Friends Reflection Travel

So Much To Say

So much has happened in the last couple of weeks, and I’m not even sure where to start.  I think I’ll start with some pictures and stories from my recent trip to California.  It was an incredible week filled with old friends and new friends, and it changed my entire perspective on my life and what I want out of it.

Kent and I arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon then headed to Heidi and Tom’s place before Slimmons.  If you read my blog then you already know that I worked out with Richard, but in case you missed it, here’s a video. 😉


After working out, Kent and I ate dinner (prepared by Heidi and Tom) which was amazing. From left to right is Tom, Kent, Heidi, Me, Jim and Rochelle.  Kent and I are the only ones who aren’t already “regulars” at Slimmons.  Maybe I’ll join them someday? 😉


I’m not exaggerating when I say that these foodies know what they’re doing!  Everything the prepared was delicious and satisfying, and the fact that they do it regularly – and with health in mind – is mind blowing!  That’s why I asked Heidi to write a guest post here.  If you want to know more about how to be a foodie while losing weight – or if you just want to meet someone awesome, check out her blog here.

This is the homemade panzanella they made for us. Yum!
And curried cauliflower. Mmmm…

Over the next several days, my travel pal and I “hiked” at Griffith Park, toured the campus at UCLA, visited the Hollywood Farmer’s Market with Heidi and Tom, rode bikes along the coast in Santa Monica and Venice with Heidi and took a mini trip (within our trip) up the Pacific Coast Highway where we eventually met up with Foodie McBody for dinner.  We ate Burmese food then slept so we could hit San Fransisco the following morning before heading to Napa.  Before our mini trip, we met up with David for dinner too!  Heidi and David have been friends for 14 years, and I feel pretty lucky to call them friends now too!

We ate sushi. Enough said.
Heidi took us to the farmer’s market because she knows all about my obsession with oddly colored vegetables which came about as a result of knowing David. While we were there, I discovered a new love for sugar snap peas! Fruits and vegetable flavors come alive at the farmer’s market.  I ate strawberries and sugar snap peas and oranges and cherries all morning. 😉
As  I was riding my bike – something that I’ve missed terribly – I asked myself “Why don’t I live here?”  I love the beach, hanging with friends, working out with Richard and sunshine so it makes sense, right?  And lately, New York has felt cold and lonely – and the weather has been awful!  I heart L.A.
Kent let me take the lead for a while until Heidi and I asked him to do it.  We rode for an hour and forty-five minutes right after working out with Richard!  He’s a serious cyclist, but he had no trouble strolling with us. =)
It was so windy in San Francisco, but we ate lunch outside, enjoying the scenery before exploring the city a little.  Kent and I (who have both lived in NYC) understood why people love SF, but it’s safe to say that our hearts belong in Southern California.
Later that day, we toured a vineyard in Napa, learned about wine (and tasted it, of course) with Jules from Big Girl Bombshell!  Two of my favorite bloggers within 24 hours!  I’m lucky, I know! =)
During our wine tasting, they tried to show me how to open a bottle of wine.  I struggled with it for a minute..My solution? Let Kent help. Ha..I think Kent and Jules would agree that I was good at drinking it. 😉

I’m definitely lucky to have a friend like Kent.  He’s the only guy I know who could have been as excited as I was (okay, maybe not that excited, but excited) to workout with Richard Simmons, sing karaoke as we drove up the coast while keeping me completely grounded and even-keeled as I went into a pressure-filled week post vacay.

I also got to see another person who has been an important part of my world since 2007 – my friend, Joe.  It would take a long time to tell you all of the reasons I like Joe so instead, here’s a picture…It was so good to hug him!

We all had dinner together one evening and even had the opportunity to add Clarely from TheCurvyNerd into the mix.  I still believe that she and Heidi were separated at birth!

Oh!  Did I mention that KeepItUpDavid was at Slimmons Saturday too?  He’s a regular, but he showed up early with Heidi and me for the first part of my Today Show interview before we sweated together with Richard.  Having them with me was so much fun! We danced, burned calories and  did strength training like rock stars. =)

The week I spent in California was filled with fantastic memories. I look forward to spending time with all of these awesome people again soon!  I have a lot more to say about the last couple of weeks, but for now, I’ll leave you with this…

There’s a lot going on inside my head, and I’m still processing it.  But it was a blessing to have quality time to think on things – especially in such a beautiful place.  I’m a lucky girl, and I couldn’t be more thankful for my life.

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    May 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    You are a lucky girl that has had an amazing journey up until this point. I'm sure your going to continue your journey with new, and exciting things. I can't see what you have planed next. As a plus size girl trying to lose weight herself, it is inspiring to see people that are doing so well. Your a beautiful person, who has handled some difficult situations with style & class. That is why you are where you are today!!!

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    May 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I love you blog! You are such an inspiration!!! You look beautiful and you have come so far! I can't wait to keep reading and see what you keep doing!!! Thanks for keeping me inspired to lose weight!!

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    May 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Great pictures! I love how contagious your big smile is 🙂

    Have a great day! Good for you for putting a positive message out there!

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    May 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I'm playing blog catch up, and haven't been around commenting lately. You've been on busy lady Kenz! I'm happy to read that your latest flight was a positive one.

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    May 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I love reading your blog & seeing you experience pure happiness! SO REFRESHING!


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    Chubby McGee
    May 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I love your dresses! You look stunning!!!!!

    So happy for you. It's contagious!!!

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    May 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Two things:
    1) What a great collection of pics! I knew you had a great time in LA, because you told me in person, but looking at all the pictures just confirms it. I'm so glad we got to hang out and I'm so glad you got to hang out with SO MANY PEOPLE!
    2) What are you doing blogging at 3am?!? Get some sleep, girl!

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    ♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥
    May 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    LOL David…

    1) I'm glad we got to hang out too! So glad….=)

    2) I wasn't blogging at 3 am! I had it scheduled for 6 am est. =) I was asleep long before that..err, you know, before that!

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    May 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Great pics!! There are a lot of us in southern California that would *love* it if you lived here. Just sayin' …

    So glad we got to spend some time together at FitBloggin'. Miss you!! xoxo

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    Chris Pugh
    May 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, that's some trip… I'm glad you made it to Fisherman's Warf, love that place.

    SoCal is nice, that's for sure!

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    May 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    What a great post, fabulous photos and I get the sense you're almost ready to pack your bags and head west. Since I'm in AZ and visit So. Cal. I can see the attraction. You'd thrive there even more than you do now I'm betting! Thanks for sharing.

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    ♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥
    May 25, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Well Mel, I hope so! I'm going to see what I can do about that. 😉

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    ♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥
    May 25, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Chris, I agree..I had been there before, but not in was SO WINDY! Next time, I think I'll wear pants. =)

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    ♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥
    May 25, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Lanae, I think you might be right! And I think I'm going to try to find out! =)

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