>> Friday, February 7, 2014
I'm approaching Weekend Things a bit differently this week.
Weight loss has been a big topic this week in the wake of Rachel Frederickson's controversial Biggest Loser win (image source), so I thought I'd dig up some of my posts about body image, eating disorders, exercise, calorie counting, and more.
Taking a trip through my archives was fun -- I've been blogging so long, I can't believe all the stuff I found! I used to do a lot more healthy living focus, but over the years, I feel like my energy got redirected toward all-things pregnancy + babies, and reader interest has waned. Maybe? But I suppose I'll leave that up to you guys.
- The Biggest Loser: 10 Things I've Learned
- Ode to My 17-Year-Old Self: The Mile
- The Mile: Age 26
- On Being a Self-Made Athlete
- What's Skinny vs. Healthy?
- Skinny vs. Healthy, Part II: Leading by Example
- What It Takes to be "High School" Skinny
- What "Healthy" Meant to Me as a Child
- How I Fell In Love With Running
- Reader Question: Becoming Un-vegan?
- Exercise: What's TOO Much?
- Calorie Counting: How I See It
Admittedly, January was a tough month for me health + fitness-wise. It's been brutally cold with lots of snow. Without a working treadmill or gym membership, getting in my miles wasn't so much fun, but I'd say I was able to do it for the most part. I'm training with a coach for our upcoming half marathon, so the extra motivation has certainly helped.
As you can see, I've decided to dive in head first this month -- even if that means slapping on my snowshoes to go running!
Diet has been another story entirely.
I could easily say that this cold winter has prompted my body to eat crap and get an extra layer to stay warm. But I know my own poor habits are to blame. I slip easily into a breads and sweets routine and I forget the foods that make me feel my best, like protein. So, I am working on it this month, one bowl of oatmeal at a time.
It helps to have some healthy snacks. So, when Canadian snack company Taste of Nature contacted me to see if I wanted to try their fruit and nut bars, I gladly said yes! Their bars are made with quality ingredients, certified organic + vegan + kosher, non-GMO, low glycemic, gluten-free, and -- most importantly -- they taste great!
I like that I can see all the ingredients in these bars -- nothing is hiding under the surface. My favorite flavor is the Brazilian Nut Fiesta, Ada's is the Canadian Maple Forest (above), and Stephen's is the Persian Pomegranate Garden.
Are you salivating yet?
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Disclosure: I was given a variety pack of Taste of Nature bars to try. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinions are my own. And good luck with the giveaway!
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