Hey everyone, sorry for the long hiatus but it’s been crazy busy around here, and honestly I just haven’t had the time or been in the right frame of mind to write. I have so much to share with you about Vegas and my new adventures, but I’m going to try to keep things brief.
I’ve been busy trying to get back into the groove of things since my black out, and subsequent implant. After six weeks I finally got my cast off, but the x-rays were not all that promising. The x-ray showed my thumb is still fractured but had started the calcification process. So good news…it’s healing but the not so good news is I still can’t use it and it won’t bend at all. Who knew your thumbs could be so valuable in your daily life? It’s been recommended I go to physical therapy for a few weeks before possibly being referred back to the orthopaedic surgeon. Check out the after photo of my Zombie hand!
Las Vegas was unbelievable, and I have to say a very big highlight in my life. Just to be recognized for my hard work and dedication is one thing, but it is entirely another to hear the roar of a crowd with over 15,000 people cheer you on. It’s pretty incredible, but what was even more powerful is to hear the stories, the life transforming stories, of others whom I shared the stage with. I reconnected with some old friends and made some beautiful new ones and had many many aha moments. Here a few photos of my amazing trip.
It was my first trip to Vegas and I honestly didn’t get to see very much of it. We were very busy at the conference, learning all about the amazing nutrition that’s helped us achieve our results and celebrating everyone successes. We got to enjoy a gala event hosted by Mario Lopez, enjoyed a private concert with Maroon 5, and watched a little girl get her wish through the Make-A-Wish foundation. A few more pics for you of that!
Our final night out my roommate and I decided to take on Paris, Vegas style, and went in search of a special cup for my daughter who is obsessed with Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Let’s just say it was a fun night and the giggles lasted till early in the morning.
The crazy part was coming home and having lost weight after a one week vacation. I managed to eat clean most of our trip, sticking with my shakes and bars, except for a few occasional dinners out and one special trip to the cheesecake factory. Unfortunately though, I dove into it too quickly and didn’t get a picture to share with you all, but I can say with 100% certainty that the carrot cake cheesecake is magical! I did get a photo of my very tummy dinner though. Tuscan chicken, and it was unbelievably good as well.
Coming home I had a renewed sense of purpose, and that is to help others get healthy and achieve their wellness goals. Many of us have our own justifications and “reasons” for not getting on board with our health, and for most of us, it is the same three reasons. I don’t have time, I don’t have money, I don’t have the ability. Well I’m hoping now that I’ve shared my story publicly (It’s even featured this month in the Running Room magazine), that I can help change peoples minds about all three and inspire them to start their own journey.
I was even able to break out of my comfort zone, face a fear, and talk openly about my own health conditions, struggles and desire to change it, on a Facebook feed which you can watch here. It was very hard to put my self out there, unedited and unscripted, but it meant that I had to come from the heart. I think sharing my story with all of you, in what I felt was somewhat private blogs, even if it truly wasn’t, helped me develop the skills I needed to go live! So thanks for that!
What this means for my blogging journey, I’m not quite sure, but I know that my heart will lead me in the right direction. I’m not saying I’m giving up on the blog just yet, but I’m making more time in my life, while trying to balance my ongoing health issues, to help people now in a different way. I do however Invite you to follow me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/melanie.hanson1, for any of you missing the daily blogs, and I will see what I can do about posting updates on here as I am able.
Wishing you all the best success in your own health endeavors, please feel free to reach out if you’re needing support of any kind. Love you all and thanks for being my support over the past year and keeping me accountable to my own goals.