During BlogHer 2013 Chicago last week there was a new activity that I really was excited to join in called the Steps to Wellness Challenge, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company. Luckily I'm not extremely overweight, but blogging is a sedentary profession and I can definitely afford to lose a few pounds and get in better shape. So I was thrilled that the oldest soft drink company in America was integrating a fitness element into our annual conference for the first time.
|The view from my room at Sheraton Chicago, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|Me at the Hasbro Party at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago|
|Incognito, during a rare minute sitting down, MommyBlogExpert.com|
Keep in mind, I'm the mother of four kids born in a year (a son, followed by girl, girl, boy triplets) and I'm in my mid 50s now. I've never run a marathon, either, and I don't work out at the gym regularly, but I do love to snow ski, bicycle ride, and play tennis as well as walk 2-3 miles per day, 7 days a week at home.
|Here I am running in this Samsung Galaxy 4S booth shot|
|My Coca-Cola Pedometer, MommyBlogExpert.com|
|I received this cute workout towel at the Coca-Cola exhibit|
Shortly after the contest ended, to my surprise, a friend told me Coke had tweeted out that I'd won the Steps to Wellness challenge ...
Congrats @mommyblogexpert on winning the #StepsToWellness challenge at #BlogHer13! 37,808 steps & 18.9 miles walked, that's impressive! ^DD
— The Coca-Cola Co. (@CocaColaCo) July 27, 2013
Thanks to Coca-Cola and all the steps I took in Chicago during BlogHer 13, I'll soon be doing something that's been on my bucket list for way too long. Over the next year, I'll be working with a personal trainer to finally realize my dream of being in the best physical condition of my life. Guess what else? My teen children are actually proud of this great physical accomplishment.
Stay tuned for more posts as I document my progress!
|Chicago skyline at dusk, MommyBlogExpert.com|
FTC Disclosure: I've attended multiple BlogHer conferences and have also been a speaker at this event. I paid for my own 2013 full conference ticket. As disclosed above, I did win the Steps to Wellness Challenge grand prize from Coca-Cola. However, this post is purely voluntary and I did not receive any compensation for writing it. Thoughts here are my own. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.