Blend Retreat 2012–Saturday Morning

by Jillian on May 9, 2012 · 15 comments

I am going to break the Blend Retreat recaps into multiple posts because I have a lot of pictures and a lot to share. I hope you don’t mind! Plus, it keeps the good times rolling for a few more days and I can reminisce some more. I still can’t believe it’s over. I remember getting the survey to see how many people would be interested and what dates worked. Now, it’s over and we are all having withdrawal!

Anyhoo, I last left you at bedtime Friday night. My alarm went off at 6am on Saturday morning to get ready for boot camp. We went out to the large field at the bottom of the lodging area where there were beautiful views. We were greeted by Fitmixer with bottles of already mixed amino to power us through the workout!


Tina and Lindsay kicked kicked our butts! Check out the workout on Tina’s post!



Then, we separated into 7 groups.


We had to sprint to the center of the circle, grab a tennis ball, and do as many of the exercise that was listed on the ball as we could in 60 seconds.


Our team didn’t win, but we had a blast doing as many seal jacks and squat jumps as we could!


Ashley, Katie, me, and Heather

Next up was breakfast sponsored by Xagave.The setup was adorable!


They had bagels, toast, almond butter, homemade jams (made with Xagave – they generously gave each of us a copy of the cookbook and I cannot wait to make the strawberry one!), blueberry and carrot muffins made with Xagave, Chobani, oatmeal, dried fruit, regular fruit, nuts, granola, and Green Mountain Coffee straight from the Keurig! I loved that they had a Keurig station setup with a selection of K cups and nut/soy/coconut milk! A food bloggers dream!


I thoroughly enjoyed my coffee! I also enjoyed some samples of Cheribundi!


Steve from Xagave told us a little about the products and how it was featured in some of the goodies (jam, muffins) that we were enjoying for breakfast.


I couldn’t help but fill my plate with a little bit of everything! I grabbed a banana, lemon blueberry granola, fruit, a muffin, toast with almond butter and strawberry jam, and a 0% Chobani, of course!



I made myself a little yogurt bowl and went back for more almond butter and jam. It was addicting!

Good thing I did, because it powered me through the intense hike afterwards! More to come……

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health May 9, 2012 at 9:46 am

I so so so wish I had been there!!! I would have loved to meet all of you fantastic ladies <3. Can't wait to read the other recaps!


2 Jillian May 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

You MUST come next year!! :) We definitely need to meet!


3 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health May 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Yes we do!!!


4 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes May 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

That bootcamp sounds pretty serious. Nothing like bootcamp out in the mountains!


5 Jillian May 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I love bootcamp outside! So much better than in a gym!


6 Calee (@chimes) May 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

LOVED the cheribundi … so getting my co-op to get this in stock.

side note, saw this today and thought of you. though, you probably already subscribe:


7 Jillian May 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Ahhhh yes of course I have googled everything sprinkles so I have checked out that site – but totally forgot about it! Glad you reminded me! lol


8 Heather @ Better With Veggies May 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I’m glad you’re taking your time going through the experience too – there’s just too much goodness to share!! =)


9 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish May 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Oh my goodness, the Blend recaps are making me so sad I couldn’t join you all! But I’m SO glad you had a blast; it looks like one of the best blogging events ever. Next year I’ll definitely be there (I’ll be graduated, so no more stinky finals to get in the way!).

I love the tennis ball workout idea. What a fun way to mix things up! And Xagave sounds like a great brand–I love drizzling agave nectar on my Greek yogurt messes. :)

I’m bummed I missed the FitBlogNYC event today, but I’ll definitely be traveling to the city soon! Love ya, girl! xoxo <3


10 Jillian May 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I missed you at fitblognyc yesterday!! I hope we get to see eachother soon!


11 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

Yeah!! We were awesome at boot camp- and it was so much fun!
Your breakfast looks awesome- and how about that lemon blueberry granola?! I’m so tempted to order some online, but have SO much granola from the swag bag to keep me set for a while (not to mention the packets of Love Grown Foods granola that I snagged from Sunday’s breakfast!)


12 Jillian May 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I took a bunch of the lemon blueberry granola samples! Lol!! I have sooo much granola too, it’s ridiculous!


13 Danielle May 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

that tennis ball game looks like a lot of fun! Looks like you enjoyed the trip!


14 Jillian May 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

It was totally fun! :) Definitely a great group fitness activity!


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