Hey, guess what?! My first HLS photo-recap post is featured on DailyBuzz Health today! This is huge for me, being listed up there with some of the bloggers that I really admire. There are some great posts in the mix, you should check them out 😉
But, now that I’ve gone through the events chronology of the Healthy Living Summit, I’d like to share some thoughts and reflections – both good and not so good. I am in no way aiming to bash HLS, but I didn’t think it would be totally honest of me to only share half of what I really think.
- I came to realize that my blog is much more about healthy food than fitness or anything else health-related. I love fitness, but it’s more a part of my life than a passion. I’d have to say food is a passion.
- That said, I’m absolutely dying to try CrossFit! After the teaser-WOD we did on Saturday, my desire to do crossfit has only intensified. The community just seems so amazing, and I just wish I had the funds to pay for a membership.
- There were practically no sessions about healthy living in and of itself, aside from the keynote presentation. Almost everything was about blogs, blogging, and careers in the HLB world. Yes, I get that all of us in attendance are already very knowledgable about healthy life, but I feel like the conference shouldn’t be called “Healthy Living Summit” if it’s mostly about blogging. Don’t get me wrong – I learned a ton about blogging, but I walked away wanting more about health and life.
- A blogger conference is one of the few places where you can go up to someone and say “you probably have no idea who I am, but I’ve read your blog forever and feel like I already know you!” – and it’s not creepy at all.
- A ton of the “healthy food” brands that sponsored the summit contained ingredients that I wouldn’t consider particularly healthy. The biggest culprit: sugar and sugar substitutes. Yes, I get that these companies are supporting healthy, active lifestyles, but they are still selling a processed product. I think it’s fantastic that there are healthier alternatives to some of the “fake” brands out there, but I can’t say I would be on board to work with brands that advertise sugary, processed things. Once again, this is just my philosophy – I’m not saying that these people and their products are bad.
- There are a ton of bloggers that seemed to “put on a mask” when writing their blogs. Most of the girls I spent the most time were not like this – they were genuine, and very open, but I turned off by a few people who seemed so different in person than in writing.
- I learned so much about the business and media side of blogging, and I have quite a few (not-so) grand plans for the future of this little blog. Who knows what I will actually manage to get done, but it feels great to have a lot more confidence and knowledge up my sleeve.
- I still have little to no self-control when it comes to buffet meals. No, I do not feel guilty about all the food I ate – I did not stuff myself silly. But, I definitely ate more than I really needed to, and wish I had more mental preparation to handle the buffet. Healthy living is a journey, and there is always something to work on.
- I felt self-conscious the whole time. I eat a lot, I’m not skinny (and accept that that’s just not my body), and can’t afford to buy clothes that are always the latest and greatest. I’m just getting more comfortable in my skin, but I felt like I was constantly being judged on what I ate, and how I looked. I know this is probably me being ridiculous, but for the first day or so it was hard to shake this feeling.
- On another note, the fact that I could run a 5k without stopping and barely feel like I used up any energy felt fantastic. A year ago, I would have felt horribly tired and worn after a run like that. It just goes to show that if you are careful about increasing your running mileage and fueling properly, your body can do amazing things for you.
For those of you at HLS – what was one lesson you learned or thought you had about the experience?
Have you recently learned anything about yourself from others (bloggers or not)? Please share!