Journey to a Healthier Me

Living life and getting healthy one step at a time.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due August 18, 2010

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Evening Mates!

I’m busting out my thesaurus tonight to call you guys something other than friends. I hope you don’t mind.

There are some very exciting things coming up in the next couple of days, and it has to do with the blog. Let me just say that the husband has been working very hard the past couple of days, and I think you’ll like it.

As promised tonight I’m going to share with you some of the blogs that I find especially enjoyable to read.

If you’re ever bored check out Healthy Living Blogs for an A-Z list of healthy lifestyle blogs, as well as blogs arranged by location.

But here are some of my favorites. These are the blogs that inspired me to start my own blog. The ladies contained in these links always have interesting topics, and I admire their ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Lisa at Bake Bike Blog: I love her mystery box idea, and her recipes always look so delicious. This blog is definitely worth a look.
  • Katie at Health for the Whole Self: this blog introduced me to Intuitive Eating, and her posts are always challenging me to think about my connection to food.
  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point: she’s the author of Operation Beautiful as well. She is helping women (and men!) everywhere embrace who they really are.
  • Gina at The Fitnessista: her posts are always so positive, and she’s constantly recommending new workouts, and new music to listen to.

Those are the main blogs that I hit on a regular basis. I encourage you to give them a look. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Sorry I don’t have more for you tonight. But check back tomorrow and maybe I’ll be able to share my exciting news with you. I can’t wait!

But for now I’m going to go snuggle with this thing:

Is that not the coolest dog of all time? She puts up with a lot living with me and the husband.

And I’m also going to snuggle with this thing:

I say “thing” out of love! I’m not sure he’ll appreciate that I put this up, but oh well. It’s in the blogosphere now.

Catch you on the flip side, Blogland!

Question for you:

Do you have a blog? If so comment and leave your URL. I’m always looking for a new site to haunt.


Keep the Awesome Rolling August 17, 2010

Hey People!

It’s  been a productive day. I woke up with the husband this morning and set out to accomplish as much as I possibly could.

I realized while I was drinking my morning coffee that today was my last real day off. Every day after this is going to be filled with school, my internship, work, or all three. I’m a little bummed. I feel like this Summer has flown by.

In the spirit of getting things done I ate a hearty breakfast to fuel me for my 8-mile run. I decided to try something a little different this time around, and instead of eating toast and peanut butter I had rye toast and a hard-boiled egg.

It worked pretty well.I left later than I usually do for my long runs and because of that the heat was pretty brutal. I took walk breaks when I needed them.

I took my Gu Energy Shot at the 4 mile mark, and I think it helped.


I definitely felt like the last half of my run went by easily. The flavor was a little weird though. It didn’t taste like a blackberry at all. But I look forward to trying out the other flavors. The gel didn’t sit heavy in my stomach like the protein bars did, which is a definite plus.

I also stopped to stretch at the 5 mile mark. I have to say it really made my legs feel better. I didn’t realize how stiff they were getting. Do you ever stop to stretch during your runs?

I finished my run in 1:48:46 with a 12:58 pace. That’s a little slower than I would like, but it’s still decent time.

Speaking of running, I have officially registered for the ING Hartford Half-Marathon.


I’ve put money on this puppy now, there’s no turning back. Although I was able to get the student price, so I saved a little bit. I made the age cut-off for the student price by one week. Good thing I wasn’t born early.

The mailman brought me a present today:

My diploma!

It’s only fitting that this would come on my last day off before school starts. It all seems so final now. I’m a graduate student. Scary.

After the husband and I stared at our diplomas for a few minutes we headed out to run errands. We stopped by the library so I could drop off my overdue books and fork over my fine money. I owed them $1.20, but I figure that’s what keeps the library so nice.

Do you use your public library?

I also picked up a book that I’ve been dying to read.


I’ve seen reviews of it everywhere, but I couldn’t justify spending 25 bucks to get it since it’s a new release. I’ll let you know how I like it. Have you read it, did you like it?

As you know, today is Tuesday and that means I had my Weight Watchers meeting tonight. I’m happy to report that I lost weight this week. This tells me that I’m moving in a positive direction. I definitely noticed that I felt better physically this week just by adding in more fruits and veggies and steering clear of junk. Why does junk food have to taste so delicious?

The meeting topic tonight actually focused on eating filling foods. The idea is that if you fuel yourself with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains you’ll consume fewer calories but still be satisfied.

It’s funny because that’s how I felt this week. It’s like Weight Watchers is inside my brain! I know that I stay fuller longer if I’m eating those healthy staples, but it never hurts to be reminded of it. Have you noticed a difference in how you feel if you eat more fruits and vegetables?

Oh and one more super awesome thing:

My blog is now listed on the Healthy Living Blogs website. I really like this website because it’s a source for tons of healthy blogs. Check it out!

It’s come to my attention that this blog post is turning into a novel, so I’ll leave you here.

I’ll see you tomorrow with a post about some of my favorite blogs to read.

Thanks for reading people! It’s greatly appreciated.

Question for you:

What’s your favorite blog to read? It doesn’t have to healthy living, it can be any topic. I’m always looking for new stuff to read.