• How Healthy Living Blogs Changed My Life

    April 28, 2012

    Hi! My name is Brittney and I blog over at Brittney Breathing. My blog documents my healthy living lifestyle while wedding planning, dog-owning and cooking nutritious meals. As soon as I saw Tina’s post calling for guest posts, I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about. Healthy living blogs have completely changed my life and I felt the urge to share with all of her readers my experience…so here we go!

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    I had to include a picture of my dog, Murphy, in a post for Tina obviously!

    The title is very melodramatic, isn’t it? Well, in all honesty, I tried to come up with a less cliche title, but this one truly encompasses my feelings so I figured I should just go with it.

    Let’s start with a little background about myself.

    I graduated college in May 2010 and began my transition from being a college girl to a working girl. I won’t lie, I wasn’t the healthiest in college by any means. I was what you would say a typical college student looked like. I went out with my friends a lot, ate whatever I wanted and rarely exercised.

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    The summer after college graduation

    To say that I regret all of these things would be a lie. I don’t regret the nights out with my friends or all of the wonderful memories I have from college, but I do wish I would have been more aware of what I was eating and how much exercise I was getting.

    With going out multiple times a week, getting take out at least 3 nights a week and basically being immobile, that of course left me feeling lethargic, overweight and unhappy.

    Once I started working in the real world, I knew something needed to change. I couldn’t keep downing cups of coffee to keep me awake for the 8 hours of work every day. I knew my living habits needed to change, but I didn’t know where to begin.

    Enter: The healthy living blogosphere.

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    I wish I could remember how I stumbled upon this goldmine we call healthy living blogs. I know I found them about a year and a half ago (so about 6 months out of college) and I quickly became obsessed. It’s all I ever wanted to do with my free time. Any fchance I had, I was reading these blogs. One of the first ones I found was Healthy Tipping Point. Caitlin would link to several other bloggers often, so then I would find new ones like KERF, Eat Live Run, Meals & Miles and of course Carrot N’ Cake.

    To me, all of these women were (and still are!) so healthy. So vibrant. So real. I was never one to fall for the latest fad diet but it still felt so unreal to me that these women became healthy by simply changing small bits of their daily habits.

    I’ve always been such an all or nothing type person, which I feel a lot of women suffer from. Reading these blogs made me realize that life doesn’t have to be all or nothing. So you had a bad day and ended up eating too many sweets. Who cares! What matters is that you get up the next day and make a healthier decision. You don’t have to be perfect, you can just be you.

    Reading these blogs day in a day out, I began to realize I was slowly changing my habits into healthier ones. I’m experimenting with kale, trying tofu, going to Body Pump regularly (and loving it) and choosing to not drink my calories in a form of n alcoholic beverage (as much…).

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    Most importantly, these blogs led me to Claire at Fitting It All In, who is a student at the Integrative Nutrition. After seeing a few months of her posts, I finally decided to check it out.

    From that moment, my life changed. I set up an appointment with an advisor and gushed about how I needed to be in this program. I want to change lives, just like mine has been changed.

    So now I’m enrolled in the school (class of January 2012!) and couldn’t be happier with my life.

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    I wouldn’t have learned of Integrative Nutrition, the awesomeness that is kale or what the heck Body Pump even is if it weren’t for healthy living blogs. My life has completely transformed, from my eating & workout habits, to a new part time career path in holistic nutrition and I couldn’t be more grateful.

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    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Awesome post! I completely agree in that healthy living blogs (and blogging) has changed my life).

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    Whitney @ whitlikesfit April 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Totally agree. I’ve always tried to be pretty healthy but all the fitness and healthy living blogs have really inspired me to step up my game.

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    April April 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    In February I started making healthier choices in my life and vowed to exercise more. At that time I also found multiple healthy eating blogs and I became addicted to reading them. I have learned so much from them and they too have changed my life! Your story sounds just like mine!

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    Lindsay April 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    this is an awesome post! I completely agree – healthy living blogs have changed my life and now that I’ve recently joined the blogging world, it is making a bigger impact on my life!

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    katie @ KatieDid April 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I just blogged about this topic the other day… how in SO mnay ways, more than I could ever know or count, reading blogs has changed me as a person! It’s incredible to think about, and I wonder what I’d be interested in or doing if I never came across healthy living blogs.

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    Brittney @ Brittney Breathing April 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    @katie @ KatieDid: I’ll have to check out your post! :)

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Love this! I agree that reading healthy living blogs has helped me in so many ways … just learning about kale chips alone has been worth all of the reading haha!! ;)

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    Brittney @ Brittney Breathing April 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    @Kristen @ notsodomesticated: I agree! Kale chips have changed my life!

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    Amy @Health Hungry April 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I completely relate to the title! I was thinking I could write a book about it… I am a graduate(summer 2011) of Integrative Nutrition – so many GREAT people, and good things going on there. Best of luck on your journey, and thanks for sharing. :)

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    Brittney @ Brittney Breathing April 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    @Amy @Health Hungry: Love meeting other IIN students! Can’t wait to check out your site.

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    Beka @ Rebecca Roams April 28, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Great post! I feel very similar about my delve into healthy living and blogs!

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    Alex @ therunwithin April 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Such a great guest post, I can’t wait to check this blog out.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Great post! Brittney, I was like you. I just took me to my middle 30′s to realize I needed a healthy life. I love Healthy Living blogs, thats why created one. I am going to go over and check your blog out!

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    AnnMarie April 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I can relate 100%. I have slowly been reading everything I could get my hands on about healthy eating and creating workout schedules for myself. Since I accidentally came across one healthy blog that led me to another and another etc. I actually think I finally have it down. Not just listing recipes but pictures of the food and meals they choose throughout the day have helped me tremendously. Their workout plans and classes everyone takes have me looking for new ways to exercise that I did not know existed. I can’t count how many times a day I tell somebody something I learned on the blogs I follow.

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    kristle April 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    awesome post, and i really relate to the all or nothing mentality. i’ve been describing myself as an all or nothing person since high school! i just had an unhealthy day yesterday, ate way too much ice cream and junk… but i woke up this morning saying “i’m just going to forget about yesterday, and go back to my healthy lifestyle today.” tina’s blog definitely helped me get to the point of not beating myself up for bad diet decisions.

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    Brittney @ Brittney Breathing April 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    @kristle: YES! Love this.

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    Sunnie April 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Agreed, healthy living blogs are the best and they set such good examples! Great post:)

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    Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana April 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Aw, what a great post! I agree, it’s very inspirational to see women having a healthy relationship with food and exercise!

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    Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles April 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Such a great post!!

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    Annette@FitnessPerks April 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Fabulous post!! It is awesome what one healthy example can do for others! I teach BodyPUMP, so I am so glad you love it. It’s killer good, eh? :)

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    Sam @ Fit for My Fork April 29, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I agree! I’ve learned tons from healthy living blogs too, and they inspire me to live a healthier, better life. They also inspired me to start my own!

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    Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy April 29, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Yay — I can totally relate! I thank my blog for helping me get over my last issues with my eating disorder and for reminding me that life is short. Knowing that I’m posting things makes me live a little bit better, I think, because I want to have things worth sharing!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Love this post! This community really changed my life and caused me to change my career path (to nutrition) too! :)

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    Alex @ Raw Recovery April 29, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Holistic nutrition is a big interest of mine. Congrats and glad you are happy!

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    Taylor @ Nuts for Apples April 29, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I’m enrolled in IIN too! I love it! I finish up in August :) best of luck! Loved your post.

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    Brittney @ Brittney Breathing April 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    @Taylor @ Nuts for Apples: Nice! I love meeting other IIN students!

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    Jennifer (The Gourmetour) April 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I’m enrolled too! May 2013!

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    Brittney @ Brittney Breathing April 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    Megan @ Weddings and Workouts April 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Great post, Brittney! I, too, am blogging about wedding planning and healthy living, although my wedding posts are very few and far between!

    Healthy living blogs have changed my life, too. It’s such a great community, isn’t it? Looking forward to checking out your blog :-)

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    Brianna @ Don't Eat Crap April 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I totally agree. Healthy Living Blogs give you that confirmation that there were are others out there like you. Sometimes your friends don’t get it, but your blogger friends completely understand the hurtles and triumphs. Great story!

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    chart retrieval services August 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Great post. I can relate to not being very healthy through college and trying to turn that around as my career took off and as I am getting older, which was more difficult than I had anticipated. Reading healthy living blogs has also helped me. Great ideas and motivation. Good luck to you.

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    women health and fitness September 14, 2012 at 6:19 am

    oh great man ,
    Thanks :)

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    Suzanne Holt October 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Healthy living blogs have given me so many great ideas for our family! It’s something every woman (and family) can really benefit from. Thanks for sharing!

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    Michael Venneri October 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    A lot of people don’t realize how important healthy living is to living a long and happy life. Health isn’t just seeing a doctor when you are sick, you need to always be working at it to keep your body in tip top shape.

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    Evangeline October 26, 2012 at 12:53 am

    What an amazing post u have here. I totally agree and very helpful for readers. Thank you for sharing the informative article. I always come back for more. Keep up the good work.

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    Seth @ Health and Wellness November 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Healthy living blogs are great ways to find useful information on things that will actually make your life better like nutrition, yoga, fitness, and even stress and mental health!

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    Eva November 22, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I’m with you, the internet has changed my health for the better. I just love that with a single Google search you’ve got access to so much inspiration in the form of recipes, incredible journey stories and photos like yours!

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    Alissa January 21, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I am with you! Healthy Living Blogs changed my life, I was working 70-80 hours a week and eating candy bars/ice cream for breakfast and lunch if I was lucky a bowl of cereal.

    You will LOVE IIN!! It changed my life in more ways than I can explain. I just graduated in Sept. 2012 and am about to start my business. Best wishes to you on your IIN adventure, enjoy every moment of it.

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    Lifestyle April 19, 2013 at 7:18 am

    As an old proverb says “Health is wealth” and it is quite true nothing is happier then being a healthy person great blog.

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    Health Bat April 26, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Gracious post Brittney, your blog is too much interesting to read and, I also follow yours path for maintaining my health.

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    musculatura May 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I love your blog, congratulations!

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    Steve September 29, 2013 at 12:21 am

    My wife was always reading healthy living blogs and I was curious and looked at what she was reading. I don’t always eat fully healthy, but I was inspired to blog about quitting smoking.

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    Stephen April 21, 2014 at 8:40 am

    With the help of healthy living blogs, readers will end up to have a healthy living/lifestyle. And living a healthy lifestyle has physical and emotional rewards, and can prolong your life. Thanks for sharing your interesting blog.

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