Fit4Fitbloggin – Conference Get Together?

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Jen says:

Stand up and touch your toes!

Sorry people, I couldn’t resist. Just typing “jen says” made me think of simon and I giggled a bit.

January has been rough around these parts. The plague entered my house and gave me the hardest time. I was sick for weeks. I think I called it the Great Winter Plague of 2011. I spent weeks with a lingering cold; I just couldn’t shake it. It got worse so I went called out sick and went to the doctor, diagnosis: bronchial infection. Two days later I woke up with a stomach bug. I will spare you the details here but it was terrible. I went back to school yesterday. And the husband now has the bug.

I may be feeling better but I am not 100% and dang, I am tired. The first week in January I logged 16 miles. I have logged maybe 4 since. The sickness kept me down. There was almost no fitness. In the beginning of the sickness I tried working out but as the cold progressed my work outs regressed.

So there has been no “fit” for fitbloggin. No fit period. This really MUST change but I am not beating myself up about it. For the first time, I have truly been listening to what my body, mind and soul need! I have needed this time to heal and recover from the Great Winter Plague of 2011. Now time to focus on fitness – fitness of my mind, body and soul.

I don’t know about you, but I am so OVER winter. Bring on Spring!

Mandy says:

I’m over winter too! Mostly because I want my house back to myself, not filled with everyone hiding from the snow, or recovering from yet another illness. I just want to open the doors and let some nice air in – not get blasted by the Arctic tundra. Or, at the very least, I want to be able to walk my poor dog around the block with out either one of us returning blue. Is that so much to ask?

But then, I had a thought yesterday: If I keep looking forward to Spring, and ignoring winter (wrapped in a cozy blanket by the fire, sitting on my rear, drinking mug after mug of hot chocolate,) then I will be waisting away even more precious time! As it is, I only have 15 weeks left before it’s Fitbloggin’ time! 15 weeks!

Now, can I be really honest with you all? Like, brutally, painfully honest? “Please-don’t-point-and-stare” kind of honest? Good…well…

Right now I am heavier than I was at last year’s Fitbloggin. Maybe healthier in some aspects, but still: heavier. And that’s not cool, not for my body, not for me. But, if I buckle down, I think it’s really do-able for me to eek in under that number in time to meet all you beautiful people in May. And I’d really like to do that.

So that’s my goal. Not really fit by Fitbloggin (cause, really, that was never gonna happen) but fitter by Fitbloggin.

Jen Says:

Mandy, we love you!! I wish I could jump into my computer and come through yours – you need a hug and a slap to the back of the head (Gibb style)!! It is time for us to remember that “fit” doesnt have to be a set number on the scale. You are healthier in some aspects – be proud of that!!

15 weeks?!?!

In 15 weeks, I will finally be able to hug all of you amazing people who have supported us!

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to give you all big smoochy bear hugs!!

Mandy Says:

Me too! Me too! And, just to drop a teenie tiny hint…we may have something in the works to be able to do just that! Raise your hand if you’re ready to spread the love, Fitbloggin style!

Roni Says:

15 Weeks?!

OMG that required me to jump in and say, “HOLY CRAP!”

That means I have a baby to deliver AND a conference to finish organizing in 15 weeks? Thanks for the eye opening WOW moment!

Now.. down to business… the Fit4Fitbloggin’ girls are wondering how long you are planning to stay in town for the conference. We’ll be wrapping up official festivities Saturday around 5PM but who will be sticking around until Sunday? Are we up for making Saturday evening plans? Let us know in the comments!


  1. jsutera654 says

    I'll be around Saturday night, I'd love to continue the Fitbloggin' fun but that could just be the over-eager first-timer in me 😉

  2. says

    I actually booked my airfare last night, so I can give you a definitive answer now. 🙂 I'll be arriving Thursday morning at around 9am and my return flight home leaves Sunday at around 5pm. I'm up for Saturday night plans.

  3. kclanderson says

    Jen, I actually stood up and touched my toes and it felt good! 🙂

    So, I am coming in on Thursday and leaving Sunday so I'm up for playing on Saturday night!

  4. says

    I live in the area so I'm up for anything Saturday/Sunday.

    If people want to do something Sunday morning/afternoon because they have a later flight please let me know because if you leave out of BWI I can give you a ride to the airport on Sunday evening.

  5. NYCPatty says

    Thank you for sharing how Winter has impacted your routines (life & workout)…it feels so good to not be alone struggling through all this cold!

    15 weeks! WOW…that's so close! I'm so excited as a first timer!
    I'll be around until Sunday and would love to hang with all the wonderful peeps 🙂

  6. says

    I'll be around Saturday night! How do fitness bloggers throw a rager? Since I have no clue, I'll go ahead an volunteer to bring the spiked Gatorade.

  7. Thea @ Im A Drama Mama says

    I'm driving home Sunday so you know what I say to a Saturday night shindig? BRING IT!

  8. says

    Count me in for dinner Saturday night. And dancing. And whatever else you want to throw at me! I'll be in town till Sunday, and if you keep me occupied, then I won't go banging on Charm City Cakes' door. (don't think I haven't already played out THAT scenerio in my head! It usually ends up with me in jail and being slapped with a restraining order… lol)

  9. says

    I'm still waiting for my money to come in so i can purchase my plane ticket… But i hope to stay until Sunday… so definitely game for some fun on Saturday night!

  10. Melissa Anderson says

    I'm so excited! I'm in! The Sisterhood plans on having a get-together after the Thursday happenings, too! All are welcome! I can't wait to see everyone!

  11. says

    Oh my gosh! I'm so excited y'all! Now I have to start planning! (Thanks for chiming in and letting us know you're ready to par-tay!) ((Could I use any more exclamation marks?! I think not!!))