Last weekend, I was invited to attend IDEA, a fitness convention in downtown L.A. so I met up with a couple of my favorite Californians – Leslie and Jaason and met many interesting people who are dedicated to living super fit lifestyles. Everyone there (including Leslie and Jaason) looked beautiful and photo shopped (there’s a theme here, isn’t there?) so I was more than a little intimidated until I started talking with everyone.
I met several people (trainers, company owners, musicians and vendors) who were all incredibly fit. I also met Nicole from Sparkpeople, and she was fantastic! Shortly after I arrived, I was talking with a small group of fitness experts and thought I recognized a woman, realizing a moment later that it was Britney, one of the trainers from the show, Heavy.
We talked for several minutes about my journey, my strategy to press on toward my health goals and a variety of other topics that included my insecurity about being in a place filled with ultra toned, ridiculously good-looking people. I can’t express how hard it is to lose 100 pounds and still be the heaviest person in almost every room. She was incredibly encouraging, and I left that conversation ready to meet everyone else.
I also met the awesome people behind the Do or Die Fitness which was awesome because I adore their products! They sent a set of tools for me to try last month, and they’ve helped improve my floor exercises tremendously. In fact, I think I need to do a giveaway. Who’s in?! I’m obsessed with using their wrist wedges which makes me so much easier for me to do mountain climbers, push-ups and other things that make my arms and shoulders feel like they might crumble beneath me. I also like their knee wedges for similar reasons.
Attending this convention was a big deal for me because I stepped out of my comfort zone to do it, and I’m so glad I did. Being here has already presented so many opportunities for me to reestablish my health and fitness goals, but it has also given me the to opportunity to appreciate myself where I am right now. I’m trying…I’m trying…I’m trying…and I’m going to keep trying as long as I have to because there is no other option. I will continue working toward my fitness goals, updating my food log and loving myself as I am today.
And because I love working out at Slimmons, I’m going to share another video. You can see KeepItUpDavid killin’ it throughout the video, and you can catch me rockin’ out with Richard at about 6 minuntes and 35 seconds. 🙂