HEALTH + FITNESS,  Will Run for Pasta

Headed to FitBloggin’13

Besides my daily healthy goals, another way I’m hoping to jumpstart this healthy/fit living is by attending FitBloggin’13!  What better place to get inspired and motivated than a healthy living blogging conference?

 

I had heard of FitBloggin’ before and was really excited to see that it was in Portland this year but I wasn’t totally sure it was for me.  I said as much on Twitter, that I was afraid I’d feel like a poser since I’m not super fit, and FitBloggin responded that it’s a conference for anyone interested in fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle, and not at all dependent upon your current fitness level.

Thank goodness for that!

The other thing holding me back was the price.  These conferences are expensive, even if you don’t need to pay for airfare, lodging, or a rental car.  I get it though, they have to pay for the venue, the food, the speakers, the swag.  It’s money well spent but it’s still spending money and I’m trying my best to be better in that area of my life as well.  So, I had decided I’d have to pass this year and put it on the wish-list for 2014.

But then… I was on Twitter one night and saw that a fellow Oregon blogger, Kristin from Our Ordinary Life, had posted a link to a blog post where she had a 40% off discount code.  Now, if you’re on Twitter and you follow more than 10 people you know that it’s impossible to keep up with every tweet in your feed.  So when I get on I don’t scroll down too far, I just see what’s happening at that moment and maybe check out a few specific tweeters to see if I missed anything good from them.  So, the fact that I saw this tweet from Kristin was a sign, it had to be, right?!  Her tweet went out when I’d be sure to see it, and it was a discount code, so that meant I was supposed to go.

Makes perfect sense!

I checked out the FitBloggin’ website and saw a list of who was coming and it showed Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers and that sealed the deal for me.  Recently I mentioned that Julie’s was the first fitness blog I really started reading so I’m really hoping she’s really going because I’d really love to meet her!  Yes, that was a lot of reallys.

So I bought my ticket and immediately got butterflies in my stomach.

Then I started connecting with other attendees on Twitter and the FB group and found out that everyone is a little bit nervous.  And others are feeling the same way I am about my blog not being big/good enough and my fitness level not being at Superwoman level (no marathons under my belt, not even a 5k), but we’re all excited to meet each other and the whole point of a conference is to learn and grow.  I was excited before but I’m even more excited now that I know my feelings are normal!  A conference is still completely out of my comfort zone but it’ll be a good thing and I can’t wait.

I’ll be pushed out of my exercise comfort zone as well and will be trying out a Pyrolates class as well as a JumpSport Fitness Trampoline class (I guess my Grandma was onto something with that mini trampoline 25 years ago?).  I am equal parts excited and terrified for both of those.

I just don’t want to puke!  Especially not in front of others.  Or on others.

That would be terrible.

There are a lot of fun sponsors that will be there as well and I think the one I’m most excited for is Total Gym.  I have loved Chuck Norris ever since Walker Texas Ranger and I have wanted a Total Gym ever since I first saw the infomercial, probably in high school.  Never bought my own (pricey!) or even used one but it looks so fun!  No, Chuck won’t be there, I asked but knew it was a long shot, haha!  I’m still very excited to check it out.

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There are other sponsors I’m excited about as well, but also a few I’m apprehensive about.  I’m trying my best to be an informed consumer and make educated choices, and the more I learn about some of the ingredients in the foods we eat and the products we use, the more concerned I become.  I don’t feel like I’m an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist, and I’m not a scientist, but it seems hard to deny the probable connection between these apparently toxic ingredients and today’s rising issues with allergies, cancers, infertility, etc.

I’d rather err on the side of caution, but how to you respectfully inquire at a conference about a sponsor’s ingredients and their stances on things like bovine growth hormones and GMOs, and why do they still use ingredients that the EU and other countries have banned (even though our FDA approved it).  Knowing me and my “love” of conflict and debate, I’ll probably just smile and say thanks and not even bring it up, but who knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself.

And I say all of that fully realizing that I am FAR from perfect.  Just the other day I was at the grocery store and I passed on a certain product because of GMOs, but then I stopped at Taco Bell on the way home.  Hypocrite much?

Like I said… work in progress!

Have you been to a conference like this?

Ever asked a sponsor/brand the tough questions?

Hi, I'm Sarah, a 30-something wife, doggy-mama, beginner runner (still), wannabe cook, and 9-5 cubicle farm worker, just trying to enjoy life in beautiful Portland, OR!

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