If you know me, you probably know that I go through phases in which I travel a lot. You may also know that Fitbloggin’ has been one of my favorite events to attend over the years. The first two years I attended were in Baltimore which, for me, was a no-brainer, but I gave it more thought this year for a few reasons.
First, it’s in Portland, OR which has never been on my list of places I’d like to go. I’ve heard that it’s a beautiful city and that the hotel in which the conference will be held is equally beautiful. (That’s good to know!) I’m just an east coast girl so it has never been on my radar. After doing some research and hearing some amazing stories about it, I’ve extended my trip, and I plan to spend a few days there after the conference. (I’m obviously excited now.)
Secondly, it’s a much longer flight that requires a connection. If you know me even a little bit, you know that I despise connecting flights. When I lived in New York, it was easy to say that I’d fly direct, or I wouldn’t go. That’s not as easy flying out of New Orleans, and it seemed to be impossible when I was perusing flights online.
The third reason is much bigger though. I haven’t lost any weight since the last one. The conference is designed for fitness-minded bloggers (many of whom will weigh less than they did last time I saw them,) and I’m going to be about 10 pounds heavier this year than I was at the last one. Do you know how ridiculous and shameful I feel when I think about how I’ve spent the last several months moving in the wrong direction?!
Here’s the thing about Fitbloggin’ though – it’s about growth and progress, self-acceptance and a lot of other positive things. Maybe folks will notice that I’m a bit larger than I was at the last one, but I can’t imagine imagine missing out on giant the giant hugs, learning experiences, awesome workouts and happy reunions that are imminent because I’m not happy that my clothes fit a bit tighter right now.
Many of the people in attendance, some of whom are dear friends, know how much I’ve struggled to hang on by a thread, and some of them understand it because they’ve lived it. Some of my best friends came as a result of Fitbloggin’ too, and they’ve never liked or disliked me based on the size of my clothes.
It may not be quite as easy to face old friends and new ones as it would be if I were at least a few sizes smaller, but it would be far more difficult to let the opportunities pass me by because I’m not happy with myself. I’ve been trying to listen to my body lately, and it seems to be working better than I imagined that it would. I’m also feeling good about my workouts, and I’m in a happier, much more settled place than I was during the previous years. I’ve made tremendous amounts of progress within my mind, and my body is still strong as well.
I’m glad that I’ve decided to get over the embarrassment so I can attend Fitbloggin’ because when I go, I always feel as though I’m right where I belong, and I can’t wait to have that feeling again.
Get ready, Portland. I’ll be there soon.
Have you ever attended Fitbloggin? Will you be there this year?