. So glad I did it.

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Are you still wondering if you should start?

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Join us!

*Photos are from Instagram – All these statements are from GJ Slimmers!

Ya I wanna work there!

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Through the canyon in the sun, over the pass packed with snow and semi- trucks chaining up, over the top and down the mountain only to get stopped by Clark County Sheriff

..”Ma’am you were coming down that hill pretty fast…Sorry Sir I thought the speed limit was 75 until I saw you…Do you have ID, registration and proof of insurance?……Watch the speed Ma’am and have a nice day.”

After getting stopped for speeding and lucky enough to not get a ticket I found my way to Denver picked up my SIL and headed to the Anshutz Wellness Center. Once we finally found the facility we met up with Peggy. She shared with us that Extreme Weightloss was they’re interviewing for the next show. How exciting is that!

Let the tour begin!

The building is four stories and filled with tons of energy and lots of fun people running around.

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We met a very nice young lady at the front as we walked into the facility. She has lost over 80+ pounds on the State of Slim and just beams from ear to ear. If I remember right her name was Tamica great person to meet when you walk in the door.

Inside

They have a new metabolic kitchen and offer classes to teach State of Slimmers how to cook meals.

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Look at this interesting spice and fresh produce rack.

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Every summer up on the midway roof they have a fresh herb and vegetable garden. All the employees who work there take turns planting and maintain the garden. Can you imagine how great it would be to take home fresh organic vegetables and herbs from your place of employment every day during the season?

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The bistro is one of the greatest perks. I wish our hospital would serve the items that this bistro serves. All the items served are State of Slim ready and fresh! Please could I just have the muffins made and shipped to me weekly?

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Next we stopped at the King Soopers mock-up grocery store. Classes are taught about how to read labels and shopping for healthy groceries. My own personal reminder is the best items are on the outside isles of the grocery store.

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Now on to gym killer. The machines they have are from Italy and keep track of your workouts and visits. The cardio equipment has Wi-Fi. Often times the employees are required to take a break and work out at this amazing facility. They have an indoor track and a metabolic testing room with bod pods and many other types of equipment to help Slimmers with the success of their journey.

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The locker room is connected to an indoor lap pool and therapeutic hot tub. Man I could use that hot tub right about now. In the locker room they have massage therapists, steam room and sauna. Nicest locker room I’ve ever been in.

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I was then a very lucky to have Peggy give us a tour of the executive offices and I had amazing opportunity to meet Dr. John Peters. He was very shy and over whelmed by us. He did sign my State of Slim book! Then we followed Peggy to another office where she knocked on the door and interrupted the meeting. It was Dr. Holly Wyatt’s office yep I was one lucky girl! Dr. Holly was all smiles and even allowed me to have my picture taken with her. Time was limited for us all but man how I would have loved to sit down and just have a short conversation with her.

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Thank you Peggy for the amazing day and tour! I loved it! I am so jealous you get to work at the Anshutz Wellness Center everyday!

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If you are ever in the Denver area and want to see an amazing facility stop by and check it out!

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State of Slim #1

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In November a friend of mine posted this on Facebook.

“I Plan to coordinate a State of Slim support group on western slope. Still developing but message me if you want to participate. Read the book – State of Slim and let’s get healthy/stay healthy together… it’s what people from Colorado do! First meeting in a week – details to follow. Message me for info.”

And this is how it started!

On November 19, 2013 a group of approximately 6 ladies sat around a table in a coffee shop talking about the book State of Slim. Discussing the book and when and if to start phase one. Can we really do this during the holidays? Some of the ladies were in full force some were like I really need to wait until after the first of the year. After a bit of discussion it was decided that a few of us would start phase one on December 2, 2013.

“Have to share; I wrote this on a document I shared in our first meeting on November 19, 2013. It is so fun to look back now – amazing! I’m certainly looking back in February smiling. For those just starting – look ahead and know that it takes determination each day, moment to make your goals happen. Love State of Slim and what it has done for me.

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‘ I want to give special thanks to Deanna Colaizzi and Peggy Wilms for their support of my journey. They’ve both been instrumental in helping me keep it simple while inspiring me that I can do this. I’m ready but admit I’m nervous to start in the middle of the holidays. Regardless I’m going to do this and stick with it so that I build that Mile High Metabolism and can look back in February with a smile knowing I’ve done it.’”

This is a post from the State of Slim FB page
“December 2, 2013 Today’s #StateofSlim Success Story comes from Carol. She started a #StateofSlim group in Grand Junction. Let’s cheer them on!

“First meeting of GJ State of Slim this morning. Group started phase 1 today. I’m so blessed to have amazing Grand Junction folks ready to do this together. We weighed, measured and discussed our respective ‘whys and purpose’. Thank you State of Slim for the research, the book, the support and encouragement!”

On the morning of December 2, 2013 the original support group started with I think a group of 6. Only 3 of the original meeting started on 12/2. To this day 5 of the original still meet every Monday morning to talk about the previous week and the week ahead, learning’s and ideas to be successful. Our group page now has over 35 members and is growing daily. Everyone is on different phases of the plan. 3 of the original 5 are on the 16 week journey, 1 started phase one over after a fun-filled NYE trip to Vegas and the last one is working to find her mental mind-set.

I personally met with a group of 3 after the first of the year. They are on phase 2 and having huge success. When I talked to them on week during week 8 the two ladies had lost a combined total of 21 lbs and the man himself had lost about 20 lbs. Can’t wait to see them in person again!

Carol my friend who brought this to life in Grand Junction has lost 22 pounds in 10 weeks and is well on her way to a rebuilt metabolism and “Fit by 50”! I keep telling her I am going to buy her a hot bikini for her big 50 vacation. She isn’t too keen on my bikini ideas. She just may change her mind before May. When she started her goal was to get to 140 half way through she changed her goal to 130. Monday she was below her original goal with 6 weeks left! AMAZING! I am so proud of her and all the changes she has made. She also had a little turbulence during phase 2 (gallbladder surgery) that didn’t stop her not one bit. Did slow done the amount of exercise but she kept with the healthy eating and rebuilding her metabolism. PS – Her husband is down 28 lbs!

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I am sure some of you are wondering what my role is and why I’ve been involved with this group. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. I want to set a good example for my daughter and show her how eating healthy and exercising is important to your everyday life. I want to be a role model for women out there that say they can’t be fit and can’t eat healthy. I don’t want to have high blood pressure or a stroke when I get older and I also don’t want to have Type 2 diabetes. (Family traits)

I’ve learned over these last 10 weeks how important it is to have a mindset to accomplish a goal that has been set, I’ve learned how important it is for me to listen to what my mind says and what I want to achieve. I’ve learned how eating 7x a day is good for me and lastly I LOVE watching and helping others through their journey and pushing them to another level in their life.

This Friday I am lucky enough to be able to visit and tour the Anshutz Wellness Center in Denver. So excited for this opportunity!

SOS Book

Are you looking to fix your metabolism and drop weight buy the book “State of Slim” read it more than once. Write down your whys make a 16 week commitment!
Much more to come on the State of Slim! Stay tuned!

Success

Mile High Adventures!

 Mile High adventure!

 Mile High drive

Once we traveled over the continental divide and arrived in SW Denver we headed to “The Platte River Bar & Grill” for lunch and a GIANT marg. (Yes one is all you need)

Amazing Food, Great People, Good Times

“The Platte” has been a serving the Denver area for over twenty years. Located along the Platte River in Littleton Colorado, we have been a favorite stop for bikers and cyclists looking to refuel. We offer plenty of outside seating ( and heated inside seating during the winter months) making us a perfect place for those who enjoy the sunshine as much as good company. We are a family owned and operated so it’s not that same old corporate stuffy feeling. No matter what the occasion, we can accommodate any size party or occasion with over 300 outdoor seats as well as 170 indoor seats to suit your need (a great place for a birthday or business get together)! With a wide variety of food specialties and drink concoctions, you will always find something unique and different @ the Platte River Bar and Grill!

“The Platte” is a Denver staple for our family. The menu offers a variety of items and all taste like home-made! Check out their website – www.theplatte.com

Mile High Marg

Wine to go? Yep in Colorado if you don't finish the bottle get a to bag!

Wine to go? Yep in Colorado if you don’t finish the bottle get a to-go bag!

Our family was going to take us to breakfast at South Glenn to a place named Snooze but they had an hour and half wait. We decided to find a different restaurant. We ended up dining at a place called Ivy at the Glenn. They had an amazing brunch. Bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Bottomless Mimosa’s. I have zero photos from this great place because my phone was dead. I enjoyed the Creme Brulee Oatmeal…

“Ivy at the Glenn—Streets of SouthGlenn—At The Fountain

Seasonal. Contemporary. Neighborhood. Food. Here at the Ivy, we strive to offer the freshest possible ingredients for our cuisine according to what each season has to offer.  This provides you with a dynamic menu that evolves along with the balance of nature. Ivy at the Glenn is conveniently located in the beautiful Streets at Southglenn, just south of Whole Foods, at the fountain square at Gaylord and Commons Streets. We are open Monday – Friday from 11 am – Close (when our last customer departs) and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am – Close. Join us for our weekend brunch, served Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am to 2 pm.  “
 
 
 
Our last day with family was a day of Bronco football! The Chef made a fabulous fest for us!
 
Mile High time to ride
 
Game Day Menu included:
New England Style Clam Chowder, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Seared Ahi Tuna Salad, Mussels Marinara w/ Ciabatta Crostini, Alaskan King Crab, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, and Bloody Mary’s!
Mile High bloody
 
Mile High Chowder
 

Here are a few Colorado Travel tips for those of you interested in visiting Colorado!

Mile High on the road home

1.  Stay hydrated so you don’t get altitude sickness

 2.  Speaking of altitude one drink and you will have a buzz so yes you will be a cheap drunk.

 3.  Don’t buy beer in a grocery store or convenience store it’s 3.2 vs 6.0 so be sure to buy it in a liquor store.

 4.  Liquor stores close at midnight.

 5. Bars stop serving at 2:00 am

 6.  If you drive out of the city on I-70 and the weather isn’t bad and you can’t go the speed limit or 5-10 faster stay in the right hand lane.  

 7.  At 53 square miles, Denver International Airport is twice the size of Manhattan.

 8. The 16th street mall has shuttles. But you can pretty much walk almost everywhere downtown.

 9.  You can buy weed in Colorado but I saw only one pot shop between South Denver and North Denver. Don’t believe everything you hear on the news Colorado is NOT up in smoke!

10. Enjoy the Mile High City!

GO BRONCOS!

Randomness + Photo Blitz!

Last week I had so many random thoughts I decided to track a few and share just for the fun of it! Enjoy the laugh! 

Throwback! "Got Milk"

Throwback! “Got Milk”

I have a permanent glitter on the color of my eye. Well, I did have glitter attached to my eyeball but lucky for me the eye doctor removed it with only numbing my eye and q-tip. I am sure you are wondering how a person gets glitter stuck to their eyeball? I am thinking that my hairspray plastered it to my eye! 

Fun times!

 I walked into the grocery store a disabled Vet is “checking me out” and says to me “I find you look very nice in that there black coat” now that is a first. I’ve never had anyone compliment me on my wool coat.

So many managers don't take time to be REAL leaders!

So many managers don’t take time to be REAL leaders!

 

It’s so annoying when drivers think they own the road and cut you off! I find myself saying bad words and sounding like my mother.

Find a huge pile of snow and park in it why not!

Find a huge pile of snow and park in it why not!

 

I wonder if Bath & Body works has lower sales in the more humid states. My skin is so dry and I am using a ton of lotion right now.

UUgghh!

UUgghh!

 

Don’t ya just hate when you find the perfect pair of shoes and you go back to buy a second pair and they are sold out. …..

Best Buddies!

Best Buddies!

 

I love my beauty shop therapy nothing better than a haircut to make a girl feel spoiled and beautiful.

Hotel Shampoo! Yeah Paul Mitchell!

Hotel Shampoo! Yeah Paul Mitchell!

Why is it that I only have pennies when I need change for the parking meter?

Going to paint wine glasses with the girls!

Going to paint wine glasses with the girls!

Only 63 days until Spring…157 days until Summer…I will NOT complain about the heat.

Fabulous Colorado Wine!

Fabulous Colorado Wine!

So me!

So me!

Fund drink!

Fun Drink!

No cookies just cocktails!

No cookies just cocktails!

Favorite!

Favorite!

Need a chocolate fix Enstroms Mint Meltaways!

Need a chocolate fix Enstroms Mint Meltaways!

Colorado Orange and Blue Sky!

Colorado Orange and Blue Sky!

Go Broncos!

Go Broncos!

Mile High Adventure coming up next week stay tuned! 

Watergirl!

Watergirl!

Part 2 of the Bay Series!

Nike

Ferry trip!

Ferry trip!

After the ferry ride from Sausalito back to Pier 1 it was time once again walk the streets of San Francisco back to the Nike store.  On our way we found a few little artists booths. Some of the girls stopped and made a few purchases of interesting photographs of the bay area. We then scurried down to the Nike store.

Fractal Art

Fractal Art

Oh my! How many people can you really fit into one Nike store? One of the girls wanted to exchange a shirt she had purchased and I was looking for an additional one.

Guess what! Amy wanted to exchange her black medium for a black small and there wasn’t a single black shirt left in the store let alone a small and this is a 7 floor Nike store. I searched and searched the racks for the shirt I wanted and found a size medium on the mannequin.  Just as we were going to undress the mannequin, a lady said they had a medium on a different rack. Yep it was the very last one! Lesson here is if you would like to purchase Nike souvenirs get to the store a couple of days before the race not the day before.

Banner on top of the Nike store.

Banner on top of the Nike store.

Back out into the streets of Union Square to find our way back to the hotel. We decided on a different route this time, wandering through China town. I am only 5’4 but feel very tall next to most of the women in China town. We passed a sushi restaurant that looked very interesting. It was a boat floating thru water with a sushi buffet. I believe the name of the restaurant was the Sushi Boat.

Lantern in China town.

Lantern in China town.

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I am not sure if getting back to our room was a good idea. We all were tired and ready to eat and wanted to be to bed early since we had to be at the start by 5:30 AM. We all managed to get a little cleaned up and found an Italian Restaurant close to our hotel.

"Mangia" = Let's Eat!

“Mangia” = Let’s Eat!

When we arrived the host said our wait would only be about 15 minutes. I think he forgot they had a bunch of reservations to come in to be seated too. We sat and sat and sat. If he would have told us when we arrived the wait was an hour we could have made a decision to stay or find another restaurant.

Lesson here is be sure to make a reservation in San Francisco. We finally got a table and it was Mangia time!

I ordered the Pappardelle Bolognese Homemade wide Fettuccine pasta in an Italian tomato beef ragout. The meat sauce was ok but the home-made noodles were to die for. By the time we got our food it was about 8:00 Pacific Time 9:00 home/Mountain Time and I really didn’t feel like eating.

I ate what I could and then ordered the Profiterole – Homemade cream puffs filled with vanilla gelato. 

Home made pasta is the best!

Home made pasta is the best!

Delicious dessert!

Delicious dessert!

After dinner we walked back to the hotel to prepare for race day!

Time till race while waiting for a table.

Time till race while waiting for a table.

Bib, wrist band, shirt, shoes. "Let's do this!"

Stay tuned for “Race Day Re-Cap”!