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#BlogHer12: Get Moving

by Meghann on August 4, 2012

What happens when you try to feed 5,000 hungry bloggers at once?

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Chaos!

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Lunch at BlogHer was insane. We arrived early (before they even opened the doors) and raced in to grab a table before getting food. It’s a good thing we did too, because all the tables filled up quickly and everyone who grabbed food first was struggling to find seats. We waited (or tried to wait) for the lines to die down, but even after 15 minutes, the lines still wrapped around the second floor of the hotel. Luckily there were enough food stations where the lines moved quickly.

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Kudos to the hotel catering staff for trying to feed all 5,000 attendees at once. I can’t even imagine how big of a challenge that was. They were refilling food as soon as it ran out (which happened quickly), and I think the two folks who were wheeling the dessert carts out were almost trampled as various bloggers raced after them for mini cakes. I mean, I wasn’t one of them. Obviously. ;)

The food was pretty good. I grabbed a delicious roasted veggie sandwich, cous cous, and roasted vegetables.

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Alright, I lied. I was totally one of the bloggers tracking down the dessert cart. I <3 mini desserts!

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Martha Stewart was our lunch time key note speaker yesterday.

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I’ve always been a fan of Martha, but I think I’m an even bigger fan now. She’s just so real and personable and she seems to really get the strength behind social media and bloggers. She writes her own blog at www.themarthablog.com, which she started in the early 2000s. And, no, her staff doesn’t write it for her – it’s all her own voice and words and one of her favorite things. Love.

After lunch I headed to a couple of sessions.

First up, Strategic Content Development Across Multiple Media with Issa Rae, Franchesca Ramsey, Luvvie Ajayi, and Dr. Goddess.

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The panel was mainly made up of YouTube heavy bloggers. They were hilarious and spoke about what inspired their content (friends, family, trends, etc.) and reminded us not to be afraid to put stuff out there. If no one took risks, then the internet would be a very boring place.

Second, Media Training for Bloggers with Elaine Wu and Julie Crabill.

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This was more of a PR bootcamp for bloggers. What I really took away from it, were the notes on finding your own voice and sticking with. They reiterated to have confidence in your niche “expertise,” don’t give the answer you think people want to hear – give the answer you truly believe in, and don’t struggle to come up with an answer if you don’t have it – admit that you don’t know.

Both sessions were pretty inspiring. I can’t wait to see what the sessions bring today.

After the last session we grabbed a cab across town and headed to Physique57 for a special class with Well and Good NYC.

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A couple of years ago I received the Physique57 DVD (review HERE). The DVD was great, but it wasn’t interesting enough to keep me going back to it. I think I maybe did it two or three times before I set it on my on my DVD rack and never touched it again. I think my problem was A) not having someone there personally showing me what to do and correcting me along the way and B) it was easy to take mini breaks when I should have kept going. It’s one thing to do the DVD all-out – including the million straight leg lifts -but, let’s face it, it’s 10 times harder to stick to it when your in your living room and no one is staring your down. The classroom setting is always better.

When Ashley began to set-up the Physique57 event with Well and Good NYC, I was curious to really discover the difference between the DVD and the class.

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The class was led by Physique57 co-founder Tanya Becker. Tanya just had twins (!!) 4 months ago and was so cute and so full of energy, it was hard not to instantly fall in love with her. We started with free weights, then moved to the bar and did moves that incorporated the ball, mats, bands, and, of course, the bar. I’ve taken a few other barre method classes in the last couple of years, and I have to stay that this was the hardest of all the barre method classes I’ve ever taken. I stuck to my guns and tried not to give up when my body started to shake, and I could really feel it in my legs and arms.

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Tanya was amazing. She never got mean, and instead kept the encouragement up by making us laugh and telling us we could do this. I also loved the one-on-one corrections taking place. I think that’s what I was really missing with the DVD. You can be doing a move as simple as lifting your leg up and down while leaning on the bar and not feel a thing, but she would come up behind you and turn your knee a certain way and BAM you could feel it. Burn, baby, burn.

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My only regret with the class was wearing running shorts – big mistake! If you take a barre method class be sure to wear leggings or tight-fitting shorts or pants. Apparently I missed that memo and I apologize to any of my fellow class mates I may have accidentally flashed during class. Whoops. Good thing we’re all friends.

Did you know Chobani opened a yogurt bar store front in NYC? A whole store dedicated to greek yogurt. You pick your yogurt, pick your toppings, and enjoy. Pretty cool. We had a few creations waiting for us to try after class. I had a plain yogurt with pistachio, mint, chocolate chips, and orange slices , yum.

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Thank you Well and Good NYC and Physique57 for hosting a great class!

Our group took advantage of the free showers at Physique57 and freshened up before heading out to dinner at Agave.

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I had the Rosita, a spicy strawberry margarita. I love spicy drinks – this was fabulous.

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Cheers!

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Left to right: Gina, Me, Sabrina, Ashley, Theodora, Caitlin, Erica, and Cat.

We started with guacamole

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And I ordered the chicken enchiladas.

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They were delicious, but super heavy. :)

We sat for dinner at 7:00, but didn’t leave our table until close to 11:00. We couldn’t stop talking, the conversation just flowed and flowed. This is a group of amazing ladies and I love and respect everyone of them.

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We walked home and I immediately crashed. It was a long, but exciting day.

I can’t wait for day 2!

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