My Fitbloggin 14 Recap – Fun, Fitness, Friends & Bacon!

Fitbloggin 14 Recap

Another Fitbloggin under my belt. This one was #3 and it was held in Savannah, GA. We were quite lucky to have reasonably good weather. I did not feel like I was going to melt every time I stepped outside (which is what I expected). Here are my highlights:

Ice breakers

This event was hosted by Alan Sweating Until Happy. He did a great job! The game where we had to match a shoe to a person was entertaining. As an introvert, I live for ice breakers. I am shy to just walk up to people, even if I sort of know them online.

Fitbloggin 14 Recap

Sponsors

We had some great sponsors hosting informative tables with lots of yummy samples and swag. I LOVED the daily smoothies made by the folks from Nutribullet. The avocado folks taught me that I can make blueberries muffins with avocados. Who knew? They were amazing! The folks from California Almonds had some great treats to share including a make-your-own trail mix bar. The folks from Chia Bar had some great samples as well. My dog is thrilled to receive the great treats I brought home from the Rachel Ray Nutrish booth. I also learned some great new tips from the folks at Shareasale. I am mad at Walgreens for not giving me a Fitbit. Just kidding! They provided some great information throughout the conference.

Thanks also to Caty and Marjani from Our Skinny for joining a few of us for a lovely lunch. It was great to have some locals walk us around the city a bit. 

Fitbloggin 14 Recap

Run Disney and Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports

These folks sponsored our first lunch and brought Coach Mickey along as a special guest. The toddlers went wild! Although it’s been around for a while, I was not aware of the Disney ESPN sports complex. Check it out for great events for adults as well as kids. I’ve always wanted to try a Run Disney event. The registration for the Princess Run is coming up so I’ll keep an eye on that. I know my daughter would love to join me.

Favorite Sessions

There were a lot of great sessions, but these were my favorites. I’ve linked to the Live Blogging notes (where available) in the title of each session.

Small Group Discussion: The Introvert’s Guide to Blogging, led by Jessica Humphrey – What a great way for a bunch of introverts to be in a room together and actually talk. We learned more about all of the positive things that introverts have to offer.

Small Group Discussion: How Very Pinteresting!, led by Steph Calvert – With Pinterest the top referral site to my blog, I wanted to learn even more about making Pinterest work for me.

Small Group Discussion: Taking your Smartphone Video to the Next Level, led By Andre Smith – Andre did a great job. I already downloaded iMovie on my iPhone and I’m playing around with creating my next video. Hope you approve Dre!

Small Group Discussion: How To Pitch Brands for Ambassadorships & Sponsorships, led by Margo Donohue – Margo once again provided her genius insights about working with brands. This was a very informative discussion.

Presentation: Media Kits and More: The Art of Being Booked, led byKaty Widrick – I am a HUGE fan of Katy and her presentations. She provided great information and inspiration. I’m working on my new press kit this week.

Fitbloggin 14 Recap

Favorite Workouts:

PiYo + Insanity with Kat & Katy – sorry Kia, I was not up for a 6am workout. For Zumba I had another session on my list. No scheduling a Zumba conflict next year Roni! I had not worked out in a while, but PiYo and Insanity (modified) was a great way for me to get back into more intense movement. Both Kat and Katy have such great enthusiasm. It was contagious.

Fitbloggin 14 Recap

Fitbloggin fun run 5K – Alan and I served as accountability partners to make sure we got out of bed and ran. We did a 30-30 interval through the streets of Savannah. It was just lovely and a perfect pace for me. Thanks Alan!

Other Favorites:

Ignite Keynote – The “how to screw a sneaker” was priceless. Andre also needs to send us all a recording of his Fitbloggin song. All of the presentations were funny or touching  as well.

Fitbloggin 14 Recap
Beignets are little pillows of Heaven!

Savannah eats – Holy cow, I think you can gain 10 pounds in a week in Savannah. I wanted to try local food so my diet sort of went out the window. Fitbloggin did not help with the final night of ridiculously amazing local sweets for dessert. I tried southern crab cakes, beignets, fried green tomatoes and more! Thanks also to Roni for making sure the hotel had some great bacon. I don’t think any bacon will measure up to what we had in Portland, but it was still good.

Fitbloggin 14 Recap
Thanks for being a great roomie Shalama!

Meeting great people – Fitbloggin never fails to allow me to meet terrific people from all over the country. Shout out to some of my new blogging friends:

Shalama (Views From Here), Stephanie (Food and Fitness 4 Real), Markita (SweshFit), Kristi (Becoming Supersonic), Jennifer & Kathrine (It Sux to be Fat)

Final tip if you are coming to Fitbloggin 15 – In Denver. Woop!

Bring layers. The a/c is freezing! Great for workouts, not so great for everyday summer clothes. Too many people were not prepared. Be prepared people! 😉

Fitbloggin 14 Recap
Layers Peeps!

Jenn

Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. shalama jackson

    Fitbloggin was great. I came home with lots of tips and homework. Looking forward to next year in Denver as well.

  2. Kelly Hutchinson

    This looks like a great event and Savannah is one of my favorite cities.

  3. Cinny

    I had no clue that even existed…that would be awesome!

  4. Lauren

    Great recap! I really liked the Insanity/Piyo class too. All of your favorite sessions, I didn’t seem to make it to-thank goodness for liveblogs. How did I miss those beignets?! Thanks for linking up today!

  5. Bari

    Awesome tips and takeaways. Savannah was great – crossing my fingers that I can make it to Denver.

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