What’s it really like?

I started having issues with my hip while training for the Nike San Fran Half Marathon which was in October 2013.

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

After the race I cut out running for the most part and started lifting more. Doing things that didn’t aggravate my hip.

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After 10 months of issues it was time to go see the doctor. My family would tell you that they had been trying to get me to go for months. I was in denial. I was scared and really didn’t want to know the “REAL” issue.

I didn’t want to give up my fitness routine and I truly didn’t want to know what the X-ray was going to tell us.

In August my chiropractor suggested I get checked for a hernia. My workout partner said she was a quack and to go to the Sports Medicine doctor in her office. That’s what I decided to do.

During my first visit he did take X-rays of my back and hips. Conclusion = Hip Flexor Tendonitis. He had me on 8 weeks of workout restrictions. No running, No jumping, No explosive moves, No lunges and I needed to attend 8 weeks of Physical Therapy. I was good with this. I cut out kickboxing and replaced it with the elliptical and my trainer had me do modifications during those particular workouts. PT was nice because I learned a lot of new stretches and ideas of what needed to happen for my body to get stronger in the areas that were weak after compensating for so long.

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 At my 8 week visit with the Sports Med doc he REALLY wanted me to have an arthogram and an MRI. I was in major denial about getting the arthrogram. Really who wants a huge needle stuck into their hip-joint? I managed to talk him out of this for another 8 weeks as long as I didn’t “CHEAT” on my restrictions. When I got home and talked to my family they told me that I would cheat and just get it done and rule out the laberal tear. (This was my biggest fear) So I scheduled the appointment.

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This is a random photo I found on the intrenet that shows what an Arthorgram is! See that long needle going into the hip-joint? This is what scared the bejesus out of me.

I really really didn’t want to have this done.

The day had come and I was an emotional wreck waiting to go back to the room. When the radiology tech came to get me my emotions just start pouring out. She was so great in comforting me and making me feel a ease. The radiologist doing the procedure was amazing. He talked me through everything and really helped me relax. The initial insertion is the hardest part. I didn’t feel much of anything after he got the needle in a little pressure here and there.

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Here is my arthorgram can you see the needle leading to the middle of the joint?

When we were done with the procedure I told the doctor

“A Brazilian is much much more painful”

He laughed and asked if he could share with one of his partners one of my buddies!

On to the MRI!

I’ve never had an MRI before either.

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This is a picture of the MRI Machine at my hospital.

The MRI techs were amazing.

I had on some HUGE fancy hospital shorts and I was nervous therefore I was freezing. They wrapped me up in blankets and gave me all the instructions along with some head phones and a cloth over my eyes. They told me it was going to be loud. Man it’s like a jack hammer for 45 min and you can’t move. I highly recommend the earphones and an eye mask it helped me relax and not think about getting inched into that claustrophobic machine.

Results??? My radiologist buddy had me come into his office when we were all done. He said I don’t have a labreal tear but I do have degenerative joint diease.

All I know is he told me it’s time to switch to biking.

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Here are the MRI pictures. The white is the dye they put in during the arthorgram.

I haven’t been back to the Sports Medicine doc yet to see what he’s plan of action is going to be. What I do know is that I have arthritis and a flap. The fluid from the arthogram helped with the swelling and my pain has been minimal for now. Running is pretty much out of the question I do not want to tear the labrum.

I’ve been focusing on lifting weights and stretching. I see in my future a fast “WOGGER”. I love the races and even if I can’t run I can wog a pretty quick pace. Time will tell!

Long story short! The arthorgram wasn’t near as bad as I had pictured in my mind!

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AMAZING! Where does the time go?

Seriously how have I missed posting since the end of July? Life has just been crazy busy (I know not a good excuse) and some major writers block.

So I decided just to re-cap my craziness in a photo blitz of the last couple of months!

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Lake Powell the best place on earth!

 

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The 43rd Annual

Carbondale Mountain Fair

 Wild At Heart: Celebrating Our People, Town, and Wilderness

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Sassy and Sweat!

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Who doesn’t love a killer BUCKCHERRY concert?

FALL HEADLINE TOUR BEGINS

Our Fall headline tour is underway! Tickets and VIP still available here. Hope to see you on the road!

Oct 03 Austin’s Fuel Room Libertyville, IL
Oct 04 Mickey’s Bar Lancaster, OH
Oct 05 Louder Than Life Festival Louisville, KY
Oct 07 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
Oct 08 Club 3D Beckley, WV
Oct 10 Horseshoe Casino Robinsonville, MS
Oct 11 The station bar & grill Broussard, LA
Oct 14 Hurricane Harry’s College Station, TX
Oct 15 Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA
Oct 17 Warehouse Live Ballroom Houston, TX
Oct 18 Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre San Antonio, TX
Oct 19 Pharr Events Center Pharr, TX
Oct 21 Speaking Rock Ent. Center El Paso, TX
Oct 22 Top Deck Farmington, NM
Oct 25 The Love Ride Castaic, CA
Nov 01 Maverick Stadium Adelanto, CA
Nov 06 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
Nov 07 The Ranch San Miguel, CA
Nov 09 Phoenix Int. Raceway Phoenix, AZ

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First day of school and Maizey the BNPPB is getting big!

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Friends,concerts and bike rides!

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The Mile High City!

The Bride, the bridesmaid and my go to traveling breakfast. Starbucks oatmeal with protein and a hot black coffee!

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My Mini Me and Fall Flowers!

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Friends and Tri’s!

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My motivation poster!

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Real life work! St. Mary’s Ball

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Fresh veggies always a plus! (That is a tomato not a donut!)

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Love the Broncos!

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Girl time!

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This is my defense against the dreaded cold!

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So Many events! Walk4 Life, Cage Wars and SURVIVE Fashion Show!

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Be the Change!

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Today in our  State of Slim support group meeting, Carol gave me this beautiful bracelet for inspiring her along the 16 week State of Slim journey.

I love it!

What I love more is the inspiration and the change I provided!

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A little over a month ago I shared a bit of Carol’s story with you. Our 16 week journey is now complete and we are on what is considered to be  the “maintenance” phase with a rebuilt Mile High Metabolism. Our  journeys are not over yet. After the first week of maintenance Carol & John both  to dropped pounds and body fat. As of today they have lost over 62 combined pounds. Carol 25 and John 37.

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I am sure you all are wondering about my success and rebuilding my Mile High Metabolism. For those of you who know me I don’t have much to lose.

I gained so much from this experience and look forward to becoming a Transformation coach and teaching others how to live a

Colorado Lifestyle wherever they are in the world.

Oh are you waiting for my results?

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Our support group is growing every day. I highly recommend if you don’t want your bathtub (metabolism) to be clogged any longer buy the book and join us. We invite you to explore and learn more about the State of Slim at our next monthly meeting on April 19, 2014.

Carol – “16 Week Journey” – Changing from the inside out.
Deanna – “Small but Mighty”- Little to lose with significant change.
Elaine – “Not just Weightloss” – No more meds
Gretchen – “Men are from Mars” – Changing yourself perception.

“Be the Change” not only for yourself but for another!

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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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The city by the bay ~ San Francisco!

Girls trip to have fun in the city and run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon perfect fit for my blog. Food, Drink and Fitness!

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Here we are boarding a jet plane to the West coast!

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We were luck to have our own personal travel agent with us. Tina she had us make a reservation on the Super Shuttle when we arrived in SFO to save time and money. I highly recommend this for traveling when arriving to a large city that you have never been to before. When we arrived at our hotel we were all tired and ready for sleep.

Good Friday Morning San Fran! This is the view from our hotel. Beautiful!

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The concierge helped our personal travel director giving her directions to the Nike Expo and a popular breakfast restaurant.  We walked to Lefty O’Doul’s and Irish pub. It offered a variety of things. I would say it’s an average place to eat breakfast. Very convenient  for us because it was right across the street from packet pick up.

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Packet pick up was very well-organized you checked in via computer and verified all your information. The person at the registration gave you your bib and a wrist band with your corral number. Then you move to the next line where you pick up your swag bag. Now on to the expo. Once inside the tent there is a huge marquis with names of girls checking in giving some motivation. We venture around the corner and it’s picture time!

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Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

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Other things offered at the expo were Nike shoe strings, Verizon had a sign up for guessing your mile time from mile 9-10. Whole foods gave away a protein taster and chocolate macaroons. The NUN booth had tasters of their different drinks that were going to be offered on the race course. There were other booths but we didn’t’ feel the need to wait in the huge line.

Off to the Nike store we go. On the windows of the store all of the participates names are listed.  Now it’s time to decide what to purchase for souvenirs.  Many many items to choose from. Lucky we arrived on Friday because there were still smaller sizes available. I was going to buy a pair of the Nike socks made just for this race but when I tried them on they were HUGE on my small feet. So I decided on buying a nice warm up pull over.

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Whole foods offered a free shuttle to the store for a swag bag. So we hopped the shuttle and made a few food and drink purchases. Then it was time to find Nordstrom’s. The girls wanted to do some shoe shopping. This is the place to find shoes for sure.

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Yep these boots are calling my name. I just might have to order them!

Yep these boots are calling my name. I just might have to order them!

After shopping it was time for showers and get dolled up for the theater. Unfortunately in San Fran it’s almost impossible to find a taxi especially for a party of 5.  Lucky for us Roger a limo driver was on break and took us to the sushi restaurant for a donation.

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Our walk to the Orpheum Theater from the restaurant was cold and much father then the 5 blocks that we were told. Pretty scary too! We saw the Wizard of Oz a very good production. The theater was beautiful. It was freezing cold when we left the theater and once again we were challenged to find a cab. We split up in 2 different cabs for the ride home.

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We are all early birds thank goodness because a night owl would not have liked sharing a room with us. Up early and out the door down to the Pier. The farmers market was amazing. Tons and tons of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meats a chef’s dream come true.

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We found a cute little place to have breakfast. The porridge made out of Farro was delicious and a must have. I need to learn how to make this. AMAZING! I also found the best donut EVER a sweet bread filled with Nutella YUMMO!

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Now it was time to work off some of the food we have been eating. We rented bikes for the day and headed from Pier 1 to Sausalito  over the Golden Gate bridge approximately 10 miles.  Not including the detour we took to visit Lombard street.

Walking up Hyde street to see the famous Lombard street.

Walking up Hyde street to see the famous Lombard street.

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We made it!

We made it!

Time for lunch!

Time for lunch!

What a fantastic day! Stopping in Sausalito for lunch and a bit of shopping then found the ferry for a ride back Pier 1.

Stay tuned for part 2!

Dear Dee-licious Musings…

This is somewhat out of the ordinary blog post for me but since I like to share things for women it does seem fitting.

Early this week my “Mini Me” celebrated her 14th birthday. The morning of her actual birthday my mind was remembering back to her birth and my pregnancy. This is what started my thoughts of a blog post.

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“Mini Me” in the NICU!

So I asked a few of my girlfriends to come up a few ideas to share with new moms and pregnant ladies.

1. Only gain 20 -25 pounds and don’t eat Dairy Queen Mudslides the last month every night for dessert. (Yes I did this)

2. Sleep when you can and really do take others up on offer to help or ask for what you need it.  Every chance you get.  If someone says I’ll watch the baby while you sleep, DO IT. 

3. To be thankful for the fact that your body can support life, that you carried that baby to term, and are about to witness the miracle of a new life, coming from your womb. 

4. Never compare your post-baby body to anyone else’s.  Don’t look at model/celebrity pics of moms who just gave birth.  They have nannies, and personal trainers, and never have to worry about taking care of anyone else.  You do. 

5.  With a newborn do whatever works! Nursing/bottles, sleeping in their carrier/bed, letting your child sleep in a stroller while you pushed it around the house. Seriously whatever works for those first 4-6 months.

6.  Relax – Choose your battles and enjoy your children, they grow up too fast.

7.  Take time to watch every little change in your child. Let them be who they are without expecting them to be a certain way.

8.  Let your body tell you when it’s time for the baby to come into the world. Don’t try to make it happen too soon. Let it happen naturally.

9.  Getting things done ahead of time–prepping meals, stocking the fridge, using paper plates or convenience items for those first few months. 

10.  Background noise–awesome stuff for sleeping kids–fans, humidifiers, sleep machines and very dark rooms!  And those first 3 months, do whatever you can to get through it because nothing is set in stone with the baby for that “fourth” trimester–so sleeping on you, in a carrier, holding often–just roll with it and give it time.

11. A baby won’t die from crying. It’s OK to put down the baby and walk away if you have to!

12.  Find a good time of day for some peace and quiet for yourself. (Read a book, take a bath or go for a walk) This means time for Daddy to step in and spend some quality time with the baby.

13.  The book “What to Expect the First Year” is a great tool for first time parents. Read to your child from day one. They are little sponges and learn very quickly.

14.  Keep moving while pregnant it will help you feel better.