Good Morning and Happy Friday! I can’t believe the weekend is here already. Crazy talk.
Get ready for a picture heavy post!
I’m really happy I made the decision to head over to Boston on Thursday night. As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I quickly ate a dinner I had bought at the airport and passed out, since I had been up since 4.
* I packed little pre-portioned bags mixed with oats, chia seeds, and flax seeds so I could have them for quick breakfasts in the morning. I just ran water through the coffee maker in our hotel room so the hot water could soak up in the oats overnight, and I just picked up a few bananas at the hotel so I could add them in as well. Served with a little protein frosting on top. And it was perfect fuel for the morning. *
I woke up quite early, and decided to get in a little movement, since I had plans to take the next 3 days off. I just did a quick pilates workout in the hotel (I’m still doing the low intense exercise thing at the moment).
I knew there were a few events planned for Friday, and I really wanted to go to both the Flour Bakery meetup and the Whole Foods lunch. I talked to a few of my blogging friends and ultimately decided to attend the Whole Foods lunch, we all met in the lobby to make the walk on over. It was about a 15 minute walk, where I made the bad decision to wear wedges (I just hate flat shoes!).
* (From Katie) - the group headed to Whole Foods *
When we got to Whole Foods I was SO excited, like so pumped up it was borderline sad. I’ve never been to a Whole Foods before, since the closest one is over in Vancouver. Come on WF, get yourself over to Victoria!
Anyways, after I finished jumping up and down with joy, we made our way to the salad bar, even though I really just wanted to look around.
I met Amy and Min for the first time and were such lovely and sweet girls! It was such a pleasure to meet you guys:)
This is where my first bound of anxiety came up about food choices. I looked over the items, and started freaking out about certains foods, wondering whether this or that was cooked in oil, how much, all blah eating disorder nonsense. I think I was probably the last one to finish putting my salad together since I was procrastinating adding anything “new” to it. Eventually, I decided, and ate away happily. It ended up being delicious!
* My first Whole Foods salad; with tofu, romaine, kale, roasted zucchini and red peppers, cucumber, edamame, and hummus *
The company was the best part, obviously!
After our meal, Meg, Chelsea, Lindsay, and I decided to walk on over to Newbury Street and do a little shopping. We obviously had to stop off in Lululemon.
Back at the hotel, we all made sure to check in and pick up our swag! It was wonderful.
Tons of samples along with new Reebok shoes! I was pretty pumped about getting a pair of these babys. I went back up to my room to unpack the swag, snack on an apple and a homemade protein bar I brought along, and get ready for dinner that evening.
We didn’t know what the food situation would be like at the cocktail party later on, so a group of us decided to go on over to Figs and try out their dinner. It was a really cute, very small restaurant. Where they made amazing looking pizzas.
I looked at the menu and I’ll be honest in saying my dinner choice was based out of fear of ordering something different and “unsafe”.
I stuck with a salad, dressing on the side, and grilled chicken. I can’t judge the restaurant based on the food choices I made, I mean does a plain salad with grilled chicken taste much different between each restaurant? Probably not.
Everyone else said their meals were delicious though! So, I take that as a good sign.
Poor Heather though, they didn’t have anything vegan so she couldn’t enjoy a meal with us! Anyways, I ended up having a minor (major) freakout over the fact that the chicken was cooked in oil and I ended up asking the server about it. After talking to her and the others, I decided to eat it anyways, even though my head screamed at me to not finish it.
It was so much fun to actually get to sit down with all these ladies and talk about everything. We all got along famously and had such a blast. I knew that we would all connect right away, and we basically blabbed the whole time and I just adored getting to know each of these ladies better. They are all such amazing and kind-hearted people!
After we finished up dinner, we were all set to head back to the hotel for the Cocktail party. More on that next! This is getting way too long!
Do you have a Whole Foods where you live? Favourite things to buy there?:)
What do you usually order when you go out to eat? Or does it depend where you go?
Hope you all have fun plans for the weekend!