Blogfest by Sweat Pink was hosted at the Idea World Fitness convention last week in downtown Los Angeles and I was fortunate enough to be invited as a blogger attendee. They invited the top fitness bloggers from across the country and I some how managed to sneak on that list! Shhhh don’t tell them. There were 4 other Dallas Fitness Ambassador bloggers going as well, so once we all knew we were going we started the planning process.
In the beginning of planning I was so excited to attend Blogfest and was just a little nervous about Idea World. Anxiety has a way of doing that. Things were going so smooth. We found an amazing condo that could fit all of us and save a huge amount of money. Nerves were staying at bay. Then life happened. Months were passing and everything under the sun was happening. Multiple moves, changing jobs, things changing with ELP and self confidence going down the drain! Time became a thing of the past and I started to think I wasn’t meant to blog. The worst part was I was starting to believe that fitness wasn’t my fortay. The week before leaving I contemplated so many times to just not go. I found every excuse under the sun. Money, fear, even took on 4 foster pups. But I sucked it up and told myself if nothing else it would be a life lesson! And I would be finally meeting a new internet friend, Alexis.
Now to the part you wanna hear about. Blogfest was hosted by Sweat Pink. I had never heard of them prior to this trip. (Crazy how I even got selected right!) The conference was being held coinciding with Idea World Fitness Convention so I was going to be able to attend both. 4 days of blogging tips and tricks by some of the greatest minds in the fitness world mixed with celebrity workouts and brands galore. I was a nervous wreck. Would I fit in? Would I be able to keep up? Can you tell I was nervous?
Day 1 was fully booked. The day started with registration where we got the most amazing swag bag that was full to the brim. With not much time we walked to breakfast sponsored by General Mills and had some cereal and milk with fruit and Siggi’s yogurt. From there the group walked over to our room and got started with our first class. Tips to working with brands. Representatives from Siggi’s, GymGo and Vital Proteins were there talking on what they look for and how to go about approaching their representatives to work with them. It was one of my favorite presentations. They presented it as a Q & A style panel and dove right in. I loved it. No stone was left unturned.
From there we walked over to the Marriot Hotel for the Keynote speakers and the fitness awards. I am not usually one for motivational speeches but this was absolutely needed. The speakers ranged from an inspirational story by Amy Van Dyken all the way to a guide for success principles from Jack Canfield. Tony Horton even did push ups with Elaine Lalanne. By the end of the speeches I was pumped and ready to take on the rest of the trip.
Thursday went on with more presentations, lunch and tons of great snacks. We learned how to properly photograph food and to not be embarrased to get the perfect shot in public. Ryan Lee taught us the importance of sending that email everyday and Katie Dunlop taught us that snapchat and youtube are great ways to build your tribe! By the end of the day my brain was fried. I was running on just 4 hours of sleep so when the day was over, I was done.
Somehow I gathered enough energy to take a shower, put on a dress and headed out to Pump by Lisa Vanderpump. All I will say about it is this; the food was amazing, it is beautifully decorated, it’s much smaller in person than on TV, and the servers are cute in their fitted pink tops. Bedtime came very easily that night!
Friday was a new day. Not as much packed into the day but I was a nervous wreck. I knew that after lunch I had a one on one interview with Vital Proteins! That morning I was running a little late and missed breakfast but luckily they do not skimp on snacks so during our first session I was able to snack away on some Siggi’s yogurt and granola while Jenna Wolfe told us to grab life by the balls and go for it. Amanda Tress taught us the importance of Facebook live. I learned so much on content marketing that I think I could write a very small ebook.
After that we ran downstairs into the Expo hall and did an intense workout with Gunnar Peterson. I survived, popped my knee pretty bad but I am proud of myself.
Fortunately, lunch followed and was sponosered by Morning Star. I was pleasantly surprised because I was starving! I am not a vegetarian and typically prefer meat with my meals but the meal was very filling and I did not leave wanting more.
After lunch we had a presentation by Melissa Hartwig (yup her hair and all) about being a thought leader. She was on a strict time line and that women can talk! I took in every word like a sponge. From there we worked on some peer reviews and this was by far my favorite part. There is something so refreshing about getting honest feedback from other bloggers and leaders in our industry. Let’s just say the look of ELP will be changing again because I got some great advice that I want to implement.
Then it was time for the one on one’s with the brands and I am so excited about how things went. More on that to come very soon! I know, I hate it when people do that too. After that we got a little break to walk the expo hall before running back to the condo to change and run back to the convention center for the networking happy hour. It was crazy to see some of the ladies in real clothes since we had all been in workout gear the entire time so far. Getting to talk to everyone and really get to know them was pretty awesome! There were some appetizers and drinks but we wanted real food. So what does a fitness blogger do after a networking event at a fitness convention? They go to Fatburger! Don’t judge, we don’t have them here in Texas and boy was it worth it!
Saturday quickly made it’s appearance and I knew that there was a lot to do. It started with a workout with Jillian Micheals! You read that correctly, THE Jillian Micheals. She is an amazing motivator. She has you laughing while you cry because things are so intense but she is just so funny and real. I wish she could push me during every workout.
After that workout we went to a mash up workout with beachbody live! SO MUCH FUN! Everyone there was having a blast. The girls from Sweat Pink were a hoot too! It was the last Blogfest gathering during the the convention so it was kind of sentimental. In just 3 days I felt like these girls were now sisters and I was going to miss hanging out with them. Being with them I never felt judged or looked at with a side eye for being a plus size girl in a fitness world. (Any one else singing Barbie Girl in their head now?) Needless to say, I will never forget them.
After that workout I was ready to take a break so I headed back to the condo for a quick shower then took my niece out for her birthday and grabbed some SUSHI! So good. It is crazy to think that my cheapest meal in California would have been the most expensive meal here in Dallas. Totally worth it and I got to spend some time with my niece on her actual 18th birthday. I felt pretty special.
After lunch I headed back up to the Expo and waited for Alexis to finish up her classes. She is a beast! She did Jillian Micheals, Beachbody live, a 2 hour yoga class and then finished it with a course on trigger point foam rolling. So when she said she wanted to run out to dinner I was blown away and I was not about to argue. If asian cuisine is what she wanted I was sure going to make sure she got it. Japanese was the final decision and it was devine! Saturday was my last full day so after dinner all I wanted to do get packed up and ready for Sunday. It was already super late and we had to be out of the condo by 10 am. I know what your going to to say and no I did not want to go out and enjoy the LA night life. The back of my eyelids is all I wanted to see!
Sunday was my last day in California and I was going to spend it with my niece. We tidied the condo and gathered our things and Alexis, Mai Lyn and I took a very quick Uber to my niece Kristin’s gorgeous apartment to drop our luggage off and then another quick Uber to Grand Central Market for brunch at Eggslut. Grand Central Market is so cute. It was the first part of Los Angeles that I really felt was beautiful. The small market with fresh fruits and vegetables, the counter selling whole or cut seafood, a bakery with fresh rolls and bread and even an amazing smelling pupuseria. Small open concept counter restaurants were everywhere and coffee as far as the eye could see. Kristin wanted Eggslut so Eggslut she got. The lined wrapped around the building and people were talking about how much they wanted to try it. If you go to LA and can only go to one place, go to Grand Central Market, wait in the line, and eat at Eggslut!
The rest of the morning was perfect. We hung out by the pool and just talked until it was time to head to the airport. There was no other way I would have wanted to spend the day.
So now I am back home and replaying the weekend in my head. Before leaving for Blogfest I was thinking about quitting. The self doubt and fear of failure that had embedded itself in my brain was making me believe that I was not good enough. Not good enough to blog, not good enough to be an influencer in the fitness world. I truly thought that it was time to give up on that dream. Now I not only believe but I know that I am a force to be reckoned with. Blogfest was more to me than just a trip with my fiends or a break from my every day life. It was the kick in the butt that I needed. The reminder that my dreams are reachable and my ideas are not crazy!
Next year Blogfest and Idea World are in Las Vegas! I am already making plans to go so fingers crossed they want me back. A year from now I do not know where my life will be but I know that blogging and fitness will be apart of it. Let’s see what I can accomplish in a year!
Still want more on Blogfest? Check out these recaps by my fellow bloggers and roomies on this trip!
Mai Lyn from Deepfriedfit.com
Ginger from Gingermarieblog.com
Chandler from Thehisfor.com
Brittany from Fitxbrit.com