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

W blog friends

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

W ashley

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 on August 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Yay! I sent you an email about Saturday.

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      i got it. i need your # so i can just text you haha. excited to see you!!

  2. jodie on August 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    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. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      aww man. hope you heal soon <3

  3. RachelG on August 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

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

  4. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger on August 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    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. Jasmyne Teoma @ Hot. Healthy. Sexy. on August 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm

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

  6. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    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. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on August 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm

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

  8. Jenni on August 12, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    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. Giselle on August 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    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. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on August 12, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    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. Julianna @ Julianna Bananna on August 13, 2014 at 1:19 am

    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. Jessica @pilateshappyhour on August 13, 2014 at 2:49 am

    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. Jessica @pilateshappyhour on August 13, 2014 at 2:51 am

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

  14. Lucie@FitSwissChick on August 13, 2014 at 4:14 am

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

  15. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on August 13, 2014 at 4:22 am

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

  16. Virginia on August 13, 2014 at 4:55 am

    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. Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes on August 13, 2014 at 8:34 am

    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. Emily on August 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

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

  19. kristin on August 13, 2014 at 9:20 am

    have so much fun!

  20. Julie on August 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

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

  21. char eats greens on August 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      me tooooo

  22. Jessica @ The Get Fit Chick on August 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    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. Molly on August 13, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      add more maple syrup or more nut butter. it helps when the nut butter is super drippy/liquidy

  24. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta on August 13, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on August 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      excited to see you again!

  25. Laura @FitMamaLove on August 14, 2014 at 2:02 am

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

  26. Angela on August 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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

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