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One of my favorite tumblr blogs is Undressed Skeleton by Taralynn McNitt {heads up, Taralynn now blogs at but  links out to her new blog via tumblr}. 


Taralynn recently posted on tumblr about one of her grocery shopping trips. For me, Taralynn’s post was an incredibly helpful resource in building my own grocery shopping list for this week.

When it comes to snacking, if it’s unhealthy and sitting in the cabinet, chances are I’ll eat it. I just can’t resist! So I make sure we only have healthy snacks at home. But I tend to buy the same stuff every grocery trip, and then I get in a rut. This list helped me change up my snacking habits while keeping things healthy. Some of the items that made it from Taralynn’s list to mine? Whole almonds, Activia yogurt, edamame salad (to use as a salad topper), almond butter, and dried apricots. Check out the rest of the grocery list here. What do you do to make sure you eat healthy at home?


If you truly want something in life, you have to trust and believe in yourself. Don’t wait around for others to do it for you. You’ll be waiting forever. You come first to you!
Taralynn McNitt, blogger of undressed skeleton {follow her if you don’t already, she’s so sweet and has the best recipes + fitness tips!}

If you don’t follow BenDoesLife on tumblr, you should. He’s a good guy, a good writer, and he has his struggles and vices just like anyone else. His struggle is with his weight, which is one of the things I have trouble controlling as well. Recently he gained some of his lost weight back, and now he’s publicly sharing his struggle to lose it (again…forever). I will not be making any public declarations here on tumblr, but recently I’ve been making more of an effort to work out consistently and to cook healthier meals for my husband & I. Seeing Ben’s blog post on beginning again gave me even more motivation to see this through, the right way.

So what do you say? Let’s do this. 

 {via bendoeslifeFirst, how much do I weigh? Let’s get that out there. 


Ugh, 320. 

So here we go again… click here to read the rest of his post}

I’m starting a new job that will likely be more demanding of my time, and in order to ensure I get my daily workout in, I’m going to workout super early in the morning, before I shower & get ready for work. This will prove to be a challenge for multiple reasons (i.e. just getting out of my comfy bed, for starters). I almost always have a strong cup of coffee minutes after waking up, but who wants to jog with coffee sloshing around in their otherwise empty stomach? I’ve been wondering how else to wake myself up when I heard this tip: replace your morning coffee with an apple. 


Apparently the fructose in apples can provide as much as an energy boost as a cup of coffee. Plus, the carbs in apples may be a better source of energy for your workout than a cup of java. This has me thinking that half an apple sliced up as I head to the gym could be the perfect thing to get me moving in the morning. Do you have any get-out-of-bed tips that you swear by?

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A healthy change-up for your morning routine: oatmeal + blueberries + honey. I recently recommitted myself to a healthier lifestyle (instead of just doing the bare minimum), so when I saw this post from Undressed Skeleton about adding some variety to breakfast, I couldn’t help but think that the timing was serendipitous.

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I’m always interested in health and fitness, although I’m ashamed to admit that my own commitment to a regularly scheduled workout and healthier diet hasn’t been as strong as it should be. Life gets in the way, you know?

Recently I recommitted myself to my health (and the health of my family). I’m not sure about you, but my fitness and eating habits affect so many other aspects of my life. While searching for some new snacking ideas, I came across this post from featuring a healthy snack that sounds delicious. Check it out & let me know what you think!



Stuck in a fitness rut? Here’s a quick at-home no-equipment workout from Jessica at WhatIWore. Try it out today - you can do it while you catch up on a DVR’d tv show.


Free 20 Minute Exercise Routine on What I Wore, Fitness, Real Workouts, Jessica Quirk,

WhatIWore: In the past year, I’ve made a committment to get my health and fitness in gear and the results have been awesome. Not only do I look better, but I feel great!  Fitness isn’t an all or nothing game! Even adding a simple workout like this one can make an impact. …Let’s get started!

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Amen, bendoeslife:

Imagine that for the last couple weeks you had been decently excited to go see this new movie that was coming out. You had watched all the previews, publicity, promo interviews, and the day had finally come that you were going to actually go watch the movie.

Imagine that the movie was decent at…

right on, bendoeslife!:

No more “I’ve already eaten poorly today so I’ll eat poorly again tonight and start back tomorrow.” 

These delusional rationalizations plague and sabotage us. We have fallen in the love with the idea, rather than the execution, of getting our habits under control.

Want to start it off right? Start right now. Flip the switch. 

This is that hardest of all the lessons. It’s nearly impossible. But if we can eke it out, it’s the only way to start.