This is kind of how I feel tonight after my first full day of Fitbloggin’… Ok, I’ll be totally honest. I feel like that inside after all the information and teaching I was given, but physically I feel more like… a sloth.
Thank you Jump Sport ladies for getting this picture of me going crazy. I LOVE trampolines. They seriously make me feel like I’m a kid again. The double +++ is that I look like I’m 14 or 15, so that helps the ‘feel like a kid’ part.
Everyone comes to a new place or experience with some sorts of expectations. Admit it. We all do. And we always ask ourselves, ‘Did this meet that expectation or not meet my expectations or far exceed my expectations?
Well, Fitbloggin’ is my first conference I’ve gone to that has been focused on blogging and fitness. I’d read so many recaps. I had seen pictures of the food, the people, the classes, and sessions, so, yes, I had a few expectations.
1. I expected to meet people, to find bloggers I had never heard of before, because, the blogging world is SO HUGE. There’s tiny bloggers, like me, middle sized bloggers, big bloggers, and HUGE bloggers. At this conference there was a mix of everybody. I actually really liked that, because I felt like I could learn from others, remember the importance of being REAL, in the midst of trying to grow my blog, relate to the smaller bloggers (a little bit better. I just don’t know what it’s like to have 5000 or even 1000 followers.), and just build friendships.
I met people like Martha from A Dietitian Eats. I also met Ivanna from Petite Heartbeat (She has an amazing heart and blogs about things like anxiety and panic (things I struggle with regarding eating and exercise) from a Christian perspective. :))) Her heart shined through my conversation with her. . . You need to go on Youtube and subscribe to her workout channel too!
I met at least 15 or 20 other bloggers today, and I can’t wait to share more of them and their unique stories with y’all!
2. I was *sheepish grin* looking forward to the food. I’m not the kind of person who really has the time at this point in my life to search out gourmet food. If I had more time, I would love to cook those kind of dishes shown on Food Network, but that’s not really possible for where I am right now, so it was SUCH a treat to eat the breakfast this morning (real oatmeal, plain yogurt, which they almost never have at hotel breakfasts, fresh fruit, brown sugar, nuts.)
Lunch was equally good with a sandwich bar, a fresh green salad with this delicious vinaigrette, CHEESE (I can’t believe I used to hate cheese), potato salad, and yummy chewy bread.
And… while we were eating lunch, there was a presentation by Soybu showcasing several of their outlets on different bloggers. They have some pretty cute outfits, I must say. They even had a beautiful maxi-skirt.
3. The snacks given out by the food sponsors. The super sweet sponsors, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Silk, Eggland’s Best, California Avocado Comission, Stonyfield Organic, and I’m sure, even more provided so many goodies.
I drank this smoothie tonight. It was SO delicious. Super creamy, not too sweet, and satisfying! I often don’t get enough protein often, and I find that protein shakes are one of the easiest, tastiest ways to get enough in, especially after a day of hard workouts. Zumba is pretty intense, y’all! O_O
General Mills provided a ‘Make your Own Trail Mix’ bar with bags for you to make a bag of trail mix with a variety of cereals like Chex, granola, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheerios, and toppings to make a super delicious bag of trail mix for you to dig your hungry hands in, like I did tonight after my brick workout at the hotel. General Mills is also working to reduce their sugar content in their cereal, and I was amazed at the facts sheet they provided. Many of their cereals are under 10 grams of sugar per serving now, which I think is pretty good. Disclaimer: I’m not a dietitian, so don’t take this as an expert’s advice.
And all the swag I just got today. I plan to dig into those bars with my family later… :))
4. I’ve realized today that the heart behind my blog really does fill a niche. I haven’t met any bloggers today that specifically targeted eating disorder recovery, and that’s what I love about blogging. I love finding a niche and creating a voice, a brand, and story to share with others. My story is of how Jesus Christ has worked in me to put Him above everything else. 🙂 What’s your story?
So far, it’s been great. My stomach is finally full of snacks and fitbloggin’ food, and shh… but I even got to meet and talk to Roni. She comes across JUST like she does on her blog in real life. Authenticity, y’all! That’s what it’s about.
Have you ever been to a fitblogging conference? Was it scary?
Did the conference meet your expectations? Did you make a lot of new friends?