Five on Friday – the FitBloggin edition

Hi there!

Happy Independence Day!



Hope you’re having a spectacular day! If you happened to be in the path of Hurricane Arthur, I certainly hope you and yours and safe and sound. Arthur showed up here about 3:30(isn) this morning but just brought some heavy rain and wind. Thankfully, we live far enough inland that we weren’t affected too badly by the storm.

Okay, I promise this will be my last FitBloggin’ post!

(Maybe – I reserve the right to change my mind. I AM a woman, after all!)  😉

I met so many awesome people at FitBloggin’ and was introduced to so many awesome blogs.

I want to share a few with you that I think are definitely worth checking out.


Friday night at FitBloggin’ was Ignite Fitness night and there were 10 (I think) speakers who volunteered to stand up and chat for 5 minutes – to tell their story or just tell A story. Sarah was one of those people. Unfortunately, I never actually introduced myself to her (two reasons – introverted and slightly ADD. no excuse, really.) but her story touched me. A lot more than I would have expected. I’d never heard of Lipedema or Lymphedema before and I can’t imagine how I would deal with it if it was me. Sarah amazes me. She’s had a positive attitude since she was small and it has continued into her adulthood. I look forward to learning from her amazing self-awareness and self-appreciation and I hope to have another opportunity in the future to stop being such a dumbass and go say hi.


Alan is one of the most positive and happy people I have ever met. I think he might even be happier than Erin who taught our bootcamp class and was probably amped up on at least a liter of caffeine. 😉 Alan also spoke at Ignite Fitness. His blog is the tale of a man who decided to take back his life, regain his happiness, and document his successes (and struggles). His drive to keep going amazes me. He decides he’s going to do something (that somebody else probably told him he couldn’t do) and he goes and does it. Like running a 5k or even doing a triathlon! His ability to focus and self-motivate forced me to reflect on my OWN ability to do those things and I left FitBloggin’ with a renewed vigor and sense of excitement towards my training. Thanks, Alan. I needed that! 🙂


Jessica led “The Introvert’s Guide to Blogging” session. How does an introverted blogger get in front of a bunch of other people and give insight about what it takes to be a successful blogger who would often rather hide from all the people?! I don’t know but she did it amazingly. I really felt comfortable with her because she actually understands what it’s like to be an introvert.  If you’re an extrovert, it probably boggles you why that person in the corner is so quiet, or that person in your work group never speaks up. Maybe you think she’s “reserved,” “snobby,” “unfriendly,” or any other negative adjective you can think of. Perhaps, instead, she’s “shy,” “uncomfortable in large groups,” “doesn’t like to have attention drawn to her,”  or something else. I appreciated how honest she was with us – probably helped to have a bunch of like-minded people to share your feelings with! – and how accepting we ALL were of each other. For a bunch of introverts, it really wasn’t a quiet session. Okay, so we weren’t having a dance party or anything but I don’t think a single one of us felt uncomfortable about speaking up.


I don’t even know where to begin. I mean, her alter ego is “Crabby McSlacker.”

You know that part of you that whines, moans, and bitches about being too sweaty, losing toenails, getting blisters, ripped hands, sore knees, bad bruises, and all the other things that are the “not fun” parts of running/biking/crossfit/fitness in general? Yeah, that’s the voice of Jan in your head. And yet, she’s positive, friendly, and extremely intelligent and insightful so it’s almost as if Mary Poppins is following her around with that spoonful of sugar at the ready. 🙂


You want motivation? You want to be inspired? You want to hear about dedication and cross your fingers that it rubs off on you? Check out Allie’s blog. 🙂

HOLY. SMOKES. You should have seen her arms! #ripped

There are so many more blogs that are definitely worth checking out. We’re all checking in and posting our FitBloggin’ recaps here – you should check them out. Who knows who (and what) you’ll discover?!

Talk to me: Who motivates or inspires you? How do you respond when you meet someone who inspires you?

– jennifer

2 thoughts on “Five on Friday – the FitBloggin edition

  1. OMG you are so awesome!!! Thank you so much for what you wrote – I can’t tell you how BIG my smile is right now. I’m also so grateful that you recognized Cranky Fitness because I loved meeting her and then I totally forgot to follow her blog! Thanks for the reminder and the shout out. You are awesome 🙂

  2. THANK YOU!!! You were such fun to talk to, and have a great blog, and I can’t believe I totally missed this post! And I have to agree that Allie is such an inspiration and so kick-ass. Looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

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