HEALTH + FITNESS,  Will Run for Pasta

Works In Progress

Let’s be honest.

From the title of this blog you would probably assume that I’m a running fiend who exercises all the time and only eats healthy food with my 8-10 glasses of water each day.

Well, you would be right!

I mean wrong – very, very wrong.

( … she said as she finished off her Beefy Crunch Burrito – no sour cream, add baja sauce – and medium Large Extra Large Pepsi from Taco Bell.)

I wish I lived that way, and I’m working on it, but I am very much a work in progress.

Aren’t we all though?

… just because all posts need a picture, she’s blurry since she was trying to get out of my headlock, haha …

Even those people who we think are at the top of their game, they’re still working and progressing.  It’s how they got to the top of their game and it’s how they’re staying there.

Healthy choices, every day.

I’d say I’m at the bottom of my game, ha!  Well, maybe a step or two up from the bottom, but I’m definitely at the beginning of my journey to get fit and live a healthier life.  Than can seem daunting, but kind of exciting too since the one direction I can go is up.  Right?

I make no claims to be a “fitness blogger”, or any other specific type of blogger, but right now fitness and healthy living are some of my main interests so naturally that will be something I talk about.  I’ll be 35 this August and I have definitely noticed that the metabolism is slowing down and I don’t see it picking back up again anytime soon unless I do things to help it.

I realized that I need to start making changes now in order to plan for a longer, healthier future.  We don’t have kids yet either, and if that ever happens I’d like to already be in a fit and healthy place.

I figure that sharing my goals here for all to see will help keep me accountable, so I’m going to plan a weekly fitness check-in.  Maybe on Fridays?  Maybe on Sundays?  A day to come clean with my exercising and eating.  To share how I’m succeeding, failing, and what I’m learning.

I know I’m not the only one that struggles with getting fit and healthy, and then staying on track.  I know what it’s like to get all fired up and do great for a few weeks and then do nothing for a few MONTHS.  It’s so easy to fall out of the habit.

And why is that?!

We know what we should be doing (exercising and eating right), and we’re adults that should be able to make responsible adult decisions, so what’s the deal?  I’m not sure I’ll ever understand it, maybe it’s just the imperfect human condition, but I can certainly try my best to fight against it.

If it were easy everyone would do it, right?  But it’s not, so let’s help each other out.

On that note, please feel free to join in and share what you’re going through and learning as well, we can all learn from each other.  Ooh, maybe I’ll start one of those link things so if you want to post a weekly health/fitness post of your own you can link up.  I don’t really participate in “link parties” so it’s strange that I’m considering starting one of my own, but in the name of helping and supporting each other I think it could be great.

I fully believe that a main key to success (and continued success) is community – surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals who are reaching for the same goals and keeping one another accountable and excited and motivated.

So, let’s be successful together!

To start with, here are some of my favorite fitness blogs, the ones that helped re-ignite my interest in healthy living:

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers – This is the first fitness blog I can remember reading and following, and I really wish I could remember how I even found her… possibly when I Googled “overnight oats“ maybe?  Anyways, when I attended my first Portland Bloggers event I met Ashley from This Valley Life and she said my blog reminded her of Julie’s.  I just about died!  Best compliment anyone could have given me!!  Obviously I don’t think my blog is anywhere near as great as Julie’s (not yet anyways, haha), but still, it meant a lot to me that I reminded someone of another someone that I admire.)
  • Karena and Katrina @ Tone It Up – Yes, looking at their perfect bodies is a combination of depressing and motivating, haha!  They are passionate about what they do and helping you be your best you, very encouraging with a online community and lots of YouTube workout videos, most of which have a printable version.  They have a meal plan as well (once you buy it you get all future updates at no extra cost – for life!), and they have a couple of DVDs out now too.  They have even worked with fitness legend Jane Fonda so you know they’re legit!
  • Red Faced Runners – a running group started by food bloggers and I love it!  It seems to have slowed down a bit but this is the community that helped me get back into running and is still helping me stick with it and I have made some new friends along the way.  It’s what half my Instagram photos are about! #rfr5k

So tell me, who are your favorite fitness / healthy living bloggers?

Hi, I'm Sarah, a 30-something wife, doggy-mama, beginner runner (still), wannabe cook, and 9-5 cubicle farm worker, just trying to enjoy life in beautiful Portland, OR!


  • Sarah Z

    I’m totally in the same boat as you – and I’m definitely ready to get on board with you and be accountable. Some of my favorite blogs (tho they are extemely advanced runners) are SkinnyRunner and Eat, Run, Repeat. Because they do live normal lives still (minus the weekly marathons) I enjoy reading about what they do. Love the Red Faced Runners and because I was just asked to be in a wedding in Aug. ’14, I am definitely in need of a butt kicking to look fabulous at that wedding 🙂

    I’m so glad I got to meet you in February and I’m here for you to keep you accountable, be an ear to listen, whatever you need. 🙂

    • Sarah

      Weekly marathons, ahhahaha, someday that’ll be us, right?! A bridesmaid dress is definitely great motivation and you have over a year so you’ll be smokin’ fit by then! Do you have a workout plan? I’m starting the 90-day TurboFire next week, “with” a college friend on IG, we’re staring Monday the 17th. If you can track down some videos you should join us!! You can buy it online or find it on Craigslist, or a friend might have it sitting around collecting dust, ha! It was so much fun meeting you too, can’t wait to be accountable with you and can’t wait to see where we’re at a year from now! 😉

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