What I Loved and Learned at Blend Retreat

Guys, I have enough snacks to last me the rest of summer.

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Just kidding, more like the rest of this month. Nevertheless, it is clear that Blend brings swag game to an elite level. This isn’t even all of it.

First of all, there are several people/places to thank for this year’s successful Blend Retreat:

  1. Janetha, Lindsay, and Lauren for being the most hardworking, badass, and helpful hosts! You ladies are awesome.
  2. The bloggers/blog readers/Instagrammers who attended. You’re inspiring, and you made the retreat a fun time!

    Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy roommates (all Instagram stars)! Meredith @MeresNuttyKitchen, Amy @Clap4Fit, Aly @RunningHealthy13, Colby @EatClean_LiveStrong

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  4. Chautaqua Park and Boulder, CO for providing cozy cabins and beautiful grounds for our retreat.Processed with Moldiv
  5. My family for letting me come and then coming with me to Colorado 🙂
  6. YOU, because you’re reading this.

Blend was an amazing experience. There were plenty of aspects that I loved:

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  • Being able to talk about health and wellness as much as I wanted

  • Doing active things

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  • The laid-back, no-judgement, supportive atmosphere and community

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Morning hike before yoga! #Blend2015

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  • Learning about health and wellness brands

Clark from the Quest team (his arms are almost as big as my legs, it’s fine)

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  • Being in the presence of the Colorado mountains

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  • The perpetual stream of swag

And there were plenty of things I learned:

  • Mental and physical investment in health and wellness varies significantly among bloggers in the healthy living blog sphere. Not everyone is equally “into” it as one another, and that’s all good.
  • I am so not in tune with the whole working-with-brands thing.
  • I’m not one to eat too many protein bars, but a lot of them are tasty!

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  • I sometimes forget that not everyone who is a healthy living blogger is recovering from an eating disorder. It made me slightly anxious when people were talking and thinking about healthy food/nutrition facts all the time, but I was inspired by my roommates who know how to eat well and trust their bodies.
  • I don’t really want to talk about health and wellness all the time.
  • You won’t get to talk to or hang out with everyone at Blend, which is kind of a bummer, but it’s still fun to at least say hi to most people!
  • The altitude still gets me, even after being here for a week.

All in all, I am happy I attended Blend this year. It was a fantastic opportunity to be with fantastic people. And now it’s time to go to sleep and head back to reality on the east coast today. I’ll miss you lots, Colorado! xoxo

So tell me:

If you went to Blend, what is one thing you loved and one thing you learned?

Do you like protein bars? Which is your favorite?

Do you want to go to Blend next year? I’m not sure if I would go again, but I definitely recommend going at least once if you’re even a little interested!

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Weekly Moves and Grooves {Weekly Workouts}

Hey hey heyyyyyy!weekly moves and grooves

I want to blog more. I really, truly do. But as many of you can probably understand, college life is quite time-consuming, and if I’m not studying, I’m socializing. If I’m not socializing, I’m eating. If I’m not eating, I’m sleeping…

Well you get the point, but I will definitely try to have an update post on here soon! For now, I have my weekly college moves and grooves to share with you all, as promised.

Hope you’re all doing well!

Monday

5 minutes on the stair master, followed by Julie’s squat jump leg workout

I used the squat rack for the first time ever, kids. EVER. I mean, I have used the Smith squat machine before at my gym back in New York, but normally I would always just use the curling bars by clean-and-pressing them to get them on my shoulders. The squat rack is (obviously) more convenient, and hooray for adding more weight!

This workout left me sore for days, by the way.

Tuesday

Boot camp class!

I took a for-credit boot camp class on Tuesday, but I unfortunately had to drop that class due to some weird scheduling issues. I would have loved to stay in it because the old-school boxing instructor kicked our butts!

We did 22 minutes of running drills and then core work for the rest of the class, including planks— my fave.

Wednesday

Rest

Except for walking everywhere and carrying heavy backpacks and textbooks, which is a darn good workout anyway. I would actually be interested to see how many miles I walk on some days. I’d say a good 3-4 miles at least!

Thursday

5 min row warmup + upper body workout + lots of walking + dodgeball

The upper body workout that I decided to call “psych” because I was looking at my psychology textbook when I was writing it out (I dunno):

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I feel like I needed another rest day instead of this workout because at those very first burpees, I felt fatigued already. I still did it, but it was a tough push!

Friday

Rest

Saturday

5 min adaptive motion trainer + 5 rounds (instead of 10) of this functional workout + upper body weights + 8 min. ab tabata

I was still SUPER fatigued during that functional training workout! I felt weak. I was kind of confused and frustrated since I had taken a rest day, but then I realized that I had done quite a few high intensity workouts this week, and I had certainly done more than I have in past weeks. Thus, I’m going to try focusing more on strength workouts, and then throw in one or two circuit workouts during the week.

Exercising has definitely helped ease the stress of starting classes, so I’m thankful that I can manage to squeeze in workouts and walk A LOT.

Hope you all have a beautiful Sunday! The weather is finally cooling down here, and it is perfection today.

So tell me:

How have you been moving?

Do you find that you feel over-exerted when you do too much of one type of exercise?