7 Reasons Why Fitbloggin’ 11 Kicked Ass!

Fitbloggin’ is for bloggers interested in fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. Two days of education, networking, friendship and fun.

The theme from Fitbloggin’ that resonated with me throughout the conference was: Be Real. Being true to yourself, your story, your successes, and even your struggles.

CLICK sponsored Melissa and I at the conference, and we had such a great time CLICK’n with so many great bloggers! Thank you CLICK for helping us get there and keeping us fueled with your Espresso Protein Drink!

Melissa & Christy CLICK'n
Seven things I want to tell you about Fitbloggin’ 11:

  1. Roni Noone. If you aren’t familiar with her, get to know her! She’s the genius behind Fitbloggin’, and in it’s second year, I cannot give her enough kuddos for pulling off the damned-near impossible. The venue was amazing, the food was great, all-day coffee made me happy, the sponsors were top-notch, and the smoothness everything ran with did not go unnoticed. As a prior conference planner, I know how hard it is, and she made it look easy! Thank you Roni!
  2. The bloggers. I saw so many people I already know and love, so many more I’d been dying to meet. The love, support, and instant kinship was palpable. I cannot describe the amazing feeling of being surrounded by so many like-minded, supportive people. Look for a post soon on the fantastic people we all met and loved!
  3. New Balance & Jennifer Keddy (and her team!) are the bomb. They gave every attendee of Fitbloggin’ a pair of Award Winning 890 running shoes – the lightest neutral running shoes in their class, AND a sweet ass pair of running capris – Go 2 Capris. My thighs have never felt so sexy in running tights, and with that price tag, I can afford to buy a few more pairs! The shoes are like wearing little clouds on my feet, and I cannot wait to run in them!
  4. The Fitbloggin’ 5K was great! While it’s more of a casual 5K (no chip-timing or finish lines!), it is one of the most enjoyable races ever. Seeing so many people of so many abilities running together, cheering each other on, the high-fives, the love. It was empowering. It was also hilarious to see Thea running in a tutu. I’m just saying. And yes, I forgot my tutu, but quickly improvised and made one out of tissues!
  5. thea&me tutu

  6. The swag. It was awesome. There was a lot of it, including awesome hats from iBeani – they have hats & head bands (woot!) with built in speakers compatible with all of your music players! Seriously awesome.
  7. The sessions & speakers. I wish I could have attended all of them. The line-up of speakers was mind-blowing. So many greats! With three sessions at each time slot, it was so hard to choose which ones to attend. In true Sisterhood fashion, we chose to divide and conquer! We’ll be sharing more on our thoughts from the Sessions at Fitbloggin’ later in the week!
  8. IMG_1215SPEAKING! Yes, I was a speaker on a panel at Fitbloggin’. It was my first time in a speaking situation, and I had nerves equivalent to running my first 1/2 marathon. Being on the panel with @juliejulie from Chubby Mommy Running Club; and Kate Brown (@dailyburn), community manager of the Daily Burn, was amazing. I enjoyed every moment of our brainstorming sessions, and when it came time to hit the stage, I looked out and saw a huge crowd. Once I got past the shaking and found my voice, it was amazing. Thank you to everyone who showed up to support me. Looking out and seeing a sea of smiling Sisterhood faces gave me the boost of confidence I needed to succeed. Isn’t that what we’re all about here at the Sisterhood?

If you were at the conference and would like to share your Fitbloggin’ recap, link up below!

WIN IT! Just because you couldn’t go to Fitbloggin’, doesn’t mean you can get some sweet SWAG. Leave a comment below and tell us what you did this weekend to be entered to win! The contents will be a surprise, but I will say there’s some sweet stuff in there!

Contest will run through Friday, May 27th at 11:59 Central time. Winner will be randomly chosen and announced the following day! Good luck!

Disclosure: We received free swag at Fitbloggin’ and we want to share with you! Opinions are ours!

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  • http://twitter.com/gettinfitbritt Brittany

     So great to finally meet ya’ll :)

  • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

    Right back atcha, babe!! You are awesome :)

  • http://www.losingtheshadow.com Jen

    I went to another blogging conference, SheCon but I should have gone to Fitblogging!

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Next year, Jen!! You must come :)

  • http://fallingoutofplace.blogspot.com susan

     I am so sad I couldn’t go. I will rework my future schedule and budget to make it happen next time.  In place of going – I got to hike some awesome trails.  We packed a picnic and took off to a local national park and local metro park.   So while you guys were rockin zumba and getting to run a 5k together – I was getting my own fitness on ;) 

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      I’m sad you couldn’t be there, but I’m so glad you got out and didn’t something fun and active. Way to go, Susan :)

  • Anonymous

    You girls are all so cute!
    This weekend, I spent time with family and took a two hour yoga class. My muscles are still sore!

    • Anonymous

      woot!! Two hours?? Awesome! -lissa

  • Anonymous

    I was really bummed I couldn’t come to Fitbloggin, BUT alas, I lived vicariously through all of you that attended! The photos, the updates and twitterchatter were all great. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip to B’more. It was a gorgeous weekend to be here and out & about. We went to a hot air balloon festival Friday night, Wine in the Woods Saturday, and then a full Sunday afternoon of being outside while watching my son, husband and friends fish (no, I took pics, no fishing for me)! So glad the weather held out for a change.

    • http://www.whereverimaywander.com Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      You are the winner!!!! Email me your address: melissa@shrinkingjeans.net

      • Anonymous

        Thanks so much!! Sending it now! 

  • Anonymous

    What did I do?? I sat around and watched all of you guys tweet about the wonderfulness of FitBloggin’ and did some reorganization that was definitely needed in my house! I also watched it rain BUCKETS!! I did manage to workout with my Nike Training Club app both nights, so the weekend wasn’t totally inactive!!
    Next year I’m gonna make sure I get to go…

  • Anonymous

    What did I do?? I sat around and watched all of you guys tweet about the wonderfulness of FitBloggin’ and did some reorganization that was definitely needed in my house! I also watched it rain BUCKETS!! I did manage to workout with my Nike Training Club app both nights, so the weekend wasn’t totally inactive!!
    Next year I’m gonna make sure I get to go…

  • http://twitter.com/2WhlEgr The2WheeledEngineer

    I stayed home to watch the kiddos so my wife @colormeroo could go to fitbloggin.

    • Anonymous

      And we are SO glad you did!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      Christy Mensi
      Founder/Editor
      The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
      http://shrinkingjeans.net
      @shrinkingjeans
      @reallifeadv

  • http://dabblingaway.com/ Amanda

    Unfortunately, I had to work all weekend.  I also spent lots of time reading the live blogs from FitBloggin’.

  • http://twitter.com/TrishB Trish

    First let me thank you & those I don’t know that attended Fitbloggin, I followed the hashtag the whole time and you made me feel like I was there. It was awesome & felt the love! I have a mission to go next year! Thursday & Friday were normal around here, kids had school hubz had work. Saturday I joined a friend of mine and did the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. Our Team DE Bloggers for Babies raised $785 for our walk. I took my 6 yr old son and it was amazing! Sunday I cut the grass with a push mower and got more miles in. And today I did the 5k Fitbloggin run at home. This made me feel like I was part of the action you all had when you did the 5k in Baltimore and I was proud that I finished it! I have been inspired and moved more times than I can count, during SJ’s time a Fitbloggin I can’t thank you enough! I am still visiting blogs and reading Tweets. Next year I will do more than try to be there. I want to experience this family in person! XOXO!

  • http://plainolegrandmaislosingit.wordpress.com/ Adah

    I spent the weekend doing laundry and cleaning..then Sunday was spent with my wonderful grandkids! Thanks for “taking” us all to Fit Bloggin with you guys by way of twitter.  

  • Nancy

    If I can enter, I was in Chicago covering the Self magazine Workout in the Park.  I am sure that your swag was way better than mine.

  • tami q

    After two weeks of nonstop going (soccer tournament and end of school year activities), I did absolutely nothing this weekend!

  • Anonymous

    Looks so fun! This weekend I ran 15 miles in the rain, followed that with 2 1/2 hours in the cold wind watching my son play soccer.  Sunday was mowing, weeding, chocolate chip cookies and a stare down with a certain 2 year old (mommy won!).

  • http://nearlyhereorthere.blogspot.com Dorothy

    I had an awesome weekend of exercise & cleaning house.  It was so beautiful outside, I couldn’t keep myself inside and just sat on the porch and sipped coffee too :)

  • Almasdays

    this weekend tried my best to stay on track while attending a birthday party for a 1 year old and cleaning house! very exciting, huh?

  • Colleenzo

    This weekend, I got dirty, sweaty, and almost-eloctrocutedy while installing a new dishwasher. 

  • Jack Sh*t

    You did a great job on your panel. I don’t think anybody noticed that one time when you passed out for 10 minutes… ;)

    • Anonymous

      Shew! Good thing! Thanks for being there, Mr. Sh*t :)

      Christy Mensi
      Founder/Editor
      The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
      http://shrinkingjeans.net
      @shrinkingjeans
      @reallifeadv

  • http://shepdogg.blogspot.com/ Tirah

    I was upset I wasn’t able to go to Fitbloggin’ this year but I’m already planning to go next year. This weekend was a world wind for me with a close friend losing her father, my nephew getting really sick and running him to the ER and seeing Pirate’s 4. At least it wasn’t all bad right.

  • http://nothingbutchatter.blogspot.com/ kiminia

    AWE MAN!!! WHAT A BLAST!!!

    what did I do last weekend? ummm found out that I can run faster & further than my 17 y/o cousin-WHOOOT! as we carried out a Saturday morning 3 mile run :)

  • http://nothingbutchatter.blogspot.com/ kiminia

    AWE MAN!!! WHAT A BLAST!!!

    what did I do last weekend? ummm found out that I can run faster & further than my 17 y/o cousin-WHOOOT! as we carried out a Saturday morning 3 mile run :)

  • Anonymous

    I owe you more than you can possibly know. Thank you for getting me to Fitbloggin – it was really one of the best weekends ever.  I may have even learned a thing or two!

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  • http://smartstrongsexy.blogspot.com Brooke F

    we gave my dad the best 60th birthday party ever! :)  so while i hated i couldn’t come, i had a very good weekend.  oh and did i mention a 5K PR??

  • http://swanvalleytammi.blogspot.com/ LaughingLady (ValleyGirl)

    My parents took us on a 2-day road trip with hiking, waterfalls, and swimming!  Of course, with the kids along, the hikes weren’t long, but it was good to move ~ and do something out of the ordinary!

  • http://www.crazyadventuresinparenting.com/ LisaCrazyAdventuresinParenting

    I would have loved to have gone to have met you (finally) and to hang with my girls. Sigh.

  • http://misslofly.blogspot.com Misslofly

    Fitbloggin’ sounds like it would be sooo fun!! I hope that someday I can make it to one. I’m really still a newbie when it comes to blogging and the weight loss community, so it seems like something that I should look forward to.

  • Rose

    running and cleaning