Pre–Recap of Blend Retreat 2012

by Jillian on May 7, 2012 · 29 comments

I don’t even know how to begin this post, so I’ll just start with the fact that Blend Retreat may have been one of the best weekends of my life.


This is most definitely not a full recap. Don’t worry, those will come soon. But rather a quick update on what I’ve been doing this weekend.

Boulder, Colorado was absolutely beautiful!


Tell me those mountains don’t look like a picture painting! Breathtaking!

This morning was spent trying to figure out where to put all my swag….


and unpacking…


Yes, that is my dirty sports bra a notice that my bag was inspected. I knew immediately when I opened it and everything was moved around and I freaked for about 3 seconds when I thought they confiscated my Core Power protein drinks. When I landed, my suitcase wasn’t on the carousel. Turns out that since I checked in 5 hours before my flight, they sent it on an earlier flight and it was waiting for me at the airport. Could have been worse – I’m sorry Alyssa!

I already utilized some Love Grown foods to make breakfast.


Having had Chobani every morning while at Blend Retreat made me crave it this morning. I have enough granola to last me through the summer (who am I kidding, it will be gone by next week) so I see lots of Chobani bowls in my future.

I have to head into work soon and I’m having some trouble….Blend Retreat withdrawal!


Each one of you had truly inspired me this weekend to be more positive and motivated in my every day life. I can’t believe it’s over, but I am excited that I will see some lovely faces again this Wednesday at the Fitness Magazine Blogger Meet & Tweet.

A big thank you to Janetha, Katie, and Lindsay for organizing this amazing retreat. It was such a pleasure to enjoy everyone’s company, meet new faces, workout, and explore Colorado without having to be at a lecture every hour like most conferences (not that I don’t enjoy those too!). Great idea, ladies! I am already in line to sign up for next years retreat!

Happy Monday! (and it sure is a happier Monday than most have been lately……)

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shanna, like Banana May 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

What fun! I think this is the ‘conference’ I *should* have went to..much more up my alley ;)


2 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Yes! You would have loved! Maybe next year!? :)


3 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean May 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

so fun meeting you!!


4 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

You tooo!! Wish we got to talk more!


5 Heather @ Better With Veggies May 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

It was great meeting you this weekend!! One of the best weekends in a while and those mountains really did look like a painting. :)


6 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Great meeting you too! I miss it so much already!


7 Lauren May 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I keep hearing how incredible BLEND was and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s recaps. So glad you had such a good time but it’s making me so sad I had to miss it. Hopefully we can catch up at HLS this year!?!!


8 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I am not positive about HLS since I’m traveling two other times in August but I do really want to go! I’ll see!! Missed you at blend! Hopefully we can meetup soon!!


9 Marilyn May 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Looks like a great weekend. Glad you had the opportunity to go.


10 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

You helped with that a bit! :) love u!


11 Kena Houston May 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hi Jillian -It surprised me to see a pic of the flatirons on your blog…I live 10 minutes outside of Boulder, CO…isn’t is beautiful…I love it here! Have a happy day!


12 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I didn’t realize you lived there! You should have come to blend! CO is soo beautifu!


13 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

so true… it could have been WAY worse. it’s okay. I’m convincing myself I’m just going on a shopping spree today rather than replacing all my favorite shit. it’s aaalllll a state of mind. ;)


14 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes May 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I’m hearing such amazing things about Blend. I definitely will try to make it next year!


15 Thao May 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

It was nice meeting you this weekend! Glad you had fun in CO, and hope you come back one of these days! =D


16 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Nice meeting you too! How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful area!!


17 Paige @ Running Around Normal May 7, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Awww, glad you had so much fun, Jillian!! :)


18 Katie May 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

It was so lovely to meet you this weekend – I am so glad you had a good time, I loved getting to chat and hike with you on Saturday!


19 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Thank you for planning one of the best weekends I’ve ever had! Glad we got to meet and chat on the hike! :)


20 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 7, 2012 at 10:27 pm

It was so great to meet you this weekend! I had a blast hanging out. :)


21 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm

It was so fun hanging out and glad we finally got to meet!!! :)


22 Ashley May 7, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Yay! Another recap to read! I’m so so glad we got to meet this weekend but wish we would have had more time together. There’s always next year. :)


23 Jillian May 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm

It was so nice meeting you too! I agree, I wish we all had more time to talk! Next year should be a longer retreat! :)


24 Lisa May 8, 2012 at 12:19 am

Sounds so fun. This sounds like it was an incredible retreat, from everything I have been hearing. Glad you had a great time!!


25 Ashley @ Freckles and Spice May 8, 2012 at 9:28 am

I agree on the best weekend comment. I hope you found the motivational spark you were looking for :) And I will see you tomorrow friend.


26 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

I don’t know if we actually got to meet formally this weekend, but I wish we had! What an awesome time. :)
My swag is still all sitting in the bag on a table in house. I need to empty out a whole cabinet to make room for everything! (Except the granola- I’ve already made room for that in my belly!)


27 Jillian May 8, 2012 at 11:36 am

We didn’t! We were in the same place so many times but never formally met! That just tells us that Blend was way too short, so next year it must be atleast 4 days! I am already reading your recap! :)


28 Katie @ Katie Moves May 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

This looks like SO much fun! i really hope I can join you all there one day! :)


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