Fitbloggin Day 2

On March 20, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

A beautiful day..

Plans of mice and men.  Or something.  You know how I love cliches.

Beth and I were halfway thinking about doing a walk this morning at 6:30.  Somehow, we decided a big ole “no” to that and stayed in bed.  Well, to be fair, we decided last night while setting the alarm for this morning.  Who wants to get up at 6:30 when there are no kids forcing you to do so?  (Remember, we both have very, very young munchkins at home.)

Breakfast was a catered event hosted by Quaker.  Which would have been great — if we had not had WLS.  It was an “oatmeal bar” with a choice of toppings — cinnamon sugar, cranberries, honey, or milk.  There was also some fresh fruit, some icky “Starbucks” brewed coffee (supposed, I’m not quite sure..).  Me?  I had thought ahead and brought some of the Smart Carb bread.  The question was how to toast it?  There was another conference next door that had a toaster, but their food was being guarded by this woman.. I had to get special dispensation to BORROW THE TOASTER for the whole 2 minutes it took to warm my bread.  It was crazy ridiculous.  And people kept asking me where I got my bread — I’m guessing these were not oatmeal folks, either.

Moving on, went to a WONDERFUL session dealing with writing about junk science and how to avoid doing so.  Too many people do so — and perhaps I’ve been one that has.  In fact, there’s something that I’m going to have to study a bit more and possibly modify on one of my posts.  In any case, one of the panelists, David Grotto, is a Registered Dietician and into Integrative Medicine.  Guys – meeting this man was worth my entire trip here.  I’m serious.  I’ve got to sit down with the husband and work out a few details, but expect a post about this in a day or so.  I’m serious – life changing stuff here.  And it’s for the WLS community so it’s for the betterment for you.

Many of the bloggers here are trying to learn how to monetize their blogs.  Which, I guess, really surprised me.  So it was natural that many of the breakouts were about that one issue.  There was SEO (search engine optimization), how to write a book, and how to monetize.  It was interesting, a bit overwhelming, a bit inspiring, and quite a bit scary.  It was amusing as all freaking hell, though, when asked of the room how many people actually made their entire living by blogging and Beth was the only hand held high.  She wasn’t looking at first and when she realized she was said very quickly, “Oh shit!” cause, well, she’s awesome.  Like I said — lot’s to think about.

The end of the day came with a Jello-sponsored Jello / sushi / cash bar reception (yeah — I know, I was thinking the same pukage thoughts as well).  Spoke with a few people, but mostly Beth ordered a martini with 7 something olives.

Today wasn’t as bad in terms of the alienation — although I felt very old (many of these girls should have been carded last night), and very small in terms of what I do.  Looking at some of the other blogs, I still have a long ways to go, and I need to do a whole lot — but I think I can get there.  I just need to get there.  I just don’t know how, or what, or who.  I do know the why — so that’s better than many I suppose.

Tonight, we’re meeting up with some ObesityHelp folks — looking forward to spending some time with some folks that are a bit more like us and enjoying a bit more freedom to be the surgically-altered freaks that we are.

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3 Responses to “Fitbloggin Day 2”

  1. Lisa says:

    It sounds like you both are at least taking away something from this conference- which is great. I wish I could have gone. I like reading your blog- it’s a good blog. I’m glad you found some more information/inspiration. Keep up the good work!

  2. Andrea says:

    It’s at least given me a whole lot to think about — which is good, bad, and scary all at the same time.

  3. rny_alison says:

    Can’t wait to hear about David Grotto!!!

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