OOFOS Giveaway Ends Today!!!

Aloha, fellow FIT BFFs! I know I have posted nothing about finishing the marathon Sunday…but I did! More on that later. But right now I want to remind you all that the OOFOS OOcloog giveaway ends tonight at midnight central time. Remember, the giveaway is for three winners to each win a pair and they are available for both men and women!

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I have been wearing my OOFOS since immediately after the marathon and even though it’s only been a day and a half since the pounding my body took…I’m pretty much recovered, more or less. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to win this extraordinary pair of recovery footwear!

Here’s the link: OOFOS OOcloog giveaway!!!

Unlocktober Days 24 & 25

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Happy Monday, Friends! I am behind again but for such great reason…I was having non-stop fun all weekend. Is there any better way to nurture my soul? My spirit was fed all weekend long spending time with my large and fantastic extended family.

Each October my cousins and I gather for a weekend near Halloween filled with whatever fun we can scare up. Usually we find ourselves at a resort in Wisconsin Dells, recently we’ve done the Mall of America. But no matter where we go, it is always a great reminder of the Halloween weekend tradition our parents started when we were kids. Every year we wonder how we’ve become the parents and how our kids have grown so quickly.

I snuck in a run both days, but made it my mission to play as much as I could. There are no pictures of the waterpark, we were too busy splashing, sliding, floating and soaking to record photographic evidence. The rest of the weekend went like this…

There were rides that reminded me I’m still a kid at heart…

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Rides that helped me remember what gravity feels like…

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And rides that I knew better than to ride, but did anyway…

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Hanging out with this next generation keeps me feeling like a kid!

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We embraced the weather and enjoyed the beauty and fun of the season…

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It doesn’t get much better than this…

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It all goes by way too fast…can’t wait for next year!

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Do you have a family tradition that brings extended family together for nothing but fun? If not, why not start? Staying and playing together helps keep us feeling young…one more may to put our Best Foot Forward!

Utah Adventure #1: Zion’s Narrows

My husband and I drove to Utah. From Minnesota. So you can only imagine how antsy I was to get moving once we arrived. We had just spent an insane amount of hours folded up in the car, but it was soon to prove very worth it! After driving what seemed like forever, up a most steep and windy mountain road, we arrived at our resort on Snowbird, just outside of Salt Lake City. We got settled, but not for long. We unpacked, then packed right back up to join my cousin Nadia and her husband Jeff for an unforgetable experience.

We drove down to Cedar City to regroup, spent the night, then packed the necessary provisions for our trek. Jeff suggested we take the time to see Zion National Park while we were in Utah and I’m so glad we did…it was beyond words!

We were lucky to have Nadia and Jeff as our guides so we knew how to prepare. This is not something you want to do barefoot. I didn’t have appropriate footwear, but Nadia quickly set me up. We packed plenty of snacks and LOTS of water.

The scenic drive to the park was spectacular.

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Once there, we hopped the shuttle to a trail that led us to the starting point of our expedition…The Narrows! Before Jeff told us about this part of the park, I’d never heard about this unique place.

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The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon with walls jutting an impressive thousand feet up! The Virgin River runs through the Narrows and although there is sandy/rocky ground to hike on in some areas, much of this adventure requires wading through the river.

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This was a very popular attraction, as it was quite hot that day. The river was refreshing! The water was ankle to thigh deep while we were there, but that can change quickly…there are signs posted to be aware of weather and flash flood potential.

This hike is pretty slow-going, as you need to take your time, making each step deliberately. I couldn’t help but wonder how many people have sprained or broken their ankles here. Wading through the river can be tricky, as you are walking pretty blindly over unpredictable river bottom.

Nadia and Jeff made a rock formation in the middle of the river their natural playground. They easily worked together to reach the top. Although they are not my kids, my nervous mom-radar was on high alert…I could only imagine how difficult an emergency rescue would be way out there. But these two are adrenaline junkies and are gifted high-adventurers!

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The Narrows is approximately sixteen miles in its entirety. We only went several miles, then turned back, as we would have eventually run out of daylight if we continued. But that was okay with me, by the time we got back to the shuttle stop, my rear was dragging, my legs were numb and my ankles were SHOT! A sure sign of an amazing workout…what a leg day! I kept thinking again and again while I was in Utah…a few years ago, I would have never been able to do these incredible things. I’m so thankful for this experience.

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I would call this a once-in-a-lifetime kind of adventure, as it truly is one of a kind. But, I HAVE to do it again. I don’t know when, but I will be back!

Rewrite Your Story

Happy Saturday, Friends! My Utah vacation has drawn to a close as I’m in the midst of some of the most gorgeous and scenic roadways our beautiful country has to offer. While my husband and I take in mile after mile of wonder, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. It’s been an unforgettable week I promise to share with you in the days to come.

But for now, I want to share with you something I’ve reflected on throughout my trip…something I kept coming back to. I can’t stop considering how 3 1/2 years ago, I would have never done any of the things we did this week. At my former 246 pound self, I remember telling myself I couldn’t do things…I would never be capable. Some of you may be telling yourself a similar story right now. Well here’s the thing…if that’s the conversation you’re having with yourself, you’ll likely never feel capable of accomplishing great things; you’ll talk yourself right out of them. And sadly, that’s a painful way to live.

If you find yourself in this place, know you are not alone; know you can turn it around. Sure it will take hard work and  sacrafice, but you can start with one simple game-changer. Rewrite the story you are telling yourself. Declare, then believe…I CAN!

Tell yourself this same thing often. Always. Drown out the self-doubt and the “I can’ts.” Change that conversation in your head. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself where I was this week…astonished at what I was able to do, because my new, improved story had me convinced I could…so I DID.

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And We’re Off!!!

Weeks of planning and preparation have led to this moment…this is it. My cousins Andrea and Nadia and I are about to hit the trail for our six day Superior Hiking Trail adventure starting…NOW!

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I will likely not be posting until our trek is complete, but I’ll eagerly share with you when we hit civilization again…or when I recover from schlepping this monster along the way. Hoping to regain the use of my arms so I can tell you all about it!

Until then, why don’t you start thinking about something you’ve always wanted to do and start planning!

And the RoadID Winners Are…

Good Sunday evening, fellow FIT BFFs, the RoadID gift card giveaway has come to an end. Thanks to all who entered! The two winners have each won a $15 RoadID online gift card for use in purchasing a RoadID customizable just for them!

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There are several styles to choose from and will make a fantastic, personalized way to run, walk, bike, etc with the security of identification at the ready!

If you did not win, no worries, you can still shop for your own RoadID here!

And now, without further ado, my husband just randomly drew our winners for me while on our road trip home from Wisconsin…

Congratulations to Carla B and Kara!!!

 

Mahalo and Aloha

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Three years ago today I was enjoying a luau on Oahu with my cousin Bonnie. During that visit we also hiked Diamond Head, but it was a tough climb for both of us; we each carried a lot of extra weight that made the ascent difficult.

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Three years later, we have both lost a significant amount of weight. New FIT BFFs readers, here’s my story if you missed it. Bonnie chose a different route than I did; she opted for gastric bypass surgery two years ago. She’s been successfully diligent…eating well and keeping active ever since. And while I’ve lost 85 pounds, she’s down 102…that’s AMAZING!

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She told me that other than marrying her husband, it was the best decision she ever made. She looks like a million bucks and I bet she feels that way too, because that’s how I feel!

I’d love nothing more than to hike up Diamond Head tonight…a celebratory climb to validate just how much easier it would be now in our new, improved selves…Bonnie and Carla version 2.0! Well, it won’t happen today, but hopefully some day soon. Until then Mahalo, Bonnie, for allowing me to share your story and Aloha too! Keep up the awesome work, Wonder Woman!!!