Last summer I spent a month in Savannah, Georgia, a true American gem that should be on your must-visit list. Aside from soaking up all the history, playing at the beach, and hitting up all the Forrest Gump tourist spots, one of the highlights was attenidng the fifth annual Fitbloggin’ conference.
If you’ve never been, mark your calendars for the last weekend in Denver this year. It’s a life changing three days with an inspiring, motivating, beautiful group of about 250 souls. No matter what your place is in within the weight loss blogging/social media sphere, there is a place for you within Fitbloggin’. And as last year proved, no matter how hot and sweaty you get — be it during one of the morning Zumba classes or out wandering Savannah’s scenic historic district — everyone still has plenty of love for ‘ya.
On the last day of the conference, it was time to cool off and get even more scenic, with a drive out to Georgia’s Tybee Island. I didn’t go alone. My husband and daughter tagged along with myself, Emmie from AuthenticallyEmmie.com, and Alan from SweatingUntilHappy.com. After a whirlwind three days inside a hotel getting all of the hugs, blog lessons, and free California Almond trail mix snacks we could handle, sinking our toes in the sand and letting the sea breeze wash over our faces was the decompress everyone needed!
And frozen lemonades, we needed those to fully complete the post-conference decompression slash Georgia heat exhaustion. After we dusted most of the sand from our bodies, we headed to a highly recommended local dive – AJ’s Dockside Restaurant. We sat outside, because we clearly love sweating as much as possible. We ordered po’boys, because when in Rome. And we ordered frozen lemonades. (more…)
If you attended the Fitbloggin’ 2014 Legalities of Blogging session on Saturday, June 28, this is your digital handout! If you’d like a copy of the presentation, please contact Brandi.
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When you’ve been stuck in the same fitness routine for a while, finding some inspiration can be just the ticket to shake things up. Let’s face it: when we get bored we’re much more likely to quit. Changing things up could make you more likely to stick with exercise, whether it’s trying out a new group exercise class or learning a new sport. Spending time with other fit-minded individuals can also provide a major dose of motivation and help you break out of a fitness rut.
Here are five different fitness-focused events happening in the summer of 2014 that will enable you to network with others, make new friends, and discover the latest trends in fitness:
When & Where: June 6-8, Park City, Utah
Who attends: Healthy living bloggers and readers, anyone with a love for food and fitness
The Details: The Blend Retreat is back for a second year in Park City, Utah (in the gorgeous Canyons Resort) and is sponsored by Silk. It’s a weekend for like-minded individuals from all around the country to come together for three days of fun, great food, fitness and friendship. A ticket to the retreat gets you three meals (two breakfasts and a 5-course gourmet dinner), a cocktail reception with free drinks, coffee and tea all weekend, two sponsored snack breaks, a guided hike with pre- and post-hike snacks, two bootcamp-style workouts led by qualified fitness instructors, a t-shirt, an amazing swag bag filled with products from over 25 different vendors and entry into a closing ceremony raffle with big ticket items from various sponsors. For more information and to register, visit Blend Retreat’s website.
My lunch on Friday, June 28 was the best I’ve had in a while. A roasted chicken sandwich with a basil aioli, lots of fresh veggies, and a table surrounded by new and old friends – it was exactly what high noon at Fitbloggin’ is supposed to look like. I was three meals in to this year’s conference when I could whole-heartedly say it was the best food that had ever been served at this event. And then, the noon hour entertainment pushed beyond anything we’ve seen at Fitbloggin’ before.
I’d seen a fashion show on the schedule and admittedly balked. By the time the third person stepped on to the catwalk I was fighting back tears. I tweeted out that what was happening in that room was redefining strength and beauty. Organized by Emily Ho Sandford, women of every body shape and size graced the stage to rousing applause, often bearing nothing more than a bra and workout pants. They donned wares by Handful, Enell, and Reebok and showed that what was on the outside hardly defined what was on the inside.
If that fashion show didn’t set the tone for the weekend, I don’t know what would have.
It was the conference’s fourth year and proudly our fourth to be involved. This year, a special scavenger hunt with a hot prize awaited the more than 200 attendees. Every goodie bag had one of our token blue cowbells stuffed inside. But hidden around the conference center were five golden cowbells earning the recipient a seat at an upcoming Google+ Hangout with Biggest Loser’s Dolvett Quince. One winner announced she’d have to leave her husband, another was on the verge of tears, and all seemed to be on the cusp of exciting new detective careers!
Roni Noone is one of our favorite healthy bloggers and for good reason. More than eight years ago she lost 70 pounds and still boasts a lean, strong body today despite two kids, plenty of diet blunders and a hectic schedule. The best part about it? She’s just an everyday mom being real, trying to stay healthy and inspiring others to do the same. If you’ve never met Roni, prepare to be inspired.
Roni’s weight struggles began around age 12 when she saw a photograph of herself and didn’t like what she saw. “That’s when I started obsessing over becoming thinner – skipping lunch and trying not to eat much at home,” she said. “I starting the yo-yo cycle of deprivation and binging, and I did that throughout high school.”
Though it helped her maintain a “healthy weight” through her teens, the cycle of binging and starving did her more harm later on in college. By the time she graduated she weighed 210 pounds, and the struggle didn’t stop there.
After college when the low carb craze was all the rage, Roni hopped on the band wagon and cut out nearly all carbs from her diet. Though it helped her lose weight initially, she inevitably gained it all back. To make matters worse, she and her husband were hoping to start a family soon, so reaching a healthy weight became critical. (more…)
Well, Roni Noone (and team) did it again! Fitbloggin‘ (appeared) to be a grand success as the third annual event wrapped up this weekend. The health and fitness blogging conference attracts hundreds of bloggers and well-aligned brands from all over the country to converge on Baltimore’s inner harbor for a fun-filled, fast-paced, invaluable weekend. This was the third year that DietsInReview.com was able to attend (this year I presented on SEO for Bloggers), and certainly not to be our last!
One of the better sessions of the weekend was presented by Carla Birnburg of MizFit, which focused on attracting and working with media. A lot of great ideas were shared, including guest blogs. If you’re ready to work on stretching your guest blogging muscles, we’d love to have anyone from this year’s Fitbloggin’!
Carla said she dedicates 90 minutes every day to pitching herself and her brand to media of all types and sizes. She does this early in the day to assure her emails get received and before other obligations get the best of her schedule. I was one of the louder individuals in the audience, but as the recipient of hundreds of writer and brand pitches every week, I wanted to ensure the Fitbloggin’ attendees knew how to break through the noise.
I advised everyone to keep that initial email short and sweet – four sentences at most to quickly introduce themselves and their (really awesome) story idea. As well, to be sure their blog or site URL was included in the email. It’s even fine to speak to the brevity of the message, and suggest a more in depth conversation or pitch that can happen if the editor is interested.
Well Fitbloggin’ bloggers, I’m interested! If you want to guest blog, use my email on the business card I shared or click here to email me. (more…)
Two Ways to Win a Ticket to Fitbloggin’ 2012
Find out how to win a trip to Fitbloggin’ 2012! The third annual fitness blogging conference will be held in Baltimore during the month of September. DIR, along with hundreds of veterans and new fitness and health bloggers, will learn, play, and work out with others during September 20-23.
Miss USA 2012 Stays Fit with Zumba and a Small Meal Diet
Judges in Las Vegas crowned Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island as the new Miss USA. Olivia hasn’t always had a bikini ready body. The beauty queen gives detail of how she stays fit and healthy.
Drew Manning Completes Fat to Fit Journey by Losing 70 pounds
Most people dream of having a fit body, but for Drew Manning experimenting with his fit physique was an experience he will never forget. Drew Manning, a personal trainer, went from fit to fat to fit in a one-year time span. Drew documents his journey for others to prove to the world getting an over-weight body fit takes time and dedication. (more…)
There aren’t usually a lot of reasons to look forward to the end of summer, but this year there is one big reason to do so… Fitbloggin’! In September the third annual fitness blogging conference takes place in Baltimore. Once again hundreds of veteran and new fitness and health bloggers will join to learn, play, and work out from September 20-23.
We’re going – of course! And we want you to go with us. Roni at Fitbloggin‘ has given us two tickets to giveaway. And we’ve got two ways you could be one of the winners!
1. Comment on this blog post. That’s pretty simple. Leave a comment below telling us why you HAVE to go to Fitbloggin’, and why it just won’t be the same without you there. We’ll do a drawing on Friday, June 29th to announce the drawing winner for one ticket.
2. Join the #Fitbloggin Twitter party on Tuesday, June 12. We’ll be hosting a live Twitter party @DietsInReview on #Fitbloggin to talk about summer recipes, fitness, travel plans, and of course what we love about Fitbloggin’. That night we’ll draw one winner for a Fitbloggin’ ticket and give away some other cool DIR goodies. Party starts at 8:00pm CST; so put the kids to bed and charge your laptop! (more…)