Hey strangers! How has everyone been? The last week has been full of traveling and meetings for me. Last Sunday I caught an early 8 a.m. flight up to Dallas, Texas. The security line in Houston was a lot longer than I expected, so I didn’t have time to grab coffee before my first flight. As soon as I stepped off of the plane I was in search of large amounts of coffee. The Dallas Fort Worth Airport has these handy touch screen maps located all throughout their terminals.
There was one right outside of the gate I arrived in so I was able to quickly locate the mothership, Starbucks. I ordered a venti black coffee with a splash of almond milk. Who else is totally pumped that Starbucks has almond milk now?! Love it!
I met up with my boss at our gate about and hour later and we boarded a flight up to Minnesota. We’d be spending the next 5 days with one of our top manufacturers just outside of Minneapolis in a town called Sartell.
After we touched down in Minneapolis we piled into our rental car and made the 1.5 hour drive to Sartell to get checked into our hotel. I couldn’t get over how gorgeous everything was in Minnesota. All of the trees were changing colors thanks to the Fall weather and it was absolutely stunning.
We checked into our hotel, the AmericInn, at about 5 p.m. I believe this is the only hotel in Sartell, but it was actually quite cute and cozy!
By the time we made it up to our rooms our stomachs were telling us it was time to eat. We decided to walk over to Subway and grab some sandwiches. We called it a night after that which was fine with me because I was exhausted from the day of travel. I spent the rest of the evening unpacking and getting ready for the upcoming week. My room had a microwave and fridge, so I walked over to a nearby gas station and stocked up on bottled water to have throughout the week.
We started off the next morning with breakfast in the lobby of the hotel at 7 a.m. I wasn’t sure what kind of food they would have to offer so I pre-portioned out 5 days of protein powder (and collagen) for myself and brought it with me in my luggage. They had a fairly large selection of food to choose from including waffles, cereal, yogurt, muffin, eggs and bacon. In an effort to stick to my normal breakfast, I stuck to a few hard boiled eggs and a protein shake. We had a fairly jam packed schedule for the next four days so I don’t have much to report other than some yummy food!
We had group dinners scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evening. Monday’s dinner was at a Jimmy’s Pour House which had a great selection of bar food and cocktails. We all had a few beers and I had a delicious cheeseburger and sweet potato fries for dinner. Wednesday’s dinner was at Anton’s, which is a family owned steakhouse that is located in a riverfront log cabin! I opted for their Steak Oscar and their asiago potatoes. It was delicious but the star of the show were their gigantic popovers.
There were served with a large dollop of honey butter that was to die for. I polished off the entire thing with ease. Our table overlooked the river where there were a ton of ducks and geese. A few of us took some leftover bread and fed them after dinner. It was such a cute little place!
Our meetings and training came to an end late Thursday afternoon. We headed back to Minneapolis to stay at a hotel closer to the airport to catch our flight the next morning. By the time Friday morning rolled around, I was more than ready to head back home! I made it back into Houston at around 3:30 Friday afternoon. Luckily I was able to get home, change clothes and I make it to the last Orangetheory Fitness class of the day. Since my hotel didn’t have a gym, it felt SO good to move around and work up a sweat.
Saturday morning kicked off with another Orangetheory workout followed by a quick trip to the grocery store and a lot of relaxing. I think my jammed packed week finally caught up to me on Saturday night because I slept a solid twelve hours. I fell asleep at around midnight Saturday evening and slept until noon Sunday. That is very unlike me, so I knew my body needed the rest.
I’m so excited to get back into my regular work and workout routine! It’s Hell Week at Orangetheory Fitness, which is consisted of 8 days of super tough workouts.
I’m excited to get in some kick butt workouts this week. If you attend (and survive!) 5 of their 8 workouts, you get a t-shirt, so you know I’m gonna attempt as many as I can! I hope you all have a great week!