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I'm obsessed with Brussels sprouts! I had an amazing dish at Wolfgang Puck's once. It was roasted brussels sprouts with orange zest and balsamic. It was mind-blowing and I've been trying to find a similar recipe forever!

9 months, 1 week ago on Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic & Orange

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Wow these look so amazing. The epitome of comfort food. I WANT THESE! :D

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Cast Iron Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Drop Biscuits

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 @Wannabe Health Nut  @LisaEirene Making it as simple as possible makes it EASY to eat healthy. For example, I always bring healthy snacks to work. Today I have an apple and some grapes. Makes me less likely to eat the candy in the office!

1 year, 10 months ago on How to Make Time for Exercise + Meal Planning

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The meal planning is harder to find time for. What worked for us is having very simple meals. Our dinners are a protein + veggie + salad. It makes it easy. So we always have salmon, chicken, shrimp, pork chops on hand or in the freezer to make it easy!

 

As for exercise, it's important to me so I make the time. No matter what! I schedule it like I schedule my plans and stick to it.

1 year, 10 months ago on How to Make Time for Exercise + Meal Planning

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I used to be an emotional eater. That's probably one of the contributing factors to me gaining 100 pounds. It's funny, once I lost the weight and kept it off for a little while, my relationship with food changed dramatically. Am I still an emotional eater? Once in awhile. But I've learned to turn to other things when I am upset (like going for a walk, going to the gym, talking to a friend) instead of eating!

1 year, 10 months ago on Confessions of an Emotional Eater

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Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows out there. I will be so sad when it's gone! :(

 

As for bad habits...when I was trying to lose 100 pounds, I had to stop eating my two triggers foods entirely: pizza and ice cream. For two years I avoided them and lost the weight. After keeping it off for 4 years now, I can eat my old trigger foods in moderation and not go over board (thankfully). But breaking that bad habit in the beginning was HARD. 

1 year, 10 months ago on Breaking Bad (Habits)

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I love fish. It's one of my favorite proteins. Not only is it healthy, it's simple and easy to prepare AND it's low in calories. 

 

I eat seafood probably 2x a week. Salmon is a staple in my house and we always have it on hand. I also try to eat shrimp or scallops another night that week. Seafood is just so rich in nutrients and if you're trying to lose weight, or keep it off, a low calorie meal with seafood is perfect. 

2 years, 4 months ago on 5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Fish Once a Week

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When I was 250 pounds I was developing diabetes, I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I was also in pain all the time. My back hurt. My legs hurt, my feet hurt A LOT--they'd swell after being on my feet for a few hours. My hips were killing me. It hurt being obese. I lost 110 pounds and the pains I was having went away.

2 years, 5 months ago on New Study Finds Obesity Causes Regular Physical Pain

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Most of it just feels like hype. I take all the "health news" with a grain of salt.

2 years, 6 months ago on Why Most Health News Is Trash

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Sounds like a good list! I recently decided I needed a break for a few days from working out. Now I'm refreshed and ready to try new things with my fitness.

2 years, 8 months ago on I need a challenge

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I've been feeling the same way lately....

2 years, 8 months ago on A Very Weird Time

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These are great! Blogging has taught me that there are a LOT of people out there struggling like me. Having a community is awesome.

2 years, 9 months ago on Friday 5: What blogging has taught me

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Oh you poor thing! :( I totally understand! Running when upset is the BEST. I feel so much better when I do that. And as someone who was on antidepressants for years, I related to your "I can't cry" thing either. It's funny I had no emotions when I was on them and couldn't cry. NOW? I experience ALL emotions and it's totally brutal.

2 years, 9 months ago on I can’t cry, so I guess I’ll run

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I follow blogs that I feel a connection with. I admit that when I first got "into" this little world I collected blogs to read like they were going out of style. I couldn't get enough of it. Then a majority of them started to blend together. I couldn't keep track of who was who because they were all running marathons and writing about oatmeal, etc etc. I widdled the list down to the people that I feel a connection with because of their topics, their writing styles AND the fact that they don't bog down my RSS feed/twitter/facebook/g+ with constant updates. This is not to say I haven't been guilty of that at one point. But I'd much rather read blogs that aren't all about the page views, the book deals, the klout stuff, etc. I never "stumple upon" things. If I'm inspired by the writer I tell them.

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Or maybe I'm just burned out on social media. :)

2 years, 10 months ago on Are We Sending Social Media to an Early Grave?

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Good for you!!! You did it!!! I think it's completely natural to always feel underprepared. But you did it, and you crossed the finish line. Awesome.

My first 5k I had the flu for 2 weeks leading up to the race. It was awful. I was under prepared, I still felt crappy, I had no energy, it was cold and I was unhappy. But I was glad I did it.

2 years, 10 months ago on New Beginning

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OH, don't beat yourself up! You are saving yourself a possible injury which will definitely suck more than disappointment does. Trust me, I've been there. I think doing the 5k is a GREAT idea. Sign up for a 10k to do a few weeks later or a few months later...whenever you are ready. Wouldn't you rather enjoy your first half marathon instead of being miserable?

2 years, 11 months ago on Dr. Stop

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Sorry you weren't feeling well. I went through something similar and for me it was electolytes. I started drinking Garorade on long runs and it helped a lot.

2 years, 11 months ago on A Dozen Bagels, A Dozen Miles

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This was very touching. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

2 years, 11 months ago on I Dreamed A Dream

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@Mayumi The running community and blog community is a great place for support and inspiration. It's easy to feel alone when first starting out.

I did get a bit of a complex though...I was reading all these blogs where these runners were doing marathons every weekend, doing half marathons "just for fun" and started to feel like I *should* be able to do it too! Even though I was a new runner and not really "runner fit" yet.

2 years, 11 months ago on Note to Self: I am STILL a Beginning Runner.

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@Mayumi Don't be nervous. I think all runners go through it. :) I pushed myself too much and ended up injured...

2 years, 11 months ago on Note to Self: I am STILL a Beginning Runner.

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I think this is pretty typical...I think every new runner goes through it. I definitely did! It's like you get your running legs and then all of a sudden you believe you can do ANYTHING. It's a hard pill to swallow that it takes TIME. Lots of time and practice. Keep at it!

2 years, 11 months ago on Note to Self: I am STILL a Beginning Runner.

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Cute shirt! When I run I rarely wear long sleeves (except in winter time) because I get so hot when I run. I try to wear the least amount of clothes as possible when I workout--shorts, tank top.

2 years, 11 months ago on 9 Mile Run in "Flower Clouds Sun"

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Awesome. I totally agree with this. When I first started reading blogs I wanted to read them ALL...after some time I started to recognize things I didn't like about the blogger or the website and stopped reading. A lot of those reasons you listed here.

2 years, 11 months ago on 7 Annoying Blogging Personality Disorders

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@Fitnotfried@LisaEirene Learning the proper form is really important, especially in the beginning before learning the wrong way! ;)

2 years, 11 months ago on On Personal Training

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How did the personal training go? I have the BEST personal trainer. He worked at the tiny gym I joined when I first started losing weight. He encouraged me and became a friend before I ever bought some sessions with him. Finding the right trainer makes a huge difference.

2 years, 11 months ago on On Personal Training

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I think the journey you guys are going on together is fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading it.

I lost a significant amount of weight and started running too. I loved it. Every day I was amazed at my abilities. The only thing I'd say in terms of "advice" is to be careful of increasing the miles too much too soon (which is what I did and got injured).

2 years, 11 months ago on A new mindset is key

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