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Fit Blogger We Love: Knead to Cook

Written on September 5, 2013 at 10:43 am , by

Robin and her hubby after the speedster pounded the Maine pavement for the Beach to Beacon 10K in August.

Need to stir up your go-to healthy eats? Robin over at Knead to Cook has what you crave—muffins, cookies, pies, you name it—without the guilt. And whoa, it shows! The fit mom who sticks to an impressive six-day workout regimen (three days running, the other three hitting the gym for cardio and lifting) cut down on sugar and recently lost over 30 pounds, making major PR strides. We’ll have what she’s having! From lightened-up, homestyle Italian dishes to perfect pre- and post-workout fuel (check out her addictive No-Bake Energy Balls below), this gal cozies you up to her table like you’re a part of the family and proves that nutritious cuisine can taste good, too.

My favorite way to workout: Running, especially in the fall and winter. I’m definitely a cold-weather runner.

My biggest motivators: My two daughters. I want them to look at me as an inspiration for what is possible. They shouldn’t use age as an excuse—ever!

My favorite fit snack: Non-fat Cabot cottage cheese. It’s packed with protein and I mix it with Justin’s almond butter; it’s such a treat! I cannot get enough of it.

Motivational mantra: “No one ever drowned in his own sweat,” by Ann Landers. I actually have it written on the chalkboard wall in my kitchen and I look at it every single day.

My “I did it” moment: Even after running a marathon, my biggest “I did it” moment was recently, at the Beach to Beacon 10K, when I ran it in 49:01. That’s my fastest race time yet, thanks to my recent 31-pound weight loss.

These little protein-packed nuggets are highly sought after at Robin’s daughter’s swim meets—and for good reason. Sweet, tasty and filling!


No-Bake Energy Balls

  • 1 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1 c toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c almond butter (or whatever nut butter you have in your pantry)
  • 1/2 c flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 c + 1 /4 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt


Mix together in a bowl and refrigerate for 45 minutes. Remove and roll into balls. (Robin uses a small scooper!) Place in an airtight container to refrigerate for 5-7 days, although they will most likely be long gone before that!

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Fit Blogger We Love: Peanut Butter Fingers

Written on April 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm , by

Julie shares her active lifestyle, nutritious eats and indulgences on her blog, Peanut Butter Fingers.

Dig in! Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers enjoys a fit, healthy lifestyle with occasional treats.

In September 2009, Julie decided to launch her blog, Peanut Butter Fingers, as a way to write about her passions (health and fitness), share recipes and inspire herself to get more creative in the kitchen. We enjoy following along, and adore her fun-loving attitude as well as her balanced approach to living a healthy lifestyle. Here’s what keeps Julie moving:

I’m happiest when I’m: Doing something outside, like hiking or boating, with my husband and our crazy dog, Sadie. I also love swimming in the ocean with my mom, dad and sister.

My biggest indulgence: Ice cream. I could eat my body weight in ice cream and still want more! My husband thinks I need my own spin-off version of the show Man v. Food called Girl v. Dessert where I dominate sweet treats all the time.

Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: My iPod is stocked with Disney songs and soundtracks from various musicals. Sometimes it’s hard to not start singing in the middle of a workout!

My fitness mantra: I have a bunch! My fall back mantras include: “I never regret a workout” and “You are just one workout away from a good mood.” I did a whole blog post about positive workout mantras and love them. So many times it is mind over matter in the gym, and mantras are a great way to get in the zone.

My motivation comes from: My mom. The optimism, grace and unwavering strength she showed throughout her breast cancer treatment was truly inspiring. Her diagnosis also shifted my mindset from working out and eating healthy for vanity reasons to doing so for my health.

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Body Confidence Tips From Burlesque Stars

Written on April 12, 2011 at 10:32 am , by

Behind the Burly Q is available on DVD April 12.

Behind the Burly Q is available on DVD today.

Last year, Christina Aguilera and Cher showed us how your legs (and lungs—belt it, girls!) can get a spectacular workout on the burlesque stage. A new documentary is now highlighting the performance art and the real-life stars who wowed the crowds in the early-to-mid 1900s.

“All of the women we interviewed for the film were different shapes and sizes. But no matter what, they never once talked about their physicality, now or then, in the negative,” says Behind the Burly Q director Leslie Zemeckis. “Some were heavy, some were flat-chested, they varied in firmness. But they accepted their bodies and what they could do without worrying about losing weight or hiding a ‘defect.’”

We adore the old-world glamour that these women possess, so we asked a few of the former burlesque stars to share their beauty and confidence secrets. Keep these in mind when you’re having a bad body image day:

“I dress up everyday. I don’t wear jeans, not even to take out the trash! I put on my jewelry, lipstick and a nice outfit, even if I’m not going anywhere.”—Joan Arline, current burlesque performer

“Eat right, sleep at least eight hours each night when possible, don’t smoke and laugh a lot.”—Joni DiRando

  • FITNESS Takeaway: Include one of these “10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet” in your diet everyday this week. And of course bypass the cigarettes and become pals with your pillow!

“As you walk across the stage of life, always keep the rhythm in your step, a smile on your face and love of life in your heart.”—Lillian Kiernan Brown

  • FITNESS Takeaway: Create a mantra that your can repeat when life gets tough.

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