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:
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.
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!