One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


The Post BlogHer Blur with Photos and Food Journal

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The last 5 days have been an absolute blur! Friday and Saturday were the heart of the conference. I spent my days in and out of sessions, strolling through the expo and networking with some really amazing women! Sunday was a day of travel. Twelve hours of it… ugh. Yesterday and today? Well I’m just trying to keep my head above water!

Let’s Start at the beginning. I need to dump everything out of this head!

First, the conference was great. Friday and Saturday I spent in and out of sessions, chatting with old and new friends and getting inspired. This was the first time I attended the Voices of the Year presentations and it was amazing! I’m so thankful Sara from Food Blogger on a Diet, she convinced me to go.

Friday night I did a bit of party hopping and then settled in at the Sparklecorn party. As you can see.. I embraced my inner "sparkle"…

We had fun even though the DJ was horrible.

Saturday was more sessions and, what I’ll call, "celebrity day". I saw "Sun" from the Jimmy Dean commercials, "Dust" from the Swiffer commercials, Giuliana Rancic, and of course Bob Harper.

I didn’t snap many pictures during the day. I decided to leave the camera in the room and embrace the moment. Sometimes I get too wrapped up in picture taking that I’m not really present. Know what I mean?

I did however, record a short video of the Flash Mob that happened at lunch (click here to see). It was so inpiring! I had a tear watching them.

Anyway, once the sessions were over Jen and I hit the town.

I wanted to see at least SOME of San Diego while I was there.

Just a block up we stumbled on a gallery owned by the family of Chuck Jones and they were showing Dr. Suess.

It. was. awesome. As you may know, Dr. Suess is one of my favorites. One of his quotes inspiring a small site of mine.

After a stroll through the gallery it was time for dinner. Even though I ate tons, and yes I mean TONS, we rarely sat down to a meal. It was time to sit and relax. We decided on Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina.

Jen and I decided to share a meal so we could indulge a bit on, well, drinks…

We also split an order of calamari…

OMG SO good. Not like the rubbery stuff we get here in Maryland.

For our entree, Fish Tacos. HOW can we go all the way to San Diego and NOT try a fish taco?!

It was delicious!

After dinner we had a date to meet an old High School Friend. We took a nice walk and had fun catching up.

Then, and this seems very spontaneous, but I’ve been planning it for months… I got a tattoo.

Long story short, I had to add Little Bean’s name to my ankle. Click here to read more of the story on Baby’s First Year.

The night ended at the CheesburgHER party. Now this is becoming a tradition for me. Click here to 2009 pics and here for 2010 pics. Each one has a picture from this party. Here’s this year’s…

The next day was travel. All 12 hours of it. I got home after midnight Sunday night to a fairly kept house and two sleeping boys.

The husband survived! Even MAKING dinner Sunday night for him and the boy’s. I almost fainted when he texted me this picture.

That’s fish sticks, with strawberries, grapes and broccoli for him and Little Guy with a bottle of Breastmilk for Little Bean. (Side Note: Click here to see how I handled the traveling while breastfeeding)

I was SO proud of him! He even made smores with the boys!

That just made me smile.

Yesterday was the real blur. I was SO tired after all the travel and being home with a 6 year old and 4 month old all day was a bit of a shock to my system. We played, went shopping and had soccer practice. I got nothing else done at ALL. Instead, I focused on eating a bit lighter and cleaner and just being present. Today I’m all about cleaning up and catching up. I want to find my groove with training again and get through my insane inbox.

That being said, I’m signing off… Here’s the food journal from yesterday…

Food Notes
1 egg/3 egg white scramble with onion, peppers, zucchini, spinach and a bit of bacon bits I wanted a big yet light breakfast. This totally hit the spot after eating on the road for days!
1/2 of a Balance Nimble Bar This was given to me at BlogHer. Little Guy opened it and wanted to share. It’s not bad but I probably won’t buy them.
Orange Something quick with Little Guy
Tuna Salad Caprese Style Whipped this up for a fun light lunch! It was so good, click here for the recipe.
small burger on a sandwich thin and roasted broccoli fast dinner on the way to Little Guys Soccer practice.
McD’s Cone Sigh… hubby’s choice.. I couldn’t say no, but man was it a nice way to end the day.
just a stroll – Trying to find my training groove again.
yup and yup

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    August 9, 2011

    You look like Tron at the Sparklecorn skit. New ink! YAY!
    Looks like a great time.

    Lindsay Dianne

    August 9, 2011

    Your photos are so cute, and those meals look amazing. We found the food in San Diego to be really great!!
    It looks like you had SUCH a wonderful time. And congrats on the tattoo. I love mine, I hope you love yours too!

    Kara Baker

    August 9, 2011

    You are awesome! I am so impressed you pumped and shipped. Great job mama!


    August 9, 2011

    Your hubby’s dinner is very impressive. I can pretty much guarantee that if I went away for a few days, there would be a steady diet of canned soup, hot dogs/macaroni and cheese, and Lunchables… Glad you guys had a good time. I told Jen that if she wants someone to keep her company while you’re in sessions next year, I’d be more than happy to come along and do so :-)


    August 9, 2011

    Oh, also, if I remember correctly, wasn’t it last year’s BlogHer when you found out you were pregnant with Evan? Don’t ask me HOW I remember that? Crazy how a year flies by!!!


    August 9, 2011

    it was! Exactly a year. Amazing what can happen in that short time.

    Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect

    August 9, 2011

    Sounds (and looks) like you had a great time! Glad you were able to enjoy the experience with a close friend. :)

    Your hubby did a great job with dinner for the boys. I’m scared to know what my bf would feed our (future) kids. He’d be happy with a bag of chips if I wasn’t around. ;) Maybe it would be different with kids though.


    August 9, 2011

    Kim – It took YEARS to get him to this point! And I believe day 1 -4 was mac and cheese and McDonalds.. but it’s progress! lol


    August 9, 2011

    Looks like you had a great time and so did hubby and the boys!

    Lori T

    August 9, 2011

    Looks like a great time! Everyone survived and you had fun…mission accomplished :) The travel home is killer isn’t it? I felt like I was hung over the entire day following.


    August 9, 2011

    Awesome. I recognize your friend as the Queen helper at Fitbloggin’. I am glad you both got to play this time :)

    Kati Behind the Plate

    August 9, 2011

    It sounds (and looks!) like you had a fabulous time. I really need to get myself in gear and go to one of these things! Maybe next year?


    August 10, 2011

    Hi Roni, looks like an amazing time!!! You deserve all the fun that you are having! And hats off to your husband! (love that he texted you the photo) Have a great day recovering from the adventure!

    Starting to resurface post-BlogHer / WordCamp SF. I had so much fun hanging out with you – I hope we get to do it more often :)