42 responses

  1. Jessica
    August 12, 2010

    I seriously LOVE Chicago. I would totally live there.

  2. Dori
    August 12, 2010

    LOVE Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. I can’t buy it because I eat it all at once. Have fun in Chicago!

  3. hundredtenpounds
    August 12, 2010

    I LOVE Chicago! I almost moved there.

    I tend to gain more in the summer too. I drink more beer, eat out more often and indulge.

  4. Beth
    August 12, 2010

    WELCOME TO CHICAGO!!! I hope you love it. Excited to meet you tomorrow!

  5. Beth
    August 12, 2010

    I am so excited to come to Chicago tomorrow – I have never been there before!!

  6. lauren
    August 12, 2010

    I put off getting a rolling suitcase forever, but it makes such a difference!

    And also, I gain weight during the summer too! I find it’s easier to work out in the winter because I don’t have a lot going on, but in the summer I am busy.

  7. Tina
    August 12, 2010

    I’m one to normally gain over winter, but I can see why its hard in the summer too.

    You look so happy!

  8. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    August 12, 2010

    I always gain weight over the summer. Mainly because of vacationing. And all the delicious pies I like to bake with in season fruit!

  9. Kelly
    August 12, 2010

    I hope I get the chance to go to Chicago one day! I’ve always wanted to!

  10. Cate
    August 12, 2010

    Chicago is so awesome! My plan is to move there some day. That hazelnut butter looks delicious as well, might need to go find that.
    Enjoy your time in Chicago. I can’t wait to read about the summit!

  11. Sarah
    August 12, 2010

    cute bag! i too have a ton of vera that i travel with… but it’s just not comfortable for long airport walks. maybe i’ll have to invest!

  12. Jenna
    August 12, 2010

    Ohh, I <3 Chicago. You're going to love it!

    My weight gain is in the winter here in the North. It is too cold to exercise outside and all you crave is comforting and hearty meals.

  13. Brooke
    August 12, 2010

    are you seriously talking about gaining weight??? You are sooo skinny. I find that offensive.

  14. Pearl Lee
    August 12, 2010

    I hope you have a fantastic time in Chicago!

  15. Sana
    August 12, 2010

    My rolling suitcase broke on the way back frm Europe. I don’t trust anything with wheels!

  16. thedailyoatmeal
    August 12, 2010

    I also tend to gain a few pounds in the summer– though I am more active outside, I am taking advantage of more things like concerts, festivals, and travel. I find that when the weight comes from these things, it’s fairly easy to commit getting back to a more comfortable norm– and its usually all within our “happy” range anyway!

    Welcome to Chi-Town; I hope you love the beautiful city as much as I do 🙂

  17. badesjarlais
    August 12, 2010

    I think I relate to everything in your blog post! I, too, fell in love with San Francisco a few years back when my best friend and I escaped there during our snowy midwest winter. It was one of the most fun places I’ve visited in a long time. We talk about going back all the time.

    I also love your bag from Kohls! I may have to invest in one myself!

    I discovered Justin’s Chocolate Almond butter about a month ago and am hooked. It reminds me of Nutella, which is one of the best things in the world. I bet a Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter panini would be fantastic…

    And I’m with you on the summer weight gain. Though I do love the abundance of summer produce!

    Have a great time at HLS!

  18. Amanda
    August 12, 2010

    I love Justin’s Maple Almond Butta! Justin’s has the best ‘stuff’!!

  19. Sarah
    August 12, 2010

    I FOR SURE gain weight in the winter. The rest of the year is spent loosing weight & then maintaining. Spring is get-back-in-shape season, Summer is race & get ready for marathon season, then Fall is marathon & recover season. Winter is snow-filled, dark, unhappy, weight-gain season. I don’t ski, so pretty much any exercise I want has to be stationary & indoors at the gym 🙁 which is not-so-fun. Plus, it’s dark all the time- except of coarse when I’m at work.

  20. Hallie
    August 12, 2010

    I totally gain weight in the summer and lose in the fall/winter. I think it’s partly due to extra celebrations and such in the late spring and early summer, plus I think that come holiday time, I’m so worried about overdoing it on Christmas cookies that I compensate naturally with extra workouts and healthier (non-holiday) meals. BUT, I’m getting married next summer, so it CAN’T happen to me next year! I totally thought about that when we picked our date but I figured I’ll just have to be extra mindful next year.

  21. newleafeats
    August 12, 2010

    I would 100% go to the Food Buzz festival if I had an inexpensive way of getting there. A flight from Lubbock to San Fransisco is expensive no matter how you dice it!

    I don’t know when I gain/lose weight. I don’t have an even track record.

    High school (2002-2006): ~140 lbs
    Summer, 2006: 142, then 146, then 138.
    Sep 2006-May, 2008: Gain 20 lbs first semester. ~155
    Summer, 2008: gained 20 lbs, ~175 (was taking classes and working for next-to-nothing. with gas at $4/gal, I had to choose between nutritious food and gas. Gas always won)
    Fall, 2008 (last semester of college): Graduated in December at 180 lbs
    Jan 2009 – May 2009: Lost 10 lbs. ~170
    Summer 2009: maintained 170
    September 2009: Gained 6 lbs (Zumba classes ended for the year and there was a rise in baked goods in the house)
    Began Weight Watchers in October, 2009.

    It’s been extremely difficult to lose weight this summer, but that’s my own fault. I host dinners at my house every weekend and I tend to go overboard with my eating, since I don’t immediately put the food away after serving, like I do every other day of the week.

  22. Heather
    August 12, 2010

    Have so much fun this weekend! Was just in Chicago last weekend, would have been fun to extend the trip and stay for this one too.

    I totally want to go to the FoodBuzz Festival this year, been meaning to get to San Fran anyway. Have never been, but I’ve always wanted to check it out.

    As for seasonal weight gain I think I gain more in winter…sometimes in summer I don’t have that big of an appetite because of how hot it is so I find I eat less.

  23. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    August 12, 2010

    Welcome to the city! I can’t wait to meet everyone tomorrow! 🙂 I hope you guys get a minute from preparing for the weekend to enjoy yourselves tonight…

    And I think I gain weight in the dead of winter and summer. It’s spring and fall where I’m in tip top shape usually… because of the very reasons you listed!

  24. Beer and Burrito Body
    August 12, 2010

    I’m the opposite. Summer is good to me. I get outside more, take up water-sports, and tend to be too busy for boredom snacking. Plus swimsuit season is always good incentive (jeans stretch.)

    Fall brings football, football brings beer, and then there’s Thanksgiving and Christmas – two very food focused holidays, mmm . . .

  25. runningwithsass
    August 12, 2010

    glad you made it, have a great time!

  26. It All Changes
    August 12, 2010

    Summer is the worst for me too. In the winter I’m super busy with work I don’t have all the extra time to snack and I make sure to schedule in exercise since it is so important. In the summer I just want to hang around with Hunni and enjoy the weather and treats while they last.

  27. Emily
    August 12, 2010

    I tend to lose weight in the summer and gain in the winter, mainly because I can’t run outside when there’s snow on the ground. Also I don’t have much of an appetite when it’s hot outside.

  28. Sarah
    August 12, 2010

    LOL we have similar packing styles 🙂 I need to bring three options for every occasion. Just in case! Oh, and the matching Vera Bradley, love that. Mine don’t match but I love them anyway.

    How I wish I could have attended the Healthy Living Summit! Maybe next year. How do you pick the locations?

    I plan on being at the Foodbuzz Festival again this year. I’ll be 38 weeks pregnant, but if I can possibly swing it I’m going. I just might need an escape plan in case I need to get to the hospital… Could make for an interesting story!

    Have a wonderful time in Chicago~

  29. Joan
    August 12, 2010

    Im a little confused. I have been reading your blog for a few months now and really don’t see much of a change in your activity or food levels. You say you dont exercise outside but then you run 15 miles outside. You are also clearly training for something – the chicago marathon. Also, what exactly do you define as “hard training”? You still seem to do quite a few double workouts – running and yoga or the back2back spin/power classes. You run intensely. Really, what else could you be doing?

  30. amica82
    August 12, 2010

    A rolling travel bag is SUCH a great idea! What brand of camera bag do you have? I love that it serves as a purse and a camera bag. I need something like that.

  31. Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    August 12, 2010

    I’m traveling for the first time in a while in two weeks {to Chicago)} and I love that carry-on bag….I may have to purchase one myself, especially considering it has a pocket for a laptop! Thanks!
    I will be going to the Foodbuzz convention in November this year…..it’s my first and I can’t wait to attend:)

  32. Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    August 12, 2010

    ooooh that little roller bag is wonderful! And how gorgeous is the lining!!!

  33. amanda
    August 12, 2010

    have a blast! you’re going to have a great time. i want to attend a summit of foodies!

  34. Kristy
    August 12, 2010

    When I went to Chicago last summer it was in the 70s!!! Hopefully the weather will be gorgeous, so you can check out some of the sites…if you have a free second! Enjoy! 🙂

  35. christina cadden
    August 12, 2010

    I love Chicago!

  36. Megan M
    August 12, 2010

    Welcome to Chicago!! Hope the “el” trip from midway wasn’t too terrible. the CTA is sometimes an interesting adventure in itself! Either way… hit the lakefront. You’ll get some amazing views of the skyline either coming form the northside or southside!

  37. Rebekah W.
    August 12, 2010

    I have been using a big yogurt container for my overnight oats. I love that there is extra room on the top for lots of toppings!

  38. emr1984
    August 12, 2010

    This makes me feel so much better about summer weight gain. I have noticed a few pound increase over the last several weeks, but I think it is exactly the things you mentioned – travel, too hot to run and ice cream/fro yo. Have a fab time at the HLS!!!

  39. Kristen
    August 12, 2010

    Love Chicago too, but not in the winter 😉

    The rolling bag is a life-saver (and back saver!) I really don’t know how I managed before. You can even hook your purse or smaller bag around the top handle so you can totally hands-free.

    I tend to gain weight in the dead of winter, when it’s too cold to even check the mail and all I want to do is sit on the couch under a blanket and eat mac & cheese! Not good for the skinny jeans…

  40. Stephanie@ avocado nation
    August 12, 2010

    Love that Vera Bradley girl! I am all about her funky patterns.

  41. Orla
    August 13, 2010

    I tend to gain my weight in the winter. Once the clocks change at the end of October I automatically lose my drive to exercise.
    This year, for the first time I have been thinking about what I can do to change this. There is no street lighting where I live (it is in the country) so for safety reasons I can’t run outside. So I think that I will join a local running club. When I lived in the city I didn’t have this problem as there was plenty of lighting and safe areas to run.
    This winter, I want to feel happy and comfortable in my clothes and not have to break out my “big” wardrobe come Christmas time!
    Happy Chicago time! Defo on my list of place to visit!

  42. kristin
    August 13, 2010

    have fun in chicago!!!

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