Runs for Cookies - www.runsforcookies.com
Katie has lost an amazing 125 pounds. She shares her continuing battle with maintaining. She began running in order to enjoy the sweets she still loves. The truth I have gleaned from from her blog is that in order for me to have success in this lifestyle change I have to find what fits me. If some of the treats are important to me I need to find a way to incorporate them by being more active and/or sacrificing something less meaningful. It was Katie's blog that inspired me to start my own.
Finding the the Skinny Geek Within - www.skinnygeekwithin.blogspot.com
Desiree has a great sense of humor and she loves the same nerdy things my husband does :) I might be secretly envious that she has found her fitness passion - tennis. You will not find a more supportive person on this journey.
One Crazy Penguin - www.onecrazypenguin.com
Tiina inspires me with her mad triathloning. Last year she completed her first Half Ironman (1.2 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run). She is super encouraging and even came to cheer my husband and I on in a nearby race!
Running Just as Fast as She Can - http://runningmegrit.blogspot.com/
Meg is a rain or shine runner. How she does it all with two little guys is amazing. I enjoy guessing the songs she references in all her blog post titles.
Skinnytaste - www.skinnytaste.com
Gina shares tons of delicious recipes and includes nutritional information. The recipes are easy and use common ingredients that I often have on hand. Once you learn a new technique it opens many possibilities for your own creativity. For example, who knew my husband would love lettuce wraps - filling possibilities are endless. Below are some of our favorites (so far):
- Chicken Francese - One of the first we tried. For convenience I skip the flouring of the chicken - I had some trouble with it sticking to the pan. I think it is time for new pans.
- Flounder Piccata - Opened my husband's mind about fish. I have at least one fish recipe now I can serve.
- Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps - I like to add grated zucchini to this recipe..always trying to sneak in more veggies. I have also adapted some other recipes to the lettuce wrap technique - pineapple/pork with chipotle was oh so good.
- Salsa Verde Chicken Tostadas - Super easy. Chicken is cooked in crockpot and can be made ahead. Served with a red cabbage slaw - don't let that scare you off - check out the comment section of the recipe for other suggestions.
Two Ton Teacher
Operation Skinny Jeans
Owning the Journey on One Crazy Penguin