Zumba Class is Like Running a 5K in an Hour

My friend Sheryl invited me to join her in a Zumba class. This was my very first Zumba class, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm kidding -- I knew exactly what to expect. Because I did my research, people! I read TWO whole articles online about ...more

My Kids Reported from the White House for the Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July ...more

I Am Diabetic and Addicted to Food

Being at a healthy weight, no one really questioned my eating habits. I was the Sporty Spice of every group, so excessive eating was justified and even praised.  Through college I managed my healthy weight by keeping my routine of unwarranted ...more

Join the Healthy Living Mini-Con at BlogHer '14

See the "Birds of a Feather Mini-Cons" description for details on how Mini-Cons work. Come and meet your people!Discussion leaders: ...more

My Diagnosis is Just One Part of Who I Am

This is a topic I’ve been reflecting on for a long time. I’ve read many articles and posts on both sides of the argument. I’ve read posts from adults with spina bifida, and parents of children with spina bifida, who say that spina bifida doesn’t ...more

HIIT: The Calorie-Burning Routine You Can Do Anywhere

HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is rising in popularity amongst the masses at supersonic speeds. Besides body weight training, HIIT is the top fitness trend of 2014. This upbeat, fast-paced method requires dedication, commitment, stamina, and endurance, but the results are well worth the effort. ...more

A Child's Perspective on the 2014 White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July 18, 2014. ...more
FLOTUS Thanks for sharing! Who covered #KidsStateDinner? Kid reporters! Check out a kid’s view ...more

I Am Not Your Fat Friend

This is an open letter to people I have/do care about throughout my life who have either disregarded me, not seen my sexuality, or not seen my value and worth because of my weight. Some of these people I am still friends, even best friends, with but this is my truth. These stories are not personal attacks, but rather examples of how thin privilege operates on interpersonal levels between friends, lovers, and the people we interact with. I am not necessarily placing blame—I am telling part of my story....more
I TOTALLY disagree! By using phrases such as "examples of how thin privilege operates" and ...more

Weight Loss Story of the Day: Nikki lost 103 pounds

Weight Loss Story of the Day: Nikki lost 103 pounds. Tired of feeling invisible and dealing with low self esteem, she decided that enough was enough.  She embraced healthy eating habits and worked out with DVDs at home to transform her body.  Here is her story:...more

Top 5 Diet Mistakes to Avoid

There are the top 5 mistakes that I always encourage people to AVOID when dieting and trying to lose weight.  These can hinder your weight loss efforts and even harm your health. ...more

The Scientific Seven Minute Workout

We've already talked about how exercising daily can be quite the struggle for me. Between my full work day, commuting and the afternoon rain storms it feels nearly impossible to get in a good workout. I hardly have enough time to make dinner most nights, let alone take a trip to the gym and spend 45-60 minutes on a treadmill or trying to figure out what weights to lift. I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one who wanders awkwardly through the machines unsure of where to start. (I'm not the only one, right?)...more

Weekly Training Update: 7/14-7/20

Training for a goal half marathon doesn't stop when you go on vacation. And I'm so glad for that. This week my workouts have taken me to Arbor Day Farms, home of Arbor Day, in Nebraska City to Davidson Mesa outside Boulder to the top of the world in Rocky Mountain National Park ....more

Do Not Envy

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about envy quite a lot, especially in how it affects my own internal dialogue. Through the blog world, social media, magazines, TV and our every day lives we are constantly comparing ourselves to the people around us. I know the “comparison trap” has been talked to death, but I think it’s more than just comparison – it’s about jealousy, envy, and learning to be grateful for our own lives and blessings.Envy is something that I used to feel constantly – all day, every day ....more

Tackling Grief....

Jillian Michaels says I'm not healthy

"Does this dress make my cholesterol look high?" I wasn't going to write about this, but it has been rattling around in my head for a while and I think it's better to write about it so I can stop thinking about it.In a recent episode of her podcast...more

Check out Abe’s Market’s Summer Road Trip!

Finds’ fave Abe’s Market is going on a summer road trip!...more

Tunes for Tuesday: Play Hard, by David Guetta, ft. Ne-Yo & Akon

The video is seriously weird but this is one of my favorite workout songs ....more