My Summit Story

It’s hard to believe that today, August 20, 2011, I’m speaking at the Healthy Living Summit. Because two years ago, I was just an attendee, happy to be in Boston and very happy to be hanging with my mom (who’s a blogger, by the way!)

Mom and Katy 2009

At the time, I’d just come back from an extended blogging break — brought on in part because I wasn’t sure what kind of blogger I wanted to be.

I didn’t know that many bloggers, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I was blown away by how nice, funny and smart our community really is — and it gave me new energy and passion for blogging.

This year, I’ll be speaking about monetizing your blog. My own blog has come a long way in the two years since HLS 2009, and in the four years since it first launched. I’m thrilled to be taking the stage (and only a wee bit nervous).

So if you’re at the event, please come say hi!

Me today!

If you’re not, don’t worry! I’ll be posting my slides online ASAP and I’ll also be giving it again as an online webinar, for anyone who wasn’t able to attend in person.

And here are a few fun facts if this is your first time on the blog:

I am a married (A Night With the Hops) 31-year-old with two major passions: Journalism and Media and Health and Fitness. Luckily, I combine the two in my work as a television and radio producer

and my blog

My fitness/health journey:

In the fall of 2006, several months after my wedding, I found myself overweight (obese, by some measurements) and totally lethargic. I was working overnights, getting 4 hours of sleep a night and living off of Pringles and peanut butter sandwiches. And lots of wine. When friends came to visit, we took pictures — and when they were developed, I honestly did not recognize myself in the picture.

I joined Weight Watchers, lost 40 pounds and got “skinny fat” but I wasn’t healthy (read: “My Dysfunctional Relationship With Weight Watchers”). So I decided to start training for a triathlon — even though I couldn’t run a 1/2 mile without stopping.

I completed my first super sprint triathlon and I was hooked. From there, I continued training until I’d completed (to date) several sprint distance triathlons, two Olympic triathlons, several 5Ks and 10Ks and three half marathons. I love working out, especially Dance Trance and Body Pump, and I will try anything once!

(read my race recaps here)

I am also a social media addict, and I love networking with people from all over the Internet. I founded the #Fitblog Chats on Twitter in mid-2010, and it’s now one of the most popular chats around. You can usually find me online somewhere:

I have two big, slobbery dogs, Faegan and Junior, I’m a vegetarian, I grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Syracuse University.

My networking goals are simple — to help where I can, meet new people, challenge myself and others and above all, have fun.

If you like what you see, I’d love to stay connected! Please:

If this is your first time, thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment so I know how to find you!

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  1. says

    I am a first timer!!! Good luck with your presentation. I am a distance runner. I have run many 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, and I ran my first marathon in February of this year and I am in the process of training for another. My goal one day is to do a triathalon! I look forward to reading more!!

    • says

      Welcome, and thank you! Congratulations on your marathon — that is so inspirational. Let me know if you need a push in the right direction for triathlon … it’s an amazing sport!

  2. says

    I just came across your blog last night, when searching how to backup my own. I love all your helpful blogging and social media tips. Good luck today speaking, what an honor!!

  3. says

    Recently found your blog from Julie on PBFingers…. LOVE your blog, your story, all of your tips, etc…. Thanks so much for being so willing to share you experiences and info! :) Good luck today and I look forward to the online webinar!! :) Thanks again!

  4. says

    So great meeting you yesterday! Thanks for the chapstick :) So inspiring to read how far you and your blog have come in the past few years. Looking forward to hearing you speak today and hopefully we get to chat again!

  5. says

    You are amazing, sweet girl! You were awesome at Fitbloggin, and I know you’ll do great today :) I’m so proud of you! Thank you for being an inspiration to many :) xo

  6. says

    I am a first timer! Love your blog. I especially liked reading about your weight loss and fitness journey.

    I am about halfway through my weight loss efforts and it is really inspirational to read about other people’s struggles and triumphs.

  7. says

    I’m really loving all the HLS recaps!

    Also, from what twitter is telling me you gave a rock solid presentation! Wish I could have been there, maybe next year :)

    Can’t wait to see the slides! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  8. says

    Hi Katy! It’s my first time dropping by the blog, so hi! I am just about at my ‘skinny fat’ weight but am struggling to get any further so am going to have a flick back through your WW posts… :)
    Keep up the good work! And have a great HLS weekend!

  9. says

    Hi Katy! I just found you by way of posts regarding the HLS this weekend. Great to find you. I’ve been seeing adds for Growing Bolder on CreateTV! How cool that you are involved with that. The segments are so interesting. Great to find you!

  10. says

    Hii!!! I just found your blog via all of the bloggers posting about how amazing you were at HLS! You go girl! I must say I find your story truly inspiring! Can’t wait to read more posts and join up on the fitblog on twitter! So excited!

  11. stefanie says

    I’m so glad I came across your blog. I’ve been a WW member for a year and have lost 35lbs, which makes me happy. I’m probably the most fit I’ve been in years, but as my fitness level improves, I find myself starving and dreaming about food – but then the thought of attending meetings and hearing I gained keeps me from proper fueling. You’ve made me think! Thanks for putting your struggles out there!

  12. says

    I loved your presentation at HLS! You really insprired me to tackle this social media thing ( just catching on to twitter). I am sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you in person but I just wanted to stop by and say hi and and let you know I will be following you!

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