Day #2 in Chicago

First thing on the agenda for Day#2 in Chicago was a walk to see the Big Ole Shiny Bean (that’s the proper name) to take some pics.

Big ole bean:


Me in the bean:


I kind of love the bean, not gonna lie:


After the giant bean, we went and saw a giant creepy face:


Then it was time to head to breakfast.  These Adora calcium supplements have been on my blog “want to try” list forever!  Now I have a whole bag to try out 🙂  


The breakfast spread was stellar!!  I wanted one three of EVERYTHING


Bagel thins, peanut butter, yogurt, granola, fruit, muffins, croissants, oatmeal…  Are you kidding??


I ended up with yogurt(x2) and some fruit


I also scarfed down an Empower Glo Bar (check out Oh She Glows):


After breakfast, we had several breakout presentations, one of which focused on photography:


Another discussed potential obstacles to eating healthy:


Misconceptions for sure:DSCF2194

Some things I need to work on:



Midway through the day, we had the hands-down best lunch I ever had at a conference.  I went with a side salad with balsamic dressing, roasted veggies, quinoa salad, garbanzo bean salad, giant pickle spear, and a turkey and ham sandwich on a deli flat:


Here are some of my favorite takeaways from the seminars:

  • Only 1 in 3 women ages 18-33 years old cook their own meals 5+ days a week.
  • Balance, variety, moderation… 
  • Take the first step, then the next. Repeat.
  • Time is a finite, non-renewable resource.
  • You are beautiful 🙂
  • It’s ok to be different.  It makes you a more interesting person.
  • Quinoa is AMAZING.  Must cook this myself in the very near future!
  • Windows Live Writer.  Changed. My. Life.

After the conference, we went for a walk along the water:


The water in Chicago seems so much bluer than Lake Erie in Cleveland!


After the walk, we headed to Core Fusion Yoga sponsored by Subway.  Luckily, I didn’t snap any photos.  Yoga kicked my butt.  I just hope I’ll be able to walk tomorrow.  Only one thing can help a girl come back from such a beating:


Epic. Burger.   EPIC:


When I have hand-cut fries, I LOVE to top them with Malt vinegar….   buuuuut when I asked the waiter for Malt vinegar, she gave me the wonky eye like I was crazy. 

Tweeting ensued:DSCF2225

That’s ok – I got to try out the Organic Heinz ketchup on the fries:


This tasted just like normal ketchup to me!  It didn’t have the super sugary taste that the Reduced-sugar ketchup has.  It just tasted like my normal everyday ketchup.  Just a little dollop of heaven 🙂

And I’m exhausted!  Time for bed!

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  1. You are too funny!!! What do the folks at HLS say about burgers and fries? Let’s do lunch so I can pick your brain?

  2. Please check out my pic’s of the bean on my fb page… I totally didn’t realize as I was taking that token picture of myself, you can see right down my shirt!!! CLEVELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!