WIAW: Eating through my #blendswag

Most of my snacks and meals have come from my #blendswag because there’s so much good stuff!

Kodiak Cakes protein pancakes

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Peanut butter chocolate Detour SMART bar

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Banana cream pie smoothie made with Growing Naturals rice protein powder (from Laura of Spring 2 the Table)

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Work snacks: Onnit Warrior jerky

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Blueberry Rx bar

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Kiss Me Organics matcha latte made with Silk almond milk

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And this category is other food I ate that’s not from my #blendswag:

One of the Blend sponsors, Yoplait Greek, makes this delicious honey caramel Greek yogurt bar!

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Drinks because I drank all my water: The Bu lavender kombucha

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A recommendation from the Tone It Up Girls: watermelon Hint. I didn’t see a point in drinking this over regular water though.

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Coconut pineapple ice cream from a hole-in-the-wall cheap ice cream shop

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What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Friday Five: Blend and real life

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5 things I learned at Blend

Healthy living bloggers like to drink too.

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We all don’t love working out.

Nor do we all like waking up early, but we do enjoy nature. No one appeared bothered by dirt.

You will make friends.

5 things I’ve learned about myself at Blend

I make friends easily because I talk a lot and I’m not shy. As I get older (yes!), I’ve become more confident. Although, I was still overwhelmed when I saw big name bloggers.

I don’t vacation on vacation. I hardly slept and crashed on Monday.

I still hate running but I’ll do it. I ran yesterday when I did GPP’s Denizen.

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I can trust myself with food. I ate copious amounts of seafood (salmon mostly), salads, and warm, hearty meatballs.

…and somehow this always happens, but I lose weight on vacation or at least, I have a better body image because I don’t actually weigh myself so I don’t know if I actually lost weight.

I made this side-by-side to show the Quest rep, Clark. One of the coolest things is that he is a transformation story too and so are a ton of other people – healthy living for the win!

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6 reasons this week was awesome

The entirety of season 2 of “Orange is the New Black” is on.

Working doesn’t deter me from happy hour and [nitrogen] ice cream from a la minute.

A too sweet Hawaiian Cadillac marg because my bartender didn’t make it.

Avocado ice cream still not as good as The Hop

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There’s a hydration station at work.

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I get to work with this crazy dude and a lot of fun people this summer.

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Work party with my work mom! 🙂

I think I have a date. I never know if that’s what to call it. Maybe it’s just a hang out.

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“You’re too good for him.” This is true. Let’s be real.

“You workout enough for 15 people.” …when I was hesitant about eating some ice cream.

I still don’t know…

So I’ll just continue being great.

5 posts from Blends It seems like I love these posts, rather than recaps, most.

6 Life Lessons Learned at Blend

5 Things I Learned at #blend2014

#Blend2014: Refreshing

I am re-obsessed with sweet potatoes. This one is from Ari’s Menu.

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One of my favorite things in the whole wide world: mac & cheese. Foodie Misadventures’ taco macaroni & cheese makes it even better.

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I had this super sweet Hawaiian Cadillac marg on Tuesday because my bartender wasn’t working yet so this other guy made it for us. I should try to make my own, like this Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita.

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Fit Friends [Blend Retreat]

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You know I love Neghar Fonooni. Check out her facebook too. I subscribe to her newsletter and Friday’s e-mail was titled “You Gotta Have (Fitness) Friends.” How appropriate for the Blend Retreat!

The Blend Retreat is a place where I can feel “normal.” My other friends aren’t into fitness or eating like I do. Blend is instantly comfortable. In my everyday life, I’m shy-ish except for my outrageous personality in the classroom.

I got into conversations with Hungry Mother Runner about GPP Fitness and when I saw Alex for the first time in a year, we talked CrossFit and did a traveling WOD together. 20 minutes would have felt like death alone! …and I felt so cool because everyone else was taking Instagram pictures of partner workouts!

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During the workout, I said random things like, “Your arms look awesome!” and when we did our 25-lb single arm push presses (3 rounds of 10 each arm), we got through it together.

Here are some choice tidbits from the newsletter:

“The road to your fittest self is a fabulous adventure. It’s a journey with many twists and turns, and one that never truly ends, rather it just keeps getting deeper and more layered. But, in order to experience the adventure to it’s fullest, you need a companion. You gotta have fitness-minded, supportive friends.

You can’t do this alone.

And I’m not saying you’re not capable or strong or focused or dedicated. I’m not saying you don’t have what it takes, or that you’re not packing your travel sack with all of the necessary tools and sundries.

I’m saying that in order to fully see the horizon, you need someone there to remind you of it’s beauty. To get back up when you stumble, you need someone to grab you by the hand. To blissfully bask in the light, you need someone to share it with.”

I’m a loner when it comes to working out. Sure, I’ve gone to many group fitness classes, but I was still an individual. I hardly talked to anyone unless they approached me. I could do it alone – I did have a ton of success working out (and losing weight) because I’ve read enough blogs and watched enough fitness videos to learn the names of moves and do them.

“That’s the thing about fitness friends–we bond over mutual intentions, desires, victories, and struggles. We bond over iron and sweat and the quest to become our fittest selves. It’s a bond that enriches the journey for all parties involved, and one that allows us to be more successful than had we gone it alone.”

Then, I remember the first time I had to carry the 60-lb sandbag in CrossFit 400 m. Somehow I got it on my back immediately, but I dropped it halfway and could not get it back on. I was the very last one until Kyle came outside, helped me get the sandbag on, and walked with me to the finish.

…and we play beer pong together!

At Blend, I was going back and forth on running the Oiselle Fun Run later that day. Even though it’s a fun run, I was nervous

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I ran halfway before the elevation and altitude got the best of me and I walked and talked to some other girls.

The next morning (Saturday), at the Onnit boot camp, I worked out next to my soulmates and cheered on Meighan who held a 6:30 minute plank!

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In the afternoon, we went on a hike sponsored by Organic Valley and led by Joel Harper. While I love hiking uphill, I am horrible downhill. Two more avid hikers, Vanessa and Patricia, took me by the hand literally. Vanessa talked to me about “asking for help,” which goes along with this topic. I normally deny the extended hand when hiking in fear that I’ll take the person down with me.

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On Sunday, we did a team boot camp with GPP Fitness. I would never have run without my team (go #4) or kept going with the burpees, push-ups, squats, tricep dips, and sit-ups.

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…and it’s not just the people who formally work out with me, it’s the people who take leisurely walks downtown on a Sunday when everything is closed.

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“If you’ve got someone like that in your life, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Do me a favor and tell them today how much they mean to you. Give them a shout just to say “hey, thanks for traveling with me.” It’s important to tell people that we appreciate their presence on the journey. Maybe they already know, but even so, it’s never a bad idea to remind people of how much they’ve enriched your life.”

Thank you Kyle for being my partner-in-crime once upon a time when we did CrossFit.

Thank you Alex, Meighan, Vanessa, Amanda, Julie and all my Blends for the motivation and bond this past weekend!

Do you workout with someone? Who do you need to thank?