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Posted on May 22, 2011 in Blogging, Dear Diary, Food | 31 comments

Fitbloggin’ 2011!

Well, the Fitbloggin’ conference is over. Noooooo!


It was an absolutely awesome weekend of meeting new friends (I adamantly refuse to start using the term “blends”, btw haha), learning immense amounts of new information about blogging and the social media sphere (did you check out my notes from the session on how to utilize social media in blogging?) and even getting to complete my third 5K!

I took so many pictures and met so many people and had so much fun that I’m going to throw it all up in this post at once so you can all relive the magic with me. YOU ARE WELCOME. (But seriously, apologies for the longest post in the history of posts due to the obscene amount of pictures I feel compelled to share.) Heeeere, we go! πŸ˜‰

We were staying at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront – literally RIGHT on the water. Amazing views!

And look who else was there: Anne! She is awesome (dare I say, fantastic? HA!), and also happens to be my sister’s bestie from high school, so we go literally way back. Heh. Jealous, sister?

Are you digging Tina‘s awesome mouth-full-of-bread photobomb here?

Anne hard at work. So many laptops… so many bloggers.

Katy‘s got mad Zumba skillz, what can I say?

Gretchen and Jennifer at Fitbloggin!
Pic stolen from Jennifer! I <3 her.

Theodora doin’ her thang. I loved being around so many other people who take pictures of their food!

Photoshoot down by the water, natch.

Photo down by the Baltimore Waterfront
Our awesome dinner group: Matt, Sana, Yours Truly, Jenn, Gina, Julianne, and Julie (who I stole this pic from, heh.)

We got to spend a little time outside, walking around. The weather was pretty crummy the first day but cleared up BEAUTIFULLY on Saturday!

So beautifully, in fact, that we got to see this rockin’ segueway tour zipping down by the harbor. Haaaaahahaha.

IMG_7441.jpgJulie and I at Fitbloggin
Absolutely loved getting to meet all my roomies for the weekend, too! From the top that’s Amy and Elisha, Julie, and Jordan. Lovelovelove!


And holy frijole, the swag. OH. EM. GEE. The swag. New sneakers, running capris, a hat that has built-in speakers, a new SCALE, Popchips and Larabars and coupons galore… and that only skims the surface! I think I have enough Popchips to last me for the rest of the year. HA! Okay, let’s be honest. They will be gone by Tuesday.


My room looks like it exploded. It’s awesome. And let’s not forget the EATS:



These were the biggest effing crabcakes of my life. I couldn’t even make it through an entire one! Too bad they were only okay – lots of little pieces of shell and a lot of filler, unfortunately. Always had great company at dinner, though! Okay. I think I’ve killed you with pictures enough for now. I just wanted to get it all down, y’know, for posterity! Hopefully you’ll all be able to reap the benefits of everything I learned in days to come… I have SO many new ideas for posts!

Can’t wait ’til next year!


  1. Wait, you’re not using the “word” blends? That seems right up your alley πŸ˜‰

    • I thought you would appreciate the progress I’m making.

  2. Wow! I don’t even have a healthy living or fitness blog and I totally wish I’d gone to fitbloggin’ – just for the swag! Looks like you had a blast! πŸ™‚

    • Right? The swag is ridonk. And not everyone at these conferences is even a blogger, let alone a fitness one! You should totally consider coming next time! πŸ™‚

  3. I have lot’s of things to day about this post. First, I will never use the word blends either. It’s gross. Second, I’m glad we share mutual love for one another. It seems like we were just meant to be friends. Third, you organized your thoughts about Fitbloggin’ much more concisely than I was able to.Lastly, I’m moving up there just as soon as I find a job! D.C. or bust!

    • DOOOOOO IT. I need you here! πŸ˜€

  4. Looks like SO much fun. I really need to pull my thumb out and attend one of these blogger conferences!

    • There’s like two more happening just this summer… just sayin’….. πŸ˜€

  5. It was great to meet you this weekend! I love all your photos. I look forward to reading your blog in the future!

    • Loved meeting you, too! You are so my go-to guru if I pay a visit to the Cleve anytime in the near future πŸ˜‰

  6. Hey lady!! It was absolutely wonderful to meet you!! You are so funny!!! Hopefully, we will get to hang out again. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks girrrl! I definitely hope so too! West coast meet up someday? Somehow? Hahaha

    • w00t! Fitbloggin’ 2012 or bust! πŸ™‚

    • It is! They WERE. I kinda wanted to ask if I could take that home with me instead of yet another bag of Popchips, hehehe.

  7. Great to meet you too, girl! Your pictures are gorgeous, you are so talented. Look forward to reading more about your beautiful self!

    • Thanks, Cara! Ditto, naturally. πŸ™‚

  8. You are so cute and your pictures rock my world…I lust for skills like that.

    And even though I love the word blends and will use it for life πŸ™‚ you are an awesome friend. So fun to meet you!

    • Oh gosh, you flatterer. I’m blushing! And hey, I’m not knocking your use of it! After all, you should hear–read?– some of the abbrevs (heh) and portmanteaus that I come up with. I use the term “whasian” with alarming frequency. πŸ˜‰

  9. So great to meet you this weekend Gretchen! You’re such a sweetheart.

    I have to ask, what is the name of the lens that you are borrowing from your bro?

    • I loved meeting you too! Hopefully it won’t be too long before next time. πŸ™‚ And it’s a Canon 50mm 1.4 prime lens. Or at least, I think that’s what it’s called, hahaha.

    • If only we all knew how to use them…!

  10. I can’t believe no one asked but where did you get that super cute black and white dress?

    • Thanks! It’s the same one I wore to my birthday party back in April, so maybe people recognize it from that post. I got it at New York & Company! I loveloveLOVE it – it’s super cute and it’s really, really comfortable too!

  11. I WANNA GO NEXT YEAR!! It looks like you had a blast!

  12. Yayy!! Loves it! I can’t wait until next year.

    We should request that we are able to bring our dogs, ha ha! Seriously – how much fun would that be?

  13. LOVE all of your pics! I’m making the rounds and catching up on all of the Fitbloggin posts.

    I’m still on high from the weekend!

    Winks & Smiles,


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