Oh Fitbloggin, I big-squishy-heart you and your attendees. It is more than just a conference – it is summer camp for me. It is a time to gather together with people from all walks of life and all shapes and sizes and be together. We are more alike than we are different and each of us comes from a place of acceptance and non-judgment. In the three years I’ve attended I’ve made more friends than I can easily count or name. But even more than that I can be my whole self there. Weird, wacky, geeky, introverted, but also extroverted, silly. I get to let out the things I like best about myself – my strength, my humor, my joy, my light. I don’t know why it is always hard to do those things in real life, but Fitbloggin is my space.
I smiled more in those 4 days than I have in months.
Just a few of the amazing Fitbloggin Tribe
I’ll have stories throughout this week, including a recap on my own session about mental health that I lead with Steph. I imagine I will also process things for quite some time along the way, but for now I will give you a few glimpses of the fun being had this weekend.
Fitbloggin always has generous and amazing sponsors. Some of these were Stonyfield, California Avocados, Egglands Best, General Mills, Kelloggs, Silk, JumpSport, PostureFit and more! Each one was welcoming, engaging and generous. Though I do some work with brands, I am not as big as many so I don’t push that blog route too much, but each one was fun to interact with and learn more about.
Trampoline Action Shot!
In addition to walking and dancing all around, I did participate in several workouts – the strength training session with Cathe thanks to Egglands Best, the annual Zumba class and the PostureFit workout too. I meant to get to yoga but it was right before my own session and that stressed me out (lol). I also skipped the two early morning workouts. I wanted to go, but I also wanted sleep. Sleep won. I don’t feel to badly about that self care.
A bunch of Enell ambassadors at Fitbloggin – we all wore the same bra so naturally it needed documenting.
(Amazingly, I don’t hate this photo)
Kris stole my phone and took some pictures and video of me at Zumba. Amazingly I don’t dislike this video either. I’ve got some moves!
At lunch on Friday I also was able to be a model for one of our sponsors Soybu! Aren’t we all cute!? I loved these clothes – in fact I wore this for most of the rest of the day (until dressing up for Ignite). I was also extra glad that there were people of all shapes and sizes in the fashion show. It was a fun experience! (Stay tuned, I’ll be doing a review and giveaway a little ways down the road with them!)
There is so so SO much more to share about the weekend, and I will be along the way but I want to end this with a huge thank you. Fitbloggin’ all began because of Roni Noone. She is one of the singularly most giving and inspirational people I know. She has created something that is amazing and life-giving and has managed to do so in a way that welcomes people of all sizes and abilities. This is Roni’s last year heading up Fitbloggin. We’ve gotten too big and amazing for just a handful of volunteers and staff. Even though Fitbloggin is now partnering with a group to help run it I am glad to hear that Roni is going to be actively involved in it still. She has given us all something so special. Thank you Roni!