If you have been following me on my social media channels last week you probably saw me posting lots of pictures about products, people, food and more food! I had the honor of being selected to attend Blogfest, a relatively new segment at the IDEA World Health and Fitness Convention, and it has definitely been the highlight of my summer thus far. IDEA is the worlds largest fitness convention and it took place in Los Angeles this past week.
It has been over 3 years since I have attended IDEA, and each time I come away with a different experience, cutting edge products, and lots of new friends.
Here are some of the highlights:
A collagen based protein product? Say WHAT? At first I was a little apprehensive about drinking something made out of collagen but once I discovered that this product was not a “Hollywood quick fix” type product and learned the science behind how our body utilizes the peptides to rebuild bone and joint health and can repair the digestive issues more effectively than other types of protein I was more at ease. And then, I had the opportunity to try some of their products and was quite impressed.
First off, cottage cheese is a staple in my weekly diet. I love it but I am so picky about it. I had some reservations when the Bell Institute, who provide many health and wellness services through their web portal, provided us with breakfast the very first day. But after taking one bit I was hooked and making my way to their booth between every session to steal, I mean sample, their cottage cheese! Did I mention they are also very generous?
I also became a fan of the Bell Institute who was hired by General Mills to help improve the quality of their products and help educate the consumer about healthy choices. Their website provides tons of valuable and applicable information. Be sure to check them out here.
- Amy Van Dyken, Jenna Wolfe and Trish Blackwell
All women with a story. All women acting with passion and purpose. Women who will stop at nothing, but also want to see and help others succeed. Amy Van Dyken’s Inspiration Award acceptance speech was powerful. Jenna Wolfe’s keynote at Blogfest was hilarious and moving. And Trish Blackwell, I have followed her for quite sometime and she never disappoints. She has created a business and career similar to the one I envision for myself. I listen to her podcasts often and follow her leadership through social media. But what really blew me away was when I went up to her in the lobby after the conference and she knew who I was! I felt like a winner. And it was confirmed in that moment I will create the life I want and achieve the goals I have set for myself. I belong in the same room with these women.
New and old! There are not many industries where you can attend a conference and the energy is magnetic. The warm environment at IDEA invites you to strike up a conversation with the person next to you, hug your sweaty workout partner after intense workout and exchange information to network and keep in touch throughout the year. It is something you have to experience to understand. This trip allowed me the opportunity to connect with some of my friends across the US and some internationally that I have not seen in the past few years. It is always nice to be greeted with a big smile and a warm hug.
Grateful. Beyond words. I was intimidated heading into the weekend fearing that my blog wasn’t up to snuff. I didn’t know what to expect. I had no idea if I was prepared for the two day intensive. But again, just like IDEA itself, I made new friends, networked and had an amazing time. I learned a lot and laughed a lot too! You will begin to see me truly expressing who I am and what I stand for in the health and fitness world. More authentically and consistently. I am so excited for what is in store and getting out of my comfort zone to really make things happen.
I am happy to be back to my normal routine but I am grateful for all that I experienced the past week at IDEA.
Have a great weekend!
X –Tiffany G.