Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet LA

One of the reasons I blog is to broaden my community beyond those (irreplaceable) people I interact with on a daily basis. Yesterday I got to do just that at Fitness Magazine’s Meet & Tweet in LA. The six hours I spent there were packed with fitness talk, new friends, great food, free goodies, and a 3 mile run with some pros. Certainly a memorable day.

Beyond the start time (10:30 am) and location (Annenberg Community Beach house in Santa Monica), I was not sure what the day would hold. So, I set one expectation for myself: make new friends. With that in mind, I headed towards the entrance and asked a new “friend” to take my picture.

make new friends

“Hey guys! I’m friendly!”

First up was a hydration station and late morning snack. (Thank you CamelBak for the cool water bottle!) I mingled with a fellow attendee who works with the nonprofit Girls on the Run. Have you guys heard of it? SO cool!

Tony Horton (P90x people!!) and Betty Wong (Editor-in-Chief) kicked the festivities off. I appreciated Tony’s confidence, lack of filter, and cut-to-the-chase persona. He talked about techniques to get a better workout in less time. He shared that the bottom line of fitness is to be healthy and happy. I like it Tony! (Also, after hearing him advocate, I might consider wearing a heart rate monitor.) He was super approachable and didn’t make anyone feel like a fool for posing with him.

THIS guy!

THIS guy!

Nutritionist Alyse Levine was up next. She had a very interesting approach to food: ditch the diet and instead get in tune with what your body is telling you to eat. Alyse advises against having a “good” vs. “bad” food mentality. No rules. Only follow your body’s cues. This of course requires that you have a healthy relationship with food. I love the idea… but feel like I would probably be eating pizza and bagels for days on end if I ditched my rules. Besides, I kind of like my rules. I liked one of her strategies for evaluating hunger throughout a meal. Divide your plate into 4 quadrants. Upon finishing one quadrant, evaluate your hunger before you move on to the next. Stop eating once you are satisfied. I think I will try this out!

Next, we all headed down to the pool to visit with the sponsors and eat lunch.

pool time

Oh the sponsors! Let me just say that I tried desperately to play it cool during this portion of the day. But, when strangers keep handing me free stuff, sometimes I just get a little giddy. At least I wasn’t alone. I think all of the attendees were trying not to pee their pants as they walked from booth to booth. Roxy gave us our pick of a two pieces of Roxy Outdoor Fitness Gear, Oakley offered up a pair of glasses, Birkenstock fitted us for a new pair of sandals, Saucony gifted us with a pair of Guide 7, Cliff tossed bars our way, and Dermalogica gave us a skin evaluation and free products. I haven’t had a pair of Birkenstocks since 6th grade, so I am pretty excited about these puppies.

Whether my husband likes it or not, I have new Birkenstocks!

Whether my husband likes it or not, I have new Birkenstocks!

I set my loot down and ate lunch with some new buddies. It was delicious. In addition to salad, grilled veggies, salmon, shrimp, and chicken, they served these berries tossed in cinnamon – amazing and cannot wait to replicate at home.

Lunch with some new buddies

Lunch with new buddies

The afternoon session began with Harley Pasternak, trainer to the stars and author of THE BODY RESET Diet. Well, that guy is a machine and means business. He has a science background and is very sure of the best way to do fitness. He advocates for chronic movement in our daily routine. Walk. Walk. Walk. While his theory on strength training is precise and technical, Harley admits that any exercise is better than no exercise. Agreed!

Finally, four successful bloggers took the stage to share how they make a living with their blogs. It was a pleasure to hear from Cassey Ho, Sarah Moore, Monica Olivas, and Whitney Lauritsen.

Cassey Ho, Sarah Moore, Monica Olivas, Whitney Lauritsen, Christie Griffin

Cassey Ho, Sarah Moore, Monica Olivas, Whitney Lauritsen, Christie Griffin

Each blog and gal is unique (of course), but one thing they all have in common is their ability to be vulnerable and communicate. They were gracious enough to share tips, humble enough to tell slip ups, and cool enough to encourage the attendees to remember their worth.

Before wrapping up, some of us hit the boardwalk with Saucony and a few of their pros. We did a leisurely 3 miles and I was able to run with one of their professional triathletes for a good portion. I nearly missed it to try and beat traffic, but I am so glad I didn’t.

Pro triathlete front and center :)

Nice 3-miler with pro triathlete Sarah Piampiano (center).

Running with new pals. Visor, check!

Running with new pals. Visor, check!

I grabbed my goodie bag (such good stuff) from Fitness Magazine, said my “thank you’s” and headed back home. All in all, the day was a fun success! As I sat on the 10, 405 and 55 freeways, I charged my phone and organized the takeaways from the day in my mind. I am grateful for this new community of people with whom I can share common (and sometimes not so common) thoughts and beliefs. Thank you to Fitness Magazine for a wonderful day!

Added to the “friend roster” are: Andrea I Run For Donuts, Joyce My Superficial Endeavors, Melissa The Valentine RD, Paula From Fries to Fit, Margarita Cupcake Cardio, Micha Surf Sand and Son, Meghan Crazy Casa K, Debi Girl Reworked.

Do you any of you want to broaden your sense of community? Have you thought of ways to do it?

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Micha
    10/23/2013 at 8:15 pm

    Hey Natalie!
    It was so nice meeting you yesterday.
    I got in the car and realized I didn’t take any pictures. I’m kicking myself for that mistake!
    If you would ever like to work out together let me know.
    xo

    • Reply
      hellodaynatalie
      10/24/2013 at 9:26 am

      Oh man, pictures are the best. Want me to send you some? I would be happy to.
      Yes, let’s work out! Maybe I could come check out your gym sometime OR we could wrangle the kiddos and go for a jog or walk.

      • Reply
        Micha
        10/24/2013 at 1:24 pm

        Oh that would be great, if you don’t mind. I’m usually always taking pictures, so I’m not sure what I was thinking!
        I work out with Beach Fit Moms in Seal Beach, you get your first week free. A walk/jog would be great too. Always nice to meet other moms who like to workout!
        My email is surfsandandson@gmail.com
        Talk soon!

  • Reply
    natjtan
    10/24/2013 at 12:55 am

    Looks like you had a great time! I would have got a little too excited with the freebies too!

    • Reply
      hellodaynatalie
      10/24/2013 at 9:28 am

      OMG. Really, it was so fun. Great takeaways all around. One of the big ones for me was to enjoy myself as I blog. I don’t want to lose the fun factor!

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    thedancingrunner
    10/24/2013 at 7:19 am

    So cool that you were able to attend this event! Looks like a lot of fun!

    • Reply
      hellodaynatalie
      10/24/2013 at 9:28 am

      It really was! You should check out the NYC event and try and go. I think you would love it!

  • Reply
    Starr
    10/24/2013 at 11:40 am

    I love community, so many ways to get your toes wet… get outside! What a dream day! I’m so glad you had fun and scored in new friends and loot!

  • Reply
    Ashlee Spear
    10/24/2013 at 2:47 pm

    So much good swag! I love the sunny Birkenstocks you picked out!

  • Reply
    BreAnn Ahara
    10/30/2013 at 11:23 pm

    Aren’t blog events fun?? Now that I’ve successfully cyber stalked you for the past hour- I’m ready for a run! Ok maybe a fast walk to start out;) but no seriously. I want to become a runner. I’m hoping my time with you ladies at our Nurture table will let the love of running rub off on me…

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      hellodaynatalie
      11/01/2013 at 2:52 pm

      Ha! Cyber stocking a serious crime! I’m so glad we are at the same nurture table and met. Let’s get out and walk or jog together sometime. Do you have a double stroller that could handle a quick pace? Hmmm, how do you even do three in a stroller? Well, let’s figure some way out to start the running habit together!

      • Reply
        BreAnn
        11/02/2013 at 7:21 pm

        Ha. Guilty! And yes I have an awesome double BOB:) I also have a stroller that handles three kids, but my oldest is in Kindergarten all morning so I’ll be fine with using the BOB. I’m free most mornings…let me know what works for you. I’m so excited!

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