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BlogFest Lightning Round Swag Bag! {AMRAP Bar GIVEAWAY!}

I feel so fortunate to have been chosen to speak at the IDEA World Fitness BlogFest with SweatPink! I’m so touched that many if you voted to help make it possible!

I’m going to share my presentation in the near future, but first…

The Swag Bag!

Not only did we have an amazing swag bag as Lightning Round Speakers, but our swag was in one of the most awesome bags I own!!

Fivesse

Fivesse awesome gym bag and perfect for yoga

Fivesse makes some of the most beautiful bags, but they are also incredibly functional gym bags! There is a large duffle that many of the other presenters chose, but I picked the smaller bag because it is so adorable! I don’t currently take a yoga class, but this bag would be perfect because it has straps to hold a mat on the back.

Speaking of yoga mats…

Aspen Yoga Mats

Aspen Yoga Mat

These mats are awesome! I love the size, color, and personalization. I couldn’t be happier with the color they selected for me! According to the tag, orange symbolizes excitement, warmth, and enthusiasm. Now I just need a yoga class to use my Aspen yoga Mat.

Kooshoo headbands!

Kooshoo headband

This headband is so beautiful and soft! It’s one of those bands that is thicker with a bit of a twist in the fabric, so it’s a little intimidating to a fashionably-challenged person such as myself. Fortunately the tag tells me I can visit kooshoo.com for ways to wear my Kooshoo band. Also, a percent of the proceeds are donated to charity, which is always a bonus!

Pace Bands

Half Marathon Pink Paceband

I was so excited about this one. I had originally set me goal of a half marathon by October, but I sure didn’t get much if a chance to train this busy summer. However, I got the Half a Marathon Pace Band with a nice, slow pace. I may still have to go for it – it is the Biggest Loser Run/Walk after all, I could for sure make it is I walks the majority. Now I have an awesome motivator and reminder of that goal!

AMRAP Bars

AMRAP Bars Review

Ok, here’s what you’ve been waiting for! We got an awesome shirt and three AMRAP (aka. as many rounds as possible) bars to try. I had already agreed to review the bars for Sweat Pink, so this was a perfect chance to try them a bit early.

I’m so in love with these bars! Especially since they have awesome, whole ingredients – gotta love a super short list where you can recognize and pronounce each and every one!

AMRAP Cashew Vanilla bar

The first bar I had to try was the Cashew Vanilla. I had to hold off on it for a while because it has over 300 calories and I haven’t had the time to burn enough calories to consume that one lately – and who can stop at just half??? But it was worth the wait!! Mmm… I can still taste it… This was by far my favorite! I also completely enjoyed the Fig Cocao and Almond Honey – they all taste great and have such simple and wonderful ingredients.

Here is the best part… I have the awesome opportunity to give them away to… Wait for it…

THREE winners!!

Each winner (open to US and Canada) will have the chance to choose an 8-pack of AMRAP bars in the flavor of their choice (Cashew Vanilla, Almond Honey, or Fig Cacao)

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IDEA World BlogFest with Sweat Pink {I’m comin’ for ya!}

I guarantee you I was one of the first people registered for IDEA World BlogFest with SweatPink. I jumped on that opportunity so fast it left my whole family stunned! I’m a very frugal lady who either never spends money or doesn’t spend it without taking A LOT of time to think about it, but when that first email came out I talked it over with my mom and husband and decided to go for it that day!

IDEA World Fitness BlogFest with Sweat Pink

I cannot wait!

I’m so happy I signed up so fast because I also jumped at the chance to speak during the BlogFest Lightning Round and, thanks to you guys, I was chosen! I’m so excited for this chance because I will get the opportunity to introduce myself to every amazing person in that room all at one time!

Now, if only all my practice could get that presentation to cover all I want to say in five minutes without sounding like an auctioneer!

Blogfest lightning round

I also would feel a lot more calm if my packing was done and I felt confident I had everything I need. I’ve got my lists, did some shopping, and think I have a decent idea but I really hope I don’t forget something!

I also hope the fact that I left my shoes in the splash pad parking lot today for someone else to enjoy isn’t an indication that I have too much in my head to get any one thing right!

We have so many exciting opportunities available to us that week! Not only do we get to meet some amazing people, but we will learn so much and leave feeling completely empowered and ready to conquer the world. I most look forward to that feeling and how high I’ll be flying before I get back to reality of a SAHM of a 1 and 3 year old who works part-time from home and will be losing her nanny a week later…

The keynote speaker is Jillian Michaels, we will learn about building our brand with Cassie Ho from Blogilates, and we get to workout with Tony Horton! Besides all of that, everyone in attendance will be amazing bloggers who I have looked up to for the past year!

I can’t wait to meet the Fit Approach ladies – they are all so sweet and I’m sure they will be in person! They’re also having a meet and greet with Lorna Jane! She is so inspiring and I’ve gotten so much out of the Lorna Jane Challenges.

Speaking of challenges, this past week Sweat Pink and Lorna Jane began the #activelivingchallenge. I’ve been joining in each day with photos and have loved seeing everyone else post as well. That meet-and-greet will go along with this challenge, which is so exciting! If you’re not going to BlogFest you can still participate in the challenge and be in the running for a Lorna Jane gift card. Come follow me on Instagram and find out what all these photos are about!

#activelivingchallenge

If it isn’t extremely apparent – I feel like a hyper little poodle with all these exclamation points! – I’m pretty excited!

I’ve been looking forward to this for months now and can’t believe it’s only days away. I’m ready to be back in CA, and I can’t believe I’ve been twice this year! The last trip was a dream and I know this one will be great! I’m so ready to meet all the other Sweat Pink Ambassadors who will be there! I feel so fortunate to represent DietBetter while I am there – they have done so much for me personally with my weight loss and professionally supporting me and believing in me. I’m also very excited to support Amy with Momentum Jewelry at the Expo – it is such a small world that we live just minutes away from each other and will be meeting in California! It’s going to be amazing!

 

 

So, who will be at BlogFest??? And who will be wishing they were! I’ll keep you posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 

 

My “Ah-Ha” Moment(s)

When it comes to my health, I have had two “ah-ha” moments.

Ah-ha!

My weight has always fluctuated, but in my second semester of grad school I realized it was greatly affecting my life. I was in my prime, had amazing friends in school, was in a great college town, and I was living like a hermit in my apartment. I was doing well in classes and a lot of my time was spent studying that first year, but each time a social situation arose I panicked. I was not at all comfortable in my skin and rarely wanted to see anyone outside of class.

That was my first “ah-ha” moment.

I could not continue to live that way. I wanted to enjoy myself fully in school, I wanted to meet someone and have a family some day, I wanted to be able to put the best first impression out there to anyone I came across professionally. I couldn’t do that with the way I felt about myself.

[Insert “before” picture, except that I avoided pictures like the plague.]

During the next year I became a regular at group classes at the rec, joined Weight Watchers online and found a system of tracking that worked well for me, and I lost 50lbs during the next year.

Fast forward from 2008 when I graduated to 2013 when I now had a house, a husband, two kids, and a step-daughter…

My second “ah-ha” moment came when My daughter was 6 months old.

After the two kids I was at a much higher weight than I had been before, and my biggest concern was making sure they never struggled like I did. I fed them all the right foods and had to make sure they were watching me do all the right things as well.

I now had a family to take care of and no way of doing things the way I had in school. I wasn’t interested in doing things as I had before either. Sure, I lost weight, but I was a student living alone and ate meals that consisted of an entire head of cauliflower and a 100 calorie pack. That wasn’t the example I wanted to set.

Weight loss progress

I’ve learned so much in the year I have found the blogging world. Some of the women I have met are amazing and truly inspirational. I have slowly changed my habits, lost just over 50lbs again, been amazed at the fact that I enjoy running when I couldn’t run more than a minute last year, and have watched all these changes rub off on my 1 and 2 year olds.

My kids will pick a snack of cucumbers over most others any day. They always ask to go running with Mom. I even had to buy them some 1lb weights so they can workout with me!

Fit kids

My biggest accomplishment in life has been making these changes for them. It may be difficult at times, but they deserve all my efforts and more. I can’t wait to watch them grow up and do all I can to facilitate a healthy lifestyle and give them all the tools I can to live a happy healthy life!

If you’re interested in what I’ve done differently this time around and what has helped the stat-at-home-momma to be successful, I wrote about it in a post called “My Weight Loss Story and What is Working for Me.”

Be sure to share your “ah-ha” moment at the #blogfest #sweatpink Twitter party tonight at 7pm CST (also follow @fitapproach and @IDEAfit), and you could win a ticket to BlogFest or a SweatPink yoga mat! Also, if you’re going to BlogFest, even if you’re not, You can hear me present my story during the BlogFest a Lightning Round by voting for my proposal, “Blogging Helped Me Lose 50lbs.” Voting ends tonight at midnight and I would love this support for this amazing opportunity!!

Blogfest lightning round

Can you relate to either of my “ah-ha” moments?

What was your “ah-ha” moment?