Good morning and happy Monday! By now, I’m sure you’ve all read numerous recaps of the 2009 Healthy Living Summit… I know I have! It’s interesting to see everyone’s take on it, because, like us bloggers, no two experiences are the same.
Yesterday morning, some of us met at 7:30 for a run. We hadn’t had coffee, but look at all those smiling faces! (Thanks to Caitlin for letting me bogart her pictrures 🙂 )
I joined the 3 mile group, and enjoyed great conversation (pug or German Shepherd?) with like-minded ladies.
We ended up going about 3.5 miles, and I know I could have gone on longer. Having someone (or 10 someones!) to run with makes all the difference. Do I see a race in my future?
Total time: 33:36 minutes
Maximum heart rate: 192 (96%)
Average heart rate: 172 (86%)
Calories burned: 380
After the run we had over an hour until breakfast, and I needed something for my tum. Coffee! I spent an embarrassingly long time trying to find the filters…
… only to discover they were “tea bag” style, and the filters were the coffee. Doh.
The group reassembled and went to Finagle A Bagle for lunch.
Talk about maximum efficiency! The bagels shoot out, assembly-line style…
They are then sliced by a giant spinning blade.
There were so many interesting bagel choices! French Toast, Honey Grain, Stuffed Vegetable…
The line was long, but we were all in an out in no time. That’s progress, baby, progress.
We found a grassy knoll to sit on and enjoyed our breakfast outside, enjoying the last minutes of the Healthy Living Summit.
It took me a little while to set up my breakfast (I can be a little high-maintenance about that, if you haven’t noticed ;-): On a toasted honey grain bagel, I spread light cream cheese on half, and Barney Butter with honey on the other half.
I also made sure to get some fruit in.
I was in a little bit of a rush to make the 12 PM checkout, but I managed to grab Heather to take a sunglass-twin photo. Why spend good money on fancy shades when you can get sexy ones like these at Target?
I hustled back to the hotel, grabbed my stuff, and hobbled out. When I got to the station, I surveyed all of the food choices. Not great, but I did manage to find a Greek Salad at D’Angelo’s.
I wasn’t a fan of the creamy dressing it came with… a relief, because I knew it would also stink up the bus. (I removed the onions for that very reason!)
There was an absurd amount of feta and olives, and I left a lot behind.
I also munched on an apple while reading my copy of Body + Soul from the swag bag. There are some great recipes in there that I can’t wait to try!
The ride from Boston –> New York is almost five hours, so I needed another snack. I went back to the swag bag for a Fruition bar, made by the makers of Pro Bar.
Here’s an idea of the size of the bar, using my camera case:
Pros: There’s a definite strawberry flavor here. It’s very soft and grainy, so you don’t have to work too hard to eat it like some other sports bars out there. It reminds me of something I ate as a kid during snack time at school (which is reinforced by the sticky fingers you will get upon eating this). I like its snack size; you don’t have to make the 400 calorie commitment that you do for a regular Pro Bar. It also has very pretty packaging!
Cons: It’s a little too soft for me. I wish it would either be firmer like a Larabar, or crunchier like a granola here. There are oats in here, after all, so it shouldn’t be so soggy!
Bottom line: Would I buy this? Maybe. I want to try the other flavors of Fruition; I’ve heard rumors of Blueberry, which sounds pretty good. I don’t know how widely available they are yet (I’ve never seen them in stores), but keep your eyes open!
I shlepped about 100 pounds home from Chinatown and just wanted a comforting meal. I made my old standby comfort food:
Gliding Calm tofu; a sweet potato with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar; steamed kale with rice wine vinegar; brown rice. This meal really feels like the equivalent of a big bear hug.
Do you have any comfort foods or meals you turn over and over?
I enjoyed dinner with a small glass of Villa Farnia di Farnese’s 2008 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that my friend Howard gave me.
Frank Bruni describes this as a “good, solid, dependable wine;” a staple in Italian restaurants. It is medium tannin, smooth, and has the taste of black fruit.
Er, make that two biscotti. I didn’t want the first one to be lonely!
Another great day. The Summit was a blast. I had so much fun meeting over one hundred women who love to do some of the same things I do! Who’d a thought, in high school, that that would be possible?
It’s back to the grind, unfortunately, and I have a lot of reading to do. Hope your week is off to a great start!