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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

EA SPORTS Active Weekend - Day 1

This past weekend in Santa Barbara was amazing. The kickoff to the EA SPORTS Active Challenge truly surpassed my wildest expectations. There is so much to share and I truly am not sure where to start. So, I will start at the very beginning and write several blog posts to tell the whole story.


Obviously, my trip to California had some unexpected delays but upon my arrival at The Four Seasons I knew things were bound to get better.

After quickly freshening up, I joined the rest of the group for dinner which was divine. I was too busy talking and stuffing my face to take photos of the food from that first night but not to worry, food photos are on the way. One of the highlights of the first evening was having a meet-up with my friends Meghan, writer of A Mom Two Boys and Heather of The Spohrs are Multiplying. Fellow challengers Jennifer of the Mom Bloggers Club and Jessica of Jessica Knows joined the party and we spent an evening together that was full of laughs.

L-R(Jessica, Jennifer, Heather, Meghan)



The next morning the Kickoff truly began. We were escorted down to a beautiful dining area on a terrace facing the Pacific Ocean.


These pictures do not give justice to the beauty of the area but it was indeed wonderful. The food was splendid. After breakfast we had a professional make-up application so that we were camera ready for our entry interviews. (make-up by LunaBella Make-Up Art -thanks Christin and Ashley!)

During our individual 20 minute interviews we discussed our goals and expectations for the Challenge. Following my interview I had a wonderful pampering session and received a manicure. Next was lunch, sushi and all sorts of other foods were on the menu. After lunch while the other Challengers had interviews or spa sessions I spent time relaxing by the pool.Thank you Lands End for this fabulous bathing suit!


Next it was time to get active! This trip was about EA SPORTS Active after all. We all tried out the Day 1 workout on our personal stations and were filmed while doing it. I am honestly not looking forward to seeing the footage of my sweaty self L-R(Jennifer, Donny, Lauren, Julie)

but I am on a mission and actually choose the medium level workout. I am proud of myself because not only did I meet my estimated caloric burn, I exceeded it. I love the interactive aspect of the game - your movements are monitored and you are given correction when you are not completing a move correctly. I am certain that by combining good diet and nutrition I will see results during the Challenge!

We ended the evening with a fine dining experience at The Lighthouse restaurant. Champagne flowed as did the wonderful conversation.

L-r (Me, Monica, Keri, Lauren, Jennifer, Jessica)

This was the perfect ending to a fabulous day.




15 comments:

Michele@Integrated Mother said...

Wow...what a great experience! Can't wait for more!! :)

CaraBee said...

Wow! That sounds amazing! I can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip.

Nikki D said...

This sounds like a fantastic experience! Can't wait to follow along the journey with you! :)

Mrs Cooper said...

Looks like you had a ball. Give us more, give us more :)

Mary said...

The ocean looks so beautiful, and so do you!

Kimberly/Mom in the City said...

Thanks for sharing about your experience. It sounds (and looks!) lovely!

Mommy Niri said...

what a wonderful experience. thanks for sharing!

Ali said...

That breakfast layout looks amazing!

Wifey said...

Ooh, all that fabulousness! Yes, once you got to The Four Seasons all was right in your world.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

angie said...

Sounds so great. I am SO envious!

Kelly Deneen said...

I am so jealous of your ocean views and that room! Nice! ;) It looks like it was all a blast. And way to go on your workout!

Luxe Tips said...

Now that is what you call the good life! How fantastic! I am so excited to hear the rest! Go Renee!

Sage and Savvy said...

Looks like you all had such a fantastic time!

Kim Moldofsky said...

Wowza. What a treat. And the best treat of all is yet to come- you working hard to get fit and feel fabulous. I can't wait to hear more.

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

I am so happy for you – what a great opportunity! That Lands End bathing suit is awesome!!! :-)

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