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Operation Beautiful


Today, Caitlin @ HTP (Operation Beautiful) was on the Today Show to promote her newly released book and talk about “Operation Beautiful”, check out The Clip!!!  =)   

She did great and what an inspiration she is, love the positive energy she is spreading around the country………you go girl! 

I have yet to leave post-it of my own yet, despite the fact that I have been following her blog for almost a year now BUT I plan to leave the following one tonight on the “scale” at the gym as she has inspired me yet again, however this time she has inspired me to help spread the positive message she started with “Operational Beautiful”, thanks Caitlin!  

My 1st "Operation Beautiful" Post-It!

Leave a Post-It yourself at the gym, in the ladies restroom or anywhere……..I am sure you will feel great after! =) 


In other news I have been EATING a lot more “healthy” over the past few days and thought I should share it with you………. 

On TUESDAY I had blueberry oatmeal with fresh blueberries, a sliced banana and a scope of peanut butter for breakfast


Then I had another avocado black bean salad with extra veggies (carrot strips, corn, celery, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes) with lime vinaigrette dressing for lunch


Around 4pm I snacked on a apple and a scope of peanut butter.  

Afternoon Snack

I then hit the GYM after work for a quick 31 minute and 30 second 3 mile tempo run in which I ran a 10:30 minute mile.  

However, I was supposed to do the following per my 16-Week 15K Training Plan, but I did not have enough time to complete 4 miles as I had to pick up my daughter at 6pm and I didn’t get to the gym until 5:15.

4 miles @ 10:30

Upon my arrival home after my run and picking up my daughter I took a much-needed shower as I still sweat a ton despite running inside and only 3 miles.  =O  Than I got cracking on dinner so we could hopefully eat before 8pm for a change.  

We had fried pork chops, green bean salad (courtesy of my Mom-In-Law) and chunky applesauce for dinner.  Well, the hubs and little one also had white rice but I forgoed it myself…….trying to watch those bad carbs.  


On WEDNESDAY I had the following “healthy eats” and I really enjoyed breakfast which was another big slice of the crustless spinach mushroom quiche I made on Sunday with some juicy red grapes.


Lunch was a “easy go to lunch” of toasted high-fiber whole wheat bread with peanut butter and sliced banana on top as well as some veggies and ranch dressing for dipping on the side.


Around mid-afternoon I snacked on a lovely peach that I found in the fridge.

Afternoon Snack

It was really nice to not have to hit the GYM after work on Wednesday as I did on both Monday & Tuesday, however I still had lots of stops before I got home as I needed to do the following:

  • pick up my hubs pants at the dry cleaner
  • hit the grocery store for some last minute things
  • pick up my daughter at summer camp

And, then to my surprise when I got home the hubs decided to take us to dinner at Wendy’s as he was too hungry to wait for me to make dinner………..which I am not complaining about of course!

I had their signature Baja Salad of course, my favorite that I always get!


The rest of the evening was spent chatting and lounging with my hubs……..who ended up sick by night fall!  =(


While at the gym on Monday night I came across an article in my Fitness Magazine from May 2010 that I just had to share with you so I will be forgoing my prevously posted “20 Ways to Lose 200 Calories” tips in order to do that.


Introducing……….The NEW Superfoods:  10 lesser-known superfoods that will keep your body healthy and slim without costing you a fortune at the grocery store.

Superfoods are like superstars. Brad Pitt may steal the spotlight, but Gerard Butler works just as hard.

What does that have to do with your grocery cart?

Well, simply that it doesn’t have to be full of A-listers to be award winning. “People get fixated on the idea that it’s one particular type of fish, cooking oil, or nut that will change their health,” says FITNESS advisory board member Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, author of Dr. Moyad’s No BS Health Advice.

“They don’t realize that similar foods also have solid research and may cost less.” Give these 10 foods a chance to shine in your kitchen.






The superstar: Blueberries

They rose to fame after researchers discovered that they have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit.

The understudy: Strawberries

These berries are another exceptional pick. They’re bursting with antioxidants; one 53-calorie cup has more vitamin C than a navel orange. Good news, since research shows that ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C found in strawberries, may help reduce blood pressure and control levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Strawberries may also speed up your recovery after a long run or a tough kickboxing class, because they contain anthocyanins, natural pain relievers. “Consistently including these berries in your diet may mean you have less muscle pain and soreness after grueling workouts,” Dr. Moyad says. Beauty bonus: “They contain malic acid, which can act as a natural tooth whitener,” says Keri Glassman, RD, author of The O2 Diet.

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Finding MY Healthy Balance…..


In celebration of Change The Way You See, Not The Way You Look Week and Caitlin @ Operation Beautiful (HTP) request for guest bloggers to post about their relation to the subject in celebration of her book release today (Tuesday, 8/3/10) I am posting about why I started my own blog (FAHB) and the meaning behind it. 

It all started way back when (about 20 years ago) however, I will go into that a little later in this post……first let’s start with my introduction to the blogging world, which was back in Fall of 2008  when my friend and fellow co-worker told me about a food blog by Cristin, a registered dietician, called eatlikeme on  After visiting and reading several weeks worth of her posts I was hooked.  I loved seeing what Cristin ate on a daily basis, it amazed me that I could follow her “life” so closely.  Her healthy and balanced eating inspired me to strive to do the same.  I really thought it was great how her approach to food was to eat a healthy, but also not deprive herself of treats.  It was all about moderation, balancing it all.  

Before then I had no clue the blog world even existed.  In fact, it took me several months before I even realized that there were other blogs out there other than Cristin’s and that in fact there were tons of personal food/health blogs on the internet for me to read.  I still remember the day I first discovered this.  It was after I stumbled upon another fellow reader of eatlikeme comment left on n a post I had read and commented on as well.  She left a web link that took me to a new world, the blogging world.  I spent hours surfing all the blogs and eventually landed at Caitlin @ Healthy Tipping Point.  

After reading several of her posts I was hooked yet “again”.  Not only did Caitlin live in the same city as me, she shared my love for running too and had also raced in several of the same races as me in town.  I felt a connection to her and religiously followed her blog on a daily basis after that.  I loved to see her daily eats and her running achievements.  As well as hear about Operation Beautiful.  The love I had for her blog eventually inspired me to start my very own food/health/running/toning/personal blog several months later in August 2009. 

That is when Finding a Healthy Balance…..after a 100+ Pound Weight Loss!!! was born!  =)  

Me (Laura) at the start of "Finding A Healthy Balance.......after a 100+ Pound Weight Loss"!

Now, I feel I must give you a little history when it comes to the additional reasons I started my blog other than the inspiration I received from Caitlin.  See back July 2009 after 4+ years of lots of ups & downs and hard work……..I FINALLY lost 100 pounds that I had gained after a very unhealthy (abusive on several levels) relationship and a horrible custody battle that followed for my daughter who was 2 years old at the time (she is 9 years old today).  

My daughter and I, after the weight gain!

The physical and mental pain I experienced during that relationship stripped me of my innocence and left me broken on many levels!  That pain stayed with my for years after I left and took a HUGE toll on me……….a toll to the tune of 80+ pounds that I gained in very short amount of time and later realized that I gained for 2 reasons: 

  1. Food became my “drug” of choice to mask the pain I tried to hide inside!
  2. I also feel that I subconsciously gained the weight to “shield my heart” from getting hurt again, as who would want to love a 240+ pound women!

Me at my after the 80+ pound weight gain!

I kept the vast amount of  weight on for several years and during that time I feel I was blinded on many levels to the true amount of weight I had gained!  Even though I saw it in the mirror it was like I didn’t really see it, like it wasn’t me in the mirror, because honestly I did not want to face it……….I did not want to face the reality of what I had done to myself (or what was done to me prior to gaining the weight)

My husband, Steven (before we started dating and got married)!

It was not until I met my future husband about 3 years after gaining the weight that all changed!  See I had already decided a few months prior to meeting him that I wanted to lose the weight and feel better about myself, however it was a struggle for the start as I had never been that heavy in my life and I didn’t know where to start…….it felt very overwhelming to me.  So when I met him and discovered his love for fitness (being a body builder for 10+ years) I had found the love and support I needed to finally FACE MY ISSUES and get enough GUTS to make real changes in my life that ultimately lead to me losing 100+ pounds, regaining my confidence (and then some) and start to love myself again

Me after losing 100+ pounds, Summer 2009!

Though I feel I must mention that my ENTIRE  journey took me much longer than the 4+ years it took to lose the 100+ pounds.  My “weight loss” journey really started much earlier in my life (prior to my ex and everything that followed).  It started all the way back in my early years at age 12, which I go into more “detail” about on my My “Weight Loss” Journey! page because I feel that you have to face your past and all the contributing factors that ultimately lead you to the damage that you caused yourself  (weight gain, lack of self-esteem or confidence, distorted image of yourself, etc.) to truly address the issues you have and than change them!!! 

Once I addressed my past and all the contributing factors I had I was finally able to work towards healing myself and I finally realized that I had to work on myself on the INSIDE first before I could feel better about what was on the OUTSIDE

Now, that was not EASY by any means and it is still something I work on everyday, which is where FAHB (Finding a Healthy Balance) come into play in my life………I started FAHB in hopes of becoming healthier on the inside and out as well as balancing my busy life (career, family, friends, etc.) at the same time!

I knew I needed something to help keep on me the right track towards my goals and switching gears from losing weight (though I must admit I do still want to lose another 15+ pounds) and having a negative self image to just eating healthier and in moderation so that I could become healthier and exercising to be strong (both physically & mentally), confident with my body and also healther!  I go into more detail on how I plan to go about this on my About Me page. 

So to RECAP……….many factors lead me to starting my very first blog Finding a Healthy Balance…..after a 100+ Pound Weight Loss!!! and I am so happy I did, not just for myself but for others out there that I might be able to inspire as I was inspired by other bloggers! 

Me today.....trying to find my healthy balance!!!

It is truly AMAZING what we can do not if we put our mind to it, when we have the love and support of our loved ones and when we are inspired by the words of a complete strangers (from the blog world  or elsewhere) who struggle as we do, just in different ways!