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Fit Blogger We Love: Say What You Need To Say

Written on February 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm , by

Lauren loves mixing fun workouts into her routine.

Lauren from Say What You Need To Say is all about truth—it’s right there in her blog name! We love popping over when in need of our own reality check, or just when we need to see someone might be going through the same ups and downs as us. Read on to find out what she simply cannot live without and how she likes to end her busy day. 

5 things I can’t live without: My Mac (it goes everywhere with me), sunflower seed butter, good music, wine and soy mistos from Starbucks.

My fave fit snack: Lately, I’ve really gotten into cottage cheese. I like to end my night with something slightly sweet, so my go-to bedtime snack has been cottage cheese mixed with blueberries and lots of cinnamon. I’ve also read that cottage cheese can help burn fat while you sleep—a nice added bonus!

My biggest indulgence: Wine. I’m a complete wino and would never give it up for any diet approach. I like to enjoy a good glass with dinner a few times a week.

My favorite way to work out: I used to focus all of my time and energy into running, but now I’ve realized that my body craves variety. I always make sure I’m enjoying the workout I’m doing, so while I still toss in a run now and then, my workouts are more focused on whole body routines, strength training, an occasional yoga class and teaching indoor cycling.

My “I Did It” moment: I’ve had a few defining moments in my fitness journey. I’ll never forget the moment when I crossed the finish line of my first half-marathon, or the day I became a certified personal fitness instructor. Then there’s the day I completed a brutal 3-day training to become an RPM (cycling) instructor. All of these things took hard work, dedication and time, but I realize that my passion now has become less about doing things for me and more about helping others achieve their fitness goals.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Heather’s Dish

Written on February 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm , by

Heather is a big fan of hitting the great outdoors for workouts.

If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for all types of yummy recipes, look no further than Heather’s Dish. Many are healthy, while some are more indulgent (hey, we all need those once in a while!) and others are  fun in-between goodies. We caught up with this foodie extraordinaire to find out what songs get her groovin’ and which sport she’d play if invited to London this summer.

I’m happiest when I’m: Spending time with my husband. We could be traveling, hiking, grabbing coffee or just hanging out and it’s a guaranteed good time.

My favorite way to work out: I’m a big fan of running, walking, hiking and essentially anything that can be done outdoors! Weight training has always been fun for me too; I love seeing the results as my muscles change. In the summer, I really love paddleboarding—it’s such a fun full-body workout!

My fave fit snack: Carrots and almond butter are amazing together! So either that or Greek yogurt and Love Grown Foods granola. I’m very specific about the granola I like and theirs always hits the spot.

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: I don’t really count it as embarrassing, but I love working out to “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner or “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. The energy in those songs is addictive!

Olympic sport I’d love to try: I grew up playing volleyball and truly miss it. If I could pick anything to really pour time and training into for the Olympics, it would definitely be beach volleyball!

We’re big fans of Heather’s dishes and thought you might be too. Click below for a yummy salmon recipe she’s whipped up that has earned rave reviews.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Snack Girl

Written on February 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm , by

Lisa discovers nutritious packaged snacks and develops her own healthy recipes.

Whether you’re looking to discuss the latest nutrition-related news, find the latest supermarket snacks that won’t eat up your daily calorie budget or need a family-friendly recipe, Lisa from Snack Girl has you covered. She’s not afraid to cover the good, bad and ugly in the food world and shares plenty of smart snacking advice (we love her recent round-up of chocolate choices with Valentine’s Day coming up)! Keep reading to learn more about Lisa’s fitness goals and what she’s snacking on now.

My favorite way to work out: I like fitness DVDs because I am a mother of two small children and I’m always pressed for time. My favorites include Jillian Michaels DVDs and the New York City Ballet Workout. I have about seven different discs and I do just 15 to 20 minutes of one of them per day. Someday, I will get my gym membership back and do my favorite exercise, which is swimming.

On my fit life list: I want to become a better cross country skier. We have trails behind our house and I am always falling over. I would love to hike parts of the Appalachian trail and someday climb up to Machu Picchu.

I’m happiest when I’m: Reading my children a story at the end of the day. It is such a sweet time and I get to admire them at their quietest.

My biggest indulgence: Sitting in front of my fireplace (we have a wood stove) and knitting. If I get to sit there for 15 minutes without interruption, it is SO luxurious. Of course, the dishes and laundry are staring at me but I ignore them to have this precious moment of peace.

My fave fit snack: Since it is winter, I am really into root vegetables. I recently discovered parsnips and I love them. This recipe is super easy to make and tastes delicious.

Take advantage of seasonal produce for this roasted parsnips side.

Honey Mustard Parsnips

Serves 6

  • 2 pounds parsnips
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon high-quality mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and place rack in the upper third. Scrub parsnips in cold water. Do not peel. Cut into 1-inch chunks and place parsnips on rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Mix together vinegar, honey, and olive oil in a small bowl. Pour over parsnips and mix with the liquid to coat. Add salt and pepper.
  3. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes. Put in a bowl, and toss with mustard. Taste and adjust seasonings. Enjoy!

Nutrition information per serving: 157 calories, 3.2 g fat, 31.8 g carbohydrates, 2.3 g protein, 7.7 g fiber, 100 mg sodium, 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus

Fit Blogger We Love: Health on the Run

Written on January 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm , by

Lauren dons her favorite color combo during a race!

Head on over to Health on the Run and you’ll find a girl who seriously loves running and isn’t afraid to show it. Lauren manages a hectic racing schedule, a busy work life and keeps up with, well, her health, while donning her famous watermelon color combination. Throw in a social life and wedding planning (she’s recently engaged—congrats!) and we wonder how Lauren juggles it all. So we figured we’d ask. Read on to find out what keeps her pushing through tough runs and where her happy place is.

On my fit life list: If you ever read my blog, you may figure out rather quickly that I’m sort of obsessed with 200-mile relays—when you pile into two vans with 11 other crazy runners and run for 24-plus hours straight. My life’s goal is to find a sponsor who will allow me to be a professional relay runner (although I’d create a super official-sounding title for myself, of course). I will bring my bright watermelon race outfits and enthusiasm; you bring the coffee and snacks.

But since no sponsors seem to be coming forward, other big items on my fit life list are:

  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Run a major marathon in another country, especially London
  • Run a three-hour marathon
  • Start my own race/race series—the medals may or may not be in watermelon colors
  • Become a high school cross country coach. High school is where I fell in love with running and I would love to be able to inspire young athletes the same way that my coaches motivated me.

I’m happiest when I’m: Outside in the mountains. I know I live in the city, but I’m really a country girl at heart. Give me a cabin on top of a mountain and I’ll be a happy camper. Well, as long as I have my fiance, EC, and my dog…and the Internet…and maybe a group of friends to run with, too.

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: “I Am Woman” by Jordin Sparks. It’s so incredibly cheesy and the lyrics are pretty awful, but I still belt it out when I need a motivation boost.

My fitness mantra: “Mentally tough, physically strong.” Back when I was just getting into the sport of running and struggling with managing my asthma, my mom used to repeat that phrase whenever I seemed to be fading on a run. It’s simple and sort of rhythmic when you say it over and over again. To this day, I still repeat it whenever I’m struggling during a long run or race.

My biggest indulgence: Ice cream. I love it year-round and can never seem to pass up a sale at the grocery store. I’m slightly ashamed to admit that it’s not unheard of for me to have three or four open cartons in my freezer at one time. And yes, I live alone.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Danica’s Daily

Written on January 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm , by

Danica has lost about 50 pounds with Weight Watchers.

Whether she’s enjoying a dish at a local restaurant whipping up a crowd-pleasing, nutritious meal at home, Danica has a passion for all things food. She believes in and follows the Weight Watchers principle of “all things in moderation” and chronicles her culinary adventures on Danica’s Daily. Besides sharing her daily eats and tasty, nutritious recipes on her personal blog, Danica connects others seeking a healthier lifestyle on her other site Friends For Weight Loss.

We asked the avid cook and wellness community-builder about what keeps her happy, motivated and moving in the gym.

I’m happiest when I am: Living life to the fullest! Whether it is traveling and experiencing new things or being in the “zone” balancing my healthy lifestyle with treats.

My fave fit snack: Mock lemon meringue pie, which is 0% Greek yogurt drizzled with lemon curd and topped with crushed cinnamon graham crackers!

My biggest indulgence: Reese’s Easter Eggs. They have the perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter and I totally plan my day around fitting them in my day every year!

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to:Tik Tok” by Ke$ha

My “I Did It” moment: When I realized I could actually wrap my towel around my body and when I was at a weight that I put on my license years ago!

Keep reading to snag Danica’s portion-controlled light lasagna recipe.

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Fit Blogger We Love: This Mama Cooks

Written on January 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm , by

Anne-Marie also reviews cookbooks and foodie movies on her site.

Some people start a blog to document a wedding, a baby’s growth or a weight-loss journey, then fall off the writing wagon soon after the big event passes or after they reach their goal. Not Anne-Marie Nichols! She has been blogging about her favorite food trends, kitchen tips and recipes on This Mama Cooks! since 2004. In 2007, she added a nutrition focus and tacked on a few extra words to her blogs title (“on a diet”). Now the mom of two hopes to inspire her readers—and their families—to take small steps to live healthier, happier lives.

Here’s what keeps Anne-Marie feeling great, inside and out:

My favorite way to work out: Reformer Pilates. I’ve fallen in love with it thanks to my wonderful instructor, Alisa at Axis of Movement. She’s helped me eliminate my lower back and sciatica pain and improve my core strength. I go twice a week and take a Pilates mat class from her, too.

I’m happiest when I’m: Meeting my health goals for the day—drinking my water, taking my vitamins, exercising, brushing and flossing, and getting eight hours of sleep.

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: Anything by Duran Duran. I’m stuck in the ‘80s.

My fave fit snack: Larabars. They’re the only snack bar that I can eat since they’re gluten- and sugar-free.

My biggest indulgence: Cheese. Since it’s an indulgence, I splurge on local artisanal and fancy imported cheeses and try not to worry about the price per pound cost.

Speaking of indulging, Anne-Marie shared one of her favorite sweet treat recipes with us, a sugar-free, dairy-free chocolate mousse! Click below for the 411.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Meals for Miles

Written on December 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm , by

Kelly rockin' it out in all black at the 2011 ING New York City Marathon!

A former gymnast but true runner at heart, Kelly from Meals for Miles will do anything to fit in sunrise runs to kick-start her day. We caught up with the blonde beauty to find out her favorite place to sweat and what moment of triumph really stands out.

My favorite way to work out: Running on the bridle path in Central Park, hands down! It’s even better when I’m with my favorite running buddies. Chatting away the miles on a beautiful morning is the best way to start the day.

My fave fit snack: I make homemade granola bars that blow store-bought ones out of the water. I usually include peanuts, almonds, dried cranberries, dried cherries, raisins,  sunflower seeds and peanut butter. I think they single-handedly fueled my marathon training this past summer!

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: “Jump (for My Love)” by the Pointer Sisters. It pumps me up and makes me want to dance like Hugh Grant in Love, Actually!

My fitness mantra: “No guts, no glory. End of story.”

My “I Did It” moment: Running and finishing the 2010 ING New York City Marathon. It was my first marathon (but not my last!) and had been years in the making after injuries and illness prevented me from running the race in 2008 and 2009. My mom and twin sister were in town to cheer me on, and it’s still one of the best days of my life!

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Fit Blogger We Love: Skinny Taste

Written on December 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm , by

Gina can help you whip up a tasty, celebration-worthy meal.

All year long, Gina from SkinnyTaste creates and shares low-fat recipes for the whole family. But we really turn to her blog for inspiration as the holidays approach, since she is a pro at designing festive dishes that make us wish we could reach through the screen and set them on our party tables (skinny eggnog or vanilla snowman cupcakes, anyone?).

Here are some quick facts about this kitchen all-star and one of her favorite recipes for any holiday table!

My favorite way to work out: With a friend.

My fave fit snack: Fresh fruit and nuts.

5 things I can’t live without: Friends, family, coffee, camera and my laptop.

My biggest indulgence: Coffee!

I’m happiest when I’m: Enjoying a home cooked meal with family and friends.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Serves 9

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
  • 15 ounces fat-free cottage cheese (Gina prefers Polly-O)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 32 ounces tomato sauce
  • 9 tablespoons (about 3 ounces) part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Ladle about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 12-inch baking dish.
  2. Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.
  3. Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese. Put foil over baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts.
  4. To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.

Nutrition information per serving: 225 calories, 5 g fat

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Fit Blogger We Love: Life of Blyss

Written on November 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm , by

Alyssa loves running almost as much as she loves smiling.

Audrey Hepburn once said, “laughter is the best calorie burner,” and Alyssa from Life of Blyss proves that’s true every day. This 20-something communications coordinator is an avid runner, customizes wine glasses and gives back to her community. Read on to find out more about why we love her, and why you will too.

I’m happiest when I’m: Fist-pumping to a great Chris Brown song on an equally great run!

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: I’m a shameless Glee fan, and I’ve been known to blast some Hanson and Jesse McCartney on my runs. And I love it!

My biggest indulgence: Brownies. I could eat an entire bowl of brownie batter and be the happiest little kid in the whole entire world.

On my fit life list: Let me give it to you in a list!

  • Run a sub-1:36 half-marathon.
  • Run a half-marathon for Team Hoyt, an organization in which I’d push an autistic child in a wheelchair.
  • Run as a pacer for a half or full marathon.
  • Run a sub-3:36 marathon.
  • Run a race with my puppy, Chloe!

My biggest motivator: My motivation comes from the fact that I run for me and no one else (other than raising money for charities and good causes). I grew up having to run for field hockey, and as a result, I hated it. Now, I run because I want to be healthy and fit…and I love it.

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Fit Blogger We Love: Once Upon a [L]ime

Written on November 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm , by

This marathoner rarely poses for "normal" pictures, one of the reasons we love her!

Sarah from Once Upon a [L]ime has been working hard to complete a marathon in under four hours for a while, bringing her readers through all of the ups and downs of training along the way. When she missed out on the achievement during her dream race, she led us to believe another attempt was in the distant future. Little did we know she was secretly plotting her victory run! Sarah nabbed the impressive milestone last weekend and has been celebrating ever since. Read on to find out what other goals are on her fit list and why her witty sarcasm keeps us coming back for more.

On my fit life list: You know the Krispy Kreme Challenge? I want to start one with beer. Run two miles, chug a bunch of beer, run back to the finish. I know, real lofty life goals. The college kid in me just won’t die.

Beer or not, I would love to start my own race. I love running for a cause and think it’s a great way to raise funds, awareness and promote healthy lifestyles. Everyone wins!

My biggest indulgence: It comes post-race: bottomless ____ brunch. Insert your choice of mimosa/margarita/beer/any form of delicious alcoholic beverage.

My healthy treat tip: I use the sample cups at Yogurtland for a taste of the “indulgent” flavors—chocolate hazelnut, red velvet, pumpkin pie—and then fill my cup with the “healthy” flavors and top with fruit.

Olympic sport I’d love to try: I don’t want to brag, but I was a pretty awesome ice skater growing up. Oh yeah, I was the next Nancy Kerrigan practicing on the carpet in my parent’s living room. But seriously, probably sailing. It’ll come in handy whenever my husband, Brian, finally buys me that boat I’ve been wanting. It’s so unfair to live in SoCal without a boat. Or a live-in maid. Or a reality TV show…

My “I Did It” moment: I’ve had a lot of people asking me how to get into running and racing recently. The fact that I’ve inspired somebody is so motivating to keep at it, and that they think I’ve got my crap together enough to ask for my advice? Either they’re crazy or I’m doing something right (probably the former).

My fitness mantra: “It’s gotta suck now so it sucks less later.” I’m not one of the lucky ones that jump out of bed every morning excited to work out. Running is hard and it’s a struggle for me to stay on track. Whenever I’m tempted to skip a workout or bail early on a run, I remind myself that it’ll only make the end goal that much harder to achieve. Whether that’s PR’ing a marathon (Editor’s note: Sarah nabbed a sub-four hour marathon last weekend!) or fitting back into my skinny jeans, taking the easy way out isn’t going to help.

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