What an amazing event to be a part of, I gotta tell ya! So stoked to have been a part of Fitness Magazine’s meet and tweet event on Tuesday! It took me EFFIN ages to get there due to the horrendous traffic on the 405 freeway…annnnnnnd not to mention, THE FLAT TIRE! Ugh, I literally rolled to Santa Monica in the slow lane, with the hazards on all the way to PCH highway. Lol.
Please don’t ever do that. Dumb.com. Triple A came and fixed the problem when the event was over.
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Not only did we get to meet some inspirational speakers leading fitness and health industry, but all of us bloggers got to finally meet:) It’s so funny, cuz a lot of us have never met but feel as though we truly know each other through our instagrams, facebooks, or blogs.

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Whatever the case…I made it! It was a beautiful day in sunny Santa Monica, at the Annenberg Community beach House, and surrounding the pool were all of our generous sponsors.

**Roxy**Oakley**Dermalogica**Birkenstock**Crystal Light**Athleta**Ford fiesta Movement**Clif Bar**Camelbak**Saucony**

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My new Camelbak filtered water bottle. Stoked.

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I couldn’t believe it! Tony Horton was there to speak. He was super cool, funny, and had really amazing insight to creating balance in fitness. If you’ve never heard of tony Horton, then you, my friend, are living under a fuckin rock. He is the mastermind behind all that is P90X, beachbody and much more. Let’s just call him….genius.

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Another fitness enthusiast. Mr. Harley Pasternak. Celebrity fitness guru and trainer, with a really great and refreshing perspective to healthy living. His book, The Body Reset Diet, is a 3- phase program focuses on easy, effective ways to slim down. Perhaps one of the main things that’s that stands out to me…is that he emphasizes one blended meal a day. This book seems to be very easy to follow.

Things learned from his talk:

take 12,000 steps a day.

Blend one meal a day.

Resistance training is key

graze don’t gorge.

Juicing is not recommended. All it is…is lots calories especially from sugar.

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Next up, was the beautiful Alyce Levine. Registered dietitian and nutritionist and founder of nutritionbite.com This was a home run for me. She hit a lot of points that I seriously related to. Mostly, on why we binge, how to overcome the battle, and how to come to a place of nutritional balance where you can have that bag of chips in your house, and you can have the occasional drink. She emphasized on not give food the power to become the “forbidden fruit” and to stop “rewarding” ourselves with food.

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Coolest part was getting to know some really awesome and successful fellow bloggers, Cassie from blogilates, Sarah from Skinny Runner, Monica from Run Eat Repeat, and Whitney from Eco vegan gal.
They gave some really great insight I to how they got started in blogging and how they turned their blogging into a legitimate business. Super funny and sweet chicks. Unfortunately didn’t get much of a chance to get to chat with them to much, but glad to have been there to hear all of their advice. Here are a few key points that the girls touched upon.

Super important to me as a blogger, but maybe you’re looking to start a blog and need some advice..?????

**** the importance of social media and having a presence within that community. Get yourself out there and don’t be afraid to be yourself.

**** don’t be a cheat! DO NOT buy instagram followers or twitter followers or whatever the f*%k. You’re just gonna be super embarrassing if you do that. Ew. Lol

**** know your worth. Set up a media kit and charge for your time. It takes time as a blogger to do what we do, so don’t sell yourself short. I especially loved when Monica mentioned, ” listen, YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN A FREE BOX OF GRANOLA!” Reviews,giveaways…all of that takes time and effort, you should be compensated. Ask your fellow bloggers what they do, get ideas, become a community of friends.

**** oh here’s a good one from Sarah, “Use an ad network (I have GLAM Media), Google Adsense, start a newsletter to reach all of your readers, and look for brands and companies that are a good, organic fit to partner with. Sponsored content is taking the place of ads so position yourself with companies that would be a great fit for your voice and topic.”

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The food there was spectacular! Super fresh.

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They served an array of veggies and salad, along with butternut squash hummus, lemon chicken, garlic shrimp, and glazed salmon. Omg goodness. So bomb.com

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Bobbi, Whitney & I sat and enjoyed our yummies by the pool eagerly waiting to pounce the sponsors for those ridiculous giveaways! Lol. I’m sorry, ya just can’t blame me. Lol.

First stop… Birkenstock. Hell yessssssss.

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I was ecstatic when I saw that they were one of the sponsors. If you know me well, then you know, that I’ve got the worst feet. After dancing Zumba 4-5 days a wk, I started noticing pain on the tops and arches of my feet..like, BAD. Of course, on top of that…the fact that I work on my feet all day, really doesn’t help. I was diagnosed with tendonitis. Ughhhhhhh. So I really had to make huge changes to my workout regimen and the shoes I wore on a daily basis. This added to my ongoing Orthopedic shoe collection! Lol.
#1: no , I did not get the green ones. I got pink. 😉

#2: ok, they are not the absolute cutest, but….they are amazing for your feet.

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Dermalogica hooked it up with some sweet products and a full face consultation! Thanks ladies!

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Ok….sooooooo……Saucony hooked this betch up phat!!!
Free running shoes!!! Freaking out. I was actually looking for new shoes, so this couldn’t have been more perfect!!! And to go along with my new shies….Roxy active wear decked us out in some sick gear as well!

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Turns out I wear an 8 in running shoes. Wtf!? I guess I never knew I had or go up a whole size!

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Ford Fiesta had a super fun photo booth set up. Here’s my dumbo shot.

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Those were just a few of the peeps that hooked it up. So generous!! Thank you to Fitness Magazine & all the sponsors and speakers!!! What an awesome event!

The best way to end this day was a beautiful beach run with all of us bloggers and the Saucony team! I think we ran about 3 miles and it was stunning out! Of course… At the end, I walked over to useless flat tire’d vehicle and waiting for triple A…….. Lol.

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(Pic: courtesy of nhershoes insta)