Wrapping up Blend 2012

I promise this is the last Blend Recap post of the year. I am specifying the last post of THIS year, because I will be going next year. I have no idea when Blend will be in 2012, but I WILL make it happen. :)

Sunday morning came early after a really fun evening. I slept terribly for some reason (actually, it’s because I stayed up late – that always happens with me). When we woke up, Katie and I sat in bed for a while and played on our phones. My initial thought was “No way am I going to bootcamp!”. I was so incredibly sore – there was no way I could survive another bootcamp.

Peer pressure is a good thing. I went to bootcamp anyway. =)

We did a million squats (okay – 50 at the beginning and 50 at the end – but that’s a LOT!). I’m the one with the pink arrow hovering over her head.

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Photo by Janetha

After the squat warmup, we split into groups and worked through several stations. I think we did walking lunges, oblique work, pushups, rows, & stepups (see below)

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Photo by Janetha

I was surprised I survived, but bootcamp workouts really do fly by. I’d like to do them more often – they were surprisingly awesome!

I headed back for a very quick shower and then joined the group for breakfast. This morning’s breakfast was another oatmeal bowl and two strong cups of Green  Mountain coffee! I learned that if you adjust the settings on the Keurig to the smallest setting, you can almost pretend it’s espresso instead of coffee. Almost.

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I also had the opportunity to try the Cheribundi Ginger Cherry juice. I have to admit, this juice didn’t sound good to me, but I asked the reps there which was their favorite and I went with their recommendation. It was delicious!! I could tell that all the sponsors this weekend were handpicked, because they were all amazing!!

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After breakfast, it was giveaway time! I really wanted to win the Healthy Bites gift card (seriously, my first order was that delicious!), but I was also pretty excited to get a huge basket of NuNaturals. I have honestly never tried their products, but I do trust Laura’s opinion and she promises they are awesome. I hope so, because I have a LOT between the swag, raffle prize, and the giveaway I won recently on Laura’s blog. I bet you’ll start to see NuNaturals in my recipes soon. ;)

After all the awesome prizes were distributed, it was time for a group photo:

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This was when things started to get sad. You knew that Blend was almost over – booo!! I am terrible at goodbyes and most sad things like this, so I chose to focus on the friendships that grew stronger over the weekend and that I would see these ladies again.

To end on a slightly sappy note – I love my Blends! It was an amazing weekend mostly due to the women who attended and how loving, open, friendly, and fabulous they all were. I am so proud to be included in this group and hope we can all get together again soon!!

Thank you again to Lindsay, Janetha, and Katie for putting on an AMAZING event. I’m so glad to have met all three of you!!

In case you missed any of the previous recaps, you can read all about Blend here:

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Questions for you:

  • What is your favorite bittersweet memory from the last year?
  • Coffee, Tea, Espresso, or other?
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  1. Lena @Fit on the Rocks says

    I just might have to try that Keurig trick at work today because I am sleepy to the max. The end of Blend was bittersweet, but at least we have 2013 to look forward to!
    Lena @Fit on the Rocks recently posted…A Weekend With Blends- Part 2My Profile

  2. Caroline says

    Sounds like fun! My bittersweet memory from the past year was moving – I was excited to start a new adventure but kind of sad to be leaving behind so many memories and an apartment that I had made into a home : )
    Caroline recently posted…DIY: creative memoriesMy Profile

  3. Ashley @ Freckles & Spice says

    You are going to love Lindsay’s bites!! Which flavors are your getting?? I’ve gotten 2 orders now. The mint choc. coffee hazelnut are damn good.

    And I love all sorts of caffeine – coffee, tea, and espresso – just depends on my mood.
    Ashley @ Freckles & Spice recently posted…Vanilla Cardamom Cashew Nut MilkMy Profile

    • says

      Oh, I already do! I got my first three bags just before blend — they are amazing! I got cocoa crispy bites, vegemite peanut butter bites, apricot fig, and mint chocolate chip. I’m rationing them right now, but more will definitely be ordered in the future!!

  4. says

    I have NEVER wanted a Keurig… but now I kind of do! I’m such a tree-hugger though- I guess I think about those little plastic cups… (I really do belong in Colorado, right?) For now, I just love my French Press. :)
    And I agree about the cherry ginger. I would have never tried it if Lynne didn’t tell me it was good- and it was!
    Also- I really like NuNaturals stevia. I had never tried it before and think it’s definitely the best stevia I’ve ever had! And the lemon and orange are AWESOME in plain yogurt.
    Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning recently posted…After Blend: The Rest Of SundayMy Profile

    • says

      I agree with you on those cups, seems very wasteful to me. Not my thing, I’ll stick with my espresso maker. :)

      I’m so excited to make some desserts and stuff with the Stevia — it is taking up a LOT of space in the pantry, which is a good thing!

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the Blend recaps!! I think I covered all the highlights, but you should definately check out the other blend highlights that the other attendees shared. And make plans to attend in 2013 – a never-miss event for sure!

  5. Emily Woodhouse says

    Hello Heather! That’s an exciting one my friend. Last year I did roping & a slight anaerobic exercise like boxing(though I’m not too cool in punching!). It was great fun.
    Thanks for sharing this awesome experience. Blew me away, loved that.

    Emily typed How to Build Muscle Fast & Safe

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