I know you all missed my sweaty workout #selfies

I know you all missed my sweaty workout #selfies

oatmeal:

Today, illustrated.

oatmeal:

Today, illustrated.

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tastefullyoffensive:

[happyjar]

[LIVE YOUR GOAL] I’m back.

Hey all!

I’m back from my social media break so hit me up on the twitters,
facebooks, instagrams, etc.

Yes, there will be a blog post about my reflections on my SoMe break…
planning for that next week.

And a finished my second annual Triathlon (Sprint) so there will be a blog
post about that coming soon.

Until then, drop me a line and let’s catch up!

[LIVE YOUR GOAL] This is my last post…

dubyawife:

…for a month. ;-) gotcha.

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but wanted to wait until after
Fitbloggin 2014. I will be taking a “blogging and social media” break for
the month of July. I need to focus and really want to have the extra time
and energy. Plus I think everyone sometimes needs a reset.

So, see you August 1st!

[LIVE YOUR GOAL] This is my last post…

…for a month. ;-) gotcha.

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while but wanted to wait until after
Fitbloggin 2014. I will be taking a “blogging and social media” break for
the month of July. I need to focus and really want to have the extra time
and energy. Plus I think everyone sometimes needs a reset.

So, see you August 1st!

[LIVE YOUR GOAL] Fitbloggin 14 Recap: Joy

Fitbloggin 14 in June in Savannah Georgia was in one word: Joy.

I flew from New Orleans, LA airport (about an hour from my hometown, Baton
Rouge) to Atlanta. It was a super short, super exciting flight cause many
Fitbloggers were connecting to ATL and then flying into SAV. We nicknamed
the flight Party Plane 1752 and it was great to meet some newbies as well
as to connect with some of the veterans like Fit and Free Emily one of my
first Fitbloggin friends and a kindred spirit.

At the lobby people started to arrive and it became a squealing joyous
occasion of hugs, joyful tears, and dear god - so . many. selfies.

Sarah Scott setup reservations at The Gryphon Room and a group of us went
to learn about how to make proper English Tea and converse. It was a fun
experience and very quaint, a great way to start off the Fitbloggin fun and
take in some Savannah culture.

I dropped by the SCAD store to pick up a few items for my sister who is an
alum. This town has such a create creative, artsy presence due to the
school. The atmosphere is young and hip but yet old, unique, and southern.

By the time we got back, more and more people started to arrive and finally
it was time for registration. The staff worked hard on providing some
amazing swag - a Fitbloggin bag with tons of goodies inside! I also
purchased Roni Noone’s books (Green Lite Bites and Funderwear) and got it
autographed for a friend. Then we made our own name badges and decorated
them with stickers (bacon and broccoli stickers for mine cause PAF!) After
that we started the social with drinks and food and then did some Ice
Breakers to get to know our group. Alan Ali lead some activities like Four
Corners where we got to find out who were newbies and who were veterans,
which blogging platform most of the attendees use, and more.

Once that was done many of us went on a Hearse Ghost Tour of Savannah which
was a ride along in an actual hearse (equipped with chairs). It was a great
opportunity to ride around Savannah and see the many beautiful squares with
fountains, statues, etc. Savannah’s history is rich with stories, old
buildings, and spooky tales.

Thereafter a few of us hung out at the hotel bar, chatting, eating and just
generally enjoying socializing with our Fitfam.

The next morning I woke up early for bootcamp with Erin from Dig Deep Play
Hard. This is the third time I’ve been to her class at Fitbloggin and her
energy is amazing. She combines high intensity with fun activities that can
be done at your own home without exercise equipment. It was hot and humid
(and I was tired) but I never regret a workout and this one was worth the
early morning effort.

Next I went into the Anti-Computer Body Workout but had to leave early for
my session. But the part I attended was great and I wish I could have gone
the entire time. Sitting at a desk all day I sometimes get hip tightness
and bad posture and these exercises, stretching, and strength work seemed
like a great way to really help my body recover from the eight hours of
hunched typing.

Finally! It was time for me and Katrina’s session on “Maintaining your
Mojo!” Our session originated from an idea of how we deal with plateaus and
how to we overcome dry spells in weight loss or fitness goals. It was a
group discussion (with a big crowd) where we talked about from starting to
finish what strategies best work to really keep ourselves going towards or
goals. From talking about allowing and planning for failure to discussing
accountability and commitment, our session rocked! We handed out great
signage to our attendees that would help them “maintain the mojo” after
Fitbloggin and beyond.

Since I’m participating in a triathlon at the end of July I decided to
attend Jen Sader’s Triathlete Chat. An avid triathlete, Jen went through
the basics of what to expect as a beginner, demonstrated the equipment and
gear, and some other helpful tips. This was great cause after my first
triathlon last year I had some experience to hep with the discussion but
also learned some pretty good info. I think I’ll be getting a body suit
which will shorten my transition time and some toe changes for my bike to
help me speed up on the bike. In addition it was great to talk to Jen
afterwards and ask what type of training plans she recommends. We decided
the most important part of triathlon training - “honor the brick!”

For lunch RunDisney joined us and talked about ESPN’s Wild World of Sports
which has great programs for youth and adults to keep active. Tons of
sporting events are held there and it was very moving to see how Disney is
encouraging youth to stay active. They also talked about RunDisney and the
recent Star Wars Race in Disneyland as well as the other fun races.
RunDisney has been on my list of races to do and i was desperately hoping
there’d be a discount or gave away…….. well, just so happens there was
and through a crazy turn of events (more info below when I talked about
Ignite) - I’m running the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Feb 2015 with a
fellow blogger and Prior Fat Girl, Liz! More posts to come on that topic!

After that I used some time to opt out of going to sessions and popped into
a gift store for some postcards. I spent some of that afternoon writing out
addresses and taking a power nap before heading out to an old-timey photo
booth place with some Fitbloggin Friends. We decided to do an old fashioned
Southern style and it was neat how the “old time” photo shop worked. We had
a great time joking around, watching each other smile, and really bonding.

Coming back to the hotel that night it was time to get ready for our
keynote, Ignite Fitness. Always a great keynote, Ignite is essentially
small 5 minute speeches given by fellow Fitbloggin attendees on many
topics. From how to brew proper tea, to weight lifting, to water aerobics,
and even a special Fitbloggin Rap by Mission Meltdown! Ignite Fitness this
year was the best ever. And that’s saying something cause I was in it last
year! ;-) In addition there was a flashmob lead by Nacho Mama and some
karaoke afterwards.

The best part of Ignite Fitness was the in between giveaways. Turned out
that one of the RunDisney winners didn’t want her registration so two
volunteers (Myself and Liz) got called up to stage to duel (rock, paper,
scissors style) for the registration. She won. To which I was totally
bummed! Later on though Liz mentioned that the paperwork stated it was
*two* registrations and asked if I would want to run with her, and of
course said YES… only then to find out that the paperwork was wrong, only
one registration and I told Liz that how about I drive in to see her
RunDisney and I’ll be her cheering section. After all, isn’t that what
Fitbloggin is all about! (But wait… didn’t I say earlier that I AM
running it?!?!… to be continued…)

After Ignite a few of us went out to a local dance place and did some
Fitbloggin After Dark antics… I’ll spare the details. Suffice it to say I
had a great time and did not get much sleep.

The next morning, despite the previous ate evening and a throbbing
headache, I woke up for Kia’s yoga class. I love her yoga sessions cause
she’s always very gentle, explains things basically, and doesn’t get into a
bunch of yoga mumbo jumbo. It’s time to center and stretch and she keeps it
simple. After bootcamp and dancing the night away - stretching was very
needed.

Next I stepped into Sue (Mrs Fatass) and Steve Gray’s session “Fitblogger
Tough Love.” I learned the most in this section and this was less of
a “teaching” session and more of a rally cry or plea to the Fitbloggin
community. It focused on how sometime the community can be too supportive
and that can be detrimental towards our goals. We discussed ways to
critique or give advice to our fellow fitbloggers but without hurting
feelings. Having experienced this first hand and many others in agreement,
at the end we were given homework to write a ToughLove letter to ourselves
and post it, as well as use the hashtag or
when “calling out” a fellow Fitblogger. In this way we as a community can
help positively drive each other towards our goals. Great session.

After that here came my favorite fitness session, Zumba (80s Style!) with
Trio Fitness! I’ve been to many Zumba classes and have to say that the way
Sue teaches is amazing. When she teaches I follow easily and feel like a
dancer. I have a great time and am all smiles (despite sweaty and
breathless). Lots of fun music, laughing, and great 80s tunes - Zumba
really rounded out a great set of workouts from the weekend.

After that I showered real quick and grabbed some lunch with fellow
Fitbloggers before I went to my hotel room and crashed for about an hour.
It was a much needed nap and glad I did.

Then it was time to go to Anonymous Tattoo to get (wait for it) A TATTOO!
For a while I had wanted to get DubyaWife tattoo’d on me. As a symbol for
my love of 17 years and my alter-ego. The whole process was amazing and my
artist, Dean, did an excellent job. It was only 2 minutes of actual
needlework which barely hurt and it turned out just the way I wanted. Now I
can always remember Fitbloggin. It will forever be with me.

After the tattoo, it was time to get ready for the ProBlogger session.
Before that got started Arian Foster (Houston Texans RB) visited to
take “selfies.” Amazing experience!

The ProBlogger panel was informal but great. Katy Widrick, Leah Segedie,
Erica House, Lindsey, and Shannon Calvecchio helped deliver some great
bloggin tips and advice. While I’m not a monetizing blogger I still found
it very interesting. The food was amazing as it was yummy desserts like
pralines, fudge, saltwater taffy, and fresh. basked. pretzels. My tummy was
very happy.

Once the panel was finished the music started playing and a dance party
broke out with the wobble, cupid shuffle and much more fun dance songs. It
was great to let loose once again with all the Fitbloggin peeps.

After a quick stroll down River St. for some drinks, later that night
myself and a few others ended up on a room having a couple of drinks and
playing Cards Against Humanity. So. Much. Laughter. Honestly, this is why I
come to Fitbloggin. It’s for the intimate moments.

The next morning was the final event of Fitbloggin the Fun Run. I chose to
do a 5K and Jeff Galloway joined us! He was such a joy to meet. For the 5K,
I started off with Deanna Adams just doing some intervals and we ended up
with just a group of us run/walk/run through Savannah to Forsythe Park.
What a great and rewarding experience. I need to get myself a running group
because we had so much fun, talking and motivating each other - time went
by so fast. And I felt like I could have gone further.

After the Fun Run, people started to say their goodbyes and that’s always
the hard part of Fitbloggin.

I happened to be chit chatting with Roni Noone (the founder) and the
RunDisney rep and Kia approached. Kia mentioned to them that due to the
confusion, I was going to join Liz as a spectator. The RunDisney rep was
moved by this (and due to the confusion) said to get in touch with them
about the race and they’ll give me a registration for the Princess Run in
February 2015. WOOHOO!

At this point… I hadn’t really cried during Fitbloggin… until this
point. Kia hugged me and I just cried. After having such a wonderful
weekend, saying goodbye, seeing all my friends, and then this news… I
just broke down. That moment. The moment of pure joy. Of knowing that I
belong to a community of people who truly…. who truly care. The tears
followed and I was just filled with joy.

That is why I titled my post Joy. If Joy were a place, Fitbloggin would be
it.
It’s been said: “It’s like going home” or “It’s like being in a hug”
This year - it was like living in joy. As if Joy were a place and you could
take up residence there.
To wrap up my final words on Fitbloggin are this: My life is made better
because of Fitbloggin.

See you next year in Denver!

[LIVE YOUR GOAL] Fitbloggin 14 PhotoDump

Fitbloggin 14 in Savannah, GA

Party Plane 1752 crew taxing over to our hotel (Stephanie, Samantha, Kris,
& Emily)

Martinus & Me


So many group selfies! (Martinus, Kris, Dre, Kelly, and Kris)


The LOVELY Sarah Scott at tea time!


Sarah teaches us how to pour

This is to catch the tea leaves

"a proper cuppa tea"


Black Vanilla Tea

We attempt to read each other’s tea leaves


I only had the white chocolate coconut, but was told the snacks were
amazing!

Heather & Me


Alan & Me


Registration starts!

Visitng Refuel Chocolate Milk with Sarah Scott - Mustachioed!

Sam & Me

Katrina (my co-presenter) & Me


Ghost Tour!


Bootcamp crew ready to sweat!


Setting up for our session


Such a great person to work with


Huge Success!


Emmie, Mickey, and Kris with RunDisney


Me, Kirsten, and Sue (Mrs Fatass)


Postcards for our Fitbloggin friends who couldn’t make it

Brooke & Me (love)


This was the “hungover” selfie


Heather and Me (way hungover selfie)


80s Zumba attire


I’m so fancy


Roni “Duckface” Noone


Alan “Duckface” Ali


Katy Widrick & Me


Oh Just Arian Foster NBD


And Jeff Galloway… srsly NBD


Fit Dawn!


While seen running… Forsythe Park!


Monica (Run Bang Run) & Me


Bacon with Nathan McDonald


Terry Cabeen straight mugging


Chillin on River St in Savannah

Repost from @debroby

Repost from @debroby

#Fitbloggin sticker added to the torture device (elliptical).

#Fitbloggin sticker added to the torture device (elliptical).