I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that I’m a little bit of a list fanatic.  Lists are my answer to everything.  Taking a trip to an unknown place?  Make a list.  House needs to be cleaned?  Make a list.  Feeling overwhelmed in ANY capacity?  Make a list.

You get the picture.

So it was only natural to start a series based on lists.

Welcome to Friday Faves where I will discuss some of my favorites things each week. This week we’ll be talking about five of my favorite health and fitness blogs.  Each of these sites has been a tremendous help to me over the years and they are always at the top of my list of suggestions whenever someone asks me how they can get healthy or lose weight.

I decided to order these by when I discovered them because it’s impossible to pick a true favorite among the five.

#1 – Runs for Cookies

Runs for cookies is about the life of Katie Foster who lost 125 pounds through running and dietary changes that worked for her.  I began reading Katie’s blog in mid-2013 and have followed her accomplishments and struggles for almost four years now. Katie’s promise to herself to not make any changes she wasn’t willing to stick with for the rest of her life was a train of thought that really stuck with me.  It gave me hope to know I wouldn’t have to give up all my favorite foods in order to be healthy.  She has an amazing “everything in moderation” approach that has been super beneficial for me and countless others.

Cliff and I were even fortunate enough to appear in her 100th edition of Motivational Monday!  You can read our story and so many awesome others here.

Katie is also a member of the Ragnar Relay team recently featured in the documentary From Fat to Finish Line and is responsible for my current obsession of running a Ragnar once I’ve built my base back up.

#2 – Hungry Runner Girl

I’m starting to feel like HRG is a household name in the fitness world.  It could also be that I stalk follow her on all my social media because her life is crazy interesting.

Janae is one of the most open people I’ve ever met…without actually meeting. She has an amazing way of making thousands of people feel like they’re her best friend.  When I first started reading her blog I felt like she was a super hero.  I spent weeks going back and reading every single post she had written over the years and was blown away at her ability to overcome any obstacle life threw at her.  She has been instrumental in helping me to take a more positive approach to my own fitness struggles.

in the beginning, I read her blog to learn more about the technical components of running and how to continuously improve.  Now I read her blog because she inspires me to be a better person in general.

#3 – Skinnytaste

You know all that food prep I’m constantly talking about?  90% of those recipes come from Gina.  Her Sicilian Rice Ball Casserole is a top 3 meal for me (I replace the Italian sausage with chorizo).  I really want to read more of her actual content, but I can’t seem to get passed the amazing array of delicious (and healthy) recipes!  If you’re looking for a great source of what I’ve dubbed “bridge recipes” (comfort foods with a healthy spin) then look no further than Skinnytaste.

#4 – Yoga with Adriene 

With all the stress of the past 18 months, I really needed something to calm my mind.  I knew yoga could be super beneficial, but it was also equally intimidating for me.  I’m not…bendy enough for yoga.  I tried a couple of classes and just felt really out of place.

Enter Adriene and her mantra of “Find what feels good.”

Her laid back approach made me completely fall in love with yoga.  Her 30 Days of Yoga series is my jam

Actually, I think I might just go ahead and do that again…

#5 – Fitness Blender

Fitness Blender has quickly become one my most used websites.  Now that I’ve been cleared to get back into running, I’ll be using them even more for cross-training days.  They have a HUGE collection of FREE home workouts for every fitness level.  In addition to their free workouts, they have several plans available for purchase (at the super reasonable price of $14.99).

They also have a blog where they share information about health and fitness and announce new program releases.  As is the theme with all my other favorites, they have a very low stress approach and are great at making you feel like a badass while you’re working out with them.

.*Disclaimer – I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they are simply a few of the tools I’ve used along our journey.  

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