Bloggies All Around

Hi guys! How’s your weekend going??

I’m surrounded by bloggies!


We’re in the middle of the first session at the HLS after a glorious bfast provided by the lovely Quaker peeps.

As expected, there was oatmeal with a variety of toppings:

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Tons of fruit, bagel thins and deliciousness.

I rolled with a bowl of oats w/ a scoop on Sun Warrior (from my purse), plus a banana and a macaroon topper 🙂


and then… another blonde macaroon. 😉

The conference room is pretty baller (albeit creepy haha) and there are some booths set up as well.


I’m so excited about all of the blog friends! I can’t wait to meet everyone who’s here and to those of you who couldn’t make it, thank you for virtually joining along <3

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I’m off to the day’s events and speaks- be back later today with a re-cap! Diana and I are teaching a Zumba class tonight and then INDIAN FEAST for dinner.

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday! <3



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  1. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on August 14, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I am so so so jealous! Glad you’re having a blast!!! Zumba AND Indian in one day???! You much be pretty stoked 😉

  2. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on August 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Looks like such a good time! A macaroon topper on your oatmeal?! GENIUS! 😉

  3. Katie on August 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I am so glad you are blogging and recapping the HLS! I wish I was there! Looks like such a great time! Enjoy girl and yay for Indian Feast, I had an Indian Feast last night! Dominated the Roti! xoxo

  4. Kimberly on August 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I still have not tried Indian food. What is wrong with me? 🙂
    There is a Indian place down the street from me and they do a lunch buffet. I’ll have to check it out and try a little bit of a few things.

  5. Kristina on August 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    it’s so fun to see all the people I “know” 🙂

    I just finished tweeting with “twitterHLS” – a chat for those of us that could not be there – it was fun! 🙂

  6. Jennifer@ Frost Bites on August 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun!!! Keep the updates coming..

  7. Laury @ thefitnesdish on August 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I am unbelievably bummed that I didn’t make more of an effort to get there when I had the chance 🙁 I didn’t realize how amazing it would be, I guess…I hear it’s a blast! I am enjoying everyone’s updates though…they are making me more sad, but I feel like I am not totally missing out I guess.

  8. Allison @ Food For Healing on August 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    ok seriously I want to go next year!

  9. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on August 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Wahhhhh! <– that's me throwing a virtual fit for not being at the HLS

    Yay! <– that's me being happy for you and everyone else that's lucky enough to be there <3

    Have SO MUCH FUN! Can't wait for all the recaps!

  10. A Teenage Gourmet on August 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Sign me up! 🙂

  11. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) on August 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Looks like you guys are off to a great start! Have fun!

  12. Pearl Lee on August 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    that looks SO fun!

  13. LisaG on August 14, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Glad you are enjoying all your friends. Just saw Eat,Pray,Love; it was great.

  14. Whitney on August 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    looks like so much fun…I want one of those water bottles! I would probably be in swag heaven there 🙂

  15. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on August 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Looks like you’re having a blast!

    And lol @ you with Sun Warrior in your purse. You’re like a protein powder smuggler 😀

  16. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on August 14, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Girl there is NOTHING WORSE than flying in Ohare or gasp, Midway, on a Friday. And then taking a cab or the L downtown on the Kennedy or the lovely Blue Line. With all your freakin bags. You’re travel-lagged, jet-lagged, tired, hungry, cranky and just wanna be there. And you are lugging all this freakin baggage. I know this schlep all too well and it sucks. Hugs to you, the journey can suck, I know!

    As for the whole event and all the bloggies…I am jealz and wish I was there. Why didnt I just buy a ticket? I dunno. I am wishing I did though.

    I love that you and Gena are roomies 🙂 Do either of you snore? kidding!!

  17. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 14, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Indian food and zumba in one day must be your idea of heaven! Have fun! 😀

  18. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on August 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    zumba class and indian feast???? sounds absolutely amazing!!!

  19. Beth @ Will Run for Books on August 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    wasn’t it awesome?! i wish we had gotten to chat ! have fun tonight, i’m being an old lady…

  20. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on August 15, 2010 at 1:36 am

    How awesome! I would LOVE to join you in an Indian feast and zumba!!!

  21. kimberly on December 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Hey Gina! I had Lasik done in May of 2009 and I consider it to be one the best investments I could have given myself. I hated contacts and I loathed wearing glasses. I am very active and for 6 years worked outside as an aircraft mechanic in the Air National Guard (in Illinois!) and I dreaded the snow/rain/sleet when I wore glasses, not to mention the constant fogging up whenever I stepped into a warm building. The wind would dry my contacts out and the chlorine was not a good idea for either glasses or contacts.

    Finally, I decided to suck it up and do my own research. I went to the clinic I had been reviewing and they offered a class to learn about Lasik and even allowed visitors, who signed up ahead of time, to watch a live Lasik procedure as the doctor explained step-by-step what was being done and why and what each tool was and how it worked. We got to meet the woman who was getting the Lasik and when she took her glasses off prior to the procedure, the doc asked her if she could read the clock – she said no. After the surgery, she came out and not only could she read the time, but she knew someone in the audience but was unable to see him before!!

    That was all I needed to sign up! They also held a raffle for a “free eye” — haha! Sounds strange, but they discounted your surgery so it was like you were only paying for one eye surgery instead of both eyes. 🙂 i did not win but it did not discourage me.

    I had to wear my glasses for a few months before they would do the surgery – no contacts at all! Then they give you a valium and talk you through some stuff – it is a little nerve racking, but the procedure is literally done in 3 minutes – not even exaggerating. Plus they numb your eyes so you cannot feel a thing. they send you home with some fugly sunglasses, sleeping pills, and medicated eye drops. I had mine done at 9 am and i slept until dinner time. When I woke up I could see clear as day!! It is amazing,

    I never have to worry about packing glasses/contacts when i travel – or losing one, or anything!

    The only thing that bothers you is that your eyes get really dry for the first 6 months, but they give special eye drops so it is really no big deal 🙂

    I hope sharing my experience will help shed some light on the situation.

    Like any surgery, there are risks. But if you do your research and choose and experienced eye doc, I am sure you will be in good hands — and the benefits will rock your world!

  22. kimberly on December 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I am not sure how this comment ended up on this post – 🙂 haha, I meant to post this on your Lasik post, clearly. I must’ve got click happy 🙂

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