Oh hey there.

Hi.

Isn’t that how you start those awkward conversations after not hearing from someone in a long time? Just a short. Hi. Period.

I never really came out saying, hey I need a break this blog will suffer type post. Mostly because I had no idea that I would just not start back up. Sadly, this is far from my come back post. I doubt you will be hearing from me in some time.

Life’s been awesome. Between certified to be a body pump teacher (I have my gym evaluation this Wednesday!), interviewing for promotions at work, seeing friends more often, enjoying spring running weather… I have been having my fair share of busy yet fun adventures. Even the sucky parts, met a guy – dumped by a guy, I still seemed to see the good in it. I do miss family, it has been far too long since I have seen anyone but that will be fixed when I head to Charleston next weekend for my sister’s graduation.

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I actually popped in to share some Whole Foods fun. You all know Allison, and if you don’t, I highly recommend getting to know this girl. For me, attending her event at her work was more than just supporting and learning more about the Go Meatless campaign and more about supporting someone doing what they love. Something that really inspires me about Allison is her passion for spreading her knowledge. When I was looking at internal jobs, there were so many ‘safe’ routes to go, and then there were those opportunities that made me push a little harder and go out on a limb. Allison taking this new job in the health field speaks so much to doing what you love and get others excited to follow in your footsteps.

Whole Foods Tenleytown hosted a Meatless Monday event throw by Health Food Specialist and blogger Allison. Even better, I was joined by Sophie and Megan.

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Now I was familiar to this location, this is my Whole Foods location since I live maybe five minutes away. While I arrived a little late, I did get to catch the tail end of appetizer and of course the hot food bar. Guys, I love vegetables. It is true. But I swear Allison made the best cauliflower I have ever had. It was so simple yet so delicious. I snagged that recipe for sure. As for the hot food bar, I had no problem staying meatless. At certain Whole Foods locations, Meatless Monday nights last from 4-7 pm and for a flat rate of $8 customers can fill up a plate (staying meatless!) to promote this campaign. Despite its smaller size for a Whole Foods, it was stocked with plenty and I mean plenty of choices to choose from. Cinnamon roasted butternut squash. Balsamic tofu. Grilled pineapple. Garlicy kale salad. And so much more. You bet that plate was full.

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My favorite part though (besides this amazing dessert I can’t even begin to explain made from avocado and unsweetened cocoa powder) was getting to talk to Allison and some of her other healthy food specialist coworkers. Each had such a love for what they do. Even hearing their funny customer stories was such a great chatting point.

What did I learn? I learned about their Healthy Starts Here brand. It is a way for Whole Foods to make healthy food accessible for all of its customers through helpful labels, signs and experts. With four pillars (using WHOLE FOODS, that are PLANT STRONG, contain HEALTHY FATS, and are NUTRIENT DENSE), the Healthy Starts Here brand equips their healthy food specialists with the expertise to help customers find those resources.

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I am pretty sure you will be finding me there on Mondays to take advantage of that killer deal. Not going to lie, something that made the event even that much better was hanging with some amazing bloggers that I hope to spend a lot more time with. So Whole Foods, thanks, Allison and Healthy Food Specialists, thanks. What a great Monday.

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As for you all, thanks. Obviously I have been quiet here. Doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up. Just means I need to find purpose to this blog and still sit on it.

Question: Have you taken advantage of a Meatless Monday at Whole Foods? 

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30 responses to “Oh hey there.

  1. Um excuse me, I’ve missed you like a lot.
    “Life’s been awesome.” <– That makes me SO happy. Congrats on all the things: happiness, BodyPump badassness, all Whole Foods everything. Happy I got to read something from you this weekend :D

  2. Happy to hear that things are going well for you lady! <3

  3. ALEX, YOU’RE ALIVE!! It hasn’t been the same without you! Great to hear you’re doing well and keep popping in when you can. :)

    • I’M ALIVEEEEEE lol. and you are now a tri star. I can’t even believe some amazing races you have run and how much you are kicking training’s ass. Good news? New York is calling my name now that weekends are free

  4. It’s funny because I was just thinking of you today. I’m glad you are doing so well and it makes me really happy to read how happy you are doing. You can just tell how happy you are!

  5. So glad you are doing well girl! <3

  6. Glad to hear from you! Whatever makes you happy :) we’ll all be around if and when you decide to come back! I’m so happy life seems to be going well.

  7. Been thinkin’ about you, lady, and wondering where you disappeared to. Happy to hear that you’ve been doing well :)

  8. Congrats on your body pump certification! I hope you continue to blog more often. I would love to hear more about your body pump classes!

  9. I was so excited to see an unexpected post from you come through my email. Love to hear that life’s been awesome :) And of course, I still follow all things you do on Instagram and Twitter, so it all works out! Haha

    • So I have only half disappeared in that sense but it is nice to keep up with people that way. I miss though hearing from all you, I do of course still blog read. can’t push me out that much

  10. lkajfal;dskfjasld;fkjasdfl;kasdjfa;sldkfjsadl;kfjasd;lfkjasdf !!!!!!!!

    ^^ My reaction when I saw you had posted today.

    Bahhhhhhhhh it’s so nice to see a post from you, especially such a happy one! It really, really seems like you’re falling into your groove in D.C., and that brings an enormous smile to my face :D You’ve got a lot of great things going on, and I loved hearing about them :)

    Also: $8 flat rate at Whole Foods. Is this real life? That hot bar is such a money trap. Please, just take my wallet, Whole Foods. But it’s all SO GOOD. I treated myself to a salad from there yesterday and even though it was a little expensive, it was sooooooo worth it. Their food is amazingggggg.

    • Wow sort of ironic. I just wrote you an email before even reading that you commented. Great minds. Great minds. This new $8 monday deal has to become my new thing. I have to say though, i think this trend is only in certain regions. So I would check that out.

      Email says much more. Duh.

  11. so good to hear from you! gotta do you girl!! whenever you come back i shall be waiting! :)

    • Thanks Carrie, always nice to catch up on your life as well. Your post about your job and the travel and the hours made me smile – isn’t it awesome to just throw yourself into what you are passionate about?

  12. So excited when I saw your blog pop up on the reader!!! That even looks so fun :)

  13. Re-reading this post again just now and I want to give you a big hug. You’re way too kind. You have no idea how much I appreciate your wicked nice words and PR. Youda man.

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