WARNING: This is a super picture-heavy post. But full of lots of fun and awesome. At the bottom is a giveaway, Proceed accordingly.
When we last left off, I was having dinner and going to sleep at Angela’s house, because on Day One of BlogFest at IdeaWorld, it was game on.
For real, y’all. That wild-eyed look in my eyes is no joke. We had to get up at 4:45 to get to the convention center by 6 for the run with Pavement Runner and the RunGo App.
The group was set to run 3 miles through downtown Disney and around the area, but Elizabeth from Train With Bain and I decided to take it easy. With at least 2 other workouts that day, I wasn’t about to The original plan was to do a little run/walking, but we just took a stroll and walked through the Disneyland Hotel grounds and towards Downtown Disney.
Had to stop at the Mickey Hat to get a photo. By this point, the running group blew past us, so we headed back to the convention center.
Yoga with SweatGuru was next up! I ran into Kristen from Exploring Domesticity before we stretched it out – she was nice enough to let me crash in her hotel room that night because of the tight turnaround between the end of day 1 and the beginning of day 2. THANK YOU KRISTEN!
After yoga, we went right into it. Kickoff for the BlogFest was with Lorna Jane! I have to be honest, I had never heard of Lorna Jane, her philosophy or her clothes before.
Yes, I am aware I may be living under a rock.
Lorna Jane Active provided all of the BlogFest attendees with one of their Inspirational Tanks. I love mine. I have done a lot of giving up in the past few years, and I’m done. So this was perfect.
Hearing all about Lorna Jane’s “Move, Nourish, Believe” is what really sealed it for me.
Move is doing whatever movement works for your body. Yoga, Pilates, running, crossfit…do that. Nourish is feeding your body the food it needs. Quit filling yourself with junk and eat what your body needs. Believe is knowing that you can do this. You can be whatever you want to be as long as you believe.
I really enjoyed Lorna Jane and her team and reading more about their philosophy at their Move Nourish Believe website. I got a peek at the Nourish cookbook by Lorna Jane at the expo, and that is going to be my next purchase, next time I have a budget for books!
I got up and walked around a bit after this…it was only 9am and look at how many steps I already had!
There was a welcome from the lovely ladies of the SweatPink crew, and then a lecture on “Meal Prepping and How To Blog About It”. I thought it was going to be how to meal prep, but it was mostly focused on photographing and posting your recipes, which was great.
Then the Idea World Opening Ceremonies. Some awards were given, and we nearly left because we didn’t know any of the recipients, but then Augie and Lynne Nieto came on stage.
Augie is battling ALS. As most of you know via the Ice Bucket Challenge videos everyone is doing, ALS is a terrible neurodegenerative disease that robs people of the use of their limbs. Augie, being an incredible pioneer in the fitness industry, hasn’t let ALS stop him. A few months ago with the assistance of an amazing apparatus, he was able to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Augie and Lynne run a great foundation called Augie’s Quest, helping to further the research for a cure for ALS. Consider making a donation to their cause if yu have some extra cash lying around
Next up was Elaine LaLanne, widow of Jack LaLanne.
Man, she is spunky for 88. She got down on the ground and did pushups and did them better than I do. I hope I have even half that energy when I’m that age!
Diana Nyad and her amazing keynote speech rounded out the event, and then we were let loose for a bit.
Kristin and I hit the expo. Now let me remind you again, that I had never previously been to a blog conference. The only conference I’ve ever been to was by accident in Las Vegas that one time.
So to say I was overwhelmed by this expo was definitely an understatement. Kristin had to get me back on track a few times because I was just staring at everything. It was a lot of information all at once for this small town girl who doesn’t get out much.
It was like walking into a fitness video. Only there were like 30 of them all happening at the same time. It was pretty awesome.
Thank God that Kristin kept me on track or we never would have been able to meet up with Lorna Jane at her massive booth, and then get our free Banded headbands (I went back later and bought 4 more and some of their adorable hair elastics.)
There was an amazing panel with Kelly Olexa, Tracy Hollywood and Whitney English. A great combination of a woman running an influencer fitness group, a public relations VP and a blogger who is kicking some major tail and who just got her CPT certification!
Dannon then hosted a fabulous tweet break.
Oikos yogurt is great. And I happened to have a huge mass of granola in my purse, so this got me through the afternoon, since I completely forgot to eat lunch.
They had one of the trainers from USC come up and talk a little about how they feed their athletes and how greek yogurt factors into their dietary needs. They talked a little about the cafeteria they have and how they dole out food to the athletes, and it is pretty great that they are treating the whole athlete. Good to see.
One of my favorite people in the blog world spoke next. Rita Barry is a genius, and actually the person behind the design of this blog! She is an amazing blog queen and loves to teach fitness bloggers how to make it happen. I would try to recap her chat, but her blog has so much information that I would recommend you just head there instead.
After Rita blew our minds, we headed back to the Expo.
And I noticed the Spartan Race booth.
And I wanted one of their teeshirts. Dude told me I could have one if I did 20 burpees in a minute.
So I did. And I proudly changed my shirt right there in the middle of everything.
PIYO WITH CHALENE JOHNSON. That’s what was next on our agenda. Oops.
So I had speed burpees as a warmup for PiYo. That was not entirely bright of me, because Chalene is a beast and I adore her. The PiYo Flip however, is insanity. I was able to do most of it, but I really wanted to be able to walk for the next few days so I held back just a little
I did manage to snag a sweaty selfie with Chalene before dashing off with Kristin to get ready. Chalene and her crew are some of the sweetest people.
So back we dash to Kristin’s hotel room (again, sweetest woman in the world for letting me crash with her) and pretty ourselves up and then head back for our Happy Hour.
Got to meet Jared from Subway! He’s kept that weight off for 16 years. That is so impressive.
It was a long day. A lot of walking and a lot of fun and so so so many things to learn
That was just one day. I don’t know how y’all are going to make it through 4 more of these
But now that you have, a GIVEAWAY! This is all swag from the IdeaWorld BlogFest, so none of these giveaways are sponsored. I just really like to share
And there are more giveways to come!