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The Greatest Girls Weekend

IMG_2615When I set out to attend Blend the first year in 2012, I went in knowing no one. I knew of some of the bloggers that would be there, but I didn’t actually no anyone. It was scary but I swallowed my nerves, stepped outside my comfort zone and had a great weekend. I met some amazing women that weekend, got in a couple great workouts and in general, just had so much fun.


There was no question when tickets for Blend 2013 went on sale that I needed to get one. I made sure to buy them within moments of tickets going on sale, afraid that they may sell out and I’d miss out on amazing weekend. I got my ticket and we all made our way to Utah for what would be another amazing weekend. It was a little different having already known a few ladies and then getting an opportunity to reconnect with them, while also making new friends.

2013-05-18-20.24.17Once again, when tickets for Blend 2014 went on sale, there was no reason to question why I wouldn’t want to attend again. It became the girl’s weekend I could look forward to attending; the opportunity to reconnect with friends that I may otherwise not get to see; and making more friends that will be located all around the country. I’m not sure if it gets much better. Yet somehow, each year, it does.


Some may call me a “bad blogger” this weekend as I didn’t rip out my phone every 2 seconds to take pictures of the food and snacks or to document every moment of our weekend and I didn’t hand my phone to someone when taking a group photo but rather decided I could just get the photo from friends later to share. Instead, I decided to just live and enjoy the moment. Sometimes that means putting your phone down or keeping it in your purse.


Since I was representing RxBar this weekend, I was sure to share the love. I handed out bars and talked to everyone about the deliciousness of RxBars, took pictures of how we were fueling ourselves with the bars and goofed around with my roomies doing an awkward photo shoot with the bars. But even in the process of remaining loyal to my commitment, I was able to put the phone away, put the social media away and enjoy it all.

BpnpNeACIAAqn_a-2I’m not going to leave you hanging though on our weekend. It was so fun and if I hung out with you this weekend, I want to see you next year (back in Boulder!) and if I didn’t hang out with you, I want you to join us for the fun next year and see what I’m talking about!


I started my weekend on Thursday, flying into Salt Lake City, and then meeting a few of the girls in downtown Salt Lake City for lunch. After lunch, I left the group to make my way to Park City where I met up with the Lindsay, Janetha & Lauren to help unpack the truck of stuff and get started on sorting, organizing, setting up and stuffing swag bags. We were done by 11, went to bed and woke up bright and early for a quick workout before making our way to breakfast to fuel for the long day ahead of registration & fun.



Friday night we had a super fun & yummy cocktail party followed by dinner. We got to see who all was there, reconnect with & meet new friends, and taking funny photos!

10376338_10100182206503709_7064274046154860486_nIt had been a long day and many of us were tired so we made our way upstairs and my suite mates and I hung out for awhile chatting before making our way to bed.


Saturday morning was bootcamp #1. I woke up hungry and fueled myself with half of an RxBar before getting my booty kicked with lots of burpees, squats, lunges and pushups. After our workout, we made our way to breakfast and shortly thereafter went on a gorgeous hike. We started the hike by riding on a gondola and let’s just say, that was not the highlight of my weekend. I’ve never been in one but I quickly learned it’s a bit too much of a “ride” for me and especially as we came to our final destination to get off the gondola, I was tearing up feeling like we were going to crash. The good thing? The other girls in my gondola were super sweet and kept me calm the whole ride up so I could just enjoy the view which was absolutely amazing!

10341616_10100181873800449_8658350505290798443_nThe hike up was fun and when we got to our destination, there was a gorgeous lake where we stopped for a few photo opps and to just take in the scenery. It was absolutely incredible.


Me and my Blend BFF, Amanda - 3 years of Blend roomies!

Me and my Blend BFF, Amanda – 3 years of Blend roomies!

The hike down was a bit scary as I chose to go with the group not taking the gondola and it often felt like we were going straight down. I was definitely nervous at a few different points and needless to say was happy to make it to the bottom safe and sound. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? ;)


After our hike, the rest of the day was ours for the making. I was feeling especially exhausted so after a snack with some of the girls, I decided to take some quiet time to myself and just relax. As much as I love hanging out with these ladies and want to enjoy every possible moment with them, at the end of the day I need some time to breathe. After my little rest, I met up with a few other ladies for a delicious dinner. We were all craving salads and veggies and that’s exactly what we all got. They were delicious and Lindsay got an incredible photo that just captures the beauty of our dinner. The company was perfect, the food was just what we needed and we all left happy girls.


We went back to the hotel for a little more social time and as it got late, made our way back to the suite for some initial packing and bed.


Sunday started with another bootcamp, this one led by GPP Fitness and it was AWESOME! We did a team workout that included running, burpees, squats, pushups, situps and dips. My team ended up “winning” but it was really just a fun way to get our sweat on! Followed up by breakfast, raffles, packing and the worst part of the weekend, lots of goodbyes.


It’s always bittersweet at the end of a weekend like this. There’s the part of you that’s ready to go home, eat your own food, sleep in your own bed and see the friends/family that you miss, but then there’s also the part of you that’s missing all of these wonderful friends already. You know there’s the possibility you may see some sooner rather than later, but you also know full well, most you may not see for another whole year and that’s never easy.


This may be a weekend full of healthy-living bloggers, food, sponsors and swag, but more so, it’s a weekend for friends – new and old. :)


**While it was a fun weekend, I know the girls put in a lot of time and hard work to make it happen and that it wouldn’t be possible without all of the sponsors that contributed to the weekend to make it happen. Thank you to all of the sponsors with a special shoutout to some of my favorites from the weekend Silk, Sizzlefish, GPP Fitness, and of course, RxBar!**

To Insure Good Health


Does this dress make me look fat?

IMG_3568Don’t answer that.


I wasn’t going to post today, at least not more than the Motivation In March quote when THIS happened…

IGI’ve blurred out the name of the person who wrote the comment out of respect. A respect that they didn’t have when they opened their mouth.


I know this is something that women get asked everyday but yesterday was the first time it’s happened to me. And I’ll be honest, it feels like shit. Straight up SHIT. (Sorry Mom, no filter today!)


I was having a great Friday – got in a workout, spent some time working from Starbucks,  delicious lunch at home, and a free iced coffee I was enjoying while taking a work break to walk around my neighborhood. I took a quick glance at Instagram and had to do a double take. I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing…

IMG_3584That was the outfit I wore to my cousin’s rehearsal dinner last weekend and it was an outfit that I felt GREAT in. And when I followed it up with this killer red dress for the wedding on Saturday, I was feeling gorgeous! …until this moment.


Now don’t get me wrong. I KNOW I don’t look pregnant, fat or anything of the sort BUT that doesn’t make those words hurt any less.

WHY is it that people think that’s an OK question to ask someone?

WHY is it that even as women we feel it’s OK to ask?

WHY is it that women feel it necessary to bring other women down?

I’m not going to say that was this girls motive because I don’t know what her motive was and I don’t know why she thought that was appropriate to ask me. I would love to sit here and say her comment didn’t get to me, but it did.


As I finished walking home I found myself fighting back the tears. I was texting with a few friends and reminding myself of how healthy, happy and beautiful I am. I was reminding myself not to let one person’s stupid comment affect me. But I will be honest, once I got home, put my coffee down and took off my sunglasses, I shed a few tears. My heart was hurting. But not just for me, for any woman who has ever been asked that question and felt like SHIT after.


With that, here’s a PSA friends…

There’s no more fitting quote for today…


Have you ever been asked that question before?

How did you respond?

Quick Cardio

I’m sure I’m not the only one saying this today… ;)


I feel like I’ve been going for weeks straight without a break (mostly because I have) and losing my Sunday to catch up was definitely hard this week. I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend so I can catch up and get back on my two best feet.


I’ve been trying to find a new workout motivation and despite an exhausting start to the week, I was able to get in some really good workouts. I’m hoping this is a start to a renewed sense of fitness.


Friday 2/21

2 mile run

Saturday 2/22


Sunday 2/23


Monday 2/24

20 mins Jillian Michael’s Shred Level 1

Tuesday 2/25

3 mile run

Wednesday 2/26

TIU Love Your Body 2

Quick Cardio – 3 rounds (see below)

Thursday 2/27

2 mile run

TIU Sleek & Slender Abs – 3 rounds


As mentioned, here’s the Quick Cardio workout mentioned above. I didn’t have time to get in any cardio while I was at the gym on Wednesday, so I did some when I had a few minutes at home before lunch. I completed 3 rounds but even just 1 round would make for a nice little mid-afternoon boost.

quick cardio


What are your plans for the weekend?

How do you get in a quick cardio?