I put together my top 15 questions to ask for career change inspiration.
You will heal. I will help.
I put together my top 15 questions to ask for career change inspiration.
If you know me, perhaps you have seen my Health/Fitness/Foodie Blog, Confessions, Truths & the Journey of a (Mis)Fortunate Fitness-Foodie Junkie. I am a “Health Nut Social Butterfly” with it. Furthermore, I believe there are so many similarities between Social Media and Health, Fitness and my “Foodie-isms.”
People participate in Social Media to engage, participate and share content. They act as part of an “Online Community,” where oftentimes they develop great, trusting relationships since typically the Communities they choose to partake in have a common interest among the group. It only makes sense, then, that Digital Platforms are a great way to connect Health, Fitness and Foodie individuals. There is a plethora of this type of content to be shared, while also providing a community-support arena for many.
Today I wanted to share some resources for you to incorporate into your own life.
Here are 34 Resources where Health Nuts Unite via Online Communities:
Weight Loss Support
Health & Wellness
I would love to hear about your favorite “Health Nut” Community!
It laughs. It’s a cow. Big deal. BIG DEAL!
My Top Follow Friday today is indeed The Laughing Cow.
Need I say more about The Laughing Cow?
Just a few more reasons why I follow them and why you should, too:
I’m proud to recommend The Laughing Cow as my Top Follow Friday. Follow them HERE, and then Tweet at them stating, “The goofy fitness-foodie nut @sarahkayhoffman sent me.” I bet that will make them have a #LaughJoy.
Looking for ideas on what to blog about? I have 51 of them for you today!
I took many creative writing classes in college. At least one class per semester would be devoted strictly to the “writer’s block” phenomenon that is all too common. We have all been there before and will likely be there at some point in the future as well. It’s a frustrating place to find yourself when all you want to do is get your post in and create value for someone else. What it comes down to is, if you were reading your Blog, what would you want to read? What would you find useful? How could someone spin current content to make it relevant? Or what content could you create to make relevant?
Before you scream and shout (or worse yet) throw away your “blogging days,” here are 51 Things to Blog About. Just try it, you might be pleasantly surprised! (Keep in mind that even though I have broken these up into the “Professional” and “Personal” Blogs, many of them could toggle and be used for both. Really – the sky is the limit!)
Today I’m doing a Twitterview with Joel E. Carlson.
Innovation within the Social Media Landscape is what keeps it interesting, moving and relevant. Creating content that other people find useful is key. This is exactly what my Follow Friday, Mr. Joel E. Carlson has done via the Twitterview. According to the Twitterview Facebook Page, a Twitterview is defined as, “interviews with people using the Twitter social media tool. They are designed to help people share about not only what they do in life, but also who they are.”
I did it – all 13.1 Miles! Not only did I do it, but my first half marathon success story rocks!
Words cannot and will not do this perfect day for me any justice.
(Note: Updated in 2017. All images from this day were removed. When I started this blog waaaaaaay back then, I used Photobucket to host a lot of the images. Now, unless you pay the service, they have disabled access to 3rd parties. Total sadness.)
From the beginning of the weekend at the Nike Women’s Expo…the journey had started.
I met some FABULOUS Nike Human Race Pied Pipers: Ms. @anotorias & Ms. @bicoastalite. Pretty cool that we all originally met via social. I can’t wait to see you guys again!
Nike Town was boomin’ on Friday!
I had to spread my PASSION on the huge Nike Town White Board!
I had a relaxing day on Saturday before the event on Sunday. I ate, had my Baristas latte and got out for a 3-mile jog.
As I laid my head down that night, though, I started to get so nervous. I had 3 things on my mind:
Needless to say, I did not sleep very well. I probably fell asleep about 10:30 pm. I woke up at 3 am and when I could not fall back asleep, I made the decision to get up, brew coffee and mentally get in this game.
We left the house a4:38 am. We arrived in San Francisco at 5:38 am.
Standing there at the starting line was an overwhelming experience. There were 20,000 people ready to run. It was still dark. The only lights were those in Union Square and the ones that lit up for the course. Looking straight ahead all you could see was the “countdown” to the start. The National Anthem was sung. My heart was beating so. The music was playing, energy was soaring. Some were crying, others were laughing and still others were just mentally preparing themselves as well!
And we were off!
I paced myself well and just kept moving. The views were unreal. But I was not prepared for all the hills. I was so thankful I had done treadmill hill workouts. I was also thankful that I had prepared a lot with HIIT.
There were times throughout the race when I wanted to cry just because I was so happy! I’m not saying that the whole 13.1 was such a breeze that I was on Cloud 9 the whole time. What I am saying is that there I was -doing it – really doing it. I did it for me – for the me I am now and for the me that I hope I never have to be again with so many stomach problems. I did it for everyone who could not be out there running. I was so thankful. I felt so blessed. And so when the hills got tough for me, I just fought them right back!
My Nike+ SportBand also got me through that race. I realize that most of you know by now that I’m an Ambassador for the upcoming 10.24.2009 Human Race and that perhaps I have to say this, but trust me when I say that that statement is 100% true! The SportBand tracks total distance, pace, calories and overall time. I kept it almost the entire time on the “pace.” I figured that if I kept it on “distance” it would play too many mental games on me. This way, when I kept it on “pace,” I was able to use those mental games to my advantage. I knew that it was okay when I was going up those hills at a 10 minute+ pace because when I was on a flat or downhill I would typically pace between 7-8 minute mile. With my SportBand, I could make sure of it! The challenge was fun for me!
I only made a PowerSong Playlist of 14. In hindsight, I should’ve probably had 20. But these 14 songs were like magic for me:
My body started to hurt around Mile 10, which for the NWM is not a good place to start having a breakdown because there is so much cheering there and you think it’s the end. But then you see the Mile 10 Marker and you know you still have 3.1 left to go.
So I told myself….”It’s less than a 5K to go!”
Around Mile 11 or 12 there were people standing with bananas, holding them out for us to grab. I decided I better grab one since I didn’t stop for anything before then. I held it in my hand like a baton. I just tasted it. Somehow that taste helped me get through.
Mile 12 was the “Chocolate Mile.” Oh how nice it would’ve been to participate in that:) I just kept on moving. At that point, I was ready to be done. I started to pick up the pace. I could feel that my knees were going to be an “achin’ unit.” AND THEN…..the roaring and cheering was heard. I knew the end was there. For about the last .25 miles I felt as though I was in the Olympics. There was Blue Carpet. A straight shot. A sprint. Thousands of people on both sides of you. The time clock high above to see in clear view. 1:47:58…..just seconds away – loud music, cheering, speakers – my last all….everything I had….Crossing the NWM Finish Line!
My “Official Time” – 1:48:30. Out of 2,065 1/2 Marathon F25-29 year old, I placed 48th! You can find me HERE.
When I was done, I was definitely hurting. But I was so excited. So happy. So proud. I found a whole new part of me that I never knew existed!
Amanda and I were freezing after the race.
We celebrated at Lefty O’Doules near Union Square with Mike, Tracy and Baby Avery….to watch the Vikings of course!
And then we did one more stroll by Nike Town.
From the Curly Girl Design, “I am fairly certain that given a Cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.”
I am just getting started….these past 2 days since my mind has been going a million miles an hour! I hope to share my new project(s)/goal(s) with everyone soon! But for today…..I DID IT! BECAUSE I CAN!
Oh, and just one more thing……….YES, the men in tuxedos were waiting for us at the end – ready to hand us our perfectly-colored turquoise Tiffany’s Box!
(Since this first half marathon, I have done countless others. In 2017, I fell in love with trail running.)
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