When I arrived yesterday, I was greeted at the lobby of the Flamingo Resort by Dr. McDougall’s daughter, Heather. She signed me in and gave me the key to my room. The Flamingo has been around for as long as I can remember. It was here when my family moved to Sonoma in the early 1950s. But the place is really nice and well kept up.
The resort centers around the pool which was very busy as I brought in my luggage. I wandered around the grounds and have to say I really like the place.
Everyone in the program gathered in the early evening to meet Dr. McDougall and his wife, Mary. Mary then led us in introductions. A large number of participants are here to lose weight and gain better health. Some members of the group are here to deal with diabetes and heart disease while others have MS. I was please to see that there was another man who was there to deal with prostate cancer.
I am also happy to see that psychologist, Doug Lisle, is here. I met Doug back around 2000. He’s the author of the book, The Pleasure Trap, which really helped me understand much of the mechanics of my own failure to maintain a plant-based lifestyle in the past and what I can do to improve my chances for success. He is speaking to the group later in the week.
After dinner we had a talk from Dr. McDougall. He introduced himself and told us of his and Mary’s life journey from med school to Hawaii to life in Northern California. He is committed to health and the well-being of others and I am excited to hear what he is going to share to help me live plant strong.
This morning it was up at the crack of dawn for a blood draw, weigh in, photo and blood pressure. My bp is a decent 121 over 80. We’ll see what the blood work shows later in the week.
Right now I have an hour before the first lecture so I think I’ll go for a swim. There isn’t a soul in the pool and that will probably be the last time all day it’s that way if yesterday is anything to go on.