It was healthy, it was awesome #Fitcation12

It’s hard to believe that it has been less than a week since I was in L.A. with some of the most amazing ladies ever.

Who would have thought that an event titled: “Fitcation: A healthy vacation for mom” would be so much fun?!? But fun it most definitely was.

For starters I have to say that this event had some Uh-MAZE-ing sponsors!

Not only did Dole Foods, host us at their headquarters building for breakfast and provide a wonderful tour and tons of great information, they also put us up at the Four Seasons Westlake!

I, seriously, have never stayed in a hotel this gorgeous before. I kept waiting to see a celebrity at any moment. (We do believe there was at least one there but we couldn’t confirm it.)

four seasons westlake village

The plush Four Seasons

Those beds were WICKED awesome. You just kind of sank into them. The Four Seasons staff was wonderful as well, the house keeping staff came to our room twice a day to tidy up. On our final night in the hotel my roomie and I came back to our room from dinner to find slippers next to our beds!

We were given a tour of the grounds on Friday as well at the California Health & Longevity Institute which is house within the hotel. If you watch Extreme Makeover – Weight Loss edition then you have seen some of the amenities.

Our tour of Dole Headquarters was filled with tons of information, more information than I can fit in this post so stay tuned for that one, probably next week.

Each day began with exercise!

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photo courtesy of Alysa from

A bootcamp that definitely kicked my booty and kept me from walking normal until just Wednesday. A hulahoop workout that was so much fun! I’ve been hooping while watching TV each day just because I can. 🙂 And lastly, a yoga class led by an amazing woman and member of Mamavation, Kia.

I have never taken a yoga class before and if I could find an instructor like Kia here locally I would be there in a heartbeat. Kia created such a relaxing and nurturing atmosphere that I didn’t want it to end.

We ate some amazing food throughout the weekend.

Friday morning was a breakfast from Dole which included some delicious fruit and gluten free pastries. If you need proof of how good it was, take a look at what was left on my plate.

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Empty plate goodness

Subway provided us lunch while we listened to the though provoking and inspiring speaker, Joshua Medcalf. So much of what Joshua shared touched me and really made me start to look at my behaviors not just towards others, but also myself.

That evening we got to head to Leah aka Bookieboo’s house! Be jealous people, hung out in her living room and back patio. Not only that but we got to nosh on some fabulous fare that Alysa from (also a dietician) whipped up with the help of Mama Bookieboo. It was so colorful and full of WAY more veggies than I normally eat. I just wish that I could cook like this because once again I ate EVERYTHING! Even the tomatoes and unless they are in ketchup form I normally don’t allow them in my mouth. I also tried quinoa for the first time, I enjoyed it so much I bought some to try my hand at the same salad.

Food wise, the weekend was filled with many firsts for me. Our dinner Saturday, which was provided by Leading Lady, was held at Marrakesh Moroccan restaurant. I have never eaten Moroccan food, but I kept an open mind. Now that I’m home, I’ve told my husband that we need to find a Moroccan restaurant here because I need some more of that!

marrakesh restaurant

I don’t know the names but know it was all good!

The best takeaway was all the wonderful ladies, all the laughs, snorts, and memories that were made during that amazing 4 days.

I can’t wait to go back next year and do it all again!

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Some of my faboo friends.

Fitcation was sponsored by Dole, Four Seasons Westlake Village, the California Health and Longevity Institute, Sip the Good Life, New Balance, Subway and Leading Lady Bras. These sponsors provided the attendees with lodging, meals, activities and product during the event. As an attendee, I was asked to give my honest opinion and all opinions are 100% my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of these organizations. So there 🙂


  1. Shelley (@momma_oz) says:


  2. Looks like so much fun!

    And you’re in luck, there is a Marrakesh in Portland! Haven’t been there but my husband and other friends have and they all rave about the food – and the belly dancers 🙂

    Wilsonville also has a really good one that is run by such a sweet family.
    Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta´s last blog post ..Back on the Treadmill Again

    • Sarah I could just kiss you!!

      My husband and I are so going there soon.. however, I’m tempted to try out the one in Wilsonville since it’s a bit closer and I’m a sucker for a family run business..

      If you go to either try the B’stilla Royale.. simply to die for!

  3. It was amazing to meet you!!!!!!!
    @AndreaEmilien´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday – Venice Beach

  4. Great recap. I loved meeting you at Fitcation and can’t wait for next year!
    Alysa (InspiredRD)´s last blog post ..How to Heal a Diastasis the RIGHT way

  5. that sounds AMAZING!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    hchybinski´s last blog post ..#vlogmom | They’re Going Back to School

  6. I’m so happy for you! It sounded and looked like a fabulous time. I really want to try Moroccan food too.

  7. I was so happy to be your roomie, Tina!

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