Yesterday was like summer camp and Christmas for fitness bloggers all rolled into one.
It was the second annual Blogger Meet and Tweet by Fitness Magazine, and my first time attending a blogger event! I got to meet so many of my blogger friends in person, hear from fantastic guest speakers, and learn about a lot of awesome new healthy living products.
The event was held at the Mercedes Club in NYC, and the morning’s seminars were held outside in this gorgeous rooftop courtyard.
Breakfast: green Elixir juice, gluten-free berry muffin, hard-boiled eggs with avocado
I really enjoyed ob/gyn Dr. Jennifer Ashton‘s talk, “Healthy, Strong and Sexy in Your 20s, 30s, and Beyond.”
Some of her tips included:
- Find an ob/gyn you love, that you can be open and honest with. Most women use their ob/gyn as their whole physician, and this isn’t a bad thing, because everything in your body is connected and affects everything else.
- When you commit to fitness you can trust your body and believe that your body won’t let you down.
- The trifecta perfecta: your body needs to move, it needs to rest, and it needs to be nourished.
- If you eat very healthy for 5 days of the week and splurge for 2, you won’t feel deprived or locked into a plan, and you’ll gradually lose your cravings.
- “Life is an Olympic event and we have to train for it!”
My favorite panel by far was “My Blog is My Business” with four well-established, professional bloggers: Deb from Smitten Kitchen, Dana from Possessionista, Jill (a Ford Fiesta agent), and Erin from Fit Bottomed Girls. Their advice included:
- Don’t blog for money. Blog, then make money.
- Figure out what you want to talk about – have a focused idea.
- A good time to launch a blog is if you hate your job (Deb) or right after you get dumped (Jill).
- Don’t waste your time worrying about what everyone else is doing. Find your own angle. Do it differently.
- Don’t obsess over numbers – page views, followers, etc.
- Be authentic.
I am a huge fan and long-time reader of Smitten Kitchen, so I was excited to get the chance to talk with Deb! I met her at a cookbook signing in December but we had a longer time to chat yesterday, which was really fun. And she loved the name of my blog and said she’d check it out, which pretty much made my day. (Hi Deb!)
Next up was celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, who talked about (among other things) traveling to southern Italy and cooking with Italian mamas in their kitchens, which made me really, really nostalgic for last year when I lived in Sicily.
Rocco said that the social aspect of mealtime in Italy – with friends and family in a ceremonious environment, not in front of the computer – is a main factor in Italians’ healthy lifestyle. There’s a 3% obesity rate in Italy compared to a whopping 67% in America. This is also due to the natural, unprocessed ingredients in Italy, smaller portion sizes, and no culture of snacking between meals. It IS possible to eat Italian food and lose weight!
After the morning’s seminars, we broke for lunch and got a chance to check out all of the sponsor tables.
Run Marathons and Eat Macarons!
Photobooth with Megan – I somehow made the same face twice. Also, bloggers always carry around a keyboard. Don’t you?
Jen and me
After lunch, we broke into smaller groups for an afternoon fitness class. We had the choice between a group run, a cardio dance class, and yoga. I chose yoga because my training plan from Coach Mary did not include a run for two days before the Brooklyn Half, and I didn’t want to do any extra running that might tire out my legs before Saturday.
We gathered for yoga outside next to the rooftop pool (!) on an area of astroturf. The class was taught by celebrity yoga instructor Tara Stiles who I know and love from her YouTube videos. I used them a lot last year when I didn’t have access to a yoga studio in Sicily. Tara also has a studio in Soho that I need to check out!
It had been cloudy in the morning but by the afternoon it was gloriously sunny. Too sunny. Too hot for yoga on brown mats under the beating sun. It was 77 degrees but it felt like 110. The mats got so hot that we could barely stand on them. I ended up putting socks on, and then even my sneakers for the second half of the class. I knew that if I got a sunburn (mat burn?) on the bottoms of my feet before Saturday’s half marathon I would never forgive myself!
The yoga class itself was great, and Tara was very understanding of how sweltering it was out there! She joked that we were doing a “hot yoga” class, and graciously ended the class a few minutes early.
The most exciting moment was when Tara said, “okay, let’s go into crow pose,” and Megan and I looked at each other and muttered how much we both hated crow pose and could never do it, but I gave it a try anyway and looked at a spot far in front of me like Tara said, and actually held the pose for the first time ever!!!
I was so excited and Tara was very excited for me. We definitely had a bonding moment. And now I don’t hate crow pose anymore!
Yes, I am posting a picture of my butt in the air for the whole Internet to see. If you do yoga, you understand how exciting this is and why it warrants making public a less-than-flattering picture.
If you don’t, stop laughing and go try crow pose, then come back and tell me how it went.
Photo Credit: Christine
I got to chat with so many more wonderful bloggers that I didn’t get a photo with, both ones whose blogs I’ve been reading for a while and new ones I’m excited to add to my list!
The event was flawless from start to finish, and Fitness Magazine and their sponsors all did a fantastic job.
And the swag wasn’t too bad either.
I can’t wait to try out some of these products. I already know I love some of them, and some of them are completely new to me!
Thanks to Fitness Magazine and all of the #FitBlogNYC sponsors for a fantastic event!
Only one more sleep til Brooklyn!
Have you ever attended a blogger event?
What would you most look forward to about an event like this? The guest speakers, mingling with other bloggers, trying new products?