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Keynoting at the Well! 2014 Health & Fitness Influencers Conference

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I’m so excited (and deathly terrified) to announce that I’ll be keynoting at the Well! 2014 Health and Fitness Influencers Conference next month in St. Michaels, Maryland.


The official title of my talk (if I don’t decide to change it) is Help End the Perfection Mindset with #wycwyc. It will be the first time I officially present on the #wycwyc idea and philosophy and even though I’ve literally written the book on it (with Carla, of course) I’m still nervous.

I’ve never been a solo keynote before and when I have presented I normally serve on panels or teach technical topics, two things I’m very comfortable doing. However, speaking as a keynote, alone, on an idea I came up with and am currently promoting, frankly, scares the CRAP out of me.

There’s a reason I stay behind the scenes at FitBloggin. I like planning. I like organizing. I like bringing people together. I like sharing my ideas. I even like, no LOVE, to talk.

What I don’t like so much is to be center stage. Especially when sharing something I feel so passionate about to people who may or may not get it.


Now that I actually confessed all that, I feel like I really shouldn’t be nervous at all. I don’t think my nervousness comes from speaking. I think it has more to do with what I’m going to be speaking about.

#wycwyc encapsulates my entire philosophy not only on diet and exercise but life. I just wrote a post today on the travel blog about how I take a #wycwyc approach to planning vacations. Right now, I’m contemplating when I’m going to fit in my 30-minute training run — I’m seriously considering doing it right before bed because it’s the only time I can grab without throwing something else off. Earlier, I chose to skip the tortilla on my platter at a local Mexican place where I met a colleague for lunch. Later, I’ll log off 15 minutes early so I can walk and pick up the 3 Year-Old at pre-K.

My life is all a big #wycwyc. It’s how I function. It’s how I balance. It’s how I’ve been maintaining my weight loss. It’s how I reach my fitness goals.

It’s how I accomplish what I want to accomplish

Why, then, am I nervous?

The more I think about it, the more it comes down to defending my thoughts and ideas especially to *cough* inner mean girl who is convinced #wycwyc is stupid — No one gets it. No one cares. I should just shut up and slink away. Who am I to advise people on health, fitness and life? I’m just a silly girl who happened to lose weight a few years ago. Move on already! 

That is honestly what goes through my mind. I am so passionate about this idea that I’m scared to death to share it.

Does that even make any sense?

Anyway, enough self-analyzing, I was really just popping in to give you the details.

2014 Health and Fitness Influencers Conference

Hosted by Well LLC
Sponsored by Lululemon Athletica and Complete Nutrition

October 26-28, 2014
Harbourtowne Golf & Conference Center
St. Michaels, MD

Click here to register! Use the code RoniN for $20 off!)

I don’t have the full agenda yet but there’s a ton of great speakers, an outdoor yoga class sponsored by Lululemon Athletica, a run by the water and lots of great info on how to become a health and fitness professional. Some of the topics:

  • Learn about industry trends
  • Explore new marketing strategies
  • Develop personal branding
  • Explore career options
  • Explore niche marketing
  • Expand your reach
  • Start your blogging career

For as nervous as I am, I’m just as excited to attend a fitness-related conference I’m not responsible for! I’m just going to soak up as much info as I can and tell inner mean girl to shut the hell up.

Let me know if you plan on going. Would love to organize a meet-up or something! 

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    September 2, 2014

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    September 3, 2014

    You’re going to rock it, Roni! And for the haters out there (because no matter what, there are always haters out there) think of that good ole Dr. Seuss quote of “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind”.

    Patty A.

    September 3, 2014

    Congratulations Roni! That is an exciting opportunity!

    Kimberly // Manifest Yourself

    September 3, 2014

    Congrats! I’ll definitely look into going now. MD is a quick train ride from NYC.


    September 3, 2014

    If you use what you just wrote up above as your intro or an outline for your talk, you’ve got it made……maybe show some graphics from the book or pics of you doing wycwyc during the week so listeners get an idea of what works for you & how you manage to fit it in your life……You’ll be a hit!!

    Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In

    September 8, 2014

    I’m seriously considering attending this (not too far from me in PA!) I wanted to attend FitBloggin’ too but wasn’t able to this year. Perhaps I’ll use this as a substitute this year – would love to meet you!