This was the second event that I attended that was sponsored by FITNESS Magazine. Last year I was invited to FitBlogLA and had a blast! This event was just as inspiring as the prior gathering but a little more my speed. It is definitely worth my drive up from San Diego to attend. I always come away with great memories.
What I LOVE most about gatherings such as these is the opportunity to connect with my fellow bloggers and getting to hear from industry pros! I am in complete admiration of these ladies and each is a blogging hero of mine! I still smile knowing that I got to practice yoga alongside FITNESS Magazine's Executive Editor Pam O'Brien, and bloggers Chris What I Run Into, Melissa The Valentine RD, and Tiffany Running Hutch! I enjoyed that boost of inspiration from these ladies!
Our day started with fresh fruits, yogurt, tea, infused water, and an amazing hour long yoga practice with Mary Beth LaRue. I am an instant fan of hers and loved her style. I especially admire the fact that she has developed classes held at the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles for teenagers, newborns, and their family members. It touches my heart because we were told that our son was going to be born with Down Syndrome. I will share more about that in a later post. For now, I will share the day with you. After our workout and panel session, we were treated to lunch and I had a chance to chat with Mary Beth about our practice that morning. I told her that it meant a lot to me that she focused on having fun. Stressing that our workouts should be based on quality, not quantity. I had been beating myself up for not having enough time to squeeze in for exercise - but now my focus will be on truly getting the most out of the workouts that DO get to have. I needed that little attitude adjustment! I also confessed to her my preference for an instructor led class vs. trying to practice at home with a video. If she ever relocates to San Diego - I'm signing up with her studio! Manduka generously supplied our yoga mats that we got to keep after practice. I will be putting mine to good use!
We learned about skincare from the popular dermatologist Dr. Murad. He also shared his other pursuits: authoring a book filled with art and inspirational quotes. Candace, from Dr. Murad's team, introduced us to their new products: Murad Acne Clearing Solution and Acne Spot Fast Fix. After the presentation Dr. Murad graciously answered our dermatology questions. I had minor surgery and have a raised scar from it. I asked Dr. Murad for his suggestions on encouraging healing. I stated that since I am now in my 40's - I don't seem to heal as well as when I was younger. First off, scars are a natural part of the body's healing process. He explained that my tendency for hypertrophic scaring is that my body produces too much collagen - in essence overcompensating to heal. He did point out that people like me with excessive collagen are less prone to wrinkles. That explained a lot. I don't have facial wrinkles. I do get ugly scars. A trade off I suppose. I do have remedies to try that he recommended - so we'll see! Maybe there is hope yet for these scars!
I worked up a healthy appetite from my long morning drive and hour long yoga practice. I was so ready for lunch! During our luncheon, Julie gave us an introduction to super foods and a mini cooking class. She whipped up a delicious smoothie for us to sample. She also showed us a recipe for a super salad and creamy cashew dressing. To conclude her presentation she announced that she was gifting us with her Super Food Smoothies book! She was full of energy and enthusiasm. Note to self: eat more super foods! I could definitely use more energy and enthusiasm!
My thanks to Murad, FITNESS Magazine, panelists, event organizers, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, and Manduka for a great day! I'm inspired to live, look, and feel better!
Disclosure: I was an invited guest to the Murad and FITNESS Magazine #itsallclear event. I was not obligated to post about the event, but wanted to share my experience. All opinions are my own. Pictured above are a few gift items that we received.