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 (or two) that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.
Speaking of inspiration..my girls’ cross country team finished the last league meet of the season today. With our two best runners suffering from a respiratory infection (twins, so they both got sick at the same time), our hopes were almost dimmed. However, the entire team, including the twins, tried so hard, and managed to finish fifth. While this was our worst finish of the season, our scores from all three meets are combined. That means we finished fourth overall this year, which is good enough to send us to CIF! So proud of all of my girls!
Now, on to the best blog posts of the week!
Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Mini Snickers Bars. The title is enough, isn’t it? Amy’s recipe will make all my Halloween dreams come true.
Cadry’s Kitchen, Thoughts on Being Vegan Enough. A great post from Cadry. As ethical vegans, our goal is to do no harm to animals. But, is that possible?
Sexy Vegan Mama, A Nutty Update to Classic Holiday Fave: Pumpkin Pecan Pie. I’m not sure what I’m more excited about. This amazing (and deliciously rich) recipe, or just to see a rare post from Christina-Marie.
Choosing Raw, Very Green Tofu Scramble. I love a tofu scramble, green or not. Here is Gena’s latest take on a vegan classic.
Running & Fitness Inspiration
Reembody, Sore Wrists During Pushups? Let’s Fix That. Love Kevin’s advice on this topic.
Runladylike, You Know You’re a Triathlete When…Having only run two triathlons (eons ago), I don’t apply this list to myself. But Alan is a triathlete through and through, and Jesica’s list is right on.
Tri-ing to Be Athletic, How Do You Know if Someone Like Me Ran a Marathon? (I’ll give you a hint..she’ll tell you ). This is part one of Julie’s recap of her first marathon.
Fit, Feminist, and (Almost) Fifty, What’s Love Got to Do With It? What if you really hate to exercise? Trainers (and fitness magazines and friends) usually tell you to “find something that you enjoy,” but what if you just really hate to exercise? Some advice from Sam B.
Fitknitchick, Three Reasons Why it’s Not Always a Great Idea to Copy Others in the Gym. Just because you see the buff guy at the gym doing a particular exercise doesn’t mean you should try to copy him. Tamara will tell you why.
Best Body Fitness, Move It Monday: Top 10. Tina picks a few of her favorite “Move It Monday” workouts to share. Actually you’ll find 10 great workouts, broken down into categories just for you.
The Lean Green Bean, The Power of Visual Food Storytelling to Promote Healthy Eating. This is Lindsay’s report on a FNCE session, and she shares some great tips for improving food photography.
Blog Genie, Have You Fallen Out of Love with Your Blog? If you’ve been blogging for a while, chances are you have changed your focus over time, which may change the way you feel about your blog.
Real Into, Blogger to Self Hosted WordPress in One Weekend. I know many bloggers who are planning to host their own blogs. Here are some tips from Carla on how to make the switch from Blogger.
The SITS Girls, How Healthy is Your Blog? Is your blogging making the impact that you want?
HubSpot, Here’s How I Wrote this 1,000-Word Blog Post in 10 Minutes. If you’re time challenged and always on the go like I am, you’ll appreciate this tip for creating almost hands free blog posts.
Kludgy Mom, Pinterest Notification for Your Blog or Website. I’ve been wondering about this for so long that I followed Gigi’s instructions immediately (and now I know when someone pins something from my blog!).
Food for Thought
Weighty Matters, Does Drinking Milk Before Meals Reduce Appetite? Yoni has a few issues with this study, questioning whether it is the milk or something else that helps reduce appetite.
Dr. Fuhrman, High Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk. With about 27% of the US population currently taking one of the high blood pressure medications available, this is important information to know (if not you, a friend, parent, or other relative?).
Gigi Eats Celebrities, Lana Del Rey Misses Summertime Salads. I wish that Gigi was my daughter. Seriously. She is talented, funny, and creative. I love this take-off video (even if I didn’t know the song from which it was taken off).
Now it’s your turn! Have you read (or written) something inspiring this week? Share in the comments!