1. Chelsea

    Love your blog but more importantly this post speaks to me. I am definitely going to add a link to my blog post this weekend so all of my followers (very few of them) can gain the insight and inspiration I did while reading your post. My fiance and I are doing the Advocare 24 day challenge and I have been such a bad sport. Complaining about not getting to eat junk like before ; having to plan out meals ; and actually “thinking” about what I’m eating. After 10 days, losing 6 lbs, and wearing a skirt yesterday that hasn’t fit in years…..I am proud of myself. Your post was exactly the kick in the butt I needed to be more optimistic and stop making excuses. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Liz

    This is so true. I’ve definitely found that the best thing for me to do, though, is to not over-think it too much, because you can sometimes cause yourself more stress by writing everything down or chronicling every decision. I’ve found that if i put my mind to my health and fitness goals and keep a positive attitude, it makes such a difference. And that if I allow myself that scoop of ice cream every once in a while and don’t grumble about the calories in it, it makes me that much happier, too. Now I’m off to try one of those green juices at Starbucks!

  3. Lauren

    Good post! I need to be more honest with myself about my eating (errr drinking?) habits.

    One quick note – I’ve done the “booze and workout” thing in my younger days… but a health nut friend of mine said to be very careful with that. More-so with the “hangover workout” that we do to burn off all that extra booze and feel better the next day… he said that working out with all of those toxins in your body can be very dangerous. It makes sense – you get your heart pumping and then you pump toxins to your muscles at a rate that they’re not equipped to handle, and you can have organ/muscle failure. EVEN if you’ve properly hydrated (or think you have). He’s not a doctor, so I won’t state it all as fact, but it makes sense to me and I’m sticking to it! Better to workout BEFORE (like in your coffee meet-up scenario) and let your body rest after!

  4. Meaghan - DC Fit Crasher

    I don’t think there is an app (yet) of NYC juice bars, but here is a map of each and every one. Cheers!

  5. Jessie

    YAY for healthy lunches together! 🙂 (MORE PLEASE)

    Love this post, friend. I try to stick to a similar “manifesto” (see how I did that, there?), and loved reading yours AND Jill’s thoughts today.

    One other thing that I’d throw in there is that LOVING the bodies we already have (despite the things we don’t like) is something that can really help change that attitude of “Meh. I don’t feel like trying as hard today.” It may sound trite, but I’ve found it to be SO true.

    Something I told a client the other day when we were chatting about the same thing: “When you do your best to eat right, and make the time to be active, you are treating yourself to the ultimate form of self-care. Taking care of what you’ve got, as if you were taking care of a child or beloved pet, is essential to living long healthy lives (inside and out!)”


  6. Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, I just did a “Summer Shred” where my personal trainer friend gave us weekly “clean” meal plans and high intensity workouts. It ends today actually, but it’s definitely made me rethink what moderation is. Dessert every night and tons of bread and little to no veggies isn’t moderation. I now start most mornings with a green smoothie. I don’t feel tired in the mornings like I used to either. (I totally wish Starbucks had fresh green juices too, since I don’t have a whole foods near me.) I try to workout when I can and feel like it, but it’s amazing how much better I feel having cut out processed sugar, white flour and other junk.

    One strange thing I noticed is when I told my coworkers why I wasn’t partaking in certain foods this month, they seemed so concerned. I’m thin, so therefore why would I need to be healthy? Strange how that kind of concern isn’t shown when people are eating junk food. They’ll usually say “you deserve it!” No one deserves feeling horrible and poisoning your body.

  7. kelsey

    I have made some really positive changes in the past 6 months and have lost 10 pounds! I wasn’t even trying to lose weight (honestly I didn’t know I COULD lose that much without exercising at all) but I changed my diet to mostly real foods. I am now lighter than I was before I got pregnant (same weight as I was in high school). It’s not all about the number on the scale (I don’t own a scale so I didn’t realize it until I was trying to weigh my daughter) but it feels good to shed that weight. It is a gradual process and I certainly do still allow myself treats, but I’m feeling good!

  8. Ali Mackin

    Oh yes what you eat makes a HUGE difference. I ate very poorly as a teen and in my early 20s and I was always sick all winter long. A classmate in college use to make fun me and ” Oh man you’d be coming to class all coughing up a lung and shit” haha well soon as I changed what I was eating and drinking i stopped getting sick. Now I can go two years with out getting a cold. Though I also take a lot anti oxidants. NY is not that bad really maybe not as “organic” as the west coast but there parts of the U.S where you literally can not get a salad. You try to order one and they “We don’t have that here”

    Great blog. Following via Bloglovin.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  9. Spiced christea

    Thanks for posting this. It was just what I needed at this point — i do triathlon & long distance running (thrown in with kettlebell & weight training)…..all of which I was sabotaging with junky food, a terrible diet, lackluster attitude, and excuses. It was EXACTLY what I needed to get the heck back on track. Thank you thank you thank you! This was the first article I read on your blog…so glad I found it; its wonderful.


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