A Tremendous Weekend at Fitbloggin’

I was in Denver this past weekend for Fitbloggin’, an annual conference for health, fitness and weight loss bloggers. I’ve only been once before, two years ago, and I was excited to go back, for a few reasons:

  1. I get to see friends, meet new people, and hang out with folks that do the same thing I do.
  2. I SPOKE THIS YEAR!

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The keynote event at Fitbloggin’ is called Ignite Fitness, where a bunch of people give short talks on a variety of topics, each aided by a slideshow. Earlier this year, I applied for a slot, and all the attendees voted on which speakers they wanted to hear. I was won of the winners, and I spoke about stair racing. I’ll go into details in an upcoming post, because my speech will soon be on YouTube, and you better believe I’ll share that link!

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There’s lots to do at the conference: panels, workshops, small group discussions, exercise classes, and more. What I like most is the ability to connect with people in the same boat as me, and trade ideas, perspectives, and insights on a variety of topics. It’s eye-opening and thoughtful, and often an emotional experience, and in a safe, welcoming, non-judgmental environment.

I took selfies with lots of blogging buddies. Here’s me, Kelly (Curvy Fit Girl), and Sarah:

Kelly David Sarah

We did some quick math and figured out that between the three of us, we’ve lost 470 pounds! I think we’ve kept it off a combined total of around 20 years, too – also crazy impressive.

One night I had an amazing dinner with Leslie (who founded 411 Video Information), her son Jaason, and Kenlie (All He Says I Am). I’ve known all these folks for a few years and it was fun to catch up.

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I met Brooke (Brooke Not on a Diet) last summer when we both were on a panel for a Bowflex webcast about weight loss:

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Melissa (The Valentine RD), who also came to Denver from Los Angeles (Pasadena, actually), and took that photo of me during my speech:

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Emmie (Authentically Emmie), who led a branding workshop that I’m bummed I wasn’t able to attend:

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Jen (Running For My Life) is a new friend, but I met Roni (who somehow juggles multiple blogs and other stuff) in Portland. Roni (in the middle) has organized Fitbloggin’ for the past six years, and has done an amazing job. I can’t imagine pulling off an event like this, and she makes it look so easy!

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I didn’t get a selfie with Christine (Dubya Wife), but I did snap a pic of the delicious fig she grew in her backyard (that’s her, out of focus, in the background). Seriously delicious.

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Because the conference was in Denver, I stayed with my sister and her family, about 25 minutes away. I rented a car to get to and from the conference venue, and I ended up getting… a Mustang!

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My flight there was delayed a couple hours, and by the time I got to the car rental desk at the Denver airport, it was about 2am. I had a reservation, but the only cars they had left were 12-passenger vans and the Mustang. I got it at the same price as the compact car I reserved, so… I got to ride around Denver in style!

Even though conferences tend to involve a lot of sitting and listening, I stayed active. On Thursday, before the conference began, I went for a run around a lake near my sister’s place. Friday was a planned (and well-deserved) rest day. Then, on Saturday, during some downtime, I went for a 75-minute walk around downtown Denver. My plan was for it to be a run, but it was just too hot. The walk was brisk and fun, and I upped my heart rate considerably when I stumbled across a giant array of stairs…

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…and ran up each of the eight aisles, for a total of 456 stairs. Oh, and “stumbled upon” is a outright lie; my friend Robby (Fat Girl Vs. World) gave me a heads up as to their whereabouts.

I tried to be good about posting food pics on Instagram and Twitter, but I’m sure I missed some. I ate well, though, and that bodes well for my July weigh-in, which will be delayed almost a week. I went from Denver straight on to Michigan, where I’m hanging out with family. (Greeting from Michigan, by the way!)

Keep it up, David!

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13 Responses to A Tremendous Weekend at Fitbloggin’

  1. New reader here! I’ve been so close to attending FitBloggin for several years but always fall short for one reason or another. Next year I’ll be sure to change that! What a fantastic weekend with amazing people.

  2. Dana says:

    Sounds like it was a fabulous weekend. So many inspiring people and I love reading many of the blogs that you mentioned.

  3. New reader here! So nice to meet you at Fitbloggin’ this weekend! Looking forward to reading more from you!

  4. Awesome recap, David! So bummed I wasn’t able to make it this year. As fun as it was living vicariously through all the IG pics, FB posts, and Periscope videos, it’s just not the same as being there in person. I thoroughly enjoyed watching your Ignite presentation via Periscope. I can’t wait to see the clearer version on YouTube when it’s available. You are such an incredible inspiration!!

    • David says:

      Thanks Mel! I downloaded Periscope but haven’t begun playing around with it yet. Glad you were able to see and there’s always next year!

  5. Nicole Tow says:

    Great recap! Way to stay active too! I loved your speech as well. You’re a beast with the stair races! Keep it up! 😉

  6. fantastic recap David! I have now missed two Fitbloggin’s in a row and officially have all of the sads.

  7. Pedro Geisler says:

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