• Fitness Blogger Tweet & Meet

    May 17, 2013

    Yesterday started bright and early once again with a run in Central Park with Monica. We ran 3 miles together, but then I called it quits. I just didn’t have a ton of energy and felt blah, so I headed back to the hotel while Monica continued on for a few more miles.

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    On my walk back to the hotel, I stopped by Starbucks where I bought an egg white and spinach wrap, banana, and green juice for breakfast. (The green juice was really good—a lot better than I expected from a bottled juice!)

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    A little while later, Monica and I headed to The Mercedes Club for the Fitness Blogger Tweet & Meet, a day-long, health-focused event for bloggers hosted by FITNESS magazine. I actually attended and spoke on a panel at the same event last year in New York City, so I was excited to be invited again for this year’s event.

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    Monica and I arrived a little after 9:00 AM to check in. (We stopped to grab a couple of iced coffees right before heading into the event.)

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    We received our name tags and then stopped by to say “hi” to the folks at Reebok, who were one of the event’s sponsors.

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    Sweet tank top! I actually wore the same one in coral yesterday. It’s one of my favorites!

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    #LiveWithFire [instead red head joke here]

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    Then, we headed outside to join the rest of the attendees for the start of the event. Monica and I both needed to catch our respective train/plane home, so we only stayed at the event long enough to catch a couple of the seminars.

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    It kicked off with a welcome from Betty Wong, the Editor in Chief of FITNESS magazine. I read her Editor’s Note every month in FITNESS, so I was excited to see her in person at the event.

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    I really enjoyed the first session of the day with celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero, Executive Director of Global Artistry at Stila Cosmetics and also a breast cancer survivor. Her talk was called “Inside Beauty Secrets to Get You Glowing,” which all about how to look pulled together in flash with this season’s hottest beauty trends and makeup tips. Sarah gave some great beauty tips (i.e. match the weight of your makeup with the weight of your clothing (summer vs. winter), wear tinted moisturizer, and buy a great mascara), but I also liked how she focused on a more holistic approach to health. For instance, she said you can’t have good health without a healthy soul and spirit (so true), and gave the example of her love for Soul Cycle. She said even when she was battling cancer, she really looked forward to those classes because of the music, atmosphere, and how it made her feel both inside and out. During class, she paid attention to how she was feeling and went at her own pace, which helped her appreciate her body. She said: “Thank your body for what it can do, and it will thank you back,” which really resonated with me. Since I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis almost two years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time being pissed off at my body, but hearing these words helped me switch my thinking. I definitely need to be more positive when thinking about my health.

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    While I listened to the speakers, I sipped on some green juice.

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    A short while later, Monica and I needed to boogie back to the hotel to grab our things and travel home. On the walk, we saw where The Colbert Report is filmed. Love that show!

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    Saying goodbye to Monica was a little sad, but we will see each other again in a few weeks.

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    During my travels home, I ate some coconut yogurt with blueberries and granola.

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    A couple of  hard-boiled eggs.

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    And a lot of chocolate for lunch.

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    Question of the Day

    What’s your favorite form of social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.)?

    P.S. Last chance to enter the giveaway to win some Koss headphones! I’ll pick 10 winners this afternoon!

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    { 58 comments… read them below or add one }

    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness May 17, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Love your manicure! That pink is so awesome. Looks like an awesome trip, I’m now craving a green juice.


    Allie @ Allie's Appetite May 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I also need to work on being more grateful for what my body can do and less angry with it. I definitely believe positive thinking is healing but it’s so much easier to say than do!!

    Ps is that your purse behind the green juice? I love it!!


    Tina May 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    That’s not my purse, but it’s super cute, right??


    Elizabeth @ Positive Change May 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I love twitter and Pinterest!


    meredith May 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I spotted you and Monica yesterday and wanted to come over and introduce myself – too bad you guys had to leave. Hopefully I will catch you both another time….I like Pinterest and Facebook the best (probably because I use it most in my personal life in addition to my blog). I really need to get on the twitter bandwagon and I am slowly taking a liking to Instagram. It is amazing how technology has taken off in the last few years. I swear every day makes the day before outdated lol.


    Christine @ www.idratherbesweating.com May 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I love reading about your adventures to all the blogging events! I just tried the new juices at Starbucks myself this week and they are not that bad. There is still nothing like making your own though! I’d have to say for social media, it is a tie between Instagram and Pinterest. I am on Twitter but I prefer Facebook over it.


    Janet May 17, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Thank you for sharing what Sarah Lucero said about thanking your body. I recently started back at the gym after being away for 16 years…god, that sounds like SO long! And it IS so long! I wasn’t inactive all that time, but I wasn’t as active as I should have been. Starting up again at 55 isn’t easy but it is necessary and I’m loving it! Bad knee, finding out the treadmill isn’t my friend. Elliptical is ok, bike, too. Doing yoga and swimming.


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    Lindsey May 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Twitter for sure!


    Sally May 17, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I came so close to buying that same green juice at Starbucks this morning, but was not sure about the ingredients — are there any preservatives / added ingredients besides the veggies and orange juice?


    Shel@PeachyPalate May 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Oooh between twitter and pinterest it’s hard to choose!!! Love the pic of everyone on their phones, great shot!


    Megan @ outlawontherun May 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Your trip to NYC sounds like it was fun and informative!
    Right now I’m really into Pinterest for recipe inspirations (just Pinned your juice!),
    But recently signed up for Twitter and am slowly learning how to use!


    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat May 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    A run in Central Park to start the day sounds fantastic! Sounds like a fun event!

    I’m so addicted to Pinterest, especially for recipe ideas! It’s amazing what kind of great things you can find!


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I LOVE twitter (@coffeeckecardio) but Instagram is quickly becoming my favorite (coffeecakeandcardio)


    Tina May 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Totally with ya on Instagram!


    Beth Sheridan May 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I have never used Twitter, I am a little bit ashamed to say, but I do love Instagram. Looks like such a fun time 🙂


    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance May 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I love Twitter because I think it’s the most interactive social media platform but I love the photos on Instagram and Pinterest!


    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I don’t know if I have a favorite social media platform yet. I’m still new to all of it and it’s so confusing! I’m definitely most active on Twitter, though. I want to get better at using Instagram!

    I tried a few bottled juices and wasn’t really a huge fan. I’ve never made my own juices, but I want to give it a shot!


    Liz May 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I love Twitter. I follow fitness and health accounts, also a great form of motivation when you get to see everyone else out running, lifting, working out! 🙂


    Liz May 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

    @Liz: (@Justaskinnybtch)


    Tina May 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Agreed! 🙂


    Nicole @ FruitnFitness May 17, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I am still really new to social media but I really like both Instagram and twitter. Sometimes twitter can be flooded with stuff I don’t care to read about so the fun pictures of Instagram are always welcome.


    joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 17, 2013 at 10:02 am

    That looks like such a fun event! I’d love to meet the editor in chief of Fitness or another of my fav magazines!


    Erika @ balancedspoon.com May 17, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I’ve just recently realized Starbucks offers some pretty good options for meals and snacks. I’m going to have to start hitting them up when I travel! Looks like you had a fun trip!


    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate May 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I am very jealous of all these fun events you get to be a part of! I am loving instagram these days as well as pinterest–great ideas for do-it-yourself Wedding ideas!


    Christine@ Apple of My Eye May 17, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I love Pinterest! It’s so addicting.

    You look like you had a nice time, I’m glad! Those pictures you posted of the workout gear are getting me crazy jealous! I wish I had all the money in the world to buy cute athletic wear 😉


    Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog May 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Wow! Seems like you’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of cool things in NY. I hope I can score an invite to these events one day 🙂

    I gotta go with instagram. I feel like a picture says a thousand words and instagram makes it SO much cooler with all the filters 😉


    Annette@FitnessPerks May 17, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Such a fun event that you got to be a part of!!!

    I like FB & IG…and Pinterest can be fun too!


    Alyssa @ Road to RD May 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Pinterest is my all time favorite, followed by instagram, followed by twitter.


    Sara @ sarasmiles May 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

    So cool you got to see Betty Wong in person! I also read her editor’s letter each month. She seems great


    Liz May 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    The Evolution juices at S-Bux are so good! I was recently in Seattle and discovered that Evolution has a storefront there where they sell fresh pressed juices, smoothies, and REALLY delicious salads and soups. Just a tip in case you ever find yourself there 🙂 I hope they start expanding!


    Tina May 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Oooh, nice! I’ll keep a lookout next time I’m in Seattle!


    Jolynn May 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I want a juicer in a bad way. I’m thinking it will be my first purchase once we move into our new house!


    RunEatRepeat May 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I do live with fire… don’t ask unless you want to know how much.


    Kelli May 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I love the evolution juices too, especially since I don’t have my own juicer yet they are my go to!


    Sara Flynn May 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Twitter. Its so easy to get news. I follow a lot of sports “insiders” so around trade deadlines twitter is super fun. 🙂 I am a dork… I know.

    Sara 🙂


    Linda @ running4two May 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I am in love with Instagram! Twitter doesn’t have enough pictures for me :).


    Ashley @ BrocBlog May 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I am a twitter fanatic. I dont know what it is but I just love makin tweets.


    Nicole May 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Love instagram, its just so fun! And Twitter. I don’t watch TV a lot so I have to admit I get a lot of news from Twitter, haha.


    Allison May 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I am on the pressed Juicery 3 day cleanse right now, and I am learning to love juice (especially green) even more than I already did! Glad you had such a great time 🙂


    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl May 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    What a fun experience! You are so lucky to be able to be involved in so many great opportunities :).


    erica May 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    i’m totally addicted to instagram!!!


    kate@kate marrin life + style May 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Addicted to instagram. As a mom of three, I can snap a pic, and get my point across without saying anything at all? That never happens at home;)


    Kristin May 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I love instagram and pinterest!
    What a great event that you got to be apart of and attend! It looks like you had a great time!


    Kylie @ KaleStorms.com May 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Looks like a great time! What do you think of the juice? Worth ordering it?


    Tina May 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    It was delicious! 🙂


    Gabby @ Marathons and Macarons May 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Instagram is definitely my favorite!
    Great to meet you yesterday, glad you had a great trip!


    Tina May 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Nice to meet you too! 🙂


    Caroline @ Broccoli Hut May 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    The sight of all those shoes made my heart skip a beat–I LOVE shopping for running shoes. All of those Reeboks look so pretty and fun!
    My favorite form of social media these days is probably Instagram. I check it ALL the time!


    Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat May 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I love love love some instagram 🙂

    Sounds like a lovely day – and I am a big fan of the green juices from Starbucks (there are two different ones) for when I need a little pick me up!


    Kelly May 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, it looks like you are having such a great time! I am so shocked you can eat cheese/dairy w/ your Crohn’s, it would send my GI into the worst place ever!!!!


    Tina May 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I actually don’t have Crohn’s. I have Ulcerative Colitis. Thankfully, dairy has never been an issue for me! 🙂


    Elle @ The Clean Project May 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I can totally relate to being pissed off at your body. I’ve had severe IBS for five years and I was just really angry for a long time, especially because I was so embarrassed and didn’t want to tell anyone. I finally realized I was treating my body like crap, so how could I expect to feel any better? Once I started treating my body better, I felt a lot better. I’m sure my IBS always be around to some degree, but I’ve learned to listen to my body and try to work with it, not against it.


    Miranda @ Miranda Runs May 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I love Pinterest! SO perfect for planning my future wedding 😉 an event like that seems like so much fun!


    Luv What You Do May 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I love reading Betty’s Editor’s Note too. Looks like you guys are along the High Line! Makes me miss Manhattan!


    Erika May 18, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Facebook is my favorite but I’ve been using Twitter a lot more recently


    Jan May 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I’m not on instagram yet but, everyone is talking about it. Time to sign up :-).


    Liana@RunToMunch May 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    DailyMile is my favorite! I wish they had a list function similar to twitter though.


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