So, I’m a genius and didn’t hit “publish” yesterday … hence the lack of a post. I’m so sorry! Hope this lengthy one makes up for it.
Hello, my beautiful friends! I’ve missed you so much. It was an amazing weekend in Boston at the Healthy Living Summit and I decided to live it up instead of post. Hope you were okay with that! All of the bloggers who helped put on the event were so friendly and welcoming. Thank you to Meghann, Julie, Heather, and everyone else involved!
Mid-morning, Cait and I hit the road for Wildflour! We wanted to kick off the day with pour over coffee and a solid blogging session since we were both planning on unplugging for the weekend. Unbeknownst to either of us, we packed our belongings in our respective Reebok backpacks and Sonia Kashuk bags. They don’t call us best blends for nothin’!
Once we got to Wildflour, we were instantly in what I like to call “zen mode.” It’s a state-of-mind in which you are so perfectly content, happy, and at ease that you never want that moment to sneak away. With my raw cauliflower tabbouleh and BB by my side, the words were flowing and we both agreed that we were just going to stay there until we felt that “zen mode” had snuck away from us.
Two hours later, we gassed up my Camry and were off to Beantown!
Apparently, lunch hour is synonymous with rush hour because we were stuck in traffic for quite some time. Cait and I were supposed to meet up with a bunch of fellow bloggers at flour bakery & cafe but traffic kept us from doing so. We made it to flour an hour late and were so ready for some salads!
I ordered a salad with mixed greens, sprouts, carrots, tomatoes, and their housemade hummus while Cait opted for the curried tuna salad. She also ordered a side of hummus and we were both so impressed with it – there were even whole chickpeas in the spread!
We walked back to the our hotel, The Hyatt Regency Cambridge, in the scorching heat (because we’re cheap-o’s and refused to pay for a taxi) and got ready for dinner with some very special ladies!
The six of us went to Figs, one of Chef Todd English’s restaurants. I’d perused the menu beforehand and figured there wasn’t much there for me to eat but I was there for the company – not the food – so I rolled with it. Turns out there were four things I could eat.
Four little olives in olive oil. Ha! The salads were far too expensive for me ($12 for mixed greens and beets?!) so I munched on the above olives, drank lots of water (we were all parched!), and talked and laughed with these five amazing ladies. I felt so blessed and so happy; we all got along so seamlessly!
After dinner, the real fun began at the cocktail party!
Lisa and I had lots of fun with some outlandish costume accessories provided by a really nice man in a spiffy suit.
I can’t look at the above picture without laughing hysterically at Cait. I’m also impressed by the tone-age of my left shoulder. Okay, vanity ends here.
I met a fellow Garden Grille and Wildflour addict: Ashley! This girl is super kind and has the biggest, most beautiful smile! She and the wonderful Sara were good friends in college and Ashley now lives in RI. What a small world huh?
Unfortunately, there wasn’t any substantial food for me at the cocktail party aside from crudite, nuts, and sundried tomato-olive tapenade. Thumbs down number two! While it would have sufficed, I didn’t really want nuts and crudite for dinner so Cait and I snuck out of the cocktail party an hour early and went to Whole Foods for a late night salad. Win!
We woke up nice and early for breakfast and, per usual, I arose with a grumbling tummy.
Yet again, there were scant vegan-friendly options. I was so disappointed that, especially at an event where there are so many people with various dietary preferences, there weren’t more vegan dishes. I ended up grabbing a KIND bar for some staying power.
Yes – I know this KIND bar has honey in it but it was either that or starve. My heart sank a bit because my veganism is so important to me but it was that or nothing.
After breakfast, we had our very own Reebok CrossFit WOD (workout of the day), hosted by many fine-looking CrossFit coaches from the area. Our WOD was 5 minutes AMRAP of 7 air squats and 15 jumps. It wasn’t super challenging but definitely got my heart rate up!
A bunch of us perused the sponsor booths after our workout.
Like our Reebok RealFlex sneakers? The amazing team at Reebok gifted all of us bloggers with a new pair and I loved the dark grey color with the purple laces. I have now accumulated four pairs of Reebok sneakers in the past four months. Pinch me?
Meg, Lisa, Cait, and I made sure to get a picture with CrossFit superstar, Rich Froning.
We listened to an awesome panel on “Blogging with Brands,” hosted by Lauren and featuring bloggers Anne, Theodora, and Ashley as well as brands Kelly Olexa representing FitFluential, Valerie Etson from Porter Novelli Public Services, and Laura Stanton from Dancing Deer Bakery. (I’ll blog more about these tomorrow!).
All that listening worked up an appetite and a bunch of us collectively agreed that a trip to Whole Foods would be in order. Meg and Lisa live in Canada and, naturally, were totally enamored with the entire Whole Foods experience so we wanted to make sure they got their fix as much as possible!
I filled my eco-friendly tub with greens, veggies, falafel, hummus, and a side of sesame-ginger dressing.
We arrived back to the hotel just in time to attend two more discussion sessions. Afterwards, Cait and I were so happy to hang out with Kelly Olexa for a few minutes. “I love these girls!” she said, as we snapped a picture. The love is mutual, Aunt Kelly!
A few hours later, I was ready for dinner with some of my favorite ladies!
A bunch of us went out to dinner at a sushi restaurant. I was excited to see an interesting tofu dish on the menu. Little did I know that I would receive a cauldron filled with boiled water, cabbage, three mushrooms, and a block of tofu, haphazardly chopped and thrown into the mix. Food fail number three.
I tried to remind myself that I was here for the company – not the food – but my blood was boiling! Why the heck couldn’t I get a decent meal around here?! Sara and I had a long hear-to-heart, which eased my hunger pangs a bit and brought me back to earth. We all really did have an amazing time! Three of the CrossFit coaches even joined in on the fun. Ohhh yeeeah.
We were all pretty wiped when we got back to the hotel, so I called it a night with Restaurant Impossible and a dinner of Pretzel Crisps and hummus. Gotta do what you gotta do!
The next morning, I woke up at 6:45 a.m. with one thing on my mind: ZWOW! I made the hotel courtyard my gym and completed ZWOW #30 in 19:03, just one minute longer than Zuzana’s time!
That’s me rocking my ViewSPORT Fitfluential #PROOF tank! I swapped the pistol squats for single leg dip jumps (see above) and felt amazing afterwards! Despite the exercise high I was on, my mood was slightly dampened when Cait and I bid a bittersweet goodbye to our friends.
I can’t tell you how incredibly sad I was to leave everyone! We all bonded in our own special ways and I am so, so, so grateful to have had the opportunity to call these ladies real-life friends as opposed to virtual ones. They are all amazing women and inspire me to be the best version of myself – that’s true love right there!
Cait and I skipped out on breakfast and did our own thing. She found thinking cup, a quaint coffee shop (with pour over coffee!) located directly across from the Boston Common.
We took our coffees across the street to the common and basked in the gorgeous weather. The warm sun beat down like a warm blanket over us and we had another “zen mode” moment. I’m seeing a correlation between “zen mode” moments and pour over coffee. Sigh.
Teri is so incredibly sweet! She has a heart of gold and clearly wears it on her sleeve with a side of wit, charm, and beauty.
I must admit that I was a bit star struck meeting Holly. I so admire the career she has built for herself. The two of us hit it off and starting chatting away before even introducing ourselves. Totally normal, right? Holly was more-than-willing to gift me with advice and confidence to move forward in the journalism world. We could have talked forever!
It was the perfect ending to a whirlwind weekend.
Throughout the weekend, I gained a heightened sense of appreciation for my beloved Beantown. I love my home city but it wasn’t until I heard blogger after blogger commenting on how active, magical, and beautiful Boston was that I truly counted my blessings for living so close by. Until next time, Boston!
P.S. – The Fashion page was updated!