This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend Fitbloggin in Baltimore. I literally could write a book on what I learned from the sessions, classes, but mostly–the PEOPLE that attended Fitbloggin. Everyone had a unique story to share and a hug or a smile to give with similar ultimate goals in mind (being healthy!). We were all on different parts of the journey but every experience was relatable.
I came there knowing nary a person IRL and I left making what I hope with are some lifelong friends. Here are my reasons that Fitbloggin inspired me to become a better me:
1. Meeting my s-heroes is everything! Sheryl Yvette aka BitchCakesNY inspired me to join Weight Watchers after reading about how kickass she is AND how she was NOT what I thought Weight Watchers was (read: stereotypical suburban house mom going bananas with counting points). My s-heroes Cass from Losing in The City (who I knew from Twitter + her blog and in person we commiserated over weight loss and natural hair) and Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama (who I also knew from Twitter + her blog and who I danced Gangnam style with a nightclub and saw her eyes and feet afire during Zumba. I look forward to watching her journey to become a Zumba instructor!). There were so many s-heroes and HEROES at Fitbloggin from my brother from another mother Martinez at 300 Pounds and Running , and the uber-amazing Josie aka YumYucky who is encouraging me to vlog and just do the damn thing in fitness. They make me want to be a BETTER ME!
2. A hug, a smile, a good cry and some kind words make you feel better–when you give any or all of those three it makes a world of difference! I need to share more of myself emotionally. Let out a good laugh more…a good cry…and a lot more kind words.
3. My movie tagline could be: I’m kind of strong and I don’t give myself enough credit. After giving birth two eight-pounds babies naturally with no epidural, having open heart surgery, and coping (pretty well I may add) with depression you would think I would consider myself strong. Fitbloggin pushed my fitness limits–I danced like no one was watching, did burpees, and ran like a rabid dog was chasing me.
4. Fitbloggin inspired me to stop comparing myself to others, to go up to someone and spark up a conversation, and to acknowledge everyone’s journey! Thank you to everyone at Fitbloggin! YOU ALL ROCK MY SOCKS OFF! Thank you Roni Noone for putting this fabulous and inspiring conference together!
5. I WILL LOSE MORE! Fitbloggin has inspired to keep reaching for goals through healthier living–I WILL lose my next goal of 20 pounds by following Weight Watchers, going to the gym more (I have 25 personal training sessions to use up before the end of the year!) and learning to love what I see in the mirror.