HLS Highlights

First things first… I experienced my first earthquake yesterday!! Someone was visiting our office so I was in the process of walking him around and introducing him to the staff when the shaking/swaying started. Being the great host that I am, I bolted away from our guest and ran to my desk to grab my purse and phone, and then followed everyone out of the building, which apparently was the wrong thing to do. We got outside and the streets of DC were PACKED – so many buildings had been evacuated.

I was literally shaking when I got outside because I was so taken aback from the earthquake and thought it might be something worse at first. We had to stay outside on the streets for about 45 minutes before the engineers came and cleared us to reenter the building. Scary!

I know it’s a little soon, but here’s some earthquake related humor for you.

“Thanks to all of you for your kind words of support, as we look to recover from the devastation of today’s quake!”

FamousDC-Earthquake-Devastation

Source

hahaha. Moving along!

HLS Highlights

Besides my presentation and PDR, there were so many awesome things about the Healthy Living Summit.

First, the swag.

It wasn’t quite as good as the swag at Fitbloggin’ (no shoes!) but it was still pretty damn awesome.

First up, the shirts were AMAZING this year. They’re made by a company called Five Bamboo, one of the conference sponsors, and they are so soft and I love the cut.

The only issue is they ran SO small. I ordered a size Medium, which I wear in literally everything, and it was so snug I felt like a sausage. I went to trade it in for a Large but they were out, so I got an XL and it fit me!

That’s me on the Rocky steps during Sunday morning’s 5k walk, wearing my size XL shirt! Good thing I’m over (some of) my issues with sizes…

And here’s the rest of the swag:

  • Jump Rope
  • Quaker Cereal
  • Attune Strawberry Cereal (excited to try this!)
  • Phyllo Dough pre-baked cup things (3 of them are 1 pt+!)
  • Vega Smoothie
  • Love Grown Oats (SO good!)
  • Oh Nuts! Sampler Pack
  • Adora Calcium Disks
  • Tons of Bars
  • Tons of coupons for free food

I also picked up a lot more during the conference at the booths, but no pictures. Mostly food related stuff though!

Another highlight is that I found my first Operation Beautiful note!

It really made me smile!

I also got to hang out with some AWESOME people, though I didn’t have my own camera out too much for pictures. You know you’re with bloggers when EVERYONE has a camera though!

I spy… Theodora, Chase, Ashley, and Kath.

DC Blogger ladies:

Gretchen, me, Claire, and Katie!

And one of my favorites…

Caitlin!

Lastly, I had literally the best bowl of oats in my life.

I need a topping bar at home! This bowl had ground pecans, ground flax, chocolate chips, and was drizzled with almond butter. SO good.

Have you ever been in an earthquake? Which natural disaster scares you the most??

Tornadoes scare the CRAP out of me!!! Earthquakes too, but I think tornadoes scare me more.

51 Comments on HLS Highlights

  1. Liz
    August 24, 2011 at 8:41 am (8 years ago)

    That oatmeal looks amazing!!!

    We felt the quake on Long Island as well, it was crazy! Never thought I would ever experience that on East Coast!

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm (8 years ago)

      I know! I never knew earthquakes were something i had to even THINK about here in DC!

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm (8 years ago)

      hahaha yes. 🙂

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  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    August 24, 2011 at 8:57 am (8 years ago)

    I have not been in an Earthquake — how scary! Tornados really scare me and so do really strong rainstorms — its a long story, but a rainstorm turned into a flash flood when I was in the car with my mom and sister — we got out in time but my mom’s car was totally submerged under water in no time at all.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm (8 years ago)

      yikes! That sounds terrifying!

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  3. Jessica
    August 24, 2011 at 9:26 am (8 years ago)

    Here in Oklahoma we had a small on in Oklahoma City that I felt in Tulsa. It was a little strange. And I remember putting that same picture up of those chairs! I love the humor haha

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm (8 years ago)

      i know that picture made it all feel ok somehow. =)

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  4. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    August 24, 2011 at 9:37 am (8 years ago)

    I’m jealous of the free odwalla in the swag bags this year. Some of my favorite granola bars… omg

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm (8 years ago)

      oh yea?? i’ve never tried them before! Now I’m looking forward to them.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm (8 years ago)

      I guess that’s one way to look at it.. you optimist. =)

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  5. Karen
    August 24, 2011 at 10:15 am (8 years ago)

    These conferences sound like a blast! I need to get in on this sometime soon.

    Here in Baltimore our building did a feisty little shimmy and I knew right away what it was. I stood up and got in the doorway (not sure how I knew that was a good idea) looked at one of my co-workers and thought “Oh my god I don’t want to die with these people!” I was terrified! I could not get through to my hubster or anyone really, and just wanted to go home! Everything was fine but boy I was shaken up! It was an experience though not one I would like to repeat!

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm (8 years ago)

      hahahaha!!! I do like my coworkers, but how awful to not be with your family in a scary time like that!

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  6. My Blonde Moments
    August 24, 2011 at 10:32 am (8 years ago)

    I remember feeling a small earthquake when I was much younger and living in Ohio. Torandoes probably scare me the most because they are what I am most likely to encounter. I think if I lived on the coast hurricanes would scare the heck outta me! However, at least you have some warning with them and can usually evacuate.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:48 pm (8 years ago)

      Funny enough, I got a hurricane warning email from my current building for the one coming this weekend WHILE we were evacuating from the earthquake!

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  7. Cait @ beyond bananas
    August 24, 2011 at 10:39 am (8 years ago)

    Love the joking picture about the earthquake. Indidnt feel it at all…though many in CT did. I can imagine how scary it was in dc with it being so much closer..and totally understand why you and so many others were thinking it could be something worse

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm (8 years ago)

      I am REALLY close to the White House.. like less than one block. You can imagine why I was thinking that way!

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  8. Paige @ Running Around Normal
    August 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm (8 years ago)

    Enjoyed meeting you at HLS, Beth! 🙂 You did a great job on your presentation!

    That earthquake would have scared the crap out of me too.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Paige! It was really great to meet you too. Such a fun conference!

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  9. Mary (A Merry Life)
    August 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Hehe at the photo of the chair. Devastation!

    I’ve been in two earthquakes – one in California (my first and super scary because I didn’t know what was going on) and one in New Zealand.

    Tornadoes scare me the most even though it’s what I’m used to being from Tennessee. I feel like they are the fastest, most unpredictable, and most deadly. You can avoid a hurricane… you can’t always avoid a tornado. They cause real devastation and destruction and they are scary as hell when you are near one!

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm (8 years ago)

      Gosh I can’t even IMAGINE what I would do if i saw a tornado.. probably pass out from nerves!

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  10. ashleigh
    August 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm (8 years ago)

    You look hot in that shirt no matter what size!

    I am SO INCREDIBLY AFRAID of tornados. It was an irrational fear until one actually did land in ma in june. Now I am just even more freaked out by them.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm (8 years ago)

      haha thank you. that’s one of those fears i feel like we’d all rather keep irrational…

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  11. Liz
    August 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm (8 years ago)

    I love how you lie out all the swag so we can see it! 🙂

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm (8 years ago)

      It’s always the first thing I do at these conferences! lol. Can you tell I like free stuff?

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  12. Roz
    August 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Beth, what a fun recap!!!! LOVE the photo of you on the steps!!! You are fierce and unstoppable like Rocky Balboa!! 🙂 I live in an earthquake zone here in British Columbia, we get shakes now and then, the bigger ones are pretty unnerving! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm (8 years ago)

      I can’t imagine if earthquakes were a normal occurrence! though I imagine i’d be better prepared for what to do when one strikes and the buildings would be more able to handle it!

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  13. Allison
    August 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm (8 years ago)

    HLS looks like such a blast- I’m really hoping to go next year 😀 The swag bags look like such a steal- great stuff!

    I can’t believe the earthquake yesterday… Glad you’re okay! We always prepare for fire and tornado drills in school, but earthquake drills?! I think some schools are gonna start rethinking their safety policies 😉

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm (8 years ago)

      Seriously! I think we all need basic training in safety measures for everything.. it seems like all bets are off when it comes to weather these days!

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  14. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    August 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm (8 years ago)

    Great recap.

    I am sooo afraid of tornadoes too…any time a thunderstorm comes through I always think of tornadoes…even though where I live they aren’t common at all.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm (8 years ago)

      I honestly don’t know what I would do if I ever encountered one. They scare me SO much.

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  15. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run
    August 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm (8 years ago)

    That photo made its way onto Tumblr pretty quickly yesterday and I laughed out loud! I can only imagine what it felt like to experience an earthquake in DC (what?!), but I supposed in the grand scheme of earthquakes, it was a “small” one, right?

    Best pic of the HLS swag I’ve seen, yet! Glad you got a shirt that fit, too! VERY cute!

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm (8 years ago)

      It wasn’t SMALL, but it wasn’t huge huge. I don’t really know – it was just scary! That I’m sure about. =)

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  16. Jenny
    August 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm (8 years ago)

    I am originally from Cali, but moved to AZ when I was in 2nd grade. But I was in an earthquake out there that I remember quite clearly. I think my biggest natural disaster fear would definately be tornados.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm (8 years ago)

      I honestly had NO idea what to do when the building started shaking… I’m up on the 9th floor and you could really feel it swaying!

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  17. Jen@foodfamilyfitness
    August 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm (8 years ago)

    Holy swag!!!!!
    I grew up in S. Cali, so earthquakes don’t really bug me…now that I don’t live there anymore 😉 I now live in Michigan, and tornadoes scare the SHIZZ out of me!! There is a threat for tornadoes this afternoon and I’m thisclose to freaking out!!!

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm (8 years ago)

      hahaha. now that you don’t live there anymore…

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  18. Maria
    August 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm (8 years ago)

    That earthquake was NOT fun. I was beyond spooked and couldn’t figure out whether to duck under my desk or not until we were told to evacuate the building. Glad to hear the conference was fun and full of cool swag.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm (8 years ago)

      I was seriously shaking for a WHILE after it was over. Shook me up (har har)!

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  19. Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect
    August 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm (8 years ago)

    My 1st earthquake experience was yesterday. We didn’t have to evacuate our building but everyone was in an uproar. There were so many funny reactions to what happened b/c we’re not used to having earthquakes here. My sister thought the window washers were shaking the building. She works in a high-rise in NYC. LOL.

    HLS looked like fun! Wish I was there this year. Your bowl of oats sounds yummy!!

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm (8 years ago)

      I’ve heard several people say they thought someone was running down the hall or jumping on the floor above them.. not quite! lol.

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  20. Cynthia (It All Changes)
    August 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm (8 years ago)

    Earthquakes aren’t so bad for me. I’ve been in one or two. Tornadoes and hurricanes scare me to death. Tornadoes the most after watching TWISTER far too many times. But I can’t stop. Love that movie.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm (8 years ago)

      A hurricane is headed this way this weekend… yikes!

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  21. Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    August 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm (8 years ago)

    I grew up in Kansas, so tornados are almost no big deal (scary to say, but I’ve spent many an evening hanging out in the basement reading by flashlight)! I was driving during the “big quake” so I didn’t feel it.

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm (8 years ago)

      I guess if you know how to deal with them they are less scary… but wow.

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  22. CC
    August 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm (8 years ago)

    I grew up in the North Bay in California so I have been through several earthquakes including the big one in 1989. I still get a little scared when we start to have an earthquake wondering if it will be a big one. I also HATE driving on the Golden Gate Bridge or any bridge in fear that we will have an earthquake! But driving on bridges is really unavoidable for me so I have just had to grin and bare it. For the most part earthquakes don’t really bother me too much as it is just a part of living in California! Tornados and hurricanes scare me the most!

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    • Beth
      August 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm (8 years ago)

      Yikes! I never even thought about being on a bridge during an earthquake… how scary!

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  23. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    August 25, 2011 at 10:25 am (8 years ago)

    I’m terrified of tornados, too, but also hurricanes!!! Those things look scary! Plus rain that hard must really hurt!!!

    I was laughing when I saw that everybody was being evacuated from buildings on Tuesday because what you’re REALLY supposed to do is get in a doorway or under a desk. Being outside can actually be more dangerous! Obviously no one in DC had the earthquake drills that we had in elementary school in Idaho and Utah!

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  24. Caitlin
    August 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm (8 years ago)

    Obviously SO late on the commenting game but AH you are my favorite and it was unreal to meet you. You are such an inspiration on your blog daily but to hear you speak on the panel and hang out with you was just awesome. 🙂 xo

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