Weekly Reader: Checking in for Inspiration

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

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Two U.S. Marines, both Iraq veterans. I got to run with them. Inspirational.

Running and Fitness Inspiration

Fit Knit Chick, 10 Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Results in the Gym. Almost a month into the new year and not seeing the results of your hard work? Check out Tamara’s post and you might find the reason why.

Tri-ing to be Athletic, Will Tri for Dilettante Chocolate. Julie’s an Ambassador! Read all about it!

Marcia’s Healthy Slice, How Much is Too Much?  This post triggered a rant from me because I have long been complaining about the price of races. Check out the comments because there are a lot of different points of view.

Marathon Mom, 13 in 2013 Virtual Race Series. If you are participating in a 13 in 2013 Race challenge, be sure to join Marathon Mom’s virtual race series. She’s co-hosting six virtual races this year (a lot easier on the pocketbook that any run-of-the-mill race!).

Runladylike, Divas Half Marathon and Training Plan. I’m excited to follow Jesica as she trains for this half marathon because it is on the same date as my half marathon. She’s a youngster a little younger than me, so we have different expectations: I pretty much just want to survive and just maybe run two hours, and my race won’t be handing out pink boas (so I may just have to bring my own!).

Vegan Inspiration

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Tropical Fruit Spring Rolls with Raw Lime Avocado Banana Ice Cream. I don’t know if these tropical fruit rolls will actually transport you to the islands, but as Amy says, it will taste like it for a lot less money. Not only does this recipes sound delicious, the photos are so beautiful they make my mouth water.

The Sweetest Vegan, Vegan Lasagna Recipe. Tasha always takes on the challenge of veganizing a variety of restaurant dishes. Here she takes on Olive Garden’s lasagna with results that look delicious.

Run to the Finish, Recreating Restaurant Dishes at Home. I knew I had to read this post because, like Amanda, I love to re-create restaurant dishes. The best part is that they usually taste better than the original. She includes a recipe for a Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Salad. Yum!

JL Goes Vegan, Vegan “Essentials,” Wearing Vegan While Eating Vegan and Growing as a Joyful Vegan. I think I loved this post in the first place because one of JL’s essentials is vegan marshmallows. She also discusses “walking the walk,” wearing vegan clothing in addition to eating vegan. Plus, her mission to be a Joyful Vegan, setting an example of what a vegan lifestyle should exemplify.

Vegansaurus, Buzzfeed Kills It With “The 19 Most Annoying Things About Being Vegan.”  So funny and so true, click Vegansaurus’ link to the Buzzfeed article. It will crack you up, vegan or not.

Blogging Inspiration

Katy Widrick, Mark Your Calendars: The 28 Day Blog Challenge!  Katy’s site has long been one of my go-tos for great techno information. Take note: Joining her 28 day Blog challenge does not mean blogging every day! No, this is a blog improvement challenge. Katy will be serving up some great advice and ideas to improve your blog. What you choose to do is up to you. I’m in, how about you?

Pushing Social, Commandment 9: Why SEO is the Successful Blogger’s Secret Weapon. As bloggers, we know that Search Engine Optimization is important. Stanford explains why and what you need to do to improve your SEO.

Healthy Living Blogs, Blog Tip Thursday: Making Your Blog Mobile-Friendly. This guest post by Rachel Wilkerson points out how frequently your blog is probably read by someone using a mobile device. Do you know how your site looks? Rachel has some advice to make sure it looks great.

So Cal Runner Girl, The Blogger’s Dilemma: Kate’s dilemma is probably familiar to all of us: While a successful blog calls for frequent posts and lots of social media updates how does that fit with a full time job, busy life, and, most importantly, posting high quality content.

Inspirational Posts I Can’t Categorize

Weighty Matters, Does Your Dog Have a Skype Account? Maybe They Should. While Yoni’s blog does indeed usually discuss weighty matters, he occasionally posts something just for fun. This video is a hoot.

Banana Buzzbomb, Reverse Bucket List: My Life if Awesome. I loved this post so much. Instead of making a bucket list of what things she waned to do in her life, Heidi made a list of the awesome things she has already done. Such a great idea! You should read this and take the time to make your own Reverse Bucket List.

MizFit Online, I’m Terrified of Gluten. If you have questions about going gluten free, Miz, who has been eating this way for 20 years, has tips for succeeding and enjoying a gluten free lifestyle.

That is my list of awesome blogs to read. I hope you find something to love. What have you read or written lately that you’d like to share? Please link below in the comments.

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  1. Terri says

    I love when you list a bunch of blogs like you just did, because I always find one that I hadn’t known about and found a couple this time. Thanks so much!

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