A few weeks ago I received an invitation to Fit Blog LA put on by Fitness Magazine and could not have been more excited! I didn’t really know what to expect, but last Tuesday the day finally arrived and I was up bright and early with high hopes of leaving early enough to beat the majority of the LA rush hour traffic. As per usual, I left half an hour late, but was still blissfully optimistic about my timing
My plan failed and I hit a whole lot of traffic, but Fitness Magazine put on such an amazing event that it made hours of traffic 110% acceptable.
The schedule looked like this:
Not too shabby, right?
Tony Horton started things off and was a complete goof. I dug it.
A few of my favorite things I took from his discussion:
“You have to take ego out of the game to be safe and avoid injury”
This definitely struck home to me. As you know, I have been pretty injury prone the past few months, and I have a feeling it has a lot to do with pushing myself too hard & too fast. Not allowing myself time to slowly build up my mileage because I wanted to be right back where I was before I got injured. Pushing myself through speed work I wasn’t ready for because I didn’t want to be the “slow runner” anymore. As you know, I’m over that slow runner complex, but it’s still important for me to concentrate on what is right for my body and not continue to compare myself to other people, or even myself when I was in my peak running shape.
Be sure you’re exercising for the right reasons. Exercise to feel better and be a better person, not to look better for anyone else
Still working on this one. Isn’t everyone? Self image is a bitch, but hearing him touch upon this has motivated me to really think about why I do what I do.
Exercise a minimum of 22 days per month
Tony explained that 22 is the minimum number of days you need to workout a month to see the results you want. I really like the idea of having this broad goal.
The second discussion was with Alyse Levine, R.D.. This discussion was extremely helpful for me and I LOVED her take on eating. Her main focus is that diets don’t work, which is something I have always believed. I have never had longterm success on any type of diet regimen; the only time I have ever seen success is when I’m not obsessing over food and not restricting myself.
She mentioned that you need to have total freedom vs. conditional freedom (“I’ll eat this hamburger tonight, but then I will only eat spinach for the next 5 days”) to make this work. When you take away the conditional freedom, you also take away the guilt that you bring upon yourself after eating that “forbidden food.”
A few quick strategies from Alyse for mindful eating:
1. The Fruit Test - when you’re reaching into the pantry, stop and ask yourself, “does a piece of fruit sound satisfying?”
If you answer yes: you are most likely physically hungry
If you answer no: if only sugary, salty foods sound tempting, there’s a very good chance you are not actually hungry and it’s time to reevaluate why you are reaching for food. Are you bored? Feeling emotional? etc.
2. Physically split your meal into 4 separate and equal portions on your plate: After you finish each portion, reassess your hunger and only eat what you need.
3. The Fork Rule: as you’re chewing one bite of food, don’t have the next bite ready to go on your fork. The lapse in time between bites helps force you to reassess and check in on your hunger.
So all in all, listen to what your body is telling you because it knows what’s right for you! If you fill it with the right amount and proper types of food, it will work with you and help you towards your goals.
After the discussion with Alyse, it was time to head down to the pool area to meet with all of the amazing sponsors and grab some lunch
I’ll give you all of the deats on the swag in my next Fit Blog recap, but I will show you a quick pic of our delicious lunch now
I ate cooked salmon for the first time ever and I think I’m a fan.
After we got hooked. up. by the sponsors, it was time to head back upstairs and listen to celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak, speak about his ideas and philosophies on diet and exercise. I was a bad little blogger and didn’t take any notes, but it’s probably because all of my energy was used to restrain myself from raising my hand and asking what it’s like to work with the Kardashians.
The last discussion, “My Blog is My Business,” was exciting because it featured a few of my favorite bloggers!
Once again I failed at taking notes (#starstruck), but Skinny Runner & Run Eat Repeat posted recaps themselves that can give you an idea of what went down. I couldn’t find recaps from the other two bloggers, but you should definitely check out their sites if you haven’t already: Blogilates & Eco Vegan Gal. I loved listening to their blogging experiences and tips for growing a hobby into a business. What these ladies have all created is extremely inspiring.
In conclusion, it was basically the best Tuesday ever and I left feeling completely informed and inspired
Thank you for thinking to include little ‘ole me, Fitness Magazine!