Weekly Reader: Holiday Thoughts from the Web

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.

Penny Aging Gracefully

I’m am inspired by my 12 year old running partner Penny.

It’s been a crazy week. We’re installing new flooring at work, which throws everything off kilter, mostly because our main fitness room is closed for a week, which really ticks everyone off. Then, my co-worker is taking a few extra days off, which meant that I opened every day this week, having to be at work by 6:00 am. We usually trade off, which makes it a little easier. Then, I realized that, since we’re doing our family Christmas on the 21st at my son’s house in San Diego, I only have one weekend to finish my Christmas shopping (not to mention wrapping it all). Oh, and I might mention, I haven’t even started my shopping yet. I do have a few ideas for gifts though. I’ll just follow my Holiday Gift Guide for the runners in my life.

So, a little stressed on the La Quinta front right now. One of the reasons that I love writing this post is that it makes me slow down and read some great blogs.  I always end up learning some great information, having a good laugh, and sometimes, enjoying a good cry. I hope you find something to love too.

Vegan Inspiration

No Meat Athlete, My ‘Eat to Live’ Challenge. Matt”s always up for a challenge, from the vegetarian challenge that changed his life 5 years ago, to this new challenge, following the guidelines from Dr. Joel Furman’s book Eat to Live.

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Ice Cream with Caramel Swirl. Just the combination of words here makes my mouth water. Snickerdoodle. Cookie Dough. Ice Cream. Caramel. What’s not to love?

Spabettie, Minty Banana Dog Treats. Perfect! A vegan recipe for dog treats that freshens breath. My dogs love to share our bananas, so I’m sure they’ll love these!

The Naked Kitchen, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. Another raw cookie dough recipe. Do you sense a theme here? This one has chocolate!

Running & Fitness Inspiration

The Lean Green Bean, A Roundup of 50 Circuit Workouts. Lindsay has put together an amazing resource here, 50 challenging circuit workouts (many with a Christmas theme..so fun). Definitely worth pinning.

Miss Zippy, How Was Your Year of Running? A fun post and link up from Amanda. Here’s a chance to share your own year of running.

Deb Runs, Look Out for That Flying Deer and My Rant on Runner Versus Jogger. A funny post that still gets the point across about something that drives runners crazy: being labelled as a jogger!

Blogging Inspiration

Katy Widrick, How to Learn from the Philly Food Blogger Uproar. Most bloggers have heard by now about the Philly blogger who basically offered her good review in exchange for meals for her family. Katy puts it all in perspective and explains how we can learn from it.

HubSpot, 7 Common (and Dangerous) Misconceptions about SEO.  I hear many bloggers say that they want to learn more about SEO. Here’s your chance.

Blogelina, Are You Overlooking Ways to Make Money from Blogging and Blogging Through the Holidays. Two unrelated but interesting posts from Blogelina. First, some great tips for bloggers who want to make money from their blog. The second post will help you strike a balance during this busy holiday season.

Food for Thought

Run to the Finish, Stop the Fat Talk. So many of us are guilty of Fat Talk. It can become such a habit that you don’t realize you’re using it. Great tips from Amanda on topping the fat talk.

MizFit Online, Adult Peer Pressure. You’d think that once we reach a certain age peer pressure shouldn’t be a factor in how we live our life.

Truth2BeingFit, 30+ Years of Holiday Weight Management. There are a lot of blog posts that focus on maintaining weight during the holidays, but Jody’s post is one of my favorites. Here’s what she’s learned in more than 30 years of surviving the holidays.

I also would like to do something I rarely do on Weekly Reader day..share one of my own posts. This week I posted 5 Things I’ve Learned About Aging Gracefully from my Older Dog and I’m pretty proud of it. If you missed it, I hope you’ll click through and have a read.

Now it’s your turn. Have you read (or written) something worth sharing?

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  1. says

    Sometimes I see these round-ups and all the links are gold, and I think “I’ll never be able to read them all!”, but this week I’m glad to see many that I’ve already read (I even participated in the #YearOfRunning13 postaganza).

    I need to start taking the art/business of blogging more seriously in ’14 and start doing some work/research…
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