Fitbloggin: It’s All Over

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

And just like that Fitbloggin’ 11 is all over. The two-day conference totally flew by, but I enjoyed every. single. moment of it.

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What I didn’t enjoy, however, was saying goodbye to my blog buddies!! Wah. It was actually sort of sad. I had such a good time with them, I didn’t want to leave Fitbloggin’!

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After running and breakfast, I attended the most wonderful session about intuitive eating:

The Ditch The Diet: Eat Intuitively panel, Karen C.L Anderson of Before & After: A Real Life Story, Katie Heddleston of Healthy Heddleston, Christie Inge of Nourishing Circle and Shauna Reid of The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl, is all about introducing you to an alternative view.

The panelists addressed a number of interesting and through-provoking questions, including:

  • Does self acceptance play a role in your journey and how?
  • Does intuitive eating work?
  • What do you think are the biggest challenges?  How do you face them?
  • Do you weigh yourself and if so, under what circumstances?
  • Any practical advice to start eating Intuitively?
  • Forgiveness is never putting someone out of your heart.  When you are going through a binge and backsliding how do you put yourself back into your heart?
  • Are there any first steps in transitioning into Intuitive Eating?

Not surprisingly, a great conversation developed, which is summarized in the Ditch the Diet: Eat Intuitively panel recap.

This session made me laugh, cry, and think hard about what intuitive eating means to me. I’m still working through my thoughts about what was said in yesterday’s session, but I’d like to write my own post about intuitive eating soon.

After the session, it was time for lunch! Once again, Fitbloggin’ provided a nice spread of nutritious food options. I loaded my plate up with lots of veggies, apple-cabbage salad, potatoes, quiona, and a Dr. Praeger’s Tex Mex Veggie Burger, which was made with black beans and veggies and tasted quite delicious.

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After lunch, I satisfied my sweet tooth with some trail mixed made with walnuts, dried cherries, and dark chocolate pieces.

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After lunch, I headed to one of the most helpful sessions that I attended at the conference: SEO for Fitness Bloggers.

Matt of No Meat Athlete covered some basic (not sketchy) search engine optimization (SEO) practices that bloggers can implement to help search engines find their sites. Julie did a great job of summarizing the SEO for Fitness Bloggers session. Matt said he gets about 2,500 visits to his blog from Google searches each day, so, of course, I plan to use a bunch of ideas!

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Then, it was time for my panel (eek!), which was called Blogger Responsibility: Where Do We Draw the Line?

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I was really nervous, but I managed to voice my opinion on a number of topics and contribute to the conversation, which I plan to recap in a blog post later this week. Another blogger live-blogged the session, so I want to check out her transcript before I write my post. I was so focused on what to say, I didn’t take very good mental notes for myself!

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I’m not going to lie, I was so relieved once the session was over. Public speaking gets easier every time, but it’s still really tough for me. Here I am, post-panel, with Gretchen, who I loved meeting. She is so fun!

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Once the sessions ended for the day, a group of us went to Talara for dinner and drinks.

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I had an evening flight to catch back to Boston, so I didn’t have time for dinner, but I enjoyed a mojito before I said goodbye.

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I’m already looking forward to next year’s Fitbloggin’!!!

If you missed my previous Fitbloggin’ posts, you can read them all here!



  1. Blogger Responsibility: Where Do We Draw the Line? = I would have loved to hear your discussion and also Matt’s topic/SEO and also the knowing your stats/website analytics that’s listed on the board next to your talk…sounds awesome.

    Wow. I am really wishing I would have gone to this!!! Every single session sounds amazing, useful, and I love that the event doesnt sound “huge”…that it was more intimate than others.

    Ok, this is on my seriously consider for 2012 list 🙂

    Can’t wait for your recap of things as the week goes by…and have a safe flight home, Tina.

  2. You totally ROCKED your session. Would’ve never known you were nervous. Thanks for chatting with me afterwards. Your input and kinds words were motivating.

    Winks & Smiles,

  3. I missed the SEO at BlogHer Food since I was a panelist on another panel at the same time. I need to go check out the live blog on their site to get that information. It sounds extremely useful! I’m glad you had a great trip. It was really sad to leave BlogHer too, but I’m happy to be back with my boys!

  4. all of the panels sound really intriguing…i think it’s so interesting how so many people start blogs as a hobby and then find out how hard it is to keep everyone happy. i can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

  5. I’m definitely interested to hear your thoughts on Intuitive Eating, I’d love to be able to get to the point where I know that I can intuitively eat and now have to worry about trusting myself to make the right decisions and instead let it come naturally.

  6. I wonder if you have to be 16 and older to attend Fitbloggin’? Because I need to attend this next year after hearing how awesome it is!

  7. I really enjoyed your panel. I was the one running around chasing people down with the mic. But, I was able to hear a lot of really good things despite climbing on the tables and chairs. Thanks

  8. I’m sure you did awesome! I really hope to make it to a conference sometime soon – until then, I’ll live vicariously through all the recaps! 🙂

  9. Looks like SUCH an amazing time! I was planning on going this year but we had a graduation in the fam so that won. Glad you had a blast and I’m sure you rocked the panel!!!!! 🙂

  10. I am glad you enjoyed the intuitive eating panel – and thank you for the shout out! I was especially glad to see the “laughed and cried” – that is the best 😀 I look forward to reading your further thoughts. It was really nice to meet you and please let me know if you have further questions about IE that I can help you with answering. It did not come up in the panel but I am also an IE counselor.

  11. YUM to the mojito part. I actually bought mint leaves intending to make mojitos…I haven’t gotten around to the main part yet – the rum! Doh!

  12. I was so chuffed to see your famous face in the crowd at the Intuitive Eating panel! So glad you enjoyed it. Honestly I still can’t put into words the amazingness of this weekend, and so blown away by the friendly, open, caring atmosphere. Nice to meet you! 🙂

  13. Fitbloggin looks like so much fun ill have to go next year!! I love dr praegers burgers they are the best premade burger ive ever had.

  14. You were great on the panel — it was so interesting to have three strong women with very different backgrounds and blogging mission statements come together and share their experiences.

    I wish I’d had more time to hang out with you, but I agree that Fitbloggin’ is life-changing!

  15. It was awesome to see you again this weekend! And I think you did an absolutely wonderful job in the panel. It was a tough topic, but you ladies covered it beautifully. Glad you had a safe trip home, and hopefully I’ll see you in NYC in a few weeks!

  16. The 6th bulletpoint/question sounds kind of jumbled to me.. just wondering what they were getting at with that one.
    Looks like a fun weekend!

  17. Between your, Gabriela, Courtney + Gracie’s recaps, the weekend sounds like a blast! I would love if you could do a post on intuitive eating as it’s still a work in progress for me. I never would thought that I would have trust issues with MYSELF!

  18. Sounds like a super sweet event. I’ve always been curious about intuitive eating and would love to learn more about it. Although the chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake eating I did over the weekend seemed pretty intuitive to me. Haha. I kid. Glad you had such a fabulous time!

  19. I love NoMeatAthlete! I just downloaded is Marathon Roadmap to guide me in training. I had no idea how much work he puts into his blog. Awesome, love reading your recap. Hopefully I can attend a fitbloggin’ next year!

  20. Hey Tina…

    I wanted to say THANK YOU for the shout out and comments on our panel discussion…besides the humor panel and the one on which I participated, the blogger responsibility panel is the only other one I attended and I found it extremely valuable. Until very recently, I wasn’t familiar with your blog but I plan to put it in my reader so I can keep up (I hope LOL) with you! I love our community!!

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