Weekly Reader: Linking to 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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When I’m running my tempo runs, trying to catch my breath, seeing this beautiful sculpture, highlighted by the sunrise behind it, inspires me.

Running and Fitness Inspiration

Tri-ing to Be Athletic, Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot in Bikram Yoga. Whatever your thoughts on hot yoga (mine are why bother, I have enough hot flashes), you’ll laugh at Julie’s first Bikram class.

Run to the Finish, Perfection is the Ultimate Illusion. Amanda’s wonderful post starts with a simple question, why, when you don’t expect your partner, parents, or teachers to be perfect do you hold such expectations for yourself?

The Great Fitness Experiment, From Boob Floss to Swimsuit Shoehorns, Fitness Products Women Really Need. Or Not! I’m so glad I finally found Charlotte’s blog (she wrote the piece on Alan and me for Shape.com). I laughed until I cried.

MizFitOnline, Fitness-Mission-Statements. Carla’s post struck a chord with me. Not only will I create a mission statement for myself, I plan to make my clients at least think about it.

Fitblogger, Guest Post: 10 Things First Time Marathoners Should Know. If you are training for your first marathon, here are 10 useful things to know, all the way from basic training to race day prep.

FitKnitChick, The Benefits of Lifting Weights Slowly. Do you rush through your workout? Then you’d better rush on over and read Tamara’s post on why you need to slow down.

Blogging Inspiration

The SITS Girls, Media Kit Example: How to Strut Your Stuff as a Small Blogger. This post was written by Katy Widrick a few months ago, but I know many bloggers who are planning on creating their media kit (myself included). Great tips for bloggers who have less traffic.

Pushing Social, 7 Insights I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging. Whether you’ve just started blogging or have been doing it for a few years, Stanford always has useful ideas to make your blog more successful.

Pink When, Turn Instagram into Followers for Your Blog. Jennifer has some great suggestions in how to use instagram to drive traffic to your blog.

Vegan Inspiration

SpaBettie, Avocado Shiitake Spring Rolls. I love spring rolls, and if you add avocado, I adore spring rolls. Kristina has created a recipe that I adore.

Healthy. Happy. Life., Creamy Cashew Veggie Pot Pie. Flaky Biscuit Crust. Comfort Food. I love pot pie. Seriously, I do. Kathy’s recipe sounds a little complicated (that is probably just me, Miss Simple), but so delicious.

Sexy Vegan Mama, Vegan “Cheese” Stuffed Shells. This is one of those dishes that vegans don’t get to enjoy very often..stuffed shells. Not anymore! Christina-Marie’s recipe sounds rich and wonderful.

The Naked Kitchen, Springtime Tofu Scramble. You know I love me a good tofu scramble. Kristy’s fresh and fabulous springtime version sounds awesome.

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Banana Caramel Crepes with Pistachios and Banana Lime Ice Cream. I was finishing up this post when I realized I didn’t have some awesome sweetness from Amy to share. No fear, she has so many wonderful recipes that I just had to take a quick look back at my Reader to find this one. It’s a winner.

Food for Thought

Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty, What’s So Bad About Pink Anyway? Does pink mean feminine, weak, man-pleasing, pretty, and girly, or is it just a pretty color? Tracy and Sam’s blog is new in my reader and I’m loving it!

Weighty Matters, Guest Post: More Facts on Fats. Yoni follows up on his link to Consumer Reports recent article on the most recent thoughts on dietary fat with this guest post from one of the authors of the CR piece. Interesting stuff.

Arena Fitness, The Fitness Struggle is Real. A very personal story by Madeleine on her emotional struggle with  injury, motivation, and stress, which made working out and going to the gym a stressful battle with herself.

There were so many great posts to choose from this week that I had a hard time stopping! Man, you guys are awesome writers! If I missed something you think was special, I hope you’ll link it up in the comments. And if you wrote something that you’re proud of, share!

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  1. says

    Carla’s mission statements is one of the best things I have read this week.

    then there’s THIS post… I love when you do these, because (agreeing with Christine above…) I always find something and someone new! thanks, and thank you for including me – honored to be among all this fabulousness!
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