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BlogFest [Day 1] – new friends, role-models & happy hour!

Hello!! I am back from California, barely got home and I’m getting ready to leave again! My friends have been joking that for the amount of times I have been in Cali this summer I just need to move there…it’s kinda true. At least for the months of July and August, I should have just gotten a temporary rental 😛    In the midst of preparing to leave, I want to share with you all my experience that I had at IDEA World fitness conference and BlogFest with SweatPink!

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Let me just start by saying that it was AMAZING – so much more than I could have ever imagined. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go and connect with many other fitness professionals and bloggers.

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I was so incredibly blessed to have the MOST awesome roommate – Katie aka SkinnyMinnie. She is a bikini competitor and was on prep the whole time we were in Cali. I bring food with me when I travel, but when you are a bikini competitor, its a whole other level. I have so much admiration for her and her hard work. She has an awesome e-book with recipes that you guys should check out on her blog!

I arrived in Cali on Wednesday. Katie and I actually ended up arriving in LA at the same time! So we were able to get to know each other on the shuttle ride to the hotel/convention center in Anaheim. We had only ever texted before that, so I was kinda nervous about meeting in person, but as soon as we met and started chatting, we really hit it off!

Once we got to the hotel, Katie went to go get a lift in, and I went exploring around the convention center. That place was huge! I checked in for the conference, got a huge goodie bag, and then went back to the room. I was trying to figure out where a grocery store was so that I could stock the huge fridge we had in our hotel room when my college friend Ari came to pick me up. She was in the area that day and we were able to see each other! I was so grateful that I got to see her along with a few other college friends. We had dinner in Downtown Disney (that place is overwhelming)

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Downtown Disney – Lego version of Beauty & the Beast

and Ari so graciously took me to the grocery store. I picked up somethings for Katie and I, and went back to the room to get to sleep as early as possible as the next day was starting early at 6am!

The first day was a lot of fun, but it was also long! It felt like 2 days, but it was only one. I got up to go for a run early at 6am before BlogFest officially started. blogfest3I am still training for the half-marathon in October and being in California was certainly not an excuse to skip a run. It was a beautiful morning blogfest4

I met up with some other people who were attending BlogFest while I was running and made some new running friends. I am used to running by myself so I was a little nervous about running with others, but it was so much fun! runblog

This pic is from PavementRunner who organized the group run that morning. He is also the king of selfies!!

After changing my clothes, I got a coffee for Katie and I (we can’t live without coffee, she is a girl after my own heart) and headed over to the convention center for YOGA! It was so amazing to have 2 workouts completed before 8am. LOVED it. After the yoga session, we got started with the learning part of BlogFest and who better to kick it off than LORNA JANE herself!!!

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I was dying inside, I could not believe that I was in the same room as this inspiring woman! I was obsessed with her clothing already (check it out HERE) and also love her #movenourishbelieve philosophy.  It was so awesome to hear her speak on it LIVE and in person. If you are not familiar with her or her activewear, basically she is like the Lululemon of Australia. I hate to even compare her to Lululemon because the quality and fit of the clothes is so much better, and the person behind the business has a different outlook as well.

After we heard from some other bloggers, we had opening ceremonies where we heard Diana Nyad’s inspiring story as well as the story of Augie Nieto (which made me tear up). Talk about people who #nevergiveup!!! I was reminded during them sharing their stories why I love fitness. Not only does it transform you on the outside, it also transforms you on the inside. Plus the longevity and liveliness that fitness gives you keeps you young! I truly believe that fitness makes me a better wife, better sister and a better friend. I’m in a better mood when I workout on a regular basis, and I have become so much more disciplined.

ANYWAY – back to blogging…. after the very inspiring opening ceremonies, the HUGE expo hall opened! Holy cow was that place overwhelming. I walked in the door and the first booth I saw was Lorna Jane! (surprise surprise) I high-tailed it over there, and did plenty of shopping. I bought a few pieces that I had been eyeing online, and finally was able to see in person! We don’t have a store here in Seattle, so I always had to do all my shopping in California. Well, the girls at the booth told me the Seattle store is going to be opening in a few weeks! I CANNOT WAIT! I will be sure to post more about that here on the blog 😀  I got to meet Lorna, take my picture with her, and even have a conversation with her.blogfest_LORNA I told her how much I admired her and her husband and the business that they have built together.  The first time I visited a Lorna Jane store was last November, and I have been in love ever since. I also told her that I really admire the move, nourish, believe philosophy that she shares with the world. I am a #MNB girl at heart and it was so cool to meet her! (and of course the Aussie accent is to die for!)

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yoga and piyo are a big part of how I live out the “move” part of the MNB lifestyle

I hung out at the booth a little bit longer and chatted with some of the girls working. The crazy part is I saw one of girls who helped me in the Lorna Jane store when I was in San Diego a few weeks ago. She remembered me! Crazy small world. I love my fellow MNB girls, and I can’t wait for the Lorna Jane store to open here!

I spent some more time walking around the expo hall, and then returned to sessions with other bloggers to learn all about how to be successful at blogging and share your passion. After that was over, I got to do PiYo with CHALENE JOHNSON herself!

blogfest_chaleneKatie and I were front and center. It was so cool to get to do this workout with her live! For those of you who don’t know, PiYo is one of the workouts that I am certified in for group fitness. To be able to take a class that I am certified in and see how the creator herself cues people and leads the class was amazing. Not to mention it was a killer workout! I haven’t sweat that much doing PiYo in a LONG time. Loved it!

After PiYo (which was the 3rd workout of the day) we headed back to the room to freshen up for the SweatPink happy hour!

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At happy hour we got to meet and talk with several big names in the fitness and wellness industry. We also were able to have some fun with a photo booth provided by Propel, IMG_7110 and make new friends & network with other bloggers. 

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Athena and Nicole – tall girls unite!blogfest9And here I am again with PavementRunner

After we finished up at happy hour (and yes there really was beer and wine) Katie and I were famished, so we headed over to have dinner at a restaurant at the Hilton. They had a great menu which had lots of healthy options. Katie and I shared a shrimp & avocado cocktail, and I had a shrimp salad for dinner.

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It was a great first day, so much more than I ever imagined. I got to meet 2 of my role-models (Chalene and Lorna), get my sweat on with my new #fitfriends that are also bloggers and learn a ton.

Tomorrow I will share with you what the rest of the IDEA experience was like, so stay tuned! You won’t want to miss it!

Stay Sweet!
XOXO
Sarah

 

#sweet150challenge PRINTABLE!

How many of you are participating in the #sweet150challenge on Instagram with me??? (if you aren’t on Instagram, you can participate just by commenting below this post with your progress!)

If you don’t know what the #sweet150challenge is, it is running, walking or jogging 150 miles by August 31st! I know it may sound daunting, but it is totally doable. Even if you are getting a late start, do not give up! You may surprise yourself.

As I was telling my friend the other day, any miles that you walk count! Whether it is at an amusement park, out sightseeing on the weekend, or purposeful exercise, the point is to get out and move! This challenge came about as I am training for my first half marathon (in October) and I wanted to make it fun!

It works out to 3 miles a day, 5 days a week. Of course you can walk more or less each day, but you will be surprised how fast the miles add up! AND — even if you only make it to 75 miles, or 100 miles by the end of August, that is more that you may have done without participating in the challenge! It’s all about pushing ourselves to be better than we were yesterday.

Use this printable that I created to keep track of your miles! I can’t wait to see what progress you make! Remember to use the hashtag #sweet150challenge on Instagram so I can see your posts and follow along with you!

xoxo – Sarah

Here is the link to the printable again: #sweet150challenge_printable

 

Post-Holiday Weekend “Aftermath”

How many of you feel “bad” for things that you did or ate this last 4th of July weekend?? Did you over-indulge on something or skip a workout?

Guess what??? We are all human!!!
Did you enjoy this last weekend? If you enjoyed yourself, cut yourself  a little slack. If there is something that you can learn from the mistake that you made, reflect on it, learn from it and move on! Get back on track today and make the commitment to yourself to not let something from a few days ago continue to bother you.

As far as holiday weekends go, this 4th of July weekend overall wasn’t too bad for me. I have had much worse in the past.  However, I am guilty of feeling “bad” about something I ate and lecturing myself for not being able to get myself under control quicker.
The reality is, as I reminded myself, we only live once, and the french fries that I told myself I wasn’t going to eat but had a few of anyway will NOT affect me for the negative if I dont let them. I chose to eat them, so I ate them. Done and over! As I said previously, in reflecting on the weekend, it really wasn’t all that bad. For some reason, we are able to over exaggerate the circumstances in our head and make it into a much bigger guilt-trip for ourselves than necessary.
There is no need to beat ourselves up so much for things we chose to do. As I said earlier, learn from the choice (whether good or bad lesson) and move on.

I love this video posted by one of my #fitfriends and inspirations, Betty Rocker (aka: Bre). She is super fit, full of knowledge and has really motivated me in my journey. This video really hit home for me when I was reflecting on this weekend. There are so many great points – it’s a must watch! (it’s not Monday, but just humor me) Enjoy!

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Who wants to join me in the #sweet150challenge !?!

I recently started training for my first half marathon in October 2014, and I wanted to make the training plan FUN! Running is mentally hard for me, so the more fun I can make it, the better.

The #sweet150challenge is running, walking or jogging 150 miles by August 31st. If you are walking or running 5 days a week, this averages out to 3 miles a day.  If you are training for a half marathon then you may rest certain days and run higher mileage on other days. The point is, this is NOT just for people training for a race. With the weather being nice, its a great chance to get outside and get some miles it. If 3 miles is too much to do at once, you could break it up into 1 mile 3 times a day, or 1.5 miles twice a day… you get the idea!

I hope you will join me in this challenge – make sure to use the hashtag #sweet150challenge so I can see you pictures on Instagram.  150 miles is no joke, and what a fun way to reach some fitness goals and be more active this summer!

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xoxo – Sarah

How to Pick the Right Workout Program

A turning point for me in my fitness journey was when I found the right workout program for me. I used to think the only thing I could do was go to the gym – use the cardio machines, take a spin class and/or lift weights.  I had been on my fitness journey for a long time when I realized that I wasn’t loving the exercise I was doing.

There is nothing wrong with going to the gym and doing all of those things if you LOVE doing that and are very passionate about it. The problem for me was, it didn’t motivate me. It didn’t make me want to get up out of bed everyday and high-tail it to the gym. I got bored easily and felt like working out was a chore. However, since I have found a program that I truly LOVE, working out is no longer a chore. I look forward to it every day, and the results speak for themselves.  Of course the most fit person is going to have days where they do not feel like working out; however, this feeling is much more seldom  now that I found a workout program that  motivates me to give it my all and push myself each and every day.

There are many other forms of cardio and even strength training that are not boring and mundane. I actually got in better cardiovascular condition by NOT using the cardio machines at the gym! Crazy-cool huh?!?

I want to share this information with you because it changed my fitness journey remarkably. Do you enjoy the workout program that you are currently doing? Is it giving you results? Are you bored? Maybe you are just starting your fitness journey and want to find the perfect workout! Whatever the case may be, this information will be helpful to you.

Fill out this short QUESTIONNAIRE  and watch my video below with my tips on how to pick the RIGHT workout for you!

Let’s make “gettin our sweat on” fun!!