My Day Job Is Pretty Sweet.
September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’m not sure everyone knows this, but I also blog for Pure Matters.
(And, frankly, I do a lot more than that, but the blogging is the most visible thing.)
They’re an online retailer that sells vitamins and supplements. I won’t preach but I take 8 zillion supplements now, and I feel like my health and fitness is the best it’s been in my whole life. For real.
I originally wrote and published this post on my area over there, but it’s been awhile since I’ve updated and I’m not sure the 30 people who come here every day ever go over to Pure Matters. So enjoy.
Once a quarter, one of my favorite things happens: The Pure Matters bloggers all get together in one room. And on September 13, that’s exactly what happened — Koren, Echelle and Meredith visited Roger in Washington, D.C., and we were joined by several members of our editorial and design teams, Hari, Erika, Jennifer and Glynis. (Where was Nikki? Off marrying her sweetheart, and looking all sorts of gorgeous and glowing as she walked down the aisle.)
Normally, when we get together, a few things happen.
First and foremost, there’s a lot of excitement — we cheer each other on and we read each others’ words on this site, but we don’t get to spend a lot of time together in person.
When we do see each other, we catch up on health — who’s training for a tough mudder? (Roger) who’s about to try a 5K? (Meredith) who’s about to go away to Tahiti? (sadly, no one) — and eventually we settle down, pick up our pens, and decide what we want to write about.
When we’d last met, Roger had suggested that we all get together and do a pre-brainstorm workout session at his gym, Train Like a Pro.
Now, Roger is pretty modest about it, but let me just remind you — the guy played in the NFL.
He’s won a Super Bowl.
Those facts led to a little bit of apprehension on my part.
At one point Echelle and I had an email exchange where I wrote, “I think he’s going to try to kill us.” and Echelle responded, “EEEK! I KNOW.”
(It didn’t help that Roger wouldn’t tell us any details about what he had planned — other than, “Train hard or go home.”)
When the day finally rolled around, what Roger had planned was great fun. One of the instructors at his club led us through a spin class, then Roger and his business partner, Darryl Wren (also former NFL), led us through a bootcamp (biceps, lunges, pullups, triceps, crunches), and then a core workout (Russian ‘V’s, scissors, lots of other Pilates-type movements).
It was tough, everyone broke a sweat, but everyone survived, and we’re all just a little bit fitter now.
Post-class, we enjoyed lunch at Morton’s and did our usual planning session — and I promise you that we’ve got some great, creative, and inspirational posts coming your way this fall. Stay tuned!
In the meantime … do you have ideas about activities the Pure Matters bloggers should try next time we get together? I’d love to hear them.