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A Sunday In Chicago In Pictures

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*sigh*

Not sure if that is a sigh of relief or disappointment that I’m home. The Quaker weekend in Chicago was more then fun. It was fantastic! Every aspect of it. I don’t think I can even put it in words so I’m going to use a lot of pictures to tell the story of my Sunday in Chicago.

Ready?

First the morning started with a quick weight training workout with my ultimate workout inspiration, MizFit. Carla is not only one of the most amazing women I’ve every met she truly is the fit-est! Her name is totally appropriate! :~) I have to admit, while being spotted doing chest press and flys by MizFit herself, I felt a little star struck. Here we are trying out the crazy (and apparently blue) flash on my new camera phone.

MizFit Roni at gym

Then it was off to run with my nutrition inspiration, Kath!

Kath Roni on Run

Although her and her friend made me totally feel OLD! Sometimes I have a hard time getting over the fact I’m not in my 20s anymore! Anyway, we got an awesome run along the lake and even though I was almost crippled with a cramp I was able to run almost 4 miles with them. Note the dip at the end when I stopped to take a picture! Other then that we kept a nice pace.

My Chicago Run

After the run I had to hurry up, get back to the hotel and get ready for all the meet-ups we had planned.

Here’s my Reservoir Dog Shot of "the girls" heading down to Panera to meet some readers. Little did we know we were going in the WRONG direction. It took us a mile before realizing, so we had to hop in a cab!

The girls

When we got Panera there was a small group waiting, and let me tell you it was a BLAST to meet and hangout with all these great women (I’ll just say that now for the whole weekend – seriously, everyone was just SO amazing).

Panera meetup

We chatted for about 2 hours before I headed off to the Water Tower for lunch.

Lunch was amazing! I got to hang out with more amazing women that have such great perspectives and insights. Really, again, just amazing women!

Water Tower Lunch

Speaking of amazing women, we also bumped into a women who informed us, after asking for help with her jacket that "we’d have problems like that when we’re 101 too!" This just topped my amazing women weekend! Talk about inspiration!

101 year old women

After our extended lunch I got to take a nice leisurely walk back to the hotel before catching a cab with our gracious hosts back the airport. I have to admit after the day of talking I welcomed the chance to just enjoy the sites. I just wish I had more time to shop!

chicago walk birdChicago walk buildings

At the airport I did breath a sigh of relief that I was on my way home. Don’t get me wrong I had a blast! but I knew the hole I was digging myself in work was getting deeper and deeper. Plus I REALLY wanted to see the toddler, who got to stay up late waiting for me.

airportThe last picture I snapped was of the walkway at the airport. I’m going to leave you with one thought as I wrap this long post up. When you travel do you walk? Or take the George Jetson automatic walkways? Notice what side I’m on. ;~)

Thanks EVERYONE for an awesome weekend. I can’t wait to catch up again.

Note: I didn’t want to link to everyone’s blogs next to pictures as I know some blog anonymously. So here’s are links to everyone I met in no particular order. If I missed you PLEASE let me know and I’ll add you! My brain is failing me now. I know I missed some of you!

Plus, of course all me fellow Oat-tendees… ;~P




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Discussion

There are 23 comments so far.

    Tina

    November 10, 2008

    So cool!!! Looks like you had an amazing time in the Windy City! :)

    Bonnie

    November 10, 2008

    Sounds like a blast….I wish I could have been there!

    Charlie Hills

    November 10, 2008

    You “totally feel OLD”? Man, I’d give body parts to be 32 again!

    Check out Charlie Hillss last blog post..So Not the Plan

    Biz

    November 10, 2008

    Thanks so much Roni for the great time yesterday! Glad the pic of the old woman turned out – it was so weird how soft her hands were!

    Glad you made it home safe!

    Beth aka Biz

    Check out Bizs last blog post..I’ve been tagged . . .

    Runeatrepeat

    November 10, 2008

    I wish I could have met up with you and the other awesome bloggers, especially for that run! It looks like it was sooo much fun!

    Check out Runeatrepeats last blog post..Run 11/10/2008

    MizFit

    November 10, 2008

    you are so kind…and RIGHT BACK ATCHA.

    last year I missed blogher and it was on MY birthday.
    cant wait to get this year and celebrate YOURS!

    xo xo,

    Miz.

    Jen

    November 10, 2008

    I sure wish I lived closer to Chicago. That would have been so fun to meet you guys. How about Southern CA next time?

    Check out Jens last blog post..Liz Rosenbaum Fitness Blog

    Ginny

    November 10, 2008

    It was so great to meet you! It’s great you had fun this weekend, and I’m sure you’re glad to be home. Thanks for all you do.

    Shelley

    November 10, 2008

    Looks like an awesome time! I just had to post, b/c I almost always take the Jetson’s walkway! But, not b/c I don’t want/need the extra exercise, but b/c I’m either (or usually both) always in a hurry or carrying a ridiculous carry-on over my shoulder. The carry-on always makes for a sore neck & shoulders, & I don’t want to be lugging the dang thing around for longer than necessary :)

    I’m traveling this weekend though, so maybe I’ll take the walkway this time!

    Amanda

    November 10, 2008

    I’m so jealous, Roni! What a great/powerful/inspiring/educational/FABULOUS experience! You (et al) totally earned it. :)

    PastaQueen

    November 10, 2008

    That’s a great group shot at Panera. I’m going to snag that for my personal photos. Next time I’ll have to run by the lake too.

    Kath

    November 10, 2008

    There’s me!! I can’t believe I’m on your blog! It was so nice to meet you in person Roni :)

    Stephanie Quilao

    November 10, 2008

    zOMG! That street picture of us was awesome. Despite going the wrong direction, it was a great walk and time together :-) So glad to spend some time to get to meet ya Roni! Lunch at the water tower looked fun!

    Angie

    November 10, 2008

    What a great time! I was so thankful to have met you and look forward to talking again really soon.

    As for the moving walkway, nope I don’t use it anymore.

    workout mommy

    November 10, 2008

    I had so much fun and love that I got to be one of your “dogs’! LOL! I always cringe at the healthy looking people who get on the Jetson walkway. Glad that you are on the other side. Keep having fun with your trainer and I hope we get together again soon.

    Check out workout mommys last blog post..Weekend wrap-up

    Madison

    November 11, 2008

    nice shots with your phone! snagging a couple ;D

    it was so great finally meeting you in person!!

    Check out Madisons last blog post..back to the grind

    Christy

    November 11, 2008

    Wow. It looks like you guys had so much fun. So did Quaker want you girls to be spokes women? Or will be find you on a couple of their products??

    roni

    November 11, 2008

    Christy – LOL nope, we were just more of a focus group for them. I’m actuallt glad it went in that direction. :~)

    Alanna @ A Veggie Venture

    November 11, 2008

    You’re so punny.

    So glad to meet you over the weekend.

    For Roni’s many fans: she’s 100% worthy!

    jojo

    November 13, 2008

    Your just so AMAZING!! You really are..Thanks for all the link…I have to go get something done now!!! Ha!

    Zandria

    November 13, 2008

    Your trip sounds totally awesome, Roni. (And I would’ve been star-struck if MizFit was spotting my weight lifting, too. For sure.) :)

    Check out Zandrias last blog post..Veterans Day Recap

    kookimebux

    February 1, 2009

    Hello. And Bye. :)

    RoniNoone

    November 21, 2012

    Note: Comments where lost lost on this post when I upgraded to a new system. Below is what I could salvage.

    Zandria
    zandria.us/ x
    Submitted on 2008/11/13 at 11:01 pm

    Your trip sounds totally awesome, Roni. (And I would’ve been star-struck if
    MizFit was spotting my weight lifting, too. For sure.) :)

    jojo
    jwoods19@comcast.net
    Submitted on 2008/11/13 at 2:07 pm

    Your just so AMAZING!! You really are..Thanks for all the link…I have to go get something done now!!! Ha!

    Alanna @ A Veggie Venture
    aveggieventure.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/11 at 3:57 pm

    You’re so punny.

    So glad to meet you over the weekend.

    For Roni’s many fans: she’s 100% worthy

    Christy
    mylifemyjourney.net

    Submitted on 2008/11/11 at 3:31 am

    Wow.
    It looks like you guys had so much fun. So did Quaker want you girls
    to be spokes women? Or will be find you on a couple of their products??

    roni
    ronisweigh.comSubmitted on 2008/11/11 at 8:39 am

    Christy – LOL nope, we were just more of a focus group for them. I’m actually glad it went in that direction. :~)

    Madison
    followmyweigh.wordpress.com/

    Submitted on 2008/11/11 at 1:00 am

    nice shots with your phone! snagging a couple ;D

    it was so great finally meeting you in person!!

    workout mommy
    workoutmommy.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 11:42 pm

    I had so much fun and love that I got to be one of your “dogs’! LOL! I
    always cringe at the healthy looking people who get on the Jetson
    walkway. Glad that you are on the other side. Keep having fun with
    your trainer and I hope we get together again soon.

    Angie
    losingitandlovingit.com/blog

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 11:31 pm

    What a great time! I was so thankful to have met you and look forward to talking again really soon.

    As for the moving walkway, nope I don’t use it anymore.

    Stephanie Quilao
    backinskinnyjeans.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 11:31 pm

    zOMG!
    That street picture of us was awesome. Despite going the wrong
    direction, it was a great walk and time together :-) So glad to spend
    some time to get to meet ya Roni! Lunch at the water tower looked fun!

    Kath
    Katheats.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 10:51 pm

    There’s me!! I can’t believe I’m on your blog! It was so nice to meet you in person Roni :)

    PastaQueen
    pastaqueen.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 10:34 pm

    That’s a great group shot at Panera. I’m going to snag that for my personal photos. Next time I’ll have to run by the lake too.

    Amanda
    simplifitting.blogspot.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 9:12 pm

    I’m so jealous, Roni! What a great/powerful/inspiring/educational/FABULOUS experience! You (et al) totally earned it. :)

    Shelley
    southerngalinsocal.blogspot.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 8:18 pm

    Looks
    like an awesome time! I just had to post, b/c I almost always take the
    Jetson’s walkway! But, not b/c I don’t want/need the extra exercise,
    but b/c I’m either (or usually both) always in a hurry or carrying a
    ridiculous carry-on over my shoulder. The carry-on always makes for a
    sore neck & shoulders, & I don’t want to be lugging the dang
    thing around for longer than necessary :)

    I’m traveling this weekend though, so maybe I’ll take the walkway this time!

    Ginny

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 7:35 pm

    It was so great to meet you! It’s great you had fun this weekend, and I’m sure you’re glad to be home. Thanks for all you do.

    Jen
    skinnyhabits.blogspot.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 7:27 pm

    I sure wish I lived closer to Chicago. That would have been so fun to meet you guys. How about Southern CA next time?

    MizFit
    mizfitOnline.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 6:53 pm

    you are so kind…and RIGHT BACK ATCHA.

    last year I missed blogher and it was on MY birthday.

    cant wait to get this year and celebrate YOURS!

    xo xo,

    Miz.

    Runeatrepeat
    runeatrepeat.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 6:36 pm

    I wish I could have met up with you and the other awesome bloggers, especially for that run! It looks like it was sooo much fun!

    Biz
    biz319.wordpress.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks
    so much Roni for the great time yesterday! Glad the pic of the old
    woman turned out – it was so weird how soft her hands were!

    Glad you made it home safe!

    Beth aka Biz

    Charlie Hills
    backtothefridge.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 5:23 pm

    You “totally feel OLD”? Man, I’d give body parts to be 32 again!

    Bonnie
    blogtolose.com/Bonnie

    Sounds like a blast….I wish I could have been there!

    Tina
    carrotsncake.com

    Submitted on 2008/11/10 at 4:44 pm

    So cool!!! Looks like you had an amazing time in the Windy City! :)