Being healthy is a lifetime pursuit – not a destination. This month, I will be sharing tips and information on how to be – and stay — healthy.
Don’t you love it when you get way more than what you were expecting?
Last week, I attended FitBloggin’ 15 in Denver. I knew I would be getting some great tips to improve my blog (which I did) and some new fitness tips to try (which I did), but I didn’t realize I would be meeting so many remarkable people as well.
You see, I thought FitBloggin’15 was to be a conference full of well, physically fit people. But in actuality, many of the attendees were on a much different health path than I expected. Some were fighting obesity. Others had chronic pain, mental pressures, or acceptance issues. What really happened was I fell in to community of strong individuals who were each navigating their own, unique health and fitness journey.
I was captivated as soon as I saw Kelly across the room at the opening mixer. As I got to know her, I found Kelly to be beautiful — both inside and out. She was so confident and made friends with everyone she met. I was floored to learn that she had lost 80 pounds and fights every day to keep it off. She shares her journey — and encouragement — on her blog, No Thanks To Cake.
David and I were two of the keynote speakers for Ignite Fitness! on Friday night. I was enthralled as David shared his experience on how he has shed over a hundred pounds and now does stair races up the tallest buildings in the world, something he never could have imagined when he was so overweight.
Ashley Grace was a newbie like me. She came all the way from New Jersey to attend the conference. A teacher, Ashley has battled eating disorders due to abusive relationships. She is on her road to recovery, reaching out to others in similar circumstances.
This former Dallas Cheerleader and current petroleum engineer with clients in Europe and Africa, Stephanie devotes her free time encouraging women to make time for fitness.
I found out that Kari Goodman is great on Instagram (her posts kept me up to date with the conference). I appreciated her welcoming heart.
I could go on and on. Everyone I met had a story to tell, a lesson to share and support to give. I was amazed and blessed by all I saw and heard and felt.
FitBloggin’ 15 was a weekend of information, fun, and growth. But most of all, FitBloggin’ 15 was all about community. And I was lucky enough to be welcomed in.
#1- Get Healthy and Stay Healthy: Be Part of a Community
Being around others with the same goals as you is the best incentive to get and stay healthy. A healthy community encourages, supports, and never gives up on you.