This totally made my day.  Key word: “probably.”


We’re still on the hunt for a living room rug.  I found one I really liked, but it’s out of our price range…. Figures.


Lunch eats!


I scrambled two eggs and mixed in baby spinach and kidney beans.  All wrapped up in corn tortillas. Yum.


Plus plants:


Share Your Success


And, just like that, May 1 is upon us.  I can’t believe the release date for the Healthy Tipping Point book is already here.  I feel Iike I just wrote it (for more info: “How I Got Published!” and Getting a Book to Print).


This blog is about my healthy journey, but I hope the book will inspire readers to find their own Healthy Tipping Point moment – when everyday decisions add up something amazing.  So much of the book is about redefining what it means to be ‘successful’ when it comes to health – a true balance of emotional and physical fitness.

I, of course, can only offer my perspective on healthy living, which is why the book is rammed with 20 awesome success stories from men and women of all ages, including stories from people who lost weight, overcame diseases, fought depression, ran ultramarathons, or suffered through personal tragedies only to come out stronger than before. 


To celebrate the book’s release, I’ll be running Success Stories on the blog all next week – I don’t know about you, but I LOVE hearing about other people’s journeys.  If you’ve found success – or are in the middle of your journey – please consider emailing me a few paragraphs plus a photograph or two that illustrates your transformation.   Send it over to  If you have a blog, be sure to let me know the link!


Until then – leave a comment describing one of your healthy successes.  I’ll pick a winner to receive a copy of the Healthy Tipping Point book on Monday.  I’ll start it off:  One of my healthy successes has been figuring out how to cook vegetables and actually like the taste!  No more mushy broccoli for me.  Ew!



  • Lauren April 27, 2012, 3:09 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been drinking lots of water every day – I bring a plastic reusable cup/lid/straw to work and refill it often. I add a lemon slice for flavor and call it my adult sippy cup 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP April 27, 2012, 3:09 pm

      Thanks for the reminder to go chug water!

  • MB April 27, 2012, 3:11 pm

    I’ve learned to not hate running! I don’t love it yet, but my feelings are moving in a positive direction.

  • Tina April 27, 2012, 3:11 pm

    My healthy success is a work in progress….being kind in my thoughts, my words, AND my actions!

  • Lindsey April 27, 2012, 3:13 pm

    My most important healthy success has been understanding that food is meant for nourishment and pleasure (interesting and different tastes, sharing meals with friends, trying new things, etc..), NOT a mechanism through which I can control my life! As a recovered anorexic, I had to re-learn the true purpose of eating, and overcome a fear of a lot of foods. Reclaiming the joy of food has been a huge success!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 27, 2012, 3:14 pm

    I used to hate running! (mostly because it was hard…) I started running in college for fitness, plus who wouldn’t love jogging around Charleston, SC? And now I’ve just completed my first half marathon and I’m signed up for the Chicago Marathon this fall! I never thought I was capable of running so far!

  • Jess April 27, 2012, 3:15 pm

    I like running! That’s a shocking success story! I also completely removed pop (soda…) from my diet and don’t even like the taste of it anymore. I feel so much better drinking water with lemon!

  • Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 27, 2012, 3:17 pm

    I am finally able to a run a 5k! I’m doing my first race next weekend. I used to HATE running and never thought I’d ever be able to say this 🙂

  • Lydia April 27, 2012, 3:18 pm

    In seven months, I went from being unable to complete the run segments in the first day of Couch to 5K to running a half marathon. On top of that, since I turned 31 in July, I’ve lost almost 35 pounds (thanks, mostly, to running!).

  • Jen April 27, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Brussel Sprouts! I despised them as a kid, turns out they are actually really great roasted in the oven…who knew?

  • Amanda April 27, 2012, 3:18 pm

    One of my healthy successes is biking to work in the summer. Not only is it good for me, but it is also good for the planet. The ride to work gives me lots of energy for my day and I love spending time in the warm sun after being indoors all day.

  • Allison April 27, 2012, 3:20 pm

    One of mine is doing a yoga challenge where I did hot yoga for 30 days straight! Difficult at first, but I found that I had so much more energy by the end and I was significantly happier 🙂

  • Coco April 27, 2012, 3:20 pm

    My healthy success has been to realize that “healthy” is different for everyone, and that everyone should decide what the best diet/exercise plan is for their own body and mind. No more comparisons here 🙂

  • Lauren G April 27, 2012, 3:21 pm

    One of my healthy successes was making a New Years resolution in 2011 to eat less meat–I haven’t eaten meat since December 31, 2010! I’ve even convinced my beef loving husband to eat meatless most nights during the week!

  • Heather April 27, 2012, 3:21 pm

    My real healthy tipping point was realizing that making the decision not to finish something is sometimes the best option. I left a PhD program that was draining my life of all joy about a year ago and am realizing that it was the right decision. I have always been better about physical health than mental health.

  • Laura @ LauraLivesLife April 27, 2012, 3:22 pm

    I completed my first marathon last Saturday! It felt amazing (and painful) and still does!

  • Kris @ tryingtotri April 27, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Can’t wait to read your book! My success – learning to love a good sweat. Running, swimming, biking – anyone who knew me “before” just can’t believe the change… and people who only know the “new” me can’t believe I wasn’t always like this (I love/hate showing my before photos – I hate the way I look, but if I can inspire ONE person to get healthy, it’s worth it!!).

    Now, life isn’t right if I’m not finding new ways to challenge my body. 🙂

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb April 27, 2012, 3:23 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been to set a training plan/goal and actually stick to it for once! After battling with chronic hives for about 6 months and being unable to workout (= weight gain), I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and set a plan Dec 2011. I completed a 30 Day Shred challenge followed immediately by a Ripped in 30 challenge. The extra weight is now gone and I feel stronger than ever!

  • Jen April 27, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Mine has been carving out some ‘me time’, at least a few days a week, so I can go on the treadmill or exercise some other way. With 3 kids ages 5 and under, it doesn’t work every day, but without extra effort it wouldn’t happen at all, so I’m grateful for the time I get.

  • Stephanie April 27, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Turns out I love to cook! I had no idea until I started to try to lose weight and knew I needed to make dinner instead of always eating frozen. I’m now down 52 lbs and am a healthy weight for my height. I think my success boils down to teaching myself how to cook.

  • Cassie April 27, 2012, 3:24 pm

    My biggest health “win” lately is figuring out that drinking tea makes me feel like a healthier person which almost sub-consciously pushes me to make healthier decisions throughout the day. I have tea everyday now!

  • Jen April 27, 2012, 3:24 pm

    My Healthy Success is overcoming an eating disorder and looking at food and exercise in a positive way.

  • Lindsey April 27, 2012, 3:25 pm

    My success has been eliminating the all or nothing attitude in eating and exercise. It took me awhile to not allow one wrong decision or meal ruin the rest of the day and get rid of the attitude that if I can’t fit in x amount of exercise I’ll just not do any (and you know drink beer instead:).

  • Allison April 27, 2012, 3:26 pm

    I’ve been struggling with an eating disorder for 8 years and have gone through many periods of treatment, recovering, relapse, therapy…. Rather than giving up, I’ve kept chugging along – graduating college and getting accepted to medical school – two things that seemed damn near impossible in residential treatment just 4 years ago.

    I’ve found that setting and achieving small goals has been the key to my continued success in beating the disease. For example, today marks 5 months since I stopped counting and documenting calories, for the first time in 8 years.

  • Courtney April 27, 2012, 3:26 pm

    One of my healthy successes was deciding to become vegetarian. It simultaneously limited AND expanded my food choices–I’ve ditched the unhealthy, processed food, and added lots more veggies to my diet.

  • Shannon April 27, 2012, 3:27 pm

    One of my healthy successes is I try a new food a week. Some times it is a food I have tried before, as taste buds change. I have definitely opened up my range of foods I eat by doing this.

  • Liz April 27, 2012, 3:30 pm

    One of my healthy successes has actually been letting go of obsessing about food and incorporating more (home-made, less processed, real ingredients) treats into my diet!

  • AmandaonMaui April 27, 2012, 3:33 pm

    After many years of never really finding my groove with exercise, it finally clicked. I found aerobics videos I loved and I stuck with them. I lost ten pounds! I’ve been able to keep them off, and I’m at a weight that makes me feel healthy and good. I didn’t need to lose much, but I wasn’t comfortable in my skin with those extra pounds. Now I am branching out past aerobics and am building muscle with some other great at home programs. I look great, I feel great, and I have succeeded!

  • Heidi Nicole April 27, 2012, 3:33 pm

    With summer arriving with a big blast of dry heat its become pretty obvious my amazing water drinking skills from last summer have died away…but they are back! I have a water bottle next to me at all times now!

  • Katie April 27, 2012, 3:36 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been setting a good example for my husband by making eating well and exercising a priority for myself, which in turn caused him to want to eat healthier and exercise too… no nagging required! Now we both eat a vegetarian diet and train for marathons together 🙂

  • Anne Weber-Falk April 27, 2012, 3:40 pm

    Healthy success for me was joining and actually using the fitness center. I can’t believe how I used to just lay there. I feel so blessed to be able to have such a great facility near my home. Hey, your book release and my birthday share the same day.

  • Michelle M April 27, 2012, 3:42 pm

    One of my healthy successes was to apply for a work-study position at my local yoga studio. Now I have access to free yoga, my practice has grown, and I’m getting stronger!

  • Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run April 27, 2012, 3:42 pm

    My health success will be after I (hopefully) complete the High Rock Challenge obstacle run tomorrow!! 🙂

  • Rebecca April 27, 2012, 3:43 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been learning how to run-and actually enjoy it! I’m running a race today (in 3 hours actually!) that I ran last year and it was the first race I’ve ever run. 1 year, and a 5k, 8k, 10k, 10 miler, and half marathon later, I’m excited to run it again 🙂

  • Adriana April 27, 2012, 3:44 pm

    One of my healthy successes is learning how to cook and eat whole, natural foods on a regular basis. I moved out on my own last March and this past year has been full of discovery of different veggies and grains, and how much I love cooking and eating them. I used to eat lots of frozen meals, which left me unsatisfied and hungry a half hour later. Now I almost always cook up a veggie to have with my meals, so even on the lazy days when I’m tempted to pull something easy out of the freezer, I still have something green on my plate to go with it!

  • Christina April 27, 2012, 3:44 pm

    Healthy success for me has been seeking BALANCE in healthy eating and exercise. For years I was either underdoing it (no exercise and lots of junk food) or overdoing it (exercising way too much leading to injury and only allowing myself foods I deemed healthy enough). I’m finding a balance and it feels good to treat my body and mind well!

  • Casey April 27, 2012, 3:47 pm

    I’ve been running for about 4 years now. Back in college, I never, ever would have thought it possible that I would be a “runner” someday. Now I can’t imagine NOT being a runner!

  • Melissa April 27, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Overcoming being diagnosed with anxiety by increasing my workout regimen – a HUGE recommendation to any that are battling anxiety!

  • Melinda April 27, 2012, 3:48 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been learning not to take too seriously anything my immediate family says about diet, exercise, or weight loss. I problably spent most of teenage years and early twenties sifting through all the mixed messages and other not so nice stuff.

    Even though I love them, if I want to be healthy (physically and emotionally), I have found it best to keep their negative influences at a distance.

  • Britton April 27, 2012, 3:50 pm

    One of my healthy choices has been putting myself out there within the running community and meeting new friends and running partners that help to keep me on track and keep me motivated as well as having a lot of fun too!!!

  • Lisa C April 27, 2012, 3:53 pm

    I think my biggest healthy success has been really eating for for how it will improve my health and my “insides”. I eat a (mostly) whole food diet and really try to stay away from processed foods. I think my whole mentality of eating for my health and not so much about for my vanity reasons has really helped me.

  • Emily April 27, 2012, 3:54 pm

    My healthy success story is recovering from my eating disorder. I had been “recovering” but allowing myself to still use symptoms for basically three years, and I decided on New Years Eve that it had to stop, and I have been symptom free since! This is the longest I’ve been healthy in 8 years, and it was scary, but I feel great. I am also now able to view exercise as fun instead of just a means of burning calories, and it has made all the difference.

  • Elaine C April 27, 2012, 3:56 pm

    Over the past few years I’ve been finding more and more ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into my diet. Some days I eat 10 (or more!) servings of the good stuff!

  • kelsey April 27, 2012, 3:59 pm

    My current success is strive for 5 to get 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day! It’s tough but most days I get it done!

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 27, 2012, 4:05 pm

    My healthy success is more mental. It’s having learned (and still learning) that happiness and my outlook/perspective on life is a choice, my choice! So I can choose to be happy today, I can choose to eat healthier and treat my body well, I can choose to meet challenges head on, etc! 🙂

  • Leanne (Simplicitlee) April 27, 2012, 4:09 pm

    That sign is so funny! At least they are being honest 🙂

  • Janelle April 27, 2012, 4:10 pm

    One of the parts to my healthy success story (which is still very much in progress!) is that I have significantly cut back the amount of candy/sweets that I eat. It needed to be done!!!

  • Amye April 27, 2012, 4:13 pm

    A healthy goal of mine is to workout 30 minutes 6 days a week, even if it is a walk in our neighborhood.

  • Ali April 27, 2012, 4:14 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been getting back into martial arts after my marital separation. Karate was something that my husband and son and I used to do together. After my husband moved out I stopped going because I couldn’t bear to do it without him. I started back up almost a month ago and it feels great to know that I have the strength to continue this journey without him.

  • Finding a skinnier me April 27, 2012, 4:15 pm

    It was discovering that I didn’t have to just accept a healthy condition and the side affects, I could start doing something about it!

  • Heather April 27, 2012, 4:16 pm

    oh my gosh – I totally forgot that you were completely anti-vegetable when I first started reading See Bride Run!

  • Cari April 27, 2012, 4:17 pm

    one of my healthy successes was learning to LOVE avocado– yay healthy fats!

  • Kate April 27, 2012, 4:17 pm

    I finally eat healthy foods because they make me feel great – not because I “should.” It makes life much more fun!

  • Lindsey April 27, 2012, 4:26 pm

    My healthy tipping point was realizing that I actually like running. But only outside and without an ipod.

  • Tara April 27, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Learning how to properly cook tofu was my healthy success! I finally have mastered a few methods and it makes being healthy just a little bit easier.

  • Nicole N. April 27, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I realized while reading a well regarded “diet” book that I had already adopted or surpassed a lot of the suggestions for healthy living (100% whole grains, healthy fats and oils etc.) I was thrilled to see just how far I have come over the past four years or so. It really is amazing how quickly small changes can add up!

  • Sandra April 27, 2012, 4:30 pm

    One of my healthy successes this season is planting my first vegetable garden.

  • TiffanyS April 27, 2012, 4:31 pm

    One of my healthy successes was learning to love exercise. Well, I love exercising with my buddies. So, I know if I have company I will show up and they will too! It is great to catch up socially, push each other, and meet so many goals together.

  • Kristin point April 27, 2012, 4:32 pm

    I recovered from an Eating disorder 3 years ago, now I am happy and healthy!

  • C.J. April 27, 2012, 4:48 pm

    one of my healthy successes was learning to do everything in moderation. it sounds simple, but it was a major breakthrough for me. healthy living is not an “all or nothing” game – we do what we can, where we are, with what we have. it’s made all the difference!

  • Jenn April 27, 2012, 4:54 pm

    I think my success would be my garden! And, I hope to try my hand at salsa this year:)

  • Anu April 27, 2012, 5:01 pm

    I’m going to agree with you on how to cook veggies. Roasted veggies are so good!

  • Lissa April 27, 2012, 5:12 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been doing a cleanse/detox and sticking with the healthy lifestyle. I did my first one a year ago and I’ll be starting week 2 of 4 tomorrow on my second! (

  • Shauna April 27, 2012, 5:17 pm

    Learning all the different ways to make kale has been quite a healthy success for me! I used to only think it was good for kale chips, but I’ve found that I actually prefer it raw in a massaged kale salad (or in a smoothie, which was how I enjoyed it this morning). It’s become my favorite vegetable and I eat my greens way more often because of it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • MaryBeth April 27, 2012, 5:31 pm

    One of my successes was becoming a runner again. I ran XC and track in high school and NOTHING in college (and for a few years after). Running my second 1/2 marathon on Sunday!

  • Alex @ therunwithin April 27, 2012, 5:36 pm

    My healthy success is taking care of myself for once and not just others.

  • Linz @ Itz Linz April 27, 2012, 5:38 pm

    One of my healthy successes have been to do batch cooking on Sundays. It’s always beans, a grain, and tons of veggies. Then each weekday evening, I scoop a little of each into a tupperware and my healthy lunch is made! Such a better choice than those stupid frozen meals, pb&j everyday (occassionally is ok), ordering out, or school lunches (I’m a teacher and the cafeteria serves pizza twice a week… real healthy – NOT!).

  • samantha April 27, 2012, 5:55 pm

    One of my healthy successes is continuing to stay active while pregnant – it has made me feel 100% better overall 🙂

  • Rebecca April 27, 2012, 5:57 pm

    One of my healthy successes this was was overcomeing an eating disorder and truely finding the balance of being happy and healthy!

  • Reghan April 27, 2012, 6:00 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been quitting smoking 4 years ago this July!! It was so hard and I thought I’d never do it but I did 🙂

    • Rebecca April 27, 2012, 6:06 pm

      Good for you! Congratulations! 🙂

  • Angela April 27, 2012, 6:01 pm

    I echo Rebecca’s comment above 🙂

    Another healthy success is ever-evolving – overcoming anxiety. It’s something I have to work on DAILY as it can quickly get out of control. I find setting small goals helps and also questioning why I feel that way. Often the reason has no basis in reality and it’s a good reminder to be present and stop worrying about the future (something I do ALL the time).

    Congrats on your book release coming up! I can’t believe it’s May soon either..

  • Kimmy April 27, 2012, 6:04 pm

    One of my healthy successes is realizing that being OBSESSED with eating healthy is almost as bad for you mentally as eating unhealthy is for you physically. The body and mind are one and the same, you can’t take care of one while neglecting the other!

  • Rebecca April 27, 2012, 6:05 pm

    My healthy successes lately have been making sure to stay hydrated and not have soda so often!

  • Rachel April 27, 2012, 6:10 pm

    There is an army base (National Guard) near my apartment, and I often walk my dog by it. There’s a sign on its fence that says “Restricted” “Unauthorized Personnel” with the quotes. I’ve never understood why they put the words in quotes–to me that means the words are up to interpretation. It makes me laugh every time.

  • Michele April 27, 2012, 6:11 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been finally taking myself seriously and realizing that I deserved to be healthy and happy. Over the past couple of years, I have lost 75 pounds (and counting), gained strength and endurance through going to the gym, and can actually say I like what I see staring back at me in the mirror. Since I decided that I needed a change, I have been working diligently to be happy with myself!

  • Jasmine April 27, 2012, 6:14 pm

    One of my healthy successes was to learn how to eat and exercise for MY body, not anyone else’s. Now my body is in its healthiest shape, free from negative opinions or comparisons, just happy and healthy.

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction April 27, 2012, 6:15 pm

    You really take amazing photos of your food! Looks Delish!

    I’d say one of my healthy journeys began about 4 years ago after I returned from a 10 day trip to Italy. I had gained 10lbs in 10 days LITERALLY, and although I was still not considered “overweight”, I was not where I wanted be and it made me really irritable. I went on a healthy diet and dropped the dreaded weight. Today I still stick to my healthy habits, and indulge in moderation. I literally binge ate every single there while there on vacation because I knew that I would not be eating that kind of food for a very long time. I mean GELATO, soooo goood!

  • Kate April 27, 2012, 6:20 pm

    One of my successes has been increasing the amount of fiber and greens/vegetables that I consume everyday. Congrats on the release of your book!!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 27, 2012, 6:23 pm

    One of my healthy successes is maintaining a regular workout schedule for this entire semester of law school. I’ve gone through many phases of being really into exercise for awhile and then falling completely off the wagon for a very long time, so I’m proud that I’ve been able to maintain more of a balance and actually stick with it this time.

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition April 27, 2012, 6:24 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been ensuring I have fruits and veggies on hand at all points in time, washed and ready to eat!

  • Allie April 27, 2012, 6:38 pm

    My biggest healthy success was learning how to take it easy and listen to my body. After a series of injuries last summer (one almost requiring major surgery), I went through physical therapy and working with a chiropractor and that wake-up call, plus the encouragement of my mom has really helped me to learn when to STOP working out. I am coming to terms with my body’s limits and I’ve been feeling awesome for several months now! I am working hard to keep it that way;) Thanks for the inspiration, Caitlin!

  • Emily April 27, 2012, 6:42 pm

    My biggest healthy success: helping my parents lose weight and get healthy, now we can eat healthy food together and exercise and actually enjoy it!

  • jen April 27, 2012, 6:48 pm

    one of my healthy successes is learning that i am good person.

  • Carolyn April 27, 2012, 6:53 pm

    My biggest healthy success is recognizing when I am really stressed out and allowing myself to take breaks to do something I actually enjoy. I end up being much more productive when I begin work again and am much happier because of it!

  • Valerie April 27, 2012, 7:03 pm

    My biggest healthy success was completing my first triathlon last fall. I enjoyed it so much I’ve already registered for two this year!

  • Anne April 27, 2012, 7:09 pm

    One of my healthy successes is learning to be present in the now instead of stuck in the past or the future!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic April 27, 2012, 7:12 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been to drink more water! I used to be a soda-aholic! It was quite disturbing one day when I thought about it and realized that almost ALL of my liquid intake came from sources other than plain water (coffee or juice in morning, soda throughout the rest of the day). Realizing I could go through a day and NEVER have a sip of “real” WATER was a wake-up call! Now I carry around a giant bottle of water with me wherever I go and I make it a point to constantly refill it to fuel myself!!

  • Laura April 27, 2012, 7:14 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been learning to say no. I used to get so stressed out trying to please everyone. Learning to decline requests that I really didn’t have time for has allowed me to be less stressed and more happy and in balance.

  • Rebecca April 27, 2012, 7:17 pm

    My success would becoming a healthier person, after eating unhealthfully during the crucial time of my life, which was my childhood up until age 14. Now, i eat vegan and gluten-free, and barely ever eat any refined/processed foods unless it’s a protein bar!

  • Katrina April 27, 2012, 7:23 pm

    A couple healthy successes for me…never eating fast food or drinking soda!

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 27, 2012, 7:25 pm

    one of my healthy successes has been to truly listen to my body wants and needs.

  • Jillian April 27, 2012, 7:30 pm

    My healthy success of the year was getting my self into a routine. I schedule out my workouts on Sunday so that I can plan for the week accordingly. Now, I have no excuse not to work out because I have already figured it into my schedule. And if something comes up and I have to divert from my plan, I have learned to not get down on myself, and just make sure that I give even more the next workout!

  • Amy April 27, 2012, 7:36 pm

    I wanted to run a half marathon before I turned 30=and now I’ve done 2-I would consider that a healthy success!

  • Martha April 27, 2012, 7:41 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been sticking to a regular sleep schedule. I’m one of those people who needs a solid 7-8 hours each night, and I make sure to get it!

  • Sarah @ Celiac in the City April 27, 2012, 7:55 pm

    Congrats on the book, keep on inspiring us all!

    My healthy success: cutting out sugar and giving up diet coke. Not sure which one was harder. 😉 Has made such a difference for me!

  • laura April 27, 2012, 8:04 pm

    love that picture of you!

    i’ve recently become an avid walker. on days i dont feel like going to crossfit, instead of just doing nothing, i try and walk for 30 minutes to an hour. its a great time to clear my head and catch up on some podcasts 🙂

  • jen April 27, 2012, 8:10 pm

    one of my current successes is that im officially listening to my body when im eating…im trying so hard to NOT mindlessly eat, and and im so excited that im thinking of it WHILE im eating now (and not after, when im stuffed). My body is thanking me!

  • Ranya April 27, 2012, 8:12 pm

    One of my healthy successes is attending the cardio kickboxing class offered at the gym at my university. Its regular schedule keeps me motivated and the great music and booty-shaking keep me smiling 🙂

  • Catherine April 27, 2012, 8:16 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been ridding myself of excuses not to exercise. There is no reason I physically am unable, so I try the best I can to get in the mindset to just do it!

  • Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo April 27, 2012, 8:22 pm

    I really want to read your book- I’m sure it’s great!

  • Yin April 27, 2012, 8:30 pm

    One of my health successes was actually running/exercising in the summer of 2010. 99% of the time prior to that summer, I was indoors. I hated summer and avoided the sun like the plague. I decided I needed to be more active and not be in front of the computer so much. I’m one of those “this is tough I’m giving up” type of person, but the thought of just getting out there just made me want to keep running.

  • Jill April 27, 2012, 8:40 pm

    My success was running the NYC Marathon last year!

  • nena April 27, 2012, 8:45 pm

    My healthy success? Leaving California (which I absolutely loved!) Thought I was happy, but found my true self and love when I moved to the Carolinas.

  • Hillary April 27, 2012, 8:49 pm

    My biggest healthy success has been maintaining my 40+ lb weight loss for the last six years. It’s hard work but I’m proud that I’ve been able to stick with it!

  • Catherine April 27, 2012, 8:52 pm

    One of my healthy successes was learning to relax! I have the tendency to be a neurotic perfectionist, and it was actually counterproductive to ANY healthy habit that I tried to pick up. I had to do it perfectly from the start, or I’d get frustrated and just stop trying. When I learned how to give myself a break, I found it easier to accomplish the rest of my goals.

  • Laura April 27, 2012, 9:15 pm

    Eating more of what makes my body feel good and eating less of what doesn’t! It sounds so simple, but when you’re not listening to your body it’s easy to eat filler that doesn’t satisfy you 🙂

  • Erin April 27, 2012, 9:21 pm

    My healthy success has been incorporating strength training into my what was always 100% cardio workouts. Working with a trainer has showed me how critical & necessary strength training is to maintain good health. I have never felt better 🙂

  • Tricia April 27, 2012, 9:25 pm

    One of my successes was going from a junk food junkie… to healthy eating vegetarian. In the process I lost 40lbs and got myself at a healthy maintained weight. Feeling good inside and out!

  • Krysta April 27, 2012, 9:39 pm

    One of my successes has been commuting to work via bike. I bike to work about 90% of the time and not only has it gotten me in great shape but saves on gas and pollution!

  • Jessica April 27, 2012, 9:40 pm

    I stopped drinking pop last December!

  • Claire M. April 27, 2012, 9:49 pm

    One of my successes has been (and is) learning to accept myself and be happy with the way I am. I am recovering from an eating disorder and learning to simply love healthy foods and exercise for me, not because I feel like I “have” to!

    • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 28, 2012, 8:41 am

      Keep going, Claire! I’m recovering too and I love that you said you are learning to love healthy foods and exercise but not because you “have” to. That’s awesome!

  • Shawn April 27, 2012, 9:49 pm

    Losing 70lbs on my own…with hard work and dedication 😉

  • Gabby April 27, 2012, 9:54 pm

    Going from not being able to run for 10 minutes to running a half marathon in under 2 hours.

  • Mai April 27, 2012, 10:01 pm

    one of my successes is when i went vegetarian 3 years ago. i started eating healthier overall!

  • Dee April 27, 2012, 10:06 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been learning to incorporate meat into my diet after 10 years of vegetarianism, when I realized it just wasn’t working for me anymore.

  • Lindsay April 27, 2012, 10:10 pm

    One of my most healthy sucesses so far is picking whole grain or oats for breakfast instead of sugary cereals or pop tarts. The feeling of starting off my day on the right food instead of in a sugar coma/guility state of mind makes my whole day better!

  • Karly April 27, 2012, 10:12 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been finding things instead of junk to have at night! Sugar-free gum or green tea are my favourite!

  • hilary April 27, 2012, 10:19 pm

    I am proud to say that I am beating an eating disorder, maintaining a healthy weight and running my first 1/2 marathon on Sunday!!!!! I have never felt so good about myself…completely loving life right now 🙂

    • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 28, 2012, 8:39 am

      Way to go Hilary! Keep going in your recovery, I’m on the same path. Best wishes.

  • Cellabella April 27, 2012, 10:22 pm

    One of my healthy successes has been to incorporate more whole grains into our diet. I bought a bunch of grains including some I’d never tried before – quinoa, millet, bulgur, barley, brown rice, and wheatberries. So now I have to make it because there’s nothing else in the pantry! 🙂

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 27, 2012, 10:28 pm

    My HTP isn’t about losing weight, but it’s about regaining a sense of self and happiness after my depression and eating disorder almost took my life. I found out today that a friend of mine from treatment died, and she’s the third friend this year who has died. My success is being alive, at a healthy weight, and eating like a “normal” person, and today I finally turned in my last paper for college. The amount of effort it takes to stay in recovery is greater than the amount of effort it took me to finish college. My success is being alive right now to write this, not fitting into a specific clothing size or being able to run a certain amount of miles or lift a certain amount of weights. It’s about life and being happy and healthy and not being sick.

  • Heather April 27, 2012, 10:39 pm

    My healthy success has been getting up 3 mornings a week before work for the last 5 months to work out. It gets me going for the day and I feel so much better about myself!

  • Erin April 27, 2012, 10:42 pm

    I overcame an eating disorder, something that seemed impossible to me at one point in time.

    • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 28, 2012, 8:40 am

      That’s awesome, Erin!! I’m so happy for you! I’m doing the same and it did seem impossible but life is so much better on the other side 🙂

  • kiri April 27, 2012, 10:45 pm

    Putting more focus and energy into running has shaped my success. Tomorrow I am running my first half marathon!

  • Lindsay C. April 27, 2012, 10:52 pm

    One of my major successes has been that I am beating bulimia, and really listening to what my body wants and needs when I’m exercising and eating. It’s definitely still a work in progress, but I’ve made huge strides in the past year, and I have really overcome my binge/purge tendencies to put more focus on what healthy eating really means.

  • Colette April 27, 2012, 10:55 pm

    One my healthy successes is being a rock star at drinking at least 1/2 my weight in water every day…and I’ve worked out 6/7 days for the past two weeks. Yay for healthy habits!

  • Caitlin April 27, 2012, 11:01 pm

    Learning to love kale was a huge success for me!

  • Katie April 27, 2012, 11:32 pm

    My healthy success was finally admitting and overcoming an eating disorder.

  • Sarah L April 27, 2012, 11:46 pm

    I wasn’t able to walk across the street without pain for four years. Once I finally got the correct diagnosis and had surgery, I gradually built up strength in my legs and am now proud to call myself a runner.

  • Sunny April 28, 2012, 12:02 am

    My healthy success is learning to love running and allowing it to be my release 🙂

  • Dynamics April 28, 2012, 12:11 am

    OMG, I planted artichokes last year and nothing. but the plant is beautiful so i let it grow. Yippee. So far five artichokes. (one the ants got, whats up with that?) One I am going to let bloom. I hear it has an amazing purple flower and the rest I will eat with my family.

  • Chelsea April 28, 2012, 12:13 am

    Healthy success = as of recently I went from 0 pull ups to know being able to do 6 in a row! YAYYYY

  • Staci April 28, 2012, 12:33 am

    My healthy success was incorporating a combo of strength training + cardio instead of only always doing cardio thinking that was the only key to weight loss.

  • Shannon April 28, 2012, 12:54 am

    My healthy success has been focusing on nutrition and eating the right foods to help me cope with a digestive disorder.

  • Stella April 28, 2012, 12:56 am

    Here’s a rug success story: Capel Rug Outlet. When I lived in NC, my mother introduced me to this place. Great rugs & great prices. It is a little off the beaten track and a bit of a drive from Charlotte, but it might be worth a day trip.

  • Marci April 28, 2012, 1:20 am

    Drinking more water

  • Vanessa April 28, 2012, 3:34 am

    My biggest (mental) health success in the last couple of years: Learning that I can’t control some situations, but I can control the way I react to them.

    It’s important to remember though that health is a journey and not a destination. I find that successes and setbacks often go hand in hand. The important thing is that you are headed in the right direction.

  • Jaclyn April 28, 2012, 4:22 am

    Definitely drinking more water !!!

    and I cannot WAIT to read your next (and next after that) book ! I still have my autographed 😉 copy of HTP no. 1 from the HLS a few years ago. I have followed your blog since (almost) the beginning and love the messages and your attitude towards health. :] ….and yeah, of course, success stories are always great!!

  • Kerri April 28, 2012, 4:35 am

    My healthy success: figuring out that an apple a day really keeps the doctor away!

  • Sarah April 28, 2012, 4:40 am


    My healthy success has been learning to trust the healthy principles that underpin my diet so that when I don’t always follow them I don’t need to stress because I know that I have a healthy eating foundation that I always return to 🙂

    I’m in the UK so not sure if I’m eligible for the comp?

    Happy weekend! Woo woo!

  • Jennifer April 28, 2012, 4:46 am

    Learning to like execising

  • Katie R April 28, 2012, 5:45 am

    One of my healthy successes is that I’ve trained for a Marathon (my first), and I’m at the starting line injury free. I’m so proud that I was 1)able to follow my training plan and 2)listened to my body well enough to not get an lingering injuries. Go me 🙂

  • Sara April 28, 2012, 6:54 am

    One of my success stories was the moment I finally reached under 200 lbs. It was the best feeling, and just in time for Valentines day that year. I could not have given myself a better Valentine’s Day gift.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) April 28, 2012, 7:14 am

    Overcoming the fear of food and enjoying it for what it is – fuel for our precious body! My success story has been overcoming anorexia and learning to love life and food again!

  • Floey April 28, 2012, 7:22 am

    Going for a 30 minute walk everyday!

  • Laurel April 28, 2012, 7:32 am

    One of my successes was deciding to go on a canoe trip with friends. I had always avoided activities like that because I was embarrassed by my weight and lack of athleticism, but I had such a wonderful time!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 28, 2012, 7:56 am

    One of my healthy successes was finally becoming a runner after all those years of not even being able to run a mile in gym class!

  • Lynn April 28, 2012, 8:30 am

    Creating delicious roasted sweet potato fries in my own kitchen. Nom nom nom. 😉

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 28, 2012, 8:46 am

    One of my healthy successes is figuring out how to consistently get a good night’s sleep as a college student!

  • Denise April 28, 2012, 8:56 am

    My healthy tipping point was AFTER I quit smoking….on the very first run where my legs gave out BEFORE my lungs did!!!! I was so proud of myself for quitting cigarettes cold turkey…..once my lungs became stronger than my legs I became motivated to be more and more active… I am an endorphin junkie!

  • Jamie April 28, 2012, 9:03 am

    I’m finally finding a healthy mindset towards food!

  • hilary April 28, 2012, 9:25 am

    i never thought i would be able to run a half marathon. i trained for months and accomplished my goal of completing it! it was a great feeling

  • Susan April 28, 2012, 9:31 am

    For 7 years I’ve been dealing with eating disorders (overeating to anorexia to bingeing and starving). Although I am not 100% recovered and still struggle some days the healthy success has been my ability to forgive myself, move forward and live my life in a way that I feel excited about! The best part of the journey has been (thanks to blogs like yours) that most days despite the number on a scale I look at myself and feel happy, beautiful and like I’m enough! For me, this has been my healthiest, greatest accomplishment in years! I still have a long way to go but for now I take this one success!

  • Marie April 28, 2012, 9:42 am

    One of my healthy successes has been taking the steps to manage my OCD. I am no longer drowning in crippling anxiety … more like bobbing in the sea. I really hope to get on dry land some day in the future!

    It’s hands down the hardest thing I have ever done, but also the most important.

  • Little Katie April 28, 2012, 10:04 am

    A healthy success of mine is moving a step closer to loving and accepting myself more. This was acknowledging some of my insecurities as a teenager that I still think about as an adult. I finally was ready to admit to myself I had these insecurities, accept myself for having them, and not feel bad about it.

    Thanks for posting this topic, I enjoyed reading other people’s successes too. Cheers! ^^

  • cel April 28, 2012, 10:16 am

    One of my healthy successes is learning how to properly breathe deeply. Using some yoga breathing techniques, I am now able to calm myself down and stress less. Stress and worrying is just as bad for our bodies as not eating and sleeping right. 🙂

  • Angela April 28, 2012, 10:36 am

    I finally gave up soda! I was pretty proud of that!

  • Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest April 28, 2012, 10:39 am

    One of my healthy successes is approaching my irritable bowel disease more holistically through a healthy diet, exercise and meditation. Even up until about 4 years ago, I was so sick and my husband remembers how bad my flare ups were. I went to the gastroenterologist yesterday and he gave me great news–that if I keep doing what I am doing and my disease stays in remission, I can go off most of my meds!

  • Hayley April 28, 2012, 10:40 am

    I gave up diet soda and artificial sweeteners. They were a staple and definitely reinforced ED thoughts. They were also making me feel physically bloated and sick, so I cut em out.

  • Megan April 28, 2012, 11:26 am

    My biggest healthy success is learning when to turn off the trashy reality TV and GO TO BED! I was in serious need of sleep, but kept depriving myself because I “needed time to myself to relax after the kids went to bed.” I feel so much better and well-rested!!

  • Taya April 28, 2012, 11:40 am

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! One of my healthy successes has been learning to make exercise an everyday part of life, not a once-in-a-while chore!

  • Sara April 28, 2012, 11:56 am

    I also finally figured out a way to incorporate more vegetables into my diet! I never thought I’d be a girl who likes broccoli, asparagus and spinach (fresh only – still can’t do cooked!), but I love them all now.

  • Mac April 28, 2012, 12:39 pm

    Healthy sucess #1 signing up for a marathon. # 2 discovering almond flour.

  • Traci Ross April 28, 2012, 1:13 pm

    I feel like a healthy success when i cook off a bunch of vegetables at the beginning of the week so that I have stuff to put together quick meals all week instead of eating cereal or other equally less healthy options.

  • Calla April 28, 2012, 1:59 pm

    I have undertaken to learn to tolerate foods that I previously disliked. I don’t eat red meat, I’m allergic to nuts, and I have a major aversion to mayonnaise, so already I’m kind of hard to feed and find myself asking waiters to “hold the _______” a lot of the time. It was a New Year’s Resolution at the beginning of 2011, and so far I have learned to tolerate (and in some cases even enjoy) olives, a few different cheeses, and (most impressively) several kinds of beans. The beans were key – I have opened myself up to all kinds of healthier dishes, and am now able to have protein in situations where previously I would have gone without it. (If anyone is curious, I read “The Man Who Ate Everything” by Jeffrey Steingarten, which was the only reason I ever thought I could do this. I highly recommend it for its insight as well as its hilarity!)

    Unrelated: I have also learned how to run 5k+ since September!

  • Alexandra April 28, 2012, 2:40 pm

    One of my healthy successes is that I have learned how to view food is a “healthy” way and listn to my body to know when I am hungry and full. I have developed healthy eating habits and have learned the practice of “moderation”.

  • Kristin April 28, 2012, 4:54 pm

    My healthy success is learning how to make more of my recipes gluten free for a healthier gut for myself!

  • Kristen April 28, 2012, 5:33 pm

    One of my healthy successes is becoming a vegetarian one year ago!

  • Rachel C. April 28, 2012, 5:47 pm

    Quitting smoking and taking up running – best thing I ever did for myself!

  • Dari Marie April 28, 2012, 5:50 pm

    I’m not sure I can pick one. Honestly, my healthy success is… succeeding at learning to be healthy! Eating right, exercising, drinking less, loving life!

  • Cecily April 28, 2012, 7:58 pm

    My healthy success- I completed my first triathlon today! 😀

  • Jenn (Be YOU at Be Me) April 28, 2012, 8:28 pm

    My healthy success is when I learned to be me and like it! Versus comparing myself to others and feeling as though I fell short every time.

  • Amy April 28, 2012, 8:45 pm

    One of my healthy successes, which has helped me lose 33 pounds so far, is to enjoy long hikes on Saturdays!

  • kristle April 28, 2012, 9:27 pm

    i got a badge on today – 150 days of consecutive food journaling. logging my food and exercise has been the secret to my weight loss of 25 lbs!

  • Dawn April 28, 2012, 10:49 pm

    My healthy success is that I quit drinking diet soda one month ago.

  • Ellie April 28, 2012, 11:00 pm

    My healthy success is practicing yoga (almost) daily for the past two years! It has absolutely changed every aspect of my life. I say almost because I don’t practice when I’m hungover, and I’m a college student so drinking and going out are a part of (what view as) my balanced college life. Everything in moderation! 🙂

  • April April 28, 2012, 11:40 pm

    One of my healthiest successes has been tracking my calories. I started watching my calorie intake last August and within a few months, I lost 15 pounds. I had a harder time over the holidays but have recently gotten back into the groove. It really helps me make sure that I have a balanced diet throughout the day but also that I don’t beat myself up if I have a great night out and want to indulge a little bit.

  • Charlie April 28, 2012, 11:53 pm

    Drinking herbal tea when I’m bored/watching TV instead of eating even if I’m not hungry!
    And eating fruits and veggies when I REALLY want to eat but I’m not that hungry. I just love food lol :P.

  • Lacey April 29, 2012, 2:11 am

    One of my healthy successes has been committing to a regular yoga practice for the past three years. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma April 29, 2012, 7:32 am

    One of my healthy successes is embracing rest days. I get so excited to be on my yoga mat that I forget that I need some time off of it!

  • Amy Lauren April 29, 2012, 9:23 am

    One of my successes was to run a half marathon less than 9 months after being serious ill with anemia. I never thought I could run a half, much less so soon after my health issues, but I did it. I can’t wait to do another someday.

    Amy Lauren

  • Michelle April 29, 2012, 9:30 am

    Two months ago I cut out alcohol by 90%. I’ll still have some wine occasionally, but I’m getting my body ready for when we decide to have a baby. It’s a totally different feeling knowing that I’m getting healthier for someone else!

  • Jill April 29, 2012, 11:22 am

    Healthy success … PRing by over 20 minutes in my last half marathon. I think my key was having lost 10 pounds by making better food choices and not stressing out about food constantly!

  • Cassidy April 29, 2012, 12:28 pm

    My healthy success has been giving up soda. I used to be addicted to it, and six years have passed since I had any.

  • Mikella April 29, 2012, 2:10 pm

    My biggest success thus far has been becoming a vegetarian. I just made this lifestyle change in January. Like you, I was inspired by “Skinny Bitch” and a few documentaries. I was nervous at first that I would be too weak willed to stick with it, but I have proven myself completely wrong. I’ve been vegetarian for four months now and can’t imagine ever going back. I love the way it makes me feel and I love that it inspires me to be more original with my food choices and recipes. It was definitely an excellent decision.

  • Jesse (Out To Lunch Creations) April 29, 2012, 8:13 pm

    I researched and tested milk alternatives until I fell in love with Almond Milk. Now I just need to start making my own.

  • Alyssa @ Don't Look Down April 29, 2012, 8:27 pm

    One of my healthy successes is learning about all the great protein sources outside of meat and cutting back on my consumption.

  • Kalyn April 30, 2012, 3:07 am

    One of my healthy successes is embracing my cheats/treats without guilt!

  • pam April 30, 2012, 8:25 am

    I have learned how to cook healthy foods

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl April 30, 2012, 8:58 am

    My healthy success was trying cream corn & Corn on the cob. I don’t eat vegetables or fruit so this was a HUGE step for me. I actually liked both and was shocked.

  • Liz April 30, 2012, 11:20 am

    Of course I realize this isn’t for everyone, but for me my healthy success was going vegan. Aside from my animal reasons for choosing this lifestyle, it also forces me to put more thought into what I put in my body and to make sure that I’m eating the right nutritious foods. Aside from that, I think actually getting to the point where I enjoy and look forward to working out is also a pretty big accomplishment.

  • kristen April 30, 2012, 3:33 pm

    Can I still enter?? My health success is learning moderation! 🙂

  • Crystal @ Sandy Eggo Runner May 1, 2012, 12:09 am

    Eating more (variety) fruits and vegetables now then my parents fed me growing up!

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