Wellness by the Water Retreat

Oh boy am I excited about this! My friend Athena recently invited me to join the Boston Bloggers Group on Facebook. As a “newbie” blogger, I was thrilled to have the chance to be in connection with so many other bloggers in the area. It’s great to be able to have the chance to be informed about all of the neat events that are related to my passion of health and fitness.

I just signed up for the Wellness by the Water retreat in Boston on May 19th!! Not only am I excited to have the chance to spend the day surrounded by all things related to health and fitness, but I am excited to have the chance to share this opportunity with you! (ok, ok, I am also excited about the gift bag full of goodies and discounts, too… I’m a sucker for free things and a good deal!)

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Anyway, so the retreat is from 9-4 on Sunday, May 19th. You should definitely go check out their website for all the details, but there are going to be a bunch of different health and fitness professionals to speak with and sessions to attend. I’m personally looking forward to the Nutrition Lecture as I think it is an area where we can all improve in (I should’ve majored in Nutrition…) and the Boot Camp because I am always looking to learn about new moves and exercises that I can incorporate into my own classes!

The early bird special of $139 is only offered until TOMORROW, so if you’re even thinking you might be interested in attending, I highly suggest signing up before the price goes up and before the tickets sell out.

Let me know if you sign up and I look forward to meeting the other bloggers in the Boston area!

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NYC in a Flash

003Within a blink of an eye, my quick work trip to NYC came to an end. I’ll spare you with the details of what I did for work while I was there because I’d much rather talk about the hotel, the food and, of course, the wine!

We stayed at the Andaz Hyatt on Wall Street and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed! This part of the city was totally flooded just a few months ago (the gentleman checking me in said the water would’ve been up to my knees!), so the fact that they were open was impressive from the start! I am generally not big into the minimalist/modern style, but these rooms were amazing!!

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Everything was sleek and stylish, but I think the best thing of all was the complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The sure way to my heart is a constant supply of treats:)

The runner-up feature for the room was surely the products and the bath tub/shower combo. I mean, look at that thing! I definitely skipped out on the post dinner drinks in favor of going back to my room to take a tubbie (yes, I said that.). When I grow up, I want this exact tub/shower combo. For sure.

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Dinner, however, was not something to skip over. We ended up going to Harry’s which is right in the heart of the Financial District. My sister was supposed to meet up with me for dinner since she was on site nearby, but unfortunately her flight from Boston was delayed and she had to cancel:( Luckily I had coworkers with me!

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I had a lot of trouble deciding what I was in the mood to eat, but finally decided to go a little on the lighter side. I hadn’t really had any veggies all day (the horror!), so I got a side salad to start and the Short Rib Sliders for my meal. Omgoodness were these good! I don’t tend to gravitate towards beef, but for some reason it was totally calling my name last night. The red onion marmalade and garlic aioli was the perfect addition to these little nugget sliders.

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012Whenever the waiter asks if anyone wants dessert, my line is always “can you please bring a menu so I can just look?”…. probably 7 times out of 10 I end up persuading someone to share something with me. Last night was no exception.

013A “make your own sundae” Ice cream sundae dessert… sign.me.up! There were strawberries, toasted coconut, walnuts, fresh whipped cream and hot fudge- I died and went to ice cream heaven (I only need a couple of bits and am satisfied… that is how I justify having ice cream every day!).

As I mentioned earlier, post dinner, I skipped out on another round of drinks in lieu of taking a bath… great decision on my end, because I was able to get up and do this very sweaty workout

018Perform each move for 60 seconds and do 3 rounds if you have time. I only had time to do 2 full rounds and for the 3rd round, I had to drop to 30 seconds for each move (secretively, I was more than happy with this… I was dead!). Let me know if you try this:)

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After a long day in the office today, I made my way to LGA around 5pm. I totally sound like a loser when I say this, but I LOVE the food/bar at the Delta Shuttle Terminal.  They have this veggie Panini that I am seriously obsessed with. And, what goes better with a veggie sando? Wine, of course.

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And here I am, back in Boston and back to the normal grind. I hope I am done traveling for a bit because I miss my members and my classes:(  Can’t wait to be back for kickboxing tonight (hoping my shoulder holds up).

Questions for you: What’s your favorite thing to find in a hotel room? Airport food- love it or hate it?