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:
- I get to see friends, meet new people, and hang out with folks that do the same thing I do.
- I SPOKE THIS YEAR!
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!
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:
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.
Melissa (The Valentine RD), who also came to Denver from Los Angeles (Pasadena, actually), and took that photo of me during my speech:
Emmie (Authentically Emmie), who led a branding workshop that I’m bummed I wasn’t able to attend:
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!
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.
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!
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…
…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!