Weekly Reader: Inspiration for a New Year. And the h.h. gregg Gift Card Winner!

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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 few weeks that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.


My grandson, at three weeks. What could be more inspirational than that?

Go Vegan!

If one of your resolutions (or goals, intentions, plans) for 2013 is to reduce or eliminate animal products from your diet, here are a few helpful posts.

Angela from Oh She Glows has a series on going vegan. Her posts include Vegan How To: Part 1 (How to Make the Transition, Most Popular Vegan Recipes of 2012, Vegan How-To: Replacing Dairy Milk, which she followed up with, Carrageenan in our Food (vegan or not, be sure to check it out).

If you want to stock your vegan cupboard, Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen has got you covered. Her post My 25 Kitchen Essentials will get you started (be sure to read the comment for even more ideas).

Looking for the best recipes? Try Spabettie Recipes – Best of 2012, Better with Veggies’ Best of 2012: Top 10 Recipes, Choosing Raw’s Best of 2012: My Favorite Vegan and Raw Recipes, Cadry’s My 20 Favorite Posts of 2012, and Healthy. Happy. Life’s Top 30 Posts of 2012.

Get Fit!

Whether you’re looking for a workout or looking for some motivation, these posts have you covered:

Heather from Better with Veggies has listed her Best of 2012: Top 5 Workouts. Tamara, from FitKnitChick, has so many awesome workouts that I can’t pick one. Instead, check out her Youtube channel for a bunch of great video workouts.

As you know, I made fitness goals for 2013, as I’m sure many of you did as well. But the post I loved the most was from Kierston, from CandyFit. Her post A Lifetime Resolution says so much about the lifestyle change that she made a few years ago.

Some bloggers chose one word to define their goals and vision for 2013. Heather chose Balance, Lindsay picked Nurture,  Amanda selected Purpose, Jesica picked Discipline, and Danielle decided not to limit herself to one word and instead chose three, Success, Joy, Balance. I found it hard to pick just one word too, but Balance feels right to me. What word would you choose?

Nora Tobin has been writing the Fit Vegan Challenge series on the Fitfluential blog for many months. Her post always includes a vegan meal suggestion, vegan recipe, a calorie burning exercise, and a lot of motivation. To get you going in 2013, her latest post is The Fit Vegan Challenge: Back on Track 2013. Check it out.

If you’re feeling a little down on yourself, lacking motivation, or worried that you can’t achieve your goals, check out Amanda from Run to the Finish’s post, How to Use Affirmations and 67 Free Examples. I guarantee you’ll feel better about yourself.

Get Writing

Because so many of my readers are also writers themselves, I like to share a few posts that can help bloggers achieve their goals. I know I certainly made goals for my blog this year!

Stanford, over at Pushing Social, always has great information to make your blog better and more successful. His 10 Blogging Commandments for a Successful Year will help you make your own plan. And since you really can’t look forward and plan without looking back and reviewing, be sure to read 12 Ways to End Your Blogging Year with a Bang.

When you write, how much do you reveal? How much should you reveal? I’ve read a few interesting posts on the topic lately. Tessa, from Amazing Asset, wrote a piece for the Healthy Living Blogs Blog Tip Thursday series, Honesty in Blogging, that I really enjoyed.

Well, that should get you reading for a while. What have you read lately that inspired you? Did you write something that you’re proud of and would like to share? Please do!

Weekend Reader

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.

View from the Palm Desert Cross

Speaking of inspiration, this was my view this morning when I ran to the cross with my cross country team.

Recipe of the week: Better with Veggies, How to Press Tofu and Create a Tofu Scramble. I love a good tofu scramble, and Heather’s recipe looks amazing.

Best looking vegan food: What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat, Anyway? The vegan blog with the best name ever, they have the most beautiful looking food, too.

Workout of the Week: Fit Knit Chick, Short and Sweet Lower Body Workout: 6 Moves for Great Glutes and Lovely Legs. I love Tamara’s workouts, both for myself and (modified slightly for my 60+ years old students) for the fitness classes I teach.

Blogging Tip of the Week: Pushing Social, Blog Mastery: Weekend Assignment #1. In this post, Stanford teaches you how to write for your readers. Imagine that!

Vegan News:

Good news: Vegansaurus, Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use. In one of my favorite series, on one of my favorite vegan sites, Paul Shapiro delivers a couple “good news for animals” tidbits.

Bad news, Vegansaurus, USDA Retracts Support of Meatless Mondays. Unfortunately, sometimes it feel like one step forward two steps back. If you think we should trust our government for nutrition advice, think again.


Most Inspirational: It’s All About Me, Deal with It, Team Leader, Means Business. From another great-titled blog, inspiration comes from someone who has dealt with her devils, changed her life, boosted her self-esteem, all while losing over 100 pounds. Now she’s the team leader for a marathon relay team.

Get Rid of Your Guilt: Cranky Fitness, Let’s Make a Deal! Cranky’s heading off for vacation, but before she goes, she’s giving you permission to unload your guilt. What a deal!

On Making New Habits: No Meat Athlete, The Simplest Things to Do (are Also the Simplest Things Not to Do). I love Matt. Seriously, I do. Absolutely one of the best resources for vegan athletes, this week he has some thoughts on how easy (and how hard) it is to make new habits.

Humor: Weighty Matters, MUST WATCH! “One Grain More” – Funniest Nutrition Video Ever Made! Yoni offers much more than humor on his blog. He is my go-to reference for nutrition vs. marketing and governmental bullshit. After watching this hilarious video, be sure to stick around his site for much useful information.

A New Addition: Finally, just added to my reader today, The Naked Kitchen (because everything tastes better naked). Sarah and Kristy, who write this blog and create these organic, whole food recipes, live close to me, which is cool, are runners, even cooler, and have created the perfect, no-meat meatball, coolest (plus a lot of other delicious food that I can’t wait to try).

The Palm Desert Cross


What’s in your Reader that you’d like to share?