Meet our Fitteratis! Check out their bios, Twitter and Facebook info, and site links! All photos courtesy of each respective blogger.
Blogilates – Cassey Ho
Along with her blog, 25 year-old Cassey is a group fitness instructor in San Francisco and creator of POP Pilates. Cassey has been honored as one of YouTube’s Next Trainers and her videos have been viewed more than 14 million times. She is also the designer of oGorgeous, her own line of yoga and gym bags, which she started in college when she couldn't find a bag that was as fashionable as it was functional. Since then her designs have been featured in fitness magazines and television.
Healthy Tipping Point – Caitlin Boyle
Caitlin hails from Charlotte, N.C., and is the creator of the self-esteem movement “Operation Beautiful.” She is 28 years old and is married with one child and two crazy dogs. Caitlin’s Healthy Tipping Point blog is notable for the wide range of topics she addresses: fitness, healthy cooking, feminist issues, and parenting. She is the author of three books, including Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You, and has appeared on The Today Show and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She loves dachshunds, triathlons, and sleeping in (but who doesn’t?).
Skinny Taste – Gina Homolka
Gina, 42, is busy mother of two in Oceanside, New York. She is dedicated to influencing the lives of readers who want a fresh and easy way to prepare healthy meals using whole foods. Since 2008, millions of eager recipe seekers have checked her blog for fabulous, family-pleasing meal solutions. Gina aims to deliver recipes that work for real life and are, literally, outside of the (processed) food box. All the recipes are taste-tested and approved by a very critical panel: Her family!
Iowa Girl Eats – Kristin Porter
Kristin, 29, started her blog in the spring of 2009 as a way to share her passion for cooking healthy (but simple) meals, documenting her travel adventures, and sharing workout ideas with other like-minded people. In addition to writing her blog full-time, Kristin also writes and develops recipes for outside brands and companies. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband of four years and enjoys cooking, traveling, photography, spending time with family, and running.
The Fitnessista – Gina Harney
Gina is a 27-year-old fitness instructor and blogger living in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Finance degree, but found her calling in fitness after marrying an Air Force pilot. The military lifestyle has given Gina the ability to experience life in different cities, as well as the challenges that come with it, including deployments. Gina began writing her blog as a way to share her passion for health and fitness—and now, her adventures as a first-time mom.
Sweet Tooth Sweet Life – Courtney Horan
Courtney lives in Troy, New York, is 28 years-old, and blogs about her life and her many interests in healthy living, fitness, food, and fashion. In the past year and a half, she decided to leave her full time teaching career to pursue her newfound passions in health and fitness. Courtney is now a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM and not only enjoys working with clients, but also loves sharing her knowledge and services on her blog.
Ali on the Run – Alison Feller
Ali grew up dancing but has traded her ballet shoes for a pair of Brooks, and now she prefers running long miles in Central Park to doing splits and shuffles. The 27 year-old blogs about her love for running, spinning and all things sweat-inducing. Despite having Crohn's disease, Ali has completed seven half marathons and one full marathon. You can find her in NYC where she is the Editor in Chief of Dance Spirit magazine, and is most often spotted wearing short shorts and legwarmers with a cup of frozen yogurt in hand.
The Wannabe Athlete – Callie Cowan
Callie, 29, is a working mom in Venice, Florida who blogs about her journey to a healthier lifestyle and hopes to inspire a few other "wannabe athletes" along the way. She gave birth to her son, the "Mini Athlete" in June 2011. In the eight months that followed, she lost 40 pounds and completed two half marathons. Now there's a second "Mini Athlete" on the way - due in December 2012! Callie blogs about balancing a career, a family, and a healthy lifestyle.
Black Girls Run! – Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks
The two 28 year-olds created BGR! in 2009 in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. Toni, who currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia, discovered her love for running (and vegetarianism) in 2008. She considers herself an experienced runner and will complete her first marathon this year. Ashley is a former soccer player now living in New York and began running to maintain an active lifestyle; she completed the New York City Marathon in 2009. The two have been recognized locally and nationally for their work to combat obesity in the African-American community.
Skinny Runner – Sarah Moore
Sarah’s blog is a "not so serious approach to a serious passion of mine—running—with an unhealthy dose of sarcasm, celebrity gossip and self-deprecating humor.” The 29 year-old Aliso Viejo, California blogger writes about all things running, as well as topics about fitness, traveling, body image, fashion, makeup and beauty and more.
It Sux to Be Fat – Jennifer Swafford
Jennifer is an elementary school teacher and blogger who used to live an unhealthy lifestyle and ended up tipping the scale at 275 pounds. By changing her habits and becoming more active, she has successfully lost over 100 pounds. The 35 year-old Marietta, Georgia resident has recently become a runner and completed her first half-marathon. She writes about her weekly weigh-ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss.
Runs for Cookies – Katie Foster
After spending the first 27 years of her life overweight, this stay-at-home mom finally gained the determination she needed to drop more than 120 pounds through diet and exercise. Through her journey, Katie discovered that by running for fitness, she could still eat her favorite sweet treats and maintain her weight loss. The now-30 year-old blogger lives in Newport, Michigan, and writes about the day-to-day successes and struggles of maintaining a 100+ pound weight loss…as well as stories of running, races, family life, and her favorite treats to refuel with after a run.