Gruve Review – Day 1

On March 23, 2010, in Reviews, by Magnus

Hey all.  This is gonna be something a bit different.  While at FitBloggin, we were given a Gruve — a new device to help people “learn what they burn.”  I already own a Go Wear Fit, so when I brought this home, the husband (who is more of a g33k than I am.. yes, I know, it’s hard to believe) stole it.  This is going to be a series of posts written BY him as he chronicles his use of the device in his trek to better health.  I won’t be doing much in the way of editing, and remember that his native language is a mixture of Swedish and g33k.  If you have any questions about the Gruve, I’ll be referring you to him.

Without further adieu..


Your guest writer for the next couple of weeks is me, Andrea’s husband, Magnus. I will be posting reviews of the Gruve that Andrea got at fitbloggin10.

The device

First off, the actual device is pretty small and will fit on my belt just fine.  It doesn’t feel bulky at all (like those pagers we used to carry around years ago).


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Fitbloggin Day 2

On March 20, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

A beautiful day..

Plans of mice and men.  Or something.  You know how I love cliches.

Beth and I were halfway thinking about doing a walk this morning at 6:30.  Somehow, we decided a big ole “no” to that and stayed in bed.  Well, to be fair, we decided last night while setting the alarm for this morning.  Who wants to get up at 6:30 when there are no kids forcing you to do so?  (Remember, we both have very, very young munchkins at home.)

Breakfast was a catered event hosted by Quaker.  Which would have been great — if we had not had WLS.  It was an “oatmeal bar” with a choice of toppings — cinnamon sugar, cranberries, honey, or milk.  There was also some fresh fruit, some icky “Starbucks” brewed coffee (supposed, I’m not quite sure..).  Me?  I had thought ahead and brought some of the Smart Carb bread.  The question was how to toast it?  There was another conference next door that had a toaster, but their food was being guarded by this woman.. I had to get special dispensation to BORROW THE TOASTER for the whole 2 minutes it took to warm my bread.  It was crazy ridiculous.  And people kept asking me where I got my bread — I’m guessing these were not oatmeal folks, either.

Moving on, went to a WONDERFUL session dealing with writing about junk science and how to avoid doing so.  Too many people do so — and perhaps I’ve been one that has.  In fact, there’s something that I’m going to have to study a bit more and possibly modify on one of my posts.  In any case, one of the panelists, David Grotto, is a Registered Dietician and into Integrative Medicine.  Guys – meeting this man was worth my entire trip here.  I’m serious.  I’ve got to sit down with the husband and work out a few details, but expect a post about this in a day or so.  I’m serious – life changing stuff here.  And it’s for the WLS community so it’s for the betterment for you.

Many of the bloggers here are trying to learn how to monetize their blogs.  Which, I guess, really surprised me.  So it was natural that many of the breakouts were about that one issue.  There was SEO (search engine optimization), how to write a book, and how to monetize.  It was interesting, a bit overwhelming, a bit inspiring, and quite a bit scary.  It was amusing as all freaking hell, though, when asked of the room how many people actually made their entire living by blogging and Beth was the only hand held high.  She wasn’t looking at first and when she realized she was said very quickly, “Oh shit!” cause, well, she’s awesome.  Like I said — lot’s to think about.

The end of the day came with a Jello-sponsored Jello / sushi / cash bar reception (yeah — I know, I was thinking the same pukage thoughts as well).  Spoke with a few people, but mostly Beth ordered a martini with 7 something olives.

Today wasn’t as bad in terms of the alienation — although I felt very old (many of these girls should have been carded last night), and very small in terms of what I do.  Looking at some of the other blogs, I still have a long ways to go, and I need to do a whole lot — but I think I can get there.  I just need to get there.  I just don’t know how, or what, or who.  I do know the why — so that’s better than many I suppose.

Tonight, we’re meeting up with some ObesityHelp folks — looking forward to spending some time with some folks that are a bit more like us and enjoying a bit more freedom to be the surgically-altered freaks that we are.

Fitbloggin Day 1

On March 20, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Well, I made it.


I drove.  Which I don’t mind doing.  I want that made clear from the start.  I like the drive.  I can push the music up to blaring in the car, roll down the windows, enjoy the breeze through my hair and just enjoy.

It was the traffic in BALTIMORE I didn’t like.  DOWNTOWN Baltimore specifically.

Let me tell you — the pedestrians are fucking nuts.  Absolutely NUTS.  They run out between moving cars and just expect you to STOP regardless of, I don’t know, your moving car!  I thought I was going to have a heart attack on more than one occasion.  And then I got lost.  Well, not lost.  Cause I could SEE my hotel?  But couldn’t get TO my hotel.  Which sucked.

But I’m here.

Where I was greeted (actually yelled at in the lobby) by Beth and Sue.  Who, btw, should teach courses in Southern hospitality.  Cause really?  Lookit what she gave us:


Holy wow!

Isn’t that a cool “Welcome to Baltimore, sorry our traffic blows!” pressie?  I was Fucking. Blown. Away.  Beth was pretty shocked too.  And trust me — it takes alot.

So we fiddled with the internet.  Which we told was to be free for the conference.  And turned out wasn’t.  And our phones weren’t working.  So a total internet #fail on all levels.  So there we go, being the junkies we were?  Paid the whole $12.95 for it.  We get free net in the conference, just not in our rooms.

Go register — and I gotta tell you — we had reservations about coming.  We are a bit out of our niche here, and we don’t know anyone here.  These bloggers seem to have been talking to each other for ever and we are the outsiders looking in.  No one spoke to us at registration, so we quickly left to grab something to eat.  Very awkward feeling.

Came back after dinner at the smallest Whole Foods in existence (but those meatballs were yummy!).  You could tell our table easily:

Lattes and Pomtinis. Yes, we're #BBGC.

Double Fistin it

We were acting the wallflowers until the Pom Wonderful guy, Jeff decided that we needed to mingle.  Yes.  I know.  It’s hard to believe that I can be somewhat shy — but it’s true!  I can be!  Beth and I feel a bit out of place around here because many of these bloggers have been around for awhile, know each other, have spoken with each other for awhile, etc.  We’re new to this circuit and we are kinda outsiders looking in so we just kinda feel weird about it.  We’ll see how it goes.

In any case, our first day was interesting.  Andrea almost killed a few people, drank a Pomtini, had some meatballs, met a few people, and went to bed.

Fitbloggin Meetups

On March 18, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I’ve got two of the three impromptu meetups planned — with maybe a fourth?!? in the planning stages.  (You guys are insane, you know that, right?)

Friday night: James Joyce Irish Pub, around 8:30.
Beth (Melting Mama) and I should be done with our thing around 7:30 or 8:00, so I think 8:30 should give us plenty of time to meet up.  If you want, you can meet at the lobby at our hotel — the Marriott Waterfront, or meet at the Pub.  I’ve called and given a general headcount — but some more specifics would be helpful.  (Why yes, I AM anal retentive, how did you know?)

Saturday night: Open for discussion
We should be done around 7:00.

Sunday Brunch: Double T Diner in Catonsville, 12:30
As Beth will be flying out at a God-awful time in the morning, this will be a solo-event for me.  I know, try to contain your excitement.

Sunday Dinner: TBA, in Woodbridge, VA, TBA
This is my way home, so again, a solo event.  I’m guessing close to 4:00-4:30.

Rather than annoy OH with this, I’ll be updating the blog, facebook, and twitter.  If you need a contact point, check one of those three places.  Also, Jillybean and Nessa are POC’s for the Catonsville and Woodbridge events — so bug THEM if you have questions.

A Fitbloggin we will go…

On March 10, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Live near Baltimore and wanna meet MeltingMama and / or me?  (Hey, I need a moniker?)

We’re gonna to go to Fitbloggin10, held at the Mariott Baltimore Waterfront.

Basically, we’re saying that we know no one there and will have Friday night after about 8pm free.

So — wanna do something?

We will need a point of contact to plan something as we don’t know the area — and while I will have a car, I’d really rather not use it if at all possible.  Walking good.

Play nice and plan.  Just kinda tell us where to go and when.

Plan over at OH