On her own healthy living blog, Then Heather Said, Heather shares a genuine look into several aspects of her life, noting that healthy living is more than simply nutrition and fitness. Through her dedication to ‘make one healthy decision, then make another’, she has lost 60 pounds (and counting), while discovering a love for mid-distance running and urging others to make their own healthy decisions, one at a time.
What are ten words that apply to you and your healthy living journey? Make one healthy decision in this moment. Now make another.
Spread some blog love – which Healthy Living Blog do you read every single post from? Each of the blogs of the women below has a special uniqueness which makes the site stand out in the community; I recommend Brownies & Zucchini, just a one girl revolution, Relishments and The Wannabe Foodie to friends and neighbors quite often. Five other blogs totally knocking it out of the park these days: On Tap for Today, The Rewm, That Wife, HoneyStuck, and The Amber Show. Check them out!
What is your favorite way to get moving, burn calories and energy, and get your exercise-on? I truly love running, and especially training for and completing races. I love to listen to a favorite podcast while I jog through my community, breathing in fresh air and waving to my neighbors. I get lost in the rhythmic motions and stride, and love accomplishing goals – no matter how small. Each time I conquer a new distance, break my mile time, or manage negative splits, I feel myself standing a bit taller.
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What is something about you that would shock us? I don’t like bacon or peanut butter – and it isn’t because I am allergic or vegetarian. I just don’t like either.
What is your tagline and why? My tagline is “overcoming the pickiness…one bite at a time” because my blog is all about overcoming my pickiness by trying new things – food and otherwise.
What daily health to-do is easiest for you to complete? Which is the one you struggle with every single day? The easiest is sleep! I love my sleep! The biggest struggle is probably getting enough fruits and vegetables in my daily diet. When I have my kitchen stocked up, I’m fine. But when things start to run out or I just get lazy, it’s easier for me to turn to other options.
What is one lesson you’ve learned about blogging since you first started your website? Be authentic!! When I started blogging, I was inspired by the blogs I loved and tried to do what they do. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? While that may be true, it wasn’t the blog I wanted or needed to write. Once I started writing from my heart, using my voice, and writing the blog that was right for me, I fell in love with it so much more. At the end of the day, I write my blog for me – so if I’m not being true to myself, it really defeats the purpose.
What is your healthy eating philosophy? Eat as much local, fresh produce as possible. Cook from scratch whenever possible. Eat foods you enjoy all the time.
If you could live any place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why? The coast of Maine; I lived there during high school and after college and it really is “the way life should be”.
What can a new visitor expect to find from your blog? A new visitor can expect to find fun and easy recipes, book reviews, pictures of my dog and other fun adventures. I love my tagline “slices of my life” because that is exactly what a blog is. Bits and pieces that work as a wonderful timeline. It is always so fun to go back and read old blog posts!
What is something you’ve learned recently that you found interesting? Children today will spend an estimated 25% of their entire life in front of a screen. That is terrifying to me! Read a book! Go outside!