#IDEAWORLD2014 Recap….I survived :)

Hello Beautiful People!

I am finally feeling back into the swing of things since returning from California last week. Sometimes it takes a week, get over it.

While I would LOVE to share all the wonderful things I experienced, there’s a lot to cover over the conference itself so I’m sticking to the basics. Give it a read and PLEASE click on the sponsor links within the post so you can check out some of the super cool things I got to check out :) Let’s hit the highlights, shall we?

I MADE IT!

Ideaworld 2014 banner

I have the picture to prove it. Ideaworld #blogfest started Thursday morning and I took my seat in the back. Thursday and Friday were probably the MOST fun days (that’s a WHOLE other blog post people), but my favorite parts were actually the brands. You see, during Tweet breaks (don’t fight it, it’s totally a thing) we were introduced to the brands who were sponsoring Ideaworld and making everything possible for our betterment and education….and they were giving us plenty of free swag. Word to the wise: you want my life, be willing to work as hard as I do.

REEBOK: King of swag

Here’s the funny thing….I’ve never really been a Reebok girl. I think I always associated them with the old-school aerobics instructors in tights and high tops….eeeewwwww. Reebok has totally redeemed themselves though! they’ve successfully been through an awesome rebranding (complete with new logo) and they were a fierce presence at the conference. I scored a bag, tank, water bottle and towel the very first day! That night, I got me some shoes :)

Ideaworld Reebok

I’ve already been asked about the shoes since being home and NOBODY believes they’re Reebok, BUT they are…Reebok One Cushion to be exact. Go get you some…you will not be disappointed.

Ideaworld Reeboks

UNDER ARMOUR: Still the coolest :)

I am a geek to no end, and I’m OK with that. Under Armour’s own Shauna Harrison @shauna_Harrison was there to talk about the newly launched #IWILLWHATIWANT campaign, and you’ll be getting more info on that very soon. BUT first, check out our flex off:

Ideaworld 2014 under armour

Yeah, that happened….

OK, so UA also gave bloggers a brand spankin new UA39 (the BEST of the best in heart rate monitoring and other super techy stuff). I’ve been keeping track of all of my workouts and performance outputs during each one. As you know, I vary workouts since I have exercise ADD and it’s been awesome to track on this sweet little device.

Ideaworld Under Armour UA39

That was a 450 calorie leg day :)

LORNA JANE: The SWEETEST smile at Ideaworld

If you have yet to meet Lorna Jane Clarkson and her FABULOUS clothes, you really must get out of Academy more. I was gifted with a super awesome tank top AND the ability to hear Lorna Jane speak on how her boutique clothing line came to be and what the philosophy of her company is. I was inspired to say the least and even picked myself up some more goodies at the Lorna Jane booth :) I fully encourage you to check out movenourishbelieve.com for blog posts, health tips, workouts and more on fun healthy living.

Ideaworld Lorna Jane

Are you tired of pics of my swag yet? OK, I’ll stop :)

I try to keep the posts short enough for my attention span, but I do need to show some love to some of the other sponsors. I don’t get a dime for you to click on these! I’m just trying to share what I experienced with you :) So check the links below for people who are all too willing to help you achieve the fit life.

Fit Approach

AMRAP Nutrition

Kooshoo

Aspen Yoga Mats

Fivesse

You’ll be seeing reviews on a LOT of these products soon…and just in time for Christmas :)

Before I sign off, I would love to point you in the direction of some gifted bloggers who made an impact on me last week. I don’t consider myself a true blogger, more like a fitness pro who has a blog. These guys are at the top of the blogging game, so enjoy!

http://thrivepersonalfitness.com

http://sportswithoutinjury.com

http://powercakes.net

 

 

 

 

 

When Enough is Enough….

I must warn you that this particular post is not for the faint of heart….

As I sit here, tears flow freely down my cheeks. I have yet to determine if I am simply sad, or if it is a much deeper hurt than I can put words to. Frustration has left me feeling quite helpless this morning and is urging me to change paths entirely. My decision lies in wait at the turn of my thoughts…

I work in a vain industry. Say what you will about health, but much of this industry revolves around vanity. I am constantly bombarded by those who “want” to lose the weight, but quickly lose nothing but that elusive seductress called motivation. Why does this burn me to my core today?

Today is October 1st. On the 29th of this month, it will be 17 years since my mother passed away from breast cancer, marking the turn at which I live the majority of life without her. Two years ago my dad battled cancer and through aggressive treatment and a strict diet, he is cancer free. My father in law battles it still. Within 2 weeks, 2 of my friends have gone under the knife for a double mastectomy due to breast cancer diagnosis. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

There are children who have never seen the outside of a hospital room. There are girls in Moldova who are grateful everyday they wake that they no longer have to endure the pain and hopelessness of being a slave in the sex trafficking industry. There are millions who will go without food today…again. And yet, we wonder if we should have a piece of bread or not and debate over the validity of going gluten-free just because Dr. Oz said so. My world is shaken today and my soul wants to scream ENOUGH!

The science of weight loss truly is common sense. I am no great thinker, nor do I believe I can come up with the next big thing. It truly is common sense and for those who will follow it, I am just a memory jogger. Eat smaller portions and move more…A LOT MORE for most. I think my approach is so simple it throws most people off. It should be harder right? If it were harder than we would have better excuses as to why we have not yet accomplished our goal. It was never meant to be harder. While we focus on our narrow world of weight loss, people die daily from lack of food.

I do not mean to be the bearer of horrible news here, but I NEED somebody to open their eyes. Find something bigger! It will revolutionize your goals when you actually start working for others. In light of this fact, I though I’d share something with you:

I’m no runner, but I would like to one day fancy myself as one :) So, I have embarked on a journey to make myself a runner. Why? I believe it is the simplest form of fitness and requires very little equipment, meaning habit is all that must be formed. One thing most think is that since I have been in the health and fitness field for so long that this is easy for me. That would be a lie! Running is hard work, whether it’s 1 mile or 20! The more seasoned a runner gets, the more efficient the runs. However, I don’t think you’ll ever catch one saying that it is “easy”. With knee injuries and arthritis being my toppers to each run, it can get overwhelming and seem undoable. So, I think about WHY….

Why I Run

I run for every child that can do nothing but stare at the hospital wall.

I run for every mother who feels in over her head raising her kids.

I run for every soldier who laid his or her life down for my freedom…to run.

I run for those women who are forbidden to do such things.

I run for those who run for their lives.

I run for those whose time has run out.

I run for those who face giants I will never know.

I run for the future generations that will grow up without knowing what it means to persevere.

I run for the elderly who can run no more, but so desperately long to.

I run for those who have lost everything.

I run for those who are a slave to fear.

I run for the child in Africa who wakes every morning to run 3 miles in hopes that today there may be food.

I run for those whose depression keeps them bound.

I run for freedom.

I run for my son, that he may know what it means to finish.

I run for my daughter, that she may know strength.

I run for my husband, that he may know he is my partner in this race.

I run for those whose parents ran out.

I run for those who feel like hope is lost.

I run for the girls across the globe that fear for their lives.

I run for those who think the world would be better off without them.

I run to prove that God can use a life after tragedy.

I run to show others that God is still able to heal.

I run in spite of the pain,  in spite of the aches, in spite of the voices screaming to stop because my GOD has given me the health to run.

And I will not stop until the day He tells me it is over.

Calories, weight, fat, jean size…. It all counts as futile to me in light of what I think about when I run.

My charge to you? Think outside of yourself, and see how far you can actually go.