Following dinner and the opening program, we had a late night swim.
On Saturday, we had five workshops available.
First up was our Movement Activity. We started the day on the right foot, with some stretching and yoga, led by Melissa, certified by the American Council on Exercise.
Our Health Workshop was the third session of the day, for a very hands-on discussion about scooters, medical procedures, and a how-to on getting someone up off the floor (no, I'm not kidding). This was very ably led by Elizabeth.
Following lunch, we had our Educational Workshop, where we discussed how (and if) we can keep our kids from going down the fat path to begin with, and what to do to protect them in terms of school policies and related issues. Our facilitator was Marleen, a pediatric nurse.
Our final session of the day was the Creative Workshop, in a show and tell format. Our facilitators worked with us to explore what we can do with garments that don’t fit or need repair. We were led by Sharon K. and Melissa.
Dinner that evening was a plated affair that included salad, breads, roasted strip loin of beef with a shallot demi glaze, veggies, and Carmel Apple Granny for dessert. Many attended dinner already decked out in their costumes for the dance, where we dressed as favorite characters from children's literature – fables, fairy tales, or novels.
Sharon H., one of our Sunday program speakers. The cow on the podium is Bossy, our Big As TEXAS mascot. Photo by Ray Hackney.
On Sunday, we concluded with a closing brunch and the program Growing up Fat in America: A Bitter Pill to Swallow?
Marleen, one of our speakers for Sunday's program. Photo by Ray Hackney.
Big As TEXAS concluded at 12:00 noon, but no one wanted to leave! Many stayed for hours working on puzzles in the hospitality suite, and just talking. On Sunday night, there were still 16 people present at the hotel, and we all went out to dinner together to Boi Na Braza in Grapevine.
That's the thing about Big As TEXAS – no one ever wants to part when it's over!
Next year, we will meet for a five night cruise from March 20 – 25, 2010. Perhaps you'd like to join us for Big As TEXAS: Big As Texas Sets Sail!