I Sang Karaoke For The First Time Ever…In My Bathrobe!
Posted Jul 05 2013 12:46pm
I’ll get to that in a minute.
I have been to every Fitbloggin ‘ conference since its inception in 2010 and each and every year it gets better…and something I realized this time around is that the reason it gets better is because *I* get better.
And by “better” I don’t mean that I am necessarily fitter or thinner, just more comfortable in my skin, which, by its very nature helps me be healthy and fit – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
In reading many of the Facebook posts and blog recaps from others who attended, something stands out: just how impactful the conference can be on an emotional level. And given that I am all about the emotional side of health/wellness, this pleases me to no end.
I mean, I totally get that having a healthy body includes paying attention to how we move it and what we feed it, but all of that goes out the window (at least for me) if I am not first attending to my emotional health.
There are many things to love about Fitbloggin, but I most appreciate that it includes sessions for those of us who crave this.
In 2011 I sat on a panel that discussed the role of intuitive eating in weight loss and last year, I helped facilitate a discussion on self-acceptance and weight loss.
This year I was on my own, leading a workshop on Emotional Freedom Technique and I was blown away by those who were willing to share some rather intense stuff and who trusted me to help them, even if just briefly.
But beyond the sessions, what Fitbloggin is for me is a chance to connect with others, to listen and to be heard, to see and be seen.
This year I allowed myself to be seen and heard in a way that, if someone had told me would happen, I’d have said, “No way in hell!”
It was Friday evening and I was feeling the effects of jetlag (being an East coaster on the West coast who likes to go to bed at 9 p.m. and who has gotten over, for the most part, FOMO*). My forever Fitbloggin roommate Susan ( @FoodieMcBody ) and I had already planned on a quiet evening in our room, wearing the sumptuous robes provided by The Nines .
So we’re hanging out and Susan is reading her Twitter feed and seeing all the posts about how much fun everyone is having doing karaoke. And suddenly, we’re downstairs, in our bathrobes and slippers, picking out a song to sing (“Let’s Get Physical” by Olivia Newton-John…yes, really).
(If you recall my Fitbloggin recap from last year, you’ll remember that I posted a rather unflattering photo of myself , on purpose, because it’s all about acceptance! This whole “comfortable in my skin” thing is definitely a work in progress.)
I have never done karaoke although there’s always been a part of me that wanted to try. To be honest, I don’t think I would have done it alone, so having Susan to sing with made all the difference in the world.
We followed our performance by singing “Don’t Stop Believin’” By Journey with Emily ( @SkinnyEmmie ). I know there are videos out there, but they’re not in a usable format (yet). I promise to share when I can.
For me, Fitbloggin’ has been, and will continue to be, a place for me to grow and evolve…to stretch and try new things, whether it’s being part of a Flash Mob, trying Zumba or Cross Fit, getting emotional while talking about sensitive issues, or yes, singing karaoke in my bathrobe.
With each and every step I take towards acceptance, the farther shame fades into the past.
My thanks, as always, to the inimitable Roni Noone ( @roninoone ) for creating, growing, and sustaining Fitbloggin!
*Fear Of Missing Out
Do you struggle with FOMO? Have you ever sang karaoke? Tell me all about it!!