Hi all! My friend is so nice! She puts her laptop in my room so I have a computer to use for the week. Even so, I usually don’t have the oomph to actually write a blog entry when I am traveling. But I have a little time this morning and wanted to do a product review that I haven’t seen around the blogs before.
One of my favorite places to visit when on the road is Whole Foods. I have to admit that Whole Foods is a dangerous place for me to go to because they have an AMAZING array of desserts, and that is where I spend the majority of my time… But I like to go there to get a good salad or a healthy dinner, too, and I usually pick up some organic fruit, and I also visit the ‘energy bar’ aisle. I have really gotten away from energy bars now, but they are good for traveling when its inconvenient to bring other stuff (like when I spend all day at the quilt show and don’t want to carry a cooler–just stick a big apple and an energy bar in my purse, and I’m good for the day.) Anyway, I checked out all the energy bars (they carry a LOT of them) and I spied the Jay Robb High Protein JAYBAR. I remembered a while ago people in blogland were raving about the Jay Robb protein powder, so I decided I would get one to try–fudge brownie, of course. You can check the link for complete stats, but the first three ingredients listed were almond butter, agave syrup, and whey protein. I thought that was very interesting, and different than most bars. It was AMAZING. Really chewy, like a chocolate caramel. I don’t really think any of the bars fuel me like real whole foods do, but what I thought was, that at 220 calories, 1/2 of it would be a most excellent and worthy dessert. They definitely get a thumbs up from me. I’m mostly glad that they aren’t too available…
Other news from the road–eating’s been okay, not optimal. Brought a lot of my own food. The first three days I was in a hotel room, and spent two days at the Pacific International Quilt Festival. This is a great big quilt show with gorgeous quilts from all over the world, and vendors selling every kind of quilt related item imaginable. Even some unrelated items! I spent two days looking at everything.
Food wise I did pretty good. Didn’t even go to the free bfast buffet at the hotel, only had one meal out, actually. Exercise wise, okay too. I didn’t make use of the hotel gym, but I found the free exercise channel on the tv, and exercised in my room, and then I found a park, and walked/jogged one day.
I drove up to my friend’s house in one day–mapquest said it was 8 1/2 hours of driving. Usually I putter along the way, stopping to shop here and there. But this time I wanted to get there at a decent hour, so I only stopped at 3 rest stops, and walked around at each to wake up, and one gasoline stop. And I made great time–8 3/4 hours, I think.
Anyway, since I’ve been here, I’ve done very good with my eating, and the best part is that I really have challenged myself to get out and run each morning. The first morning, I went for 1 1/2 hours, and I was really stiff and tired the rest of the day. But I woke up feeling great the next morning, and went out again for one hour. When I say run, don’t get too excited. I run for a little, then walk for a little. Overall, there is a little more walking than running. But a lot more running than my previous life! I am really happy about this. It will give me a little headstart when I get home. Lori has really inspired me with all her running talk. The weather here (in Oregon) has been gorgeous, and the scenery is breathtaking. I will post some pictures when I get home.
I think I’d better end for now. Habanada!