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Fit Blogger We Love: Live Run Love Yoga

Written on November 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm , by

Whitney always gives us the reminder to show our bodies some love.

While some of us discover our passions later in life, Whitney from Live Run Love Yoga found hers early: running and yoga. The fitness enthusiast has been active since she was a young girl and hasn’t stopped since! Now an accomplished marathoner who loves flowing through sun salutations just as much as she enjoys lacing up her sneaks, Whitney’s page is one we often turn to when in need of a good stretch (we admit, we don’t always practice as much as we should!). Keep reading to find out which races she has her eye on and what beauty product might need to make its way into your gym bag.

My favorite way to work out: I love to hit the pavement for a run and then find my way to the yoga mat to stretch out my tight muscles. Not to mention it works my abs and upper body!

On my fit life list: Complete the World Marathon Majors! I’ve run the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon and the Chicago Marathon. Next up, London and Berlin! I also really want to run the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco!

I’m happiest when I’m: Doing anything that involves running or yoga! Whether it’s running or working a race, talking or blogging about those subjects, or being in the studio practicing, teaching or learning. I’m fortunate that my jobs are my passions!

My gym bag must-have: Yes To Cucumber or Yes to Blueberry Facial Towelettes. They’re so refreshing; I love them!

My motivation comes from: Myself! It’s my own love of running and yoga that gets me out of bed at 5am or through a 20-mile long run. I love the satisfaction and sense of confidence that my runs and practice provide; it’s what keeps me coming back for more each day!

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Fit Blogger We Love: with a Side of Sneakers

Written on November 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm , by

Heather knows how to fight through the pain and come out stronger on the other side.

When we first discovered Heather over at with a Side of Sneakers, one word popped into our mind: perseverance. Seriously, this girl is tough. Even though she’s been battling chronic foot and hand pain that doctors still haven’t been able to properly diagnose, she found the strength and determination to finish a triathlon, along with other various races. And mind you, this was no ordinary pain – it reached a point of barely being able to walk, sign notes or hold a pen. Yet Heather never let it become an excuse, saying “somebody else has it worse.”

We took some lessons from this athlete, and want you to as well. Keep reading to find out which sport she loves to practice, and what other goals she’s getting ready to tackle.

My favorite way to work out: Swimming. It’s not always easy to get to the pool, but I love the full body workout and cardio it provides. There’s nothing like feeling totally exhausted in a matter of minutes!

5 things I can’t live without:

  • My family. Cliche, but oh so completely true.
  • My camera. I love capturing all of my 9-month-old’s first moments on “film.”
  • My foam roller. I’m so injury prone and this helps keep them at bay.
  • My porch. I love being outside and my porch lets me be out in the sunshine even when I’m doing boring things like working or folding laundry.
  • Coffee. Enough said.

On my fit life list: Finish an Ironman. Run a marathon. Climb Mt. Everest. I’m not too sure about that last one, but it sounds good, right?

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: “White Houses,” by Vanessa Carlton. I have no idea how it ended up on my iPod, but it’s there and I definitely kick it up a notch and rock out when it comes on. Lucky for the people on the treadmills next to me, I sing to myself…mostly.

My fitness mantra: Persistence is far more important than perfection.

My “I Did It” moment: A couple of years ago I came down with a mysterious condition that causes severe chronic pain in my hands and feet. I was devastated that I could no longer run. After a couple months of throwing the world’s biggest pity party, I dusted off my running shoes and signed up for a triathlon. I needed the motivation of the other two sports to fight through the pain and hit the pavement again. Crossing the finish line was one of my proudest moments because it’s something I fought so hard for. That day I vowed to never let another obstacle stand in the way of my dreams, no matter how big or small.

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Fit Blogger We Love: It All Changes

Written on October 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm , by

We couldn’t agree more with Cynthia’s headband.

Change is  a big part of life, whether or not we like it, don’t you think? Sometimes, though, change can be a great thing. That’s what Cynthia decided back in 2006, when she decided that life at over 270 pounds was unacceptable and she deserved to be happy. So she made little changes and day by day, she dropped the weight. In fact, she’s lost 115 pounds and now lives a happy, healthy life! Sure, there are still every day struggles, but Cynthia openly blogs about them on It All Changes. And that’s why we love her -  without the struggles, there wouldn’t be triumph! Keep reading to found out more about her successes and why we love cheering her on.

My biggest indulgence: An allergy-free treat from Sweet Freedom Bakery in Philadelphia. My mom lives near there and it’s one place I know I can get a dessert and not worry about my allergies.

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: I have a lot of 80′s music that I work out to. The most embarrassing is “Get Down On It,” by Kool and the Gang. I always rock out to it when I’m doing squats and lunges.

My “I Did It” moment: Running a 5K after major back surgery. My doctors said I probably wouldn’t be able to do it, but I worked hard in physical therapy and was given the OK to go for it. I ran even better than I did in my first 5K!

Olympic sport I’d love to try: Skeleton. It combines my love for insanity by jumping head first down an ice course, and I’d need to work my core to steer and prevent a crash. Sounds like a thrill, plus you get a fun helmet.

My fitness mantra: “You can either throw in the towel, or use it to wipe the sweat off your face.” A friend told me this several years back and it has kept me moving and working through many ups and downs.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Spa Bettie

Written on October 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm , by

True, her name’s Kristina, but you can find her on her blog, Spa Bettie!

Ah, the spa lifestyle. Waking up and playing a low-stress tennis match, sneaking off for a massage and wrapping up the day with a nutritious meal. It’s vacation for most, but for spa director Kristina, these are events that she thinks about daily, and she tries to infuse these ideals into her own lifestyle. It’s a treat to follow along on her blog, Spa Bettie, as Kristina lives according to her personal philosophy: “Clean eating and fun movement balanced with the right amount of indulgence.”

So what is Kristina’s favorite way to start her day and how does she make eating clean feel indulgent (besides with these irresistible chocolate peanut butter pancakes)? Read on to find out.

My favorite way to work out: It’s an unappreciated workout—I love my treadmill! I know the value of a good weight workout and I also love tennis and rollerskating!

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: “Brandy” by Looking Glass. Yep, I like the oldies. An upbeat song I can sing to gives me energy and that’s all I need. It’s also my favorite karaoke song…

My fitness mantra: “I never regret a workout.” When I am running, I am chasing that runner’s high. When I am playing tennis, it’s to get that perfect shot. Skiing down a hill, to have fun and go fast! Fitness to me is about motivation. It’s fun and goal-oriented.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Amy’s Quest

Written on October 11, 2012 at 9:43 am , by

Amy loves a quick fit snack, but doesn’t shy away from wings after a baseball game. Moderation at its finest!

When we hop over to Amy’s Quest, one word comes to mind: real. Amy has maintained a 100-pound weight loss for nearly seven years, but that doesn’t mean every day is full of sunshine and butterflies. And she never tries to make us believe it’s always easy, which is what we love about her. Some posts may be short and loaded with emotional impact; others might be fun and full of zest and energy, giving us the boost we needed to lace up our sneaks for a quick run or clip in our shoes for a Spin class. Either way, popping over to her blog isn’t a bad idea if you’re in need of some inspiration from someone who’s gone through a major lifestyle change. We thought she seemed friendly enough, so we reached out to hear a bit more about the blogger behind the screen. Here’s what she had to say:

My favorite way to work out: Spinning! Ever since I strained my shoulder in a bike accident last summer, I’ve decided to keep things safe and bike indoors instead. I love the intensity!

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: I have a pretty eclectic mix of music on my workout playlists, but one song that always makes me smile is “Night Moves,” by Bob Seger.

My fitness mantra: You are stronger than you think.

My fave fit snack: Turkey breast and Laughing Cow cheese wrapped around pickled asparagus spears.

My biggest indulgence: After a night of playing baseball, the thing I look forward to most is post-game chicken wings with the team.

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Fit Blogger We Love: STUFT Mama

Written on September 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm , by

Lifting up those adorable boys must have helped Kristin sculpt those unbelievable arms!

True, she’s a marathoner, group fitness instructor and personal trainer, but we’re pretty sure any busy mom—or woman in general—will relate to STUFT Mama‘s Kristin. In a recent post, she hilariously used her compression socks as an excuse not to shave her legs (love those time-saving tricks!).

We love her humorous approach to all things fitness, so we asked this speedy mom of twins to share the tips and tools that keep her energized and how she treats herself after all those hard workouts.

My fitness mantra: I have a couple:

  1. “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.” I tell my clients that every step towards health counts, even if it’s a small one. We have the opportunity every day to succeed instead of letting fear or insecurity hold us back. Being uncomfortable and going for it is not a bad thing.
  2. “You can do anything you want, anything you put your heart and your mind into.” —Ronald Miller, Can’t Buy Me Love

My “I Did It” moment: When I finished my very first marathon right after my twins turned one. I always told myself that I wanted to be that person who stayed fit throughout pregnancy and then ran a marathon after having kids. That’s exactly what I did and now racing is a part of who I am. In a way I got to live the dream I always wanted. I have since gotten a Boston qualifying time.

My biggest motivation comes from: Being the best mom I can be to my boys. It’s hard to balance motherhood, career and taking time to exercise and take care of myself, but every day I want to lead by example and show my boys the importance of healthy eating and fitness.

5 things I can’t live without: My BOB double jogging stroller, Mizuno running shoes, egg whites, dark chocolate and espresso.

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: I have more than one Kenny Loggins song on my current playlist. “Footloose” is my favorite.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Food and Fun on the Run

Written on September 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm , by

Mary dominates during running season. Are you gearing up for any races this fall?

When we think of Florida, we imagine palm trees, sandy beaches and an escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City. If the weather is cool-ish, we’ll toss a jog in for good measure. Mary, a Tampa Bay resident, sees things a bit differently. She details her running adventures on her blog, Food and Fun on the Run, filling us in on the nitty gritty of what it’s like to train in such humid weather, along with the fun food she gets to devour after accomplishing a beastly workout. Nothing screams “balance” to us more!

My favorite way to work out: Definitely running! I started in high school to stay in shape for other sports, and haven’t stopped since! I love the feeling of getting outside and hitting the pavement, with only my current run on my mind. It’s therapeutic for me!

On my fit life list: I want to run all five of the major marathons! I have already completed NYC and Boston, I have Chicago in a few weeks, and then I need to complete London and Berlin! I cannot wait for the day that I have the chance to say I completed all five races!

My biggest indulgence: Chicken fingers and french fries with a side of honey mustard. Yep, it’s that specific! I love this guilty-pleasure meal. A little secret: my husband and I had it the night of our wedding after we left the reception, and it tasted so good! [Editor's note: Be sure to check out our more waistline-friendly chicken fingers. Just as tasty and only 212 calories per serving!]

My fitness mantra: “Attitude is everything.” I truly believe that we all create our lives, good or bad. If you start your fitness journey thinking that you are going to fail, then you have created that for your future. Rather, know that you are going to work incredibly hard to achieve everything you set out to do, and you will accomplish it, little by little. Your attitude is everything – make it amazing!

My motivation comes from: A burning desire deep inside me wanting to beat my times and accomplishments from before. I am very competitive with myself, and constantly strive to make myself a better athlete and overall person. As soon as I reach a goal, I set another one to continuously push myself harder.

After we saw the delicious spread of food she whipped up at a recent bridal shower for another Fit Blogger We Love, we couldn’t help but beg Mary for a tasty dish sending us into the fall season. Check it out below!

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Fit Blogger We Love: Hungry Healthy Happy

Written on September 6, 2012 at 9:56 am , by

Dannii began her transformation three years ago and is now in maintenance mode.

One of the best things about our digital age is how small it makes the world feel. Just a decade or two ago, it may have been tricky to connect with UK resident Dannii of Hungry Healthy Happy (requested by you, her fans, as an individual to feature on a previous Fit Blogger We Love post!). But when we reached out to her just days ago, we heard back within minutes. Awesome news for us, since we could hardly wait to hear how she was able to drop nearly 100 pounds!

Read on for success secrets from this clean eating fan who inspires readers worldwide.

My “I did it” moment: Winning the mental battle that comes along with losing weight. One day everything just “clicked.” I realized that eating didn’t have to be a battle. I didn’t have to deprive myself and I could still enjoy the foods I loved every now and then. Working out didn’t have to be a chore, I just needed to find the workouts that I enjoyed and looked forward to doing. Of course there are still days when I don’t want to get up at 6 a.m. to hit the gym and other days where I want to eat a giant pizza (I’m human), but giving myself permission to sometimes skip a workout and indulge in a pizza was pretty liberating. I have found balance, happiness and health, to me that means that “I did it.”

My favorite fit snack: I am a big snacker—that is something that hasn’t really changed since I have lost 98 pounds—but what I snack on has changed. I definitely have a sweet tooth, so I get creative in the kitchen and create healthy snacks that taste like chocolate cake, but don’t come with all the calories, like these healthy chocolate fudgey brownies. You would never know they were healthy and only 135 calories a slice!

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Fit Blogger We Love: Powercakes

Written on August 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm , by

“Like mother, like daughter” is a common refrain, and Kasey from Powercakes and her “mamacakes” are proof that can be true. With a personal trainer mom, Kasey learned the power of fitness and recently graduated with a degree in health and physical education!

We caught up with the clean eater and CrossFit newbie to discover her favorite fitness method and go-to splurge food.

Kasey fuels her busy days with five to six small meals.

My favorite way to work out: I love weight lifting. I used to be a cardio junkie but my mindset has completely changed, along with my body, once I introduced weights! I also love to superset my exercises to keep my heart rate up. When it comes to cardio, I absolutely love Tabata intervals (which consists of doing 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest for a set amount of rounds). I have a few of my favorites on my video page!

My biggest indulgence: Cheese. Give me some good feta and I can eat the whole block!

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: “Baby” by Justin Bieber. It’s the best to jump rope too, I swear!

My motivation comes from: My family, friends, boyfriend, the FitFluential community and my followers! I really wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

My fave fit snack: Powercakes! I make a big one in the morning or the night before and then cut it up to snack on throughout the day!

Kasey was kind enough to share one of her blog’s namesake recipes. Keep reading for a dish that tastes like dessert (but you have her permission to eat it anytime!)

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Fit Blogger We Love: Dashing Dish

Written on August 23, 2012 at 9:50 am , by

Katie loves experimenting in the kitchen to create nutritious and flavorful dishes.

Do you ever crave waffles drizzled with syrup, cheeseburgers with all the fixings or red velvet cake? Maybe a better question is “who doesn’t?” Katie at Dashing Dish has a knack for taking calorie-packed recipes and making guilt-free versions that taste just as decadent, which is why she’s landed on our bookmarked reading list! Here’s what keeps her moving and motivated.

My favorite way to work out: A combination of weight training and interval/HIIT (high intensity interval training).

5 things I can’t live without:

  1. My husband
  2. My family and friends
  3. My Pomeranian Zoey
  4. My Bible
  5. My Nike tennis shoes

I’m happiest when I’m: In my pajamas at night cuddled up with my husband watching movies!

My fave fit snack: One of my protein shake or protein muffin recipes!

My gym bag must-have: My iPhone (which has a fully loaded iTunes workout playlist) with my armband and headphones.

Of course we had to ask Katie to share one of her favorite recipes! Click below for her 187-calorie cake batter shake—a much lighter take on the treat that can sometimes offer a full day’s worth of calories.

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