Baltimore Bound in 2011

I’ll be getting drunk with blogging pals and/or speaking at the second annual Fitbloggin’ conference in Baltimore in May 2011. Fitbloggin’ is a conference “for bloggers interested in fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle”, organised by Roni Noone, fitblogger extraordinaire.

I was all set to go this year – I even bought a Boston guidebook! This is why you should read websites and not just idly scan them. Yeah I recall seeing a capital B on the Fitbloggin site. Must have been Boston. Clicky click, add Rough Guide To Boston to shopping cart.

I seem to have some kind of mental block with East Coast USA – I mixed up the White House and the Capitol the other day. But this year I’ve read the information properly and I’m confident that the conference takes place in BALTIMORE.

The schedule is still being finalised but the tentative title of the panel I’m on is Ditch the Diet – Eat Mindfully!

Despite the panel subject, I must confess when Roni gave me the green light to be a speaker the ye olde inner dieter was whispering urgently in my ear, “Hey lardy! 204 days til Fitbloggin! You could drop a good 30 pounds by then. Shall we cancel all birthday cakes and Christmas dinner with the in-laws?”

But I am just too old and grumpy for that crap now. The mindful eating is going so well and I don’t want to screw that up. I’ll be at the conference in whatever state I’m in, all fired up to see old and new friends. And to finally meet my podcast comrade Mizfit in person. Wonder if we could figure out how to record live? Rock and roll.

29 thoughts on “Baltimore Bound in 2011

  1. This is amazing news! Can’t wait to hear your panel discussion – I’ve been doing the intuitive eating thing as well and it is definitely a relief from the diet hamster wheel.

    Don’t worry – many of us in the States mix up the Capitol building and the White House – DC is a big place with lots of similar-looking buildings πŸ™‚

  2. Haha. I’ve got a mental image of you wandering round an empty conference centre in Boston shouting ‘hellooooo, hellooooooo?’.

    Loving the relaxed ‘tude. You always rawk anyhoo so nowt to not be relaxed about. x

  3. Very exciting for you and Mizfit to meet in person! Hope you can find a way to do a live recording or at least a recording with you both physically in the same room πŸ™‚

    I must admit, when I read your blog I immediately thought, “I wonder whether Shauna feels anxious about her weight”. Knowing that you’ve struggled with your weight and are currently trying mindful eating rather than dieting, I think it’s great that you’ve decided to just go however you are – assuming you are truly ok about that and not secretly fretting. Would love to hear more from you on this as the time gets closer.

    I’m sure you’ll have a blast

  4. @Suellen – Honestly, I'm not secretly fretting. Six months ago or so I might well have been. I put a lot of mental energy into worrying about "living up to" the book and the Dietgirl thing. But after all these shrink visits and reading and soul searching I finally realised that the more I fretted about that… the more I lost myself in food.

    So I've been focusing on worrying about my own shit and treating myself with kindness and some bloody respect. The binging has stopped and so has the weight gain. Haven't lost a gram yet, but I feel like I am getting somewhere and making the BIG changes. It's a really peaceful feeling! Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks for your ace comments guys!

  5. How cool that you’re going to Fitbloggin’, and that you’re doing so with the right attitude about your weight. Hmmmmm. Makes me wonder about going…

  6. I’m less than 15 miles from Baltimore. (Live outside Baltimore, commute to DC for work.) Too bad I don’t have a blog. πŸ™
    But if you need any logistical advice about the place, don’t hesitate to ask! πŸ™‚

  7. I cannot wait to go for a lovely long walk and gabfest once we’re both there. Baltimore is a great city for walking and there is just too much to see and do there.

  8. Glad to see you *are* on the speakers list – I read their website this morning and couldn’t see you listed. Having said that there’s no way I can afford a trip to Baltimore (I’m in Scotland too) but maybe there will be podcasts or video or transcripts or some such? If you ever hear about blogging events in Scotland, post it here! And good luck with the mindful eating!

  9. @Deirdre – That’s coz I haven’t sent my speaker bio to Roni yet, whoops! I'm pretty sure they had videos last year , if they do next year I'll post it on here.

    Nice to hear from some near-Baltimore folks! πŸ™‚

  10. The magazine Marie Claire posted an article today asking the question: “Do you really think people feel uncomfortable when they see overweight people making out on television?”

    This is insulting and inexcusable!!! I have posted a reply venting my angry over the printing of such trash.

    Sorry to barge in but I think it’s important people realize the ignorance and disregard this magazine has towards people’s feelings. Thank you.

  11. Damn! I got all excited there for a second thinking you were coming to Boston. If you ever need a tour guide for the northeast, just let me know.

  12. Hi toywithme. Yes, I’ve seen the article and have been bitching about it on Twitter. I have removed the link to Marie Claire from your comment; I feel they have enough inbound links already without me adding another trickle of traffic to their advertisers! Thank you for sharing your link to your own response.

  13. Gosh Shauna, Fitbloggin looks like so much fun (I’ve had a look at Roni’s site but haven’t commented). I reckon Kekky and I need to get the ball rolling in Australia.

    Liz N

  14. I feel a book sequel theme happening – intutive eating – I think that this “one size fits all” (pardon the pun) approach to dieting as advocated by the glossies and which ever top ten paperback diet book is in vogue just gives women the wrong message – that if you follow the induction phase, then this, then don’t eat this on one day etc. – non of it is sustainable in real life, so we “fail”, find another diet and start all over again, intutive eating isn’t a diet, but I feel, for me , its the diets that I have followed that makes it hard to follow, because it’s not promising pounds melting away every other day, and you don’t get your weight watchers leader giving you a couple of marbles to drop in the jar to represent some more weight gone…I think every woman knows how to control their weight, for some its breakfast cereal for every meal, for some its avoiding fat, meat etc. and where this all gets screwed up, where the intuitive nature of women around food all goes wrong, is when a magazine or book promises us more – when maybe we should just be happy for what we have……

  15. Hey! I LIVE in Baltimore and would be glad to help you with arrangements, tell you what’s cool, where to eat, etc. Baltimore is only about 40 miles north of Washington, DC, but a lifetime away. They don’t call us Charm City for nothin!

  16. Pingu, I love your comments so much πŸ™‚

    B Donkidonk – Sweet! Any tips would be happily lapped up. Are you thinking of going to the conference?

    Liz N – Ooh an Aussie version? I would make that fit in with a trip back home fo’ sure!

  17. Go for it Shauna! Thought of you the other day when I read in the paper that Wwatchers are changing their whole points system after all these years…..but hey, I’m going down the intuitive eating route (slowly..) so my WW days are over.

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