Hey guys! I hope you enjoyed my Monday post on part one of my favorite healthy-lifestyle bloggers. Are you ready for part two?! I am!
- Blog: Heather Eats Almond Butter
- Story: Heather weighed in around 220 pounds in her undergrad years just like the Cranky One over here. When she decided to change her lifestyle, it was with small changes — like cutting out soda — but it was also with the mentality that she would try to find what worked for her body and happiness. The small changes added up and in two years she lost 100 pounds. What I love about HEAB’s blog is that we’ve seen her experiment with many different lifestyles (including raw-ish, vegetarian, almost-vegan, etc. — read more here) and activities (she’s a yoga-fiend these days, but used to run a lot). I love that she’s adamant about eating in a way that makes her feel good. Some cool things? HEAB’s blog was one of the first I ever read [see my little love-note to her here] and she’s currently expecting a little HEABlet!
- Blog: Eat, Move, Write
- Story: Jasmine’s “complicated love affair” with food, as she puts it, translated into reaching a high of 343 pounds at the age of 22. After a lifetime of ineffectual dieting and the imminent danger of carrying so much extra weight on her small 5’1 frame, Jasmine chose to undergo gastric bypass surgery. If gastric bypass surgery is a new topic to you, as it was to me before Jasmine explained it to me, I highly recommend you read about it here. After surgery, Jasmine had to learn, and struggle to learn, what living a healthy lifestyle actually meant for her and her unique circumstances. She’s lost 200 pounds and has gained endless insight into what is and is not a healthy approach to reaching her goals. Her story is truly movie-worthy — leaving a marriage and life in Indiana behind, moving to CA without knowing anyone, finding true love and now writing her first book! Not only is Jasmine’s blog-voice something I find comforting and relatable, but she’s also just as authentically sweet in person as she is online. Wanna know somethin’ cool?! She recently graced the cover of Obesity Help magazine [link]!
- Blog: Watching and Weighting
- Story: Ok, call me shallow, but I bloody love reading Lizzie’s use of English vernacular. If you know me, you know I have an affinity for the accent and vocab, so reading her posts puts me in a chipper mood. If only she posted more often (sorry, Lizzie, lol!). So, Lizzie’s story is that she was a “skinny minnie” who put on 40 pounds or so after getting married. We’ve read and watched as she’s tracked her Weight Watchers Points, exercised, and dealt with what a lot of us deal with when trying to lose weight — scale victories, scale miseries, realizing the scale is just a freakin’ scale, eating loads of crisps and trying not to feel guilty, etc. Lizzie’s reached her goal weight and has created a lifestyle that supports maintaining her svelte figure — she runs, works with personal trainers, and keeps busy doing musicals with the West Kirby Light Opera Society, in addition to her day-job, etc.! P.s. Lizzie, can I come visit you and put my awful English accent to use for your amusement?
See a higher res “before” pic on Flickr here
- Blog: *Bitch Cakes* A Neurotic Glamour Girl’s Weight Watchers Experience and Fitness Adventures
- Story: If you can’t tell just by her blog name why I love her, then I don’t know what to tell ya! Ms. Bitch Cakes spent the majority of her life being overweight and pissed about being overweight (I hear ya, sister) and when she was going to hit 35, she reached enough and had her “final straw moment.” A serial Weight Watcher since 1989, Sheryl joined WW again in 2006 with the resolution that she’d ring in her late thirties in the best shape of her life. Well, she’s CONQUERED that goal by recently reaching her goal weight of 137 pounds. What I love about Sheryl’s blog is that she doesn’t just eat, run, blog, repeat (which is great, yo, but she really spices it up here!) — she does zumba, punk rope, and pretty much bikes across Brooklyn (ck out her bike tour recap, for one example). We’ve also seen her go vegan and take complete control of her kitchen. It’s great and inspiring to see how active she is (she often tracks her activity in these cool spreadsheets for all of us to see) and how much fun she has — she’s always smiling. Oh, and, uh, her underwear shots are an added bonus if you like to look at scantily-clad beautiful women!…Which, on occasion, I do
See part one of some of my favorite healthy-lifestyle bloggers [here]
Do any of these bloggers’ stories resonate with you? Who or what motivates you?
The Cranky One