FitBloggin’ 13 Day 1

Hi strangers!

Sorry I haven’t been able to do my normal updates. This Skinny Minnie has been insanely busy having a blast in Portland. If you have been following my Instagram you will have seen some of the highlights of the trip. Since SO much went on, I’ve decided to post each day separately, rather than talk abut my boring work days, and how much I wish I was back on vacation 🙂

Warning: this post is SUPER picture heavy!

Thursday morning (my birthday) I was up at 4am to grab some last minute things to throw in my suitcases, pack the food I froze in a separate suitcase, and catch a cab to the airport for my 6:44am flight. First of all, I had no idea it would be that hard to get a cab in the morning. I guess I should’ve called the night before. After calling 3 companies someone finally came and I was at the airport in plenty of time (I live about 5 minutes from it).

Thumbs up! Can't wait to go (even if it is 4am)

Thumbs up! Can’t wait to go (even if it is 4am and I slept for 90 minutes only)

Coffee in airport=must

Coffee in airport=must

And during my flight this happened:

Beautiful view from the plane!

Beautiful view from the plane!

Meal 1 on the plane. I was all prepared!

Meal 1 on the plane. I was all prepared!

Meal 2 :)

Meal 2 🙂

Wake up Minnie... I slept for most of this trip, it was very interrupted, but still got some in

Wake up Minnie… I slept for most of this trip, it was very interrupted, but still got some in

Flight went smooth until I arrived in Portland to NO BAGS. My layover was about 35 minutes, so when I arrived in Minneappolis the flight was already boarding. Of course the airport there is HUGE and my gate was all the way on the opposite side. I bet I sprinted 2 miles in that airport to make it. Thank goodness I am in great shape! I dont know how other people did it. Well I guess other people didn’t, because I made it, but my bags didn’t. After freaking out about no bags, the gnetleman said there might be a chance they put in on another flight that would arrive soon. 45 minutes later my bags arrived and I was relieved, until I picked them up. That new beautiful suitcase I talked about? Well it looked like someone ran over it with a Mac truck. Don’t get me started… But flying with Delta again? Not happening folks.

The damage

The damage

Needless to say, I was worried this trip wouldn’t go smoothly. But I hopped in a cab and hoped for the best.

My first view of Portland from the cab. You can see the Portland Oregon sign in the distance

My first view of Portland from the cab. You can see the Portland Oregon sign in the distance

When I arrived at the hotel I felt like Kim Kardashian. A doorman opened the cab door and said “Welcome Miss Skinny Minnie (okay really he said my last name), how was your flight in?” He grabbed my bags and said “we would be happy to take these up to your room for you, please check in and I am sure a room will be ready for you”. I was stunned. I figured I’d have time to kill because I arrived a little after 11. Most check in times are after 3.

Here is what my hotel and room looked like:

Such a modern room

Such a modern room

Loved the color scheme

Loved the color scheme

Even the halls were pretty

Even the halls were pretty

More of my room. There was a pretty blue couch that matched too on the other side!

More of my room.

Tiffany blue!

Tiffany blue!

Elevator area, so chic

Elevator area, so chic

A little view of pioneer square from the hotel

A little view of Pioneer Square from the hotel

After settling in, I grabbed my camera and decided to go on the hunt for some coffee and the Whole Foods (I needed to find unsweetened almond milk PRONTO for my protein shakes!).

Tourist anyone?

Tourist anyone?

I'm a tourist, I don't care!

I’m a tourist, I don’t care!

Here are some of the things I ran into while on my little journey

Park view

Park view

More of the park

More of the park. Portland was GORGEOUS my entire stay. A tad cloudy when I arrived, but the rest sunny and beautiful.

sephora... I like it here!

Sephora… I like it here!

Nordstrom! I like it even more

Nordstrom! I like it even more

Who doesn't love Tiffany's?

Who doesn’t love Tiffany’s?

Iced coffee while exploring

Iced coffee while exploring

This guy was gettin' it!

This guy was gettin’ it!

On my way I found this ADORABLE boutique. I couldn’t help myself! I went in and made two purchases. A dress (you will see later this week) and some sunglasses.

Gypsy chic, adorable boutique.

Adorable boutique

Lookin fly. Cheapies!

Lookin fly. Cheapies!

After wandering around for what seemed like FOREVER I finally found the Whole Foods! This one was actually very different than the ones I am used to, but I love seeing different stores 🙂

How cool is this whole foods? Very different from the ones at home!

How cool is this whole foods? Very different from the ones at home!

And yes I scored all different kinds of unsweetened almond milk AND the Justin’s vanilla almond butter that is always sold out. I had to buy individual packets because the huge jars were all gone.

Stocked up!

Stocked up!

When I made it back to the hotel I decided to workout. It was about 4 in the afternoon in Portland and I had a beautiful huge gym to myself. I couldn’t believe no one was working out! I mean it was a fitness conference after all… but I liked being alone 🙂 I did 35 minutes of cardio and then a little bit of back and biceps.

I only took a picture of this because the dumbbells were ENORMOUS. These are only 25 pounds! Why do they need to be so big?

I only took a picture of this because the dumbbells were ENORMOUS. These are only 25 pounds! Why do they need to be so big?

All done post travel!

All done post travel!

After showering I got pretty for our first FitBloggin’ gathering! It was an “icebreaker” event. Get to know your fellow bloggers, dance, relax, and have fun. I was a nervous wreck since I didn’t know anyone.

flexing and ready for the night

flexing and ready for the night

The first thing we had to do was make our badges for the conference. It was all about flair. Here was mine!

My badge :)

My badge 🙂 Sums me up huh?

As I was standing at the table decorating mine I heard a voice say “Do you guys like Quest bars?”. You can imagine how fast my head popped up. Standing next to me was the Quest guy. I pretty much grabbed him and told him all about my obsession. He immediately handed me a cookie dough Quest bar and told me he’d give me the new flavor that isn’t even out yet the following day. It was decided that this guy didn’t have a chance of hiding from me for the rest of the weekend 😉

Clark the quest guy! We became fast friends... well okay he didn't have a choice ;)

Clark the Quest guy! We became fast friends… well okay he didn’t have a choice 😉 By the way we are official Instagram friends now, both company and personal *woot woot*

After some snacks

Been a while, yum!

Been a while, yum!

I mingled a bit and we had some ice breaker activities which were pretty fun and lightened the mood. I was relieved that EVERYONE felt the same way I did. Nervous as heck, socially awkward, but looking forward to the conference. I was ecstatic to be in a room full of people just like me. We are bloggers! We are uncomfortable in social situations and we are okay with it! 🙂

Icebreaker fun

Icebreaker fun

I was already off to a great start meeting so many wonderful people. I even started talking to a fellow terp! What a small world. And we graduated the same year. This woman is amazing. Her blog is called T-Rex Runner and it’s about her goal of running a marathon in every state in the US and DC before turning 30. How cool is that? She’s already around 32 races I believe and just got back from one in Alaska. Definitely an inspiring woman. Check out her blog 🙂

Terp alum!

Terp alum! Danielle, the Trex Runner

As the night ended I came out with a HUGE bag of endless amounts of SWAG (stuff we all get). I cannot believe how kind all of the sponsors were. People just threw stuff at you to take and try.

Fabulous SWAG! This was SOME of it folks.

Fabulous SWAG! This was SOME of it folks.

I especially loved the shoes. Thanks REEBOK!

Beautiful bright kicks. Thanks reebok!

Beautiful bright kicks. Thanks reebok!

For dinner I didn’t have any utensils, so I had to be creative with my meals.

No forks... fail

No forks… fail

You have to make do sometimes!

You have to make do sometimes!

And then I snacked on this great new protein pudding for dessert. Delicious!

I actually devoured this free pudding. I thought okay it's probably not any good, it's AMAZING! 15grams of protein and so yummy without the aftertaste. I had vanilla too.

I actually devoured this free pudding. I thought okay it’s probably not any good, it’s AMAZING! 15grams of protein and so yummy without the aftertaste. I had vanilla too.

So that wraps up Day 1! Mostly settling in and traveling. Day 2 will bring more fun and MORE pictures! Make sure to come back tomorrow 🙂

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,

-Minnie

Comments

  1. Beautiful!!! Portland is so beautiful in those pictures!! I’ve never wanted to go to one of those blogging conferences, but now I do!

  2. Portland looks amazing! I can’t believe all of the awesome stuff they gave you, or that you were able to be so active on so litte sleep! I’m looking forward to reading about the next Fitbloggin’ two days.

  3. So gald you had a great time! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of the trip!

  4. Your room looks awesome! I love the teal settee and the damask wallpaper!

  5. Portland looks beautiful! It seems like you had an amazing time at Fitbloggin’ – I’ve never been to a blogging conference but this looks like such a great experience! Excited to read about the rest of your trip!

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