I spent the past weekend in Baltimore for FitBloggin, a conference for bloggers interested in health and fitness.  You may be wondering why a food blogger such as myself attended this conference, what with the Pasta Carbonara recipe I posted the other day.

What you may not know is that I’ve been a Weight Watchers member for the past several months, and I’m just a few pounds away from my goal weight.  So, while I may post recipes that don’t seem so healthy (I’m talking to you, German Chocolate Cake), those are still the foods that I eat. I’ve just learned to eat a “normal” portion of them, rather than what I was used to eating. I’ve learned that I can eat what I want, as long as I don’t eat seconds and thirds of it.

When I found out that I’d be attending FitBloggin, I was so excited! It’s the brainchild of my fairyblogmother, Roni, and I’d been hearing all the fantastic excitement on Twitter for the past several weeks.  Once it truly became a reality, the anxiety set in. You see, I get so nervous when meeting new people, especially people I admire and look up to. Attending a conference with a bunch of successful bloggers is so intimidating to me.

On Friday morning I took the train up to Baltimore and got to the convention mid-morning. There were several fitness classes going on, and lots of people around tweeting and blogging, immersed in their laptops and smartphones. It was a trip. I felt really out of place and nervous so I mostly just stuck my face in my computer for a while.

Once lunch rolled around, I met up with Anne from Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy, who I’ve guest-posted for before. I was looking forward to meeting her, especially since we live so close to each other. She was great and I’m glad I had someone to hang with.

The sessions at FitBloggin were fantastic. I learned so much about using Twitter, improving my blog, keeping content fresh, and all sorts of other great ideas to keep things fun and new around here. I’m really motivated and excited and can’t thank Roni enough for putting on such an amazing event.

And then there was the “stuff.” I discovered new brands:

  • 22 Days Nutrition – The Enlightened Pumpkinseed bar is unbelievable. Creamy, perfectly sweet with a little bit of salty, and a wonderful snack. It’s a little high in WW points (5 Points+) but it is seriously fantastic.
  • PopChips – It doesn’t get much better when it comes to social media branding than PopChips. I’ve heard about them so many times, and seen them at the store, but I’d never actually tried them. And now I’m kicking myself for not trying them sooner. 3 Points+ for a bag of potato chips? Count me in! You will never, ever miss greasy potato chips again. I promise.
  • Larabar – Another brand I’d been reading about and had heard of, but I’d never tried. Upon trying my first one, I immediately got on Twitter and posted about my newfound love. Holy hell these things are good! Again, a little high in points (6 Points+, depending on the variety) but a great snack.

There are several other sponsors, but these are the three that really stood out for me. Click here for a list of the other FitBloggin11 sponsors.

If you’re a blogger and you get an opportunity to go to a blogging conference, even if it doesn’t necessarily fit into your niche exactly, jump on it! You’ll get invaluable information and connections.

Have you ever been to a blogging conference? What’s the one big thing you took away from it?

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  1. Mel

    It was so great meeting you at FitBloggin’, Amy! BTW, the Daily Mocha Mantra 22 Days bar was awesome, too. I’m on a mission now to find the Cherry Chocolate Bliss flavor. LOL

  2. Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice

    I didn’t attend fitbloggin’ but I LOVED reading everyone’s recaps! Looks like it was well worth the trip!!

    Are you planning to attend any upcoming blog conferences?

    Great blog!! Saw you through your mention on #commenthour

  3. Queen J.

    I am glad that you had a chance to go to the conference. I haven’t been to any bloggy conferences yet. I can’t wait to find one in my area.

    Visiting from #commenthour

  4. Jocelyn

    I’ve never been but now I want too badly. I want to try to do Bloggy Boot Camp next year. #commenthour

    I love your blog, but don’t neglect the fat food. I enjoy!!!

  5. Married In Chicago

    It sounds like you had a great time! I’d love to go to a blogging conference – it was awesome reading everyones tweets about them. And yes to popchips! I got them from costco a while back and they are so deliciously satisfying! I love the crunch 🙂

  6. KC

    I was so nervous about attending Fitbloggin, but it was just fabulous. I think what I took away is that bloggers LOVE to chat, and it’s a community that really shares ideas. So glad I went!

  7. Karen Harris

    Hi Amy! My husband is a huge Larabar fan, but of course he can be because he walks 5 miles a day. I have threatened to join Weight Watchers a million times. You may have inspired me to finally do it.

  8. Lizzy

    Nice tips about your new food finds…I’ve heard of a couple of those, but never have tried them 🙂

    As far as substituting yogurt for sour cream, it should work perfectly! Hope you try the muffins~

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