Roni @ fitblogginroni @ fitbloggin 2

Yup. That’s me up there. Never in a million years did I think I would be writing a blog post about a Fitness/Blogging conference that I organized and hosted. It’s been 5 years since starting this blog to help me stay accountable on my umpteen attempt to lose weight and now I’m hosting and planning conferences?

What?

Seriously?

I’ve asked this question before but who am I?

I’m writing this after quite possible the most stressful, overwhelming, wonderful, exciting, unbelievable weekend of my life. The marathon last year didn’t even come close to this and that still has me in tears every time I think about it.

I briefly told you why a FItBloggin conference seemed like the next natural step so instead of rehashing any of that or my history I’m gonna just recap the last few days.

Friday I was FREAKING OUT. Thankfully the husband took off work to help me get everything organized for the big weekend. He took the little guy to school while I put the finishing touches on all the swag bags and packed them to be moved to the hotel.

We were actually able to fit everything in our two cars. Thank the LORD we decided on a wagon after having the little guy. Without it we would have had to make about 5 trips in the Civic and my old car, the Accent. –Ok, so I have a thing for little cars. I could never own an SVU and the wagon was really pushing it for me. I can’t wait to trade it in for a zippy hybrid.

Anyway, we were actually early as set up couldn’t begin until almost 1PM so we went for lunch at the Austin grill and I ate way too many chips & salsa, a HUGE veggie burrito, all my rice and most of the husbands fries. Was I stress eating? YES! But I also knew I wouldn’t be eating for at least another 8 hours so I decided to go a little overboard. Yes. I DECIDED. I didn’t break my diet or feel guilty about it at all! This mindset is getting easier and easier.

Once I got to the hotel I met up with Dawn and Allison from The Wellington Group. I cannot say enough good things about these two. They helped me through the whole conference organizing process. I shutter to think what it would have been without them.

We soon took our assessments of the current situation, got the registration table organized, made plans for all the nitty gritty details and started to set up. Did everything go exactly according to plan?

Nope. Not at all. First we realized we never received the Men’s t-shirts that we were giving away (I still have to take care of that.. ugh.) We discovered typos in the agenda. A few missing name tags. A couple of broken bowls. I could go on and on. The point is… things happened and we dealt with them and moved on. I wouldn’t think conference planning would make a good metaphor for life but it does. Not everything will always go as planned. How you deal with problems matters more than the problems themselves. That’s my new philosophy. :)

Before I knew it… people were arriving to register! This made it really really real!

fitbloggin registration

Then it was POM-tini time.

POM was very supportive of this conference from day one. They were our first signed sponsor and you guys have seen how they treat bloggers. I love POM Wonderful. I really do and they did NOT pay me to say that. I swear! ;)

In the middle of the POM party a familiar face came to visit. . .

I really wanted him to be a part of this event. I want him to see what his Mommy does because I don’t think he does or will ever realize how much he has changed my life in so many ways (yes there are tears now running down my face. You KNOW I’m a sap, let’s move on… ;)

After the amazing reception…

…we packed everything up to get ready for the next morning. I finally grabbed a bite to eat with my Mom, my 2 best friends and Ester. It was nice to sit and chill with old and new friends. It definitely kept me distracted so I didn’t freak out, that’s for sure.

The next morning started early. 6:30 I helped everyone get ready for the FitBloggin’ Run/Walk that New Balance hosted. I couldn’t run with everyone but I got them organized and out the door on time.

Here’s the group of runners…

Soon it was time for breakfast. We had the best Oatmeal bar provided by Quaker.

I said it then and I’ll say it again.. Oatmeal ALWAYS tastes better when someone else makes it. I topped mine with a little brown sugar, cinnamon and craisins. SO YUMMY!

In a flash it was time to get the festivities under way. I wasn’t nervous. I was numb. Seriously. I barely have a recollection of being on stage. When I looked out into the crowd I got the sinking feeling that everyone was expecting something and I had nothing. NOTHING! lol I was too worried about keeping us on task and on schedule.

Before I knew it we were grabbing lunch. I tried my best to offer a healthy options. I made the decision not to offer any soda and I kept the desserts light and mostly fruit based. No one seemed to complain so I’m assuming I made good choices. :)

After lunch we gathered for a group photo and then it was back to sessions.

I unfortunately, didn’t have time to sit through the wonderful presentations. My job was to keep everything running smoothly and to my surprise… it was! Sure there were little things that needed some attention. A slow internet connection, schedule mistakes, a crazy guy wanting to poll our attendees about Obama but you’ll have this. All in all I’d say it was smooth sailing.

By the afternoon I was spent. I think it was about 3PM when I hit a wall. Thankfully I had the BEST volunteers to pick up the slack. Here are a few of us…

Missing are my 2 best friends that were manning the sessions and Dawn of the Wellington group.

The day ended with a Dave Grotto‘s Keynote address and a reception sponsored by Jell-O where we provided some sushi and a place for some post conference decompression. I know I needed it.

Once it was all said and done I think I was too exhausted to even grasp what I just accomplished. I successfully planned, organized and hosted the first ever FitBloggin’ conference.

I think I’m still in shock. I really am and all the twitter chatter about FitBloggin’11 isn’t helping! lol

I am in the process of gathering recaps of the conference from other bloggers. There are a some links in the comments on this post but keep an eye out on the FitBloggin’ blog this week for the complete list and the Fitbloggin’ Fan page and the FitBloggin’ Flickr Collection for more pictures.

Ok, I think that’s all I got in me today. I’m actually going to try to post on GreenLiteBites tonight. I had fun cooking today after WAY too many days of eating out. It felt good to make all my own meals and keep my food journal after all this craziness! I’m actually looking forward to a week of normalcy.

All Pictures courtesy of carriedphotography. Did you really think I had time to take photos too! ;)

Oh! and before I go  have to say this one more time…

I MUST  thank the Wellington group, the volunteers, and the speakers. I appreciate all the Thank You’s but FitBloggin would and could NOT have happened without them. Please pass on the appreciation. They all did a STELLAR job!

AND the sponsors! We couldn’t have done it without the sponsors!!!

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  • http://healthytippingpoint.com caitlin

    After organizing the Healthy Living Summit with 5 other bloggers last year, I cannot believe that YOU organized such an amazing event all by yourself. You did an excellent job. I had so much fun, the food was great, and everything went well. Two thumbs up!!!

  • http://www.exerciseandeat.blogspot.com Jenny

    I haven’t read anything else about POM-tini’s being there! I’m glad I got to see them:) You should be so proud of your weight loss, it’s so impressive!

  • http://dalvarado.typepad.com Deb – comfycozycrazy

    Roni,

    You truly are an inspiration. I’ve finally started talking about my weight loss/health efforts on my blog, after working on this for two years. I hope that next year I can be among the ranks of the fitbloggers. I’ve been blogging for 5 years, and only just started talking about my weight adventures. Hope you’ll come by for a visit!

    Congratulations and thank you again, for all of the help and inspiration that you have given to so many.

  • http://IamSucceeding.com Trish @IamSucceeding

    Roni I really wanted to be there and hope circumstances will permit Hubs and I to be there next year!

    Congrats on a job well done!!! I have heard all good things!!

  • http://waistingduxie.com Alison

    Sounds like it was a fantastic conference, I have been seeing chatter across so many blogs, I’m totally jealous! Well done Roni now enjoy your rest.

  • http://www.backtothefridge.com Charlie Hills

    Glad I could be a part of it, Véronique! I still can’t believe it was over 13 months ago when you asked Workout Mommy, MizFit and me, “So.. before I talk about this anymore and bore you all to death. What are your thoughts? Are you interested in helping to organize? Am I crazy? Can we do this?”

    I guess we now have our answer! You ARE crazy. :)

    Congrats on everything, pal…

  • http://www.uncoveringpamela.com/blog Pamela

    Wow, Roni! You have SO much to be proud of. It sounds like everyone had a fantastic time! I’m thoroughly jealous – hopefully next year!

  • http://www.build-muscle-and-burn-fat.com Benjamin Teal

    Roni, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. THANK YOU! Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful experience. I met such wonderful people, for the first time face to face, and for the first time ever. You and your team were awesome!

    I am already looking forward to next year’s event, and, as always, if there is anything at all I can do to help, please let me know!

    Talk soon!

    Ben

  • http://www.familyfitnessfiles.com Donna

    Roni, congratulations on this amazing event! What a wonderful accomplishment and I must commend you on including your child. When my son was that age, I made sure to have him help me process invoices so he could understand why Mommy couldn’t always play trucks with him or read him a book when he wanted me to. You should be very proud, not just of what you’ve been able to inspire in others, but for what you are surely inspiring in him. Hope I can be there next year.

  • http://merrymishaps.com Lauren / merrymishaps

    I can’t even imagine what goes into planning an event like this. You are a natural leader — you never looked nervous (or freaked out) when I saw you!

    Everything was amazing. Great job!

  • http://darnfitness.wordpress.com/ Reinaldo

    Wow. When I first found your site I though “This woman is nuts” It was GLB. Dont get me wrong, the site is great, but I though you were nuts nonetheless. I mean, who has the time! Yep, this woman is nut!
    3 years later, I’m still lurking in your sites (and sometimes respond on fb or twitter or the blogs) and after 3 years, and after reading all the #fitbloggin twitter tweets of the weekend, all I can say is: yep, she lost her mind, 4 years ago!
    I mean I could you… where you get the idea to.. how can someone… yeah, your nuts. Period.
    Then, u have helped so many people. I havee done your recipes, started a blog a few days ago inspired in U and fitbloggin (warning: spanish)… and I still think you’re nuts. U had to be. I mean. Come on. So much things. Dude.
    If I become a millionaire in the next year, I’ll cross half the world to fitbloggin’11. And yes, I will become a millionaire. I’m sure of it. See, you’re not the only nuts in this world!

    And in another notes, you inspired me (or infected me? ask @yumyuck). I’ll try that jogging thing in the afternoon, and then move on to the jogging thing in the AM. Check your springform.me, maybe you’ll remember me. I’ll be damn, this “reading americans’ blogs” is going to get me healthy!

  • http://chocolatechipbagel.blogspot.com Alyssa

    Hey Roni,

    I read your blog all the time but I don’t comment too often – I just wanted to say it looks like the conference was amazing and I’ve seen a bunch of posts on it in other blogs I read. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

    Alyssa

  • http://www.nb-in-mg.blogspot.com Nicole

    CONGRATS ON A SUCCESSFUL EVENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Simply put – you rock.
    I have been following your blog for…years now… and will continue for years more.

  • http://www.girl-heroes.com/ Jenn

    Roni,

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog (just b4 the conference when commented on a blog post of mine) but I have to say that in the short time I’ve been reading I am extremely impressed by you. You seem to have so much energy, drive, and commitment…and you are super positive…which I LOVE. Had I known about the conference earlier I would have tried to make it out there. Maybe you will be able to have one on the west coast!!! :-)

  • http://unlikelysuccessstory.blogspot.com/ Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story

    It sounds like it was the most fantastic conference. You never cease to amazing me or anyone else! Great job Roni! Take a vacation. ;)

  • http://www.dietgirl.org shauna/dg

    Roni you absolute superstar you. Well done on such a wonderful weekend! The logistics of it all are mindblowing and you pulled it together so well. Hope you get some zzz’s soon :)

    (re the recaps, maybe you could add a SimplyLinked widget on the Fitbloggin blog so people can add their recaps? – http://www.simply-linked.com/ )

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    Thanks SO much guys.. and yes.. I nuts. You didn’t know that? ;~P

    I just need to Shauna… THANKS for that idea.
    Darn it! Wish I thought of it earlier! :)

  • Aimee

    I don’t think you realize how many lives you’ve changed Roni. I wish I could have attended. Congratulations on all your success! You are amazing and so very deserving of some R&R!!!

  • http://www.265andfalling.com Steve

    Does that mean that there are going to be mens shirts?! WOOHOO! I didn’t realize they were all womans shirts until later on.

    You seriously did an AMAZING JOB with this conference. I had so much fun, met a TON of awesome people and learned ALOT. WooT!

    Can’t wait for Fitbloggin’ 11 :)

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    YES! I will be touch shortly. Promise!!

    Glad you had fun!

  • http://www.whooosthatgirl.com Melissa – The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans

    You did great, Roni! I had a fabulous time!

  • http://lizrunsdc.wordpress.com Liz @ lizrunsdc

    You did a great job and from what I have read on the other blogs it looks like it was amazing experience. Now take some time to relax – you deserve it!!

  • http://www.dont-forget-dessert.com Jessie

    I didn’t get to attend FitBloggin, but I wish I had! All of the recap posts looked amazing and it looks like you had some great sessions/talks set up. I look forward to attending in future years!

  • http://www.fitnhealthybyfifty.blogspot.com/ Sandra

    Sure looks like a lot of fun and sad that I missed it. Maybe if it is held again next year I can make it. Congrats on a wonderful job Roni! Everyone is talking about how successful it was and it is all thanks to you for organizing it.

  • http://bbubblyb.blogspot.com Dawn

    Roni,

    Just wanted to say thanks for letting me come Saturday for the post conference reception, it really was great meeting you. I loved hanging in the hallway talking with your mom and friends too. You did a wonderful job and it was so cool you brought together so many like minded people. I would have loved to have gotten to spend more time with you and Carla. I’m hopeful at some point I will meet up with you all again in real life.

    Dawn

  • http://www.theunnaturalmother.com/ Deanna – The Unnatural Mother

    This post makes just made me want to really really really want to go to 2011 FitBlogging, before I just wanted to go!

  • http://www.confessionsofacompulsiveeater.com love2eatinpa

    congratulations, roni! it sounds like an amazing weekend and an amazingly amount of hard work.
    i really hope i can go next year. no pressure! :)

  • http://brandandmarket.com Chris Brown

    Roni:
    Great conference with generous sponsors, helpful seminars and friendly attendees. I’ve been to several PodCamps, WordCamps and blogger’s conferences and this one stands out as well organized, downright professional! and really staying on time! Loved meeting you in person. Can’t wait for next year. Thanks so much for all the hard work and effort.
    Chris

  • http://www.electricgamer.com Pocket

    Great blog on the conference, you really gave a sense of the excitment and the nervousness you were feeling…I felt it. Dont worry about the typos, broken bowls and what not, this is a proud moment for you, you have accomplished alot with this conference by bringing everyone one together.

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    Aaa HA! So you did feel it! ;)

  • http://lovinlosing.com Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com

    Hope I can be there next year! Looks like a great conference. :)

  • http://www.newfoodlover.wordpress.com Lisa

    Awwww…Roni I wish I could have been a part of it! I read all about the conference on several blogs and each person made me wish I was there in person! Maybe next year?!?

    GREAT WORK!

  • http://www.rhodeygirltests.com RhodeyGirl

    Congratulations on such a successful conference! I hope to come to the next one!

    Also, you are so gorgeous! Just had to say it :)

  • http://www.whitsgettingfit.com Whit

    Roni, you did an amazing job. I know, I along with everyone else in attendance throughly enjoyed it!

  • http://journeybeyondsurvival.blogspot.com JourneyBeyondSurvival

    Ah, thank you thank you. You really did a fantastic job that will really boost your resume, blog, just about everything in life. I think so, yes.

    I have not had such a respite in YEARS. I’m not ever going to whine at you again.

  • http://whatkateate.com kate

    Looks like you had an amazing time & did an amazing job organizing the whole event! Ive enjoyed reading everyones recaps – it looked like so much fun! Maybe there will be a next year? To which Ill be lucky enough to attend! Keep doing your thing! Youre an inspiration :)

  • http://www.icanbearunner.blogspot.com KK @ Running Through Life

    Thanks for the recap! What about FitBloggin 11 being on the west coast??!!!! Great job Roni!!

  • Alison

    So neat to see the food&health bloggin universe at FitBloggin – almost made me wish I had my own blog so I could come LOL.

    You did a great job. I love your attitude. I really love the feeling of how, when we handle stress calmly – we WIN. You totally won. Way to go! Thanks for your hard work. Just watching yall was entertaining :)

  • http://www.lifewithmaggieandben.com Becky

    Wow, wow, wow. To be able to accomplish all that you do, that takes a lot of motivation. And to have what your accomplishments stand for be so positive and inspirational must be wonderful. Thanks as always for your work- you do encourage us all. Hope to go next year when I find that extra balance/motivation and kids that are one year older and easier to leave behind!

  • http://www.losingitandlovingit.com/blog Angie (Losing It and Loving It)

    Really wish I could have been there! Sounds like you did an awesome job. I have heard a lot of great things about Fitbloggin. Love POM Wonderful, they are an awesome company.

  • http://thermy.wordpress.com/ Cathy

    Wow, that looks like LOADS of fun! What a great accomplishment! You should be so proud of yourself!

  • http://www.escapefromobesity.blogspot.com Lyn

    Excellent!! I wish I could have come, but my little girl would have objected loudly :)

    Maybe I will come to FitBloggin’15!

  • Nichole

    You are awesome Roni!!!

  • http://www.whereisjaye.blogspot.com Jaye

    I am watching The Middle (ABC) right now, this episode sounds like that post you wrote a few months ago about being proud of your accomlishments. And saying I just lost 10 pounds, or I just ran 2 miles.

    It made me think of you. Hope you are recovering from the conference. I didn’t go because I am not a “fit” blogger, but I enjoying working out, and I enjoy blogging. So maybe next year I will come.

  • http://greendogwine.com allijag

    The event was seriously awesome! Thank you again for everything (Sorry I didn’t have the chance to come up and actually have a conversation with you!!) – and I really can’t wait for 2011 – sorry if that stressed you out just there ;)

    Just posted all the links to my recaps on the site you linked to!

  • http://www.runningoutofme.blogspot.com Casey Bauer

    Roni,

    I found out about the fit bloggin’ conference only a day before it happened and wanted to attend so sooo badly. I wish I would have known earlier. I hope that this becomes an annual event because I would LOVE to attend in the future. You are amazing!

    C

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