HLS Day 1

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The first day of the Healthy Living Summit is over, and it was jam-packed of activities!  I woke up around 6 AM (because of the time change) and forced myself to go back to sleep for an hour.  Then, Megan and I joined a group of girls on a run by along the beautiful Chicago Harbor.  We covered 4.0 miles in about 43:00 minutes.  Came back and had a bagel with egg:


My first activity of the day was a tour of the Frito Lay factory in Wisconsin.  Now – here me out.  :)  I’m sure “Frito Lay” and “Healthy Living” don’t automatically go together in your mind, but 1) there is no real difference between Tostitos and “all natural” blue corn chips (it’s just marketing!) and 2) Frito Lay is actually a highly environmentally-friendly company.  In fact, the factory I toured today is LEED GOLD certified, which is pretty hard to achieve. 


And 3) I talk all the time about BALANCE – and OBVIOUSLY, no one is suggesting you should eat Lay’s all day long… but if you’re going to snack on a potato chip, one with three ingredients (Lay’s is just potatoes, oil, and salt) is better than one with artificial flavors and colors.  🙂


And Cheetahs with sunglasses are pretty cool. 


I love to see how stuff is made, and it was awesome to see the plant in action!  I’ve been on tours of POM Wonderful, Audi, Boeing, and several breweries.  It’s so amazing.


The bus ride was a little long, so we played Catch Phrase.  We had a pretty intense bracket going on!


On the bus ride, I ate a clementine and banana.  And I tested a few new flavors of chips, of course.  🙂



When we got to the factory, we listened to a few presentations and ate lunch.



I had fruit salad, a veggie wrap, and a salad with a boiled egg.  I picked around the wrap because I filled up on some chips and salsa.


The tour itself was very interesting… as I said, I’m pretty fascinated by how stuff is made and the production lines were intense (and smelled delicious).  Unfortunately, cameras weren’t allowed on the floors.


On the way out, I grabbed a fruit plate.


And then we headed back to Chi-Town.


One MAD DASH later, we arrived at the location for the Official Open Sky Cocktail Party, which was held at a pretty great lounge called LaSalle Power Company.


It was a great meet and greet!  There were old blog friends, new blog friends, new reader friends… just a great group of (200+) people.






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I had a Bud Light and switched to water.  Loaded up on veggies,hummus, pita chips, and caprese sticks from the buffet:



The people were great, the music was bumping, and everyone had a blast.  However, I think what really pushed the party over the edge was the photobooth!  It’s so much fun to jam a ton of people into a photobooth and take silly pictures.


With that, my friends – I am off to bed! See you in the morning for the main event of the Summit.


We have some interesting presentations these year.  To see what we’ll be discussing and doing, check out the agenda


It’s really great to meet so many of my blog friends IRL (in real life).  Having a blast!  🙂 🙂 🙂



  • Penny August 13, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Yep. I am definitely jealous. 2nd year I have not been able to attend. Having babies can have that affect on things. 🙂
    Glad you’re having a good time.
    Maybe I will ge to go next year……..

  • Penny August 13, 2010, 11:34 pm

    I was first commenter. That has never happened before. I feel oddly special. 🙂

    • caitlin August 13, 2010, 11:46 pm

      You are special!

  • janna @ janna's keeping it real August 13, 2010, 11:37 pm

    Oh what fun!

    I hope to someday make it to a blog event. you ladies sure look like you know how to have fun! =0)

  • Sarah for Real August 13, 2010, 11:43 pm

    Love your dress!!! Where from?

    • caitlin August 13, 2010, 11:48 pm

      Anne Taylor Loft! It’s actually a shirt + skirt.

  • April @ Crazy Fabulous Life August 13, 2010, 11:45 pm

    Everyone looks like they’re having a blast! And you, ma’am, look beautiful in your dress. 🙂

  • Nicole - yuppieyogini.com August 13, 2010, 11:48 pm

    Super cute dress!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 13, 2010, 11:51 pm

    Wow, it looks like so so so much fun!!!!!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns.com August 13, 2010, 11:52 pm

    The photo of you and Chester the Cheetah is amazing! 🙂 Looks like you’re having a blast!!!

    • Anne August 14, 2010, 12:23 am

      You look a little like Charlotte from SATC in that photo! Seriously! (Compliment)

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 13, 2010, 11:59 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I love photo booths 🙂

  • Courtney August 14, 2010, 12:46 am

    Wish I could be there!! Too bad I’m 17 🙁 I live so close to where y’all are, though!

  • Natalie August 14, 2010, 12:49 am

    looks like a blast! wish i could have been there!

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) August 14, 2010, 12:53 am

    Oh man, Cheetos and Fritos. Mmmmm.

    Have fun the rest of the time!

  • Charlie August 14, 2010, 1:16 am

    Looks like a lot of fun! It is really great that you got to visit the factory, I would love to go to a factory someday.

  • cristie carter August 14, 2010, 1:29 am

    great to so everyone having such a good time. ccc

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 14, 2010, 1:30 am

    Great points about Frito-Lay! I actually had a small bag of their original potato chips today and was really surprised to see THREE ingredients. No wonder they tasted so fresh.

    Sounds like you are having fun!

  • cristie carter August 14, 2010, 1:30 am

    excuse me….i meant to type great to “see”….i need to slow down. xox

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 14, 2010, 1:40 am

    What a jammed packed day you girls had! What fun!

  • Rachel @ Healthy Teacher August 14, 2010, 1:53 am

    I’m so excited that my picture is on your blog! That circle dress has been rockin’ it since 2005. I enjoyed meeting you. Thank you for being nice and not crazy awkward. I’m ridiculous when I meet people…either quiet or I say inappropriate things. I didn’t feel the urge to do so with you. So, thanks. I’m really excited about this HLS experience!

  • Camille August 14, 2010, 2:10 am

    I always got on my boyfriends case for his like of Fritos but when I looked the the nutritional info I realized that they aren’t all that bad at all!
    I have been converted 🙂

  • Wei-Wei August 14, 2010, 3:40 am

    You look great! And I agree about the balance thing… I think that sometimes Lays plain just tastes so darn good. 😛


  • JL Goes Vegan August 14, 2010, 6:57 am

    It’s great to get a glimpse into HLS through everyone’s blogs. Keep the blogs coming! Can’t wait to hear about the content of today’s workshops!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 14, 2010, 7:28 am

    Looks like you’re having a great time! I love Catch Phrase too!

  • Chelsey August 14, 2010, 7:54 am

    Looks like you had a great day! I didn’t know there was a Frito Lay’s factory so close!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 14, 2010, 8:08 am

    What a fun day!! I love seeing how products are made too. It’s so interesting. 😀

  • Tina August 14, 2010, 8:10 am

    I love being able to hear about HLS stuff going on from everyone. You all look gorgeous and like you’re having such a great time.

    And I couldn’t agree more on the chips. Ingredients are what matter and then just choosing proper portions. 😀

  • jassy August 14, 2010, 8:13 am

    i love lays 🙂

  • Heather August 14, 2010, 8:59 am

    looks like a smooth first day! I, too love seeing how things are made!

  • Lisa P. August 14, 2010, 9:10 am

    Yay, you went to my great state of Wisconsin! I wish I was in Chicago enjoying HLS and meeting all of you inspirational bloggers.

    I saw the article on you and Operational Beautiful in Glamour magazine yesterday.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 14, 2010, 9:10 am

    Blog friends are fun to meet in person! Glad you are having a good time so far!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 14, 2010, 9:26 am

    How fun!!! I totally agree with you about balance — and if FritoLay is a good company, why not support them?

    You look beautiful in those pictures! Where did you get your dress?

  • Kayla August 14, 2010, 9:59 am

    Caitlin! You were in Wisconsin — my home state. And you were in Rock (Beloit for Frito Lay) and Walworth (Fontana for the Abbey Resory) counties — where I live (Janesville, north of Beloit about 15 minutes) and what I cover for work (Walworth County as a reporter for the Janesville Gazette). Hope you all had fun in my neck of the woods!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 14, 2010, 10:23 am

    Aaw, it looks like all of you bloggers are having a great time!!

  • Monica August 14, 2010, 11:07 am

    The agenda looks awesome, very interesting topics!

    I really hope I can attend next year!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 14, 2010, 11:21 am

    Aren’t those photo booths great? I’ve heard about people doing them for weddings. What fun! I something serve fritos with taco salad. You’re right. They are really no different and everything in moderation. Your dress was cute. Have fun today!

  • Amber K August 14, 2010, 12:04 pm

    What a blast! The food looks great.

    The only factory I have ever toured is the Tillamook Cheese Factory, since I live so close to it. And I thought it was a blast! Especially the free cheese samples at the end. =)

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 14, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I so agree on the balance thing. I think all foods can be a part of a healthy lifestyle when consumed in moderation!

    Looks like you’re having a blast. I wish I was there!

  • Ashley August 14, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Cute outfit! Love the red shoes!

  • Maggie August 14, 2010, 5:33 pm

    Sounds like an awesome day. I wish I was at HLS. Next year! I am really looking forward to some Catch Phrase. Best. Game. Ever.

  • Jessica August 14, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun!

    I want to thank you for giving me the idea to use a George Foreman for grilled veggies and sandwhiches. I just got one and made myself a grilled zucchini, hummus, and soy cheese pannini. It was wonderful! I will be using this a lot!

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