Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fitbloggin 2011.... Overall Recap!

Fitbloggin has been over for almost a week now and I am still trying to wrap my head around how AMAZING it was and still searching for the words to describe it and how it has forever changed me. For those of you who don't know Fitbloggin is a conference for bloggers interested in fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle.

I arrived at the hotel in Baltimore around 5 pm, I parked and got my suitcase out of my truck and stood there for a few minutes. I was scared to walk inside and I was seriously considering driving back to North Carolina. Inside I knew I had to walk in, I knew I would always regret it if I didn't. So I walked in!! I was sweating like crazy and anxiously anticipating who I would run into first. I made it all the way to the hotel check in line and didn't really see anyone I recognized. Then I saw Susan (No words to describe Susan's awesomeness) making her way towards me and she gave me a huge hug! I felt so much better after that, still extremely nervous but I was ok. I got all my stuff into my room and headed down to the welcome mixer. This is where I really started to get anxious! I checked in at the registration table and headed to the room where everyone was hanging out. I walked in and I felt so uncomfortable,  I was looking around to see if I knew anyone but I couldn't actually see anyone, I wasn't looking at people directly but looking in between them in an effort to avoid eye contact, its hard to explain. Then I heard someone say Alan, I looked over and it was Tara and Sharla  I felt so relieved inside to see some familiar faces. I instantly walked to them and gave them both hugs (I seriously love both these ladies!). Then slowly and surely I felt more comfortable and I started meeting people who I know from twitter and at the same time meeting people I had never even heard of. I met my roommates Jess and Sean (Both are amazing). By the end of the night I started to realize that Fitbloggin was going to be something good, something that would make a direct positive impact in my life.

The morning part of Day 1 was filled with activities like a 5k/1mile mile, Kettlebell Demos, Zumba class (a personal favorite), resistance training demo, and other fitness type activities. I participated in the 1 mile walk in the morning and then attended the kettlebell demo. Afterwards I did Zumba! Now the Zumba class was a milestone for me. I have taken the class plenty of times in my gym but they always teach them with the lights off, this Zumba class was with the lights on and I wasn't in the back row as I usually am. I felt kinda nervous as we were waiting to start but as the music came on and the booty shaking started I found myself feeling very comfortable and I had a great time! By the time we were done I was ready for lunch and nice shower. The afternoon part of Day 1 was filled with panel discussions about branding and blogging. Day 2 was filled with panel discussions about blogging, eating, branding, video blogging, analytics, and much more. So much great information was shared and I walked away looking at my blog in a whole new light.

Overall the conference was an amazing experience! I met so many amazing people and the positive energy was out of this world. Everyone was so warm, welcoming, and so supportive. There were so many stories and experiences shared. So many friendships and memories made that will last a lifetime. I cannot not wait for Fitbloggin 2012!  I will definitely be there, hopefully a little less of me than this year ;-)

Check out some pics below:

Fortune Cookie I got the night before I left for Fitbloggin!
View of Baltimore from my hotel room
Jump lump crab cakes .. mmmmmm


Josie and me! Love her! 

Emily and me! She will be a friend for life! 

Jess and me! We are in it to win it!! 
LOL Popchips future spokesperson! 


Brittany said...

Great post, Alan! Such great time, memories, and friends faaaaaa life! You're awesome! Thanks for keepin it real!

sharla @ 262milejourney said...

Alan, I needed that hug like crazy! I was doing the same thing in that room- just too many faces I couldn't quite recognize for me I and couldn't process very well. I am so glad we had the chance to connect in real life!!

Foodie McBody said...

hug hug hug hug hug! You are so awesome, man!

Emily Sandford said...

friend for life! True 'dat.
I think we all had the same insecurities going into it, and walked away with lifelong friends. And I'm still bummed I didn't get to meet Yum Yucky!

Tiffany @ Simply Shaka said...

Nice recap--I seriously need to go get next yr (and I remember saying that last yr, ugh) I think it would be informative but there are so many bloggers out there I wanna meet! I need some crabcakes in my life.

TooBIG said...

Emily, I agree Next year for sure Yum Yucky.

Great recap Alan.

Bari said...

It was so great to meet you at FitBloggin - I will definitely be rooting you on from here on out!