Its Monday and I am still recovering from all the amazing information, workouts and just plain fun of Idea World BlogFest! So much wonderful information that I can’t wait not only to share with you but also to just implement! Lets go ahead and start Day 1
Have I said how much I love Anaheim Convention Center? I absoultely love this convention center. It is so nicely laid out, and palm trees are nicely placed and I have nothing but good memories from here. From Anime Expo back in the day, to the OC Car Fair to most recently Idea World BlogFest.
We started off the day with Yoga. Unless someone got up at 6am for a SweatPink run. Which I was not able to get up for it, of course it was no surprise as I am so not a morning person. But with Yoga I was all ready for that!
Got lucky to be instructed by Stephanie Ring! She made sure to give us all examples of the moves, how to go through them and if someone (me) wasn’t able to do that move she gave alternatives.
I admit that usually during Yoga I don’t sweat that much. Unless I am doing Bikram but that is different. However, Endure Yoga is a hardcore but still fluid. It was something that I enjoyed and would do so again. But seriously look at that burn in less then 40 minutes! Loved it!!
After that it was time to go to our blogging meetings!
But we were all pleasantly surprised with a gift from Lorna Jane! We all got a Inspirational Tank Top. I ended up with that red one you see pictured. It says ‘Energy’ and it looks like it comes from a comic book! I am in LOVE with it. Plus we get to meet and hear the wonderful Lorna Jane. This is actually the 2nd time I get to meet Lorna Jane. It was very inspirational listening to her talk and not just walk up and get a hug from her. One of the things that she said is that ‘Somewhere in everything I make is love. You can always find it and feel it just by wearing it’. Which really touched me. We have companies out there that don’t care, and there are companies out there that do. I honestly believe that with Lorna Jane she does care about her customers, her clients and really believes that feeling the love make the workouts that much easier.
Next we got to listen to Laura Lynn Klein from Organic Authority! She was going to teach us all about Meal Prepping and How to Blog about it. Which is something that I really would like to get better at so it was all the notes. I think I almost typed my fingers off writing the notes. How to deal with natural lighting, spraying veggies with water while taking a pic, using organic produce as not only is it better tasting and helps the farmers but it also photos better!
I will admit there are no photos of the beautiful Laura. Like I said way to busy typing it all down.
After that it was time for the IDEA Opening Ceremonies!
It was great listening to some of the people not only receive their awards for being Fitness Instructor of the Year or Personal Trainer of the Year. However, the real standing moment was when Augie and Lynne walked across stage and started talking about ALS and how it not only changed his life but how he has striven to overcome it. Honestly NO one in the room had a dry eye when we watched the video of Augie walking his daughter down the aisle.
After this wonderful opening ceremonies it was time to shop! We only had about 2 hours to just take everything in!
These doors couldn’t open fast enough! Honestly we were all just staring at the doors going ‘Open, Open, Open’. Finally they did and I had my coupons to get ALL the discounts!
First stop of course had to be
Had to be Quest Nutrition! I got an awesome Cookie Dough Bar and it was delicious of course. It saved me from all those long hours of meetings and workouts. Thanks Quest!
Then I had over to
Dannon who was giving out samples of Oikos (which is delicious greek yogurt). Did I mention that I got to take a picture with John Stamos who made me #SeriouslyHappy.
After that I had to run to the SweatPink booth and get a picture with Jamie! She is the co-founder of FitApproach that just bring fitness, health and happiness to ladies a world around!
She is so nice and also one of the geniuses behind BlogFest. It was really an honor to meet her. I can’t wait to see her again next year (if not sooner!!)
It was then time to head back to the meetings but not before I was able to run into (okay really it was more of a hunting down) Melissa from The Valentine RD. She was hosting a giveaway for LiveWell 360 Bag. You had to take a picture with her and of course after the hunting I had to do an action shot. But honestly it would have been worth it just to met her. I love her blog and you should really take a look at it!
After my awesome action shot (thanks again Melissa)
The next person I was really, and I mean really, was looking forward to Rita Berry from Blog Genie! I mean we all know her, we all love her and she was here at BlogFest teaching us about how to Blog Design on a Budget. And honestly who doesn’t have a budget! This is another panel that I didn’t get any pictures with. I was a little star stuck and just all the information flowing out of her. I even met her later during the SweatPink Happy Hour and I got to talk to her saying thanks for coming and how much I learned from her.
After all of that information being placed in my head it was time for another Shopping Break.
This time I had to head over to Banded!
Now Banded2gether is just amazing. The headbands fit comfortably, lasted me through my PiYo workout and didn’t give me a headache. All of which made me fall in love with this brand! Honestly they live up to their logo ‘No Slip. No Pain. No Kidding’. Plus for each headband that is purchased you are giving 3 meals to Uganda.
After that this break felt like it went way to fast but that might be a good thing as the next thing on the list was the next workout!!
We got to workout with Chalene Johnson. It was supposed to be Tony Horton but due to a death in his family, we actually signed a card for him and his family. Which I thought was a really nice gesture through SweatPink and all of us.
This was an amazing workout! In fact it was what made me sore for the next 2 days. But it was so worth it. You get extra internet love if you can find me in this workout picture!
What was even better was that I got this
Ignoring the crazy hair (hey I just worked out ^_^) Chalene was so nice to pose with me for a selfie. This might be my favorite Selfie ever!!
After this amazing and sweaty workout it was time for SweatPink Happy Hour!
I got to meet and HUG Jared the Subway Man. He is sooo tall and nice. Didn’t mind the fact that I just got out of PiYo at all!
I also got to meet up with and talk to Debbie from Live From La Quintas! It was so nice to talk to another So Cal blogger and yes I am actually standing on my tippy toes for this picture. Debbie was so nice and friendly!
Um this guy is a celebrity all by himself! Pavement Runner was basically one of the 5ish guys running around on BlogFest and someone that I have bene following on twitter / blog world forever! Did I mention that he has a wicked sense of humor and wonderful! Well he is. Honestly if I could have met just him I would have gone home happy!
Kelli Davis is one of the main geniuses behind Idea World and bring together FitApproach as well. She is super nice and almost gave me a heart attack when she called out my name. I was shocked…this women knows me?!? What What? But it was so amazing just talking with her and letting her know how much this conference means to all of us.
So that was basically all of Day 1. I shall be bring Day 2 and Day 3 to you guys soon!! At the end there may or may not be (actually will but I just want to tease you all) a giveaway!
Did you go to BlogFest? If you didn’t did you ever go to a fitness convention? Are you going to try to make BlogFest next year?