A brilliant IDEA

Hi guys! How’s the day going? Hope you’re having a wonderful Tuesday!

Packing mountain is currently in effect, since I’m heading to Anaheim for the IDEA World Fitness Convention and BlogFest

Packing mountain

Are you going to be there? I’m stoked to take new (and fave!) classes, and signed up for some fascinating lectures (mainly focusing on Pre- and postnatal fitness, and HIIT). I’m also so excited to hang out with blog friends. If you see me, be sure to say hi! I’ll be the girl with the giant bag o’ snacks if you forgot any 😉 I LOVE fitness conferences and seem to do a mediocre job of fueling myself. Last year, I remember Kristin had all of these amazing snacks and breads and nut butters with her and I was like shoot. I need to pack some better snacks next time.

Here’s what I’ve got in the stash to easily enjoy during lectures and in between classes:

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(Coconut waters, Shakeology portioned out + the pink protein shaker the Pilot picked up for me, some fruit, energy balls, plantain chips and Perky Jerky.)

I’ll be going out to dinners and lunches with the girls, but I’ve found that snacks are pretty hard to come by at conferences. Previous tactics include raiding the expo sample tables in between classes haha.

My first IDEA conference was last year, and was by far the best fitness conference I’ve ever attended. They offer an incredible variety of classes from world-renowned instructors, in addition to top lecturers in an array of fitness and nutrition-related topics. I’m confident that I’ll come back inspired and armed with new teaching skills and knowledge to share with my classes <3

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A surprise this morning? A familiar face in my barre class!

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I was so excited that Ashley and her sister Lauren came to take this morning’s class. I loved chatting with them afterwards, and hit up the juice truck on my way to the car.

Juice truck

(Classic combo: spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon, gingah)

Time to get on the road! See ya from Anaheim.



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  1. Shaina Anderson says:

    Yay! I sent you an email about Saturday.

  2. Have fun I was supposed to attend this year but unfortunately a serious injury has prevented that. I will live the conference through your update. 🙂

  3. I can’t wait to hear all about this conference! It’s like we get to be there vicariously through you. 🙂

  4. So cool you’re getting to attend this convention! I am getting married like next week and we are BLEEDING money, so no convention for me!

  5. Your ” classic combo” is similar to mine :-), I just add avocado, strawberries, and banana. Have fun at the conference!

  6. I’m so excited you met Ashley! I met her at Blend and she is awesome! I won’t be able to make it to IDEA this year. Working…boo 🙁

  7. Have a great time! Always smart to pack lots of snacks. 🙂

  8. Perky Jerky! So good.

    By the way, I work part-time for a fitness promoter (body building, bikini, physique, etc.) and we have an event in San Diego this weekend if you want to come and check it out! He’s actually one of the biggest fitness promoters in the world. It’s not at all health oriented, and thus is not really my thing, but the shows are pretty entertaining. Kind of the way a circus is entertaining. Haha! There are alway fitness companies there with samples of protein products and whatnot, so as a fitness instructor, you might be interested! I’d totally comp your ticket if you want to stop by. But like I said, you’re much more health oriented than the competitive fitness world, as am I. So you might just be grossed out by all the over-the-top muscles. Anyway, have fun at IDEA conference! I want to eat all your snacks. 😛

  9. Yay! Looking forward to seeing you there! I’ve got a bag full of snacks etc. in my suitcase and plan to have the taxi driver stop at Whole Foods on our way to the hotel to stock up. I can’t live off bars the whole time 🙂

  10. Have so much fun at IDEA! I’d love to go one of these years. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.

    Thank you again for an amazing class!! And I totally wanted to get a juice with you … meant to do that and then spaced it. Loved getting to meet you! <3

  11. i’m headed to IDEA for the first time this weekend and will be working as an assistant! i’ll say hi if i see ya, thanks for the tips on snacks!

  12. I’m so excited and leave tomorrow for the conference! Hope to see you there! My husband said “wait…you workout and then go to lectures all sweaty??” Yes!! It’s the best part about a fitness conference! Yippee!

  13. Still finishing my packing for the conference! So excited for all the fun classes and lectures! Hope to see you there 🙂

  14. Have fun at the conference! Looking forward to hear about it!!

  15. Your snacks look delicious! I want to try some Perky Jerky!

  16. That Perky Jerky looks delicious! After looking at the photos you posted, I definitely was able to create some fun snacks and outfits for my workout routines 🙂

    I feel like a huge problem with my diet and exercise is the lack of innovation. A lot of it is routine and it gets very tiresome and boring. But after reading articles like this, it’s refreshing to know how much more creative I can be with both my outfits (to look sexy) and my snacks as long as I put some thought into it.

    Thank you for the read 🙂

  17. I would LOVE to go to the conference someday, but for now I’ll just have to live through you and the other bloggers. Have fun! Can’t wait to read all about it 🙂 .

  18. I am currently pregnant with twins, so I would love to hear anything/everything you learn about pre and post natal fitness! 🙂

  19. have so much fun!

  20. I’m definitely going to the Expo. It’s just down the street from my house!

  21. That’s SO awesome that Ash attended your class!!!!! Man, I wish I was on that coast right now 🙂

  22. I am JEALOUS and I am already setting my prayers in motion that I can be at IDEA next year, here’s hoping! Have fun!!!

  23. Hi Gina! I’ve been trying to make amazeballs but they’re always super dry and don’t come together in neat balls like yours. What am I doing wrong? I tried adding water but it doesn’t really work. Thanks!

  24. I’ll be at IDEA and Blogfest and I can’t wait! I’m planning my snacks too. It’s even harder when you’re vegan. I always seem to feel so hungry during these things, so I’m trying to be smart and have plenty of food with me. Hope to see you there!

  25. Woohoo! See you soon! 🙂 LOVE the new look of your blog!

  26. Gah! I’m so jealous you are going to IDEA. I really wanted to go…hopefully next year! Have fun!

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