It’s been a little strange for me to not blog every day – not “bad” strange, just “different” strange. Obviously, there has been a rocky day or two but overall I can assure you that I’m still eating healthy meals and getting a good amount of exercise (this month I’m all about pilates – will cover that in a different post). Both are an important part of my life, whether I get to daily document them or not and last night I got a chance to combine these two passions of mine in one fun event, hosted by Healthworks. Many of my favorite bloggers were in attendance so you may have read their reviews already. I think it’s fair to say that all of us had a great time – Healthworks definitely knows how to show us local fitness passionate bloggers a good time. I’m proud to be a part of this club! 😀
You may have noticed from the title that the “event” was a picnic… but first we had to sweat our little butts off. You gotta earn the food! 😉 When I saw a 30-minute Bosu workout on the schedule, I thought this would be a breeze. I use the bosu regularly as part of the bootcamp classes I take and I’ve gotten pretty comfortable jumping on that thing. I assumed we’d just do a bunch of weights while standing on the bosu, maybe a few crunches while lying on it and then call it a day. 30 minutes, how hard can it be, right? Wrong. At first I was a bit bored (the first 5 minutes or so) – it seemed a little too flaky. Apparently that was just the warm up. The workout was all cardio and plyometrics. We did about a million squats, pushups and planks but and of course there was a whole lot of jumping – on and off, side to side, up and down; there were also some serious balancing exercises with one leg at a time (it was pretty funny seeing everyone drop off one at a time – including me, definitely! 😆 ). My calves were burning. Kate gave us no breaks. After 30 minutes we were all pretty shocked at how surprisingly challenging it was. If you want to check out one of many classes at Healthworks, you can use this free 3-day pass. I’m always impressed with the quality of this gym and I actually will start a one-month trial membership there soon (more details on that in a bit). Last night, I jumped on the treadmill for another 15 minutes after class to finish myself off. After a quick shower, there was finally time for… DINNER! 😀
There were so many amazing goodies for us to sample. I was in heaven! Whole Foods provided us with a packed dinner of a sandwich (turkey or vegetarian), quinoa salad and fruit salad.
They have recently launched a program called “Health Starts Here” which promotes a diet full of veggies, fruit, healthy fats, lean protein – you know, everything we all already do. Right? 😉 Lynay and Melissa told us all about it.
I also got a chance to chat with Melissa later and found out that Whole Foods is going to launch a sustainability rating program on all of their meats and seafood (all items will be clearly marked based on their defined sustainability scale). I am SO excited about this!! Whole Foods already has very high standards for meat sold in all stores (I still prefer organic chicken and grass-fed beef but in general I feel like they do enough quality control to make sure that there are absolutely no antibiotics used and the animals were for the most part humanely raised). This will bring it to the next level, especially with seafood. Can’t wait! 😀
.. and then it was time to eat! I was starving and beyond excited to peak into my goodie bag. Bloggers, bloggers everywhere. Can you recognize anyone? I love playing that game.
Emily was the lucky winner of a giant gift basket from Whole Foods. I love how happy she looks in this picture. 😀
Ok really. Let’s eat now!
Turkey sandwich on sprouted bread with lettuce, tomato, sprouts and honey mustard
This sandwich was SO fantastic. I think bread is really key to an amazing sandwich and I am officially obsessed with this bread. I believe it is called Seeduction (’cause it has seeds – get it?) and it’s sold in the WF bakery section. I spotted a $1 off coupon in their Whole Deal guide and you better believe it’s going to be the next loaf I buy. Seriously, I just loved the chewiness of this bread combined with the crunch of the seeds. Yum, yum, yum. A super fresh fruit salad was also a great first dessert. Common, you know cupcakes are coming next. 😉 (I gave my quinoa salad to Bridget since it had onions).
Before we get to cupcakes, there was another quicky dessert from Joos. Joos specializes in 100% organic fresh veggie juices and we got to sample 3 of them last night. I absolutely love that founder Lauri chose organic vegetables and I love that each bottle provides you with an incredible amount of vitamins and nutrients. However, and this is a personal taste, all the juices have celery as part of the blend and I just am not a fan of celery. I can choke it down but I’d rather just eat veggies I like instead of forcing myself to eat the ones I don’t (you know which one I’m mostly referring to… 😉 ). These mini muffins made of juice pulp (and chocolate chips!) were pretty yummy though. They tasted healthy, of course, but I’m into that kind of thing. 😀
And then we got to the most indulgent part of the dinner – cupcakes! You may remember my first encounter with Mix Bakery cupcakes. Oh we girls had such a blast test tasting them. My second time I wasn’t as smitten but man, Kelly came back with some winning cupcakes this time. Naked carrot cake (no nuts, no raisins) and chocolate peanut butter minis to be exact. Just look at these beauties…
I started with one of each…
… then had another one. Hey, they were mini! And then once I found out that 4 minis=1 regular cupcake I went back for 1 more… and then another 2. Yup, I had 6 mini cupcakes. But really just 1.5 regular sized ones. I’m cool with it. They were both amazing. The carrot cake especially was so moist (I was surprised that I liked it so much without the nuts since I LOVE nuts in carrot cake) and cream cheese frosting is of course the best and the only one that can stand a chance against my favorite flavors of all time – chocolate and pb. Don’t ask me to pick favorites. I don’t want to. I chose to eat both for a reason.
Hanging out in Copley Square on a gorgeous night, while enjoying amazing food, fresh air, and fun conversation with my blogger friends was just perfect. Thank you, Judith and Hannah, for organizing another great event… and of course for rubbing it in that I’m still not a member of Healthworks. I can’t wait to start my lifting program there soon!! 😀
Just for fun – what’s your favorite bread brand + kind and what’s your favorite cupcake flavor? Also, have you ever been to an all women’s gym? Do you think this would impact your workouts?