Build a Better Me Healthy Blogging Challenge!

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build-a-better-me-logoHappy Saturday everyone!  Hope you're having a great day - I usually do on Saturdays.  It's the day you can sleep in and stay up late if you want to.  It's also the day you can usually get done what you've been trying to get done all week because you don't have to be anywhere.  It's a pajamas all day kind of day.  Ahhh doesn't that sound perfect? 

So today's post isn't a recipe or a review of any kind, but instead... an announcement!

Since the turn of the year, I've really been trying to focus on being consistent in eating right and working out in hopes of not only losing some weight, but also making sure I'm as healthy as I possibly can be. 

This brings me to my announcement... 
I am joining the Build a Better Me Healthy Blogging Challenge! 

What is the Build a Better Me Healthy Blogging Challenge?
It's a group of bloggers that support each other in their efforts to live healthy and blog about it occasionally.  It's a chance for us to share with you what we're eating and what we're doing for exercise to hopefully give you all some good tips and ideas what will help you achieve your health and fitness goals. 

Virtual PotluckOver the past couple months you've been getting to know the band of food blogger rockstars I'm involved with called Virtual Potluck. Well, during one of our many discussions on what we wanted to conquer in the food world next, we got on the subject of new year's resolutions and healthy eating habits and what we wanted to accomplish personal goal-wise in 2012. We agreed that food blogging lent itself to indulging in the best foods in the world and if you're not careful, that can lead to some weight gain. Together we came up with the Build a Better Me Healthy Blogging Challenge.

no fastfood
Does this mean you'll only be blogging about low-cal food from now on?
Hells no!  My approach is "everything in moderation" (except if there is an open bag of nacho cheese Doritos in the house, then all bets are off).  Also, portion control and consistent exercise.  So if I decide to make something deep fried, I will probably mention that I paired it with a salad and I had a small portion of that fried food.  My fast food days are over.  It may taste good in the moment, but it really does make you feel like a big fat slug afterwards and who wants to feel like that?  I WANT to eat good, whole foods because they really do taste better and they're better for you.  It's a win-win. 

Basically this initiative just means that every once in a while I'll pop on here and let you know about an awesome healthy snack I found that I love, or a great workout I had and how that made me feel, or just a healthy thought of the day.  The idea here is that I'm not on a diet, but I'm slowly changing my lifestyle for the better... and I'd love to share it with all of you! 

Why did you decide to join BABM?
Whelp... I'm a food blogger.  I love to cook and am capable of basically making myself whatever my little heart desires on a daily basis.  Over the years that has equaled to a few extra pounds that I'd love to get rid of.  But just as importantly, because I'm a food blogger, I tend to read a lot about food and talk to people about food and watch documentaries and videos about food.  I'm learning more about the food I eat every day and that information has made me want to eat more of some things, like kale, and completely stop eating other things, like Taco Bell and McDonald's. 

I want to show you that even a food blogger that eats (duh), breathes, and sleeps food can eat right, exercise regularly, and lose weight.  So if I can do it, then anyone can, right? 

cartoon_fitness_ladyWhat are you hoping to accomplish by being a part of BABM?
I want to be the best me I can be.  I want to feel great and be full of energy.  I want to look hot a sexy!  And I really want this to be an interactive thing with all of you.  Please comment on this post and all of my future BABM posts and share with me what YOU'RE doing to stay healthy and lose weight.  We can share ideas with each other and your comments can also give other readers great tips and ideas as well.  Let's do this together!

Check out the other VP Bloggers participating in BABM for extra motivation:

Theresa from Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine
Heather from Farm Girl Gourmet
Rachel from Not Rachel Ray
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie
Matt from Thyme in our Kitchen
Milisa from Miss in the Kitchen
Marnely from Cooking with Books
Donna from Cookistry
Vanessa from Groovy Foody
Susan from 30AEats

So, I hope you're just as excited about this new addition to FOODIE as I am.  You have let me know in the past that you like it when I post healthier recipes, so I'm hoping that you will get a lot out of these posts.  Send me an email or leave a comment and let me know what you'd like to see in a BABM post.  I want to make this something we will all enjoy.  Have a great weekend!


  1. Awesome...I'm so happy we are all doing this. It's always easier with the support of friends. Looking forward to hearing about your accomplishments along the way. Here's to a great year of Building a Better Me!!!

  2. Welcome to the challenge! Go Tara, go Tara ...

  3. I already think you're sexy just the way you are but welcome to the challenge!

  4. Congratulations on a great decision!


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