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We Did It – The Ashburn Trader Joe’s Is Finally A Reality!

We Did It! We did it! After years of wishing, yearning, pining, and possibly harassing the Trader Joe’s corporate offices, I attended the grand opening of the Ashburn, VA store on the morning of September 6th and it was amazing! I’d never attended a grand opening of a store before; in fact, I usually avoid […]

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It’s February: Are You Taking Care Of Your Heart?

February is American Heart Month and an excellent time to take stock of your heart health.  To help make the necessary adjustments to get you on the right track to better health, the American Heart Association (AHA) has set up recommendations for physical activity and has laid it all out clearly in the following infographic. […]

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The Choice Is Yours – Choose To Be Healthy

Welcome to Wednesday Word, a monthly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. On the first Wednesday of every month you will have a single word prompt to write about. Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. […]

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Sleep Like A Champion

Sleep… Slumber… Shuteye… Snooze… Siesta… No matter how you say, it’s still an important part of our everyday health. So if we’d never consider shorting ourselves of good nutrition, sufficient hydration, and serious training, why would we short ourselves of adequate sleep? Over the past few years I’ve talked about my sleep, or lack thereof… I truly would love […]

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Staying Active While On Vacation

It’s that time of year when vacationers are flocking to the beach for a week of fun in the sun, relaxing by the water’s edge, napping, and perhaps enjoying a little too much good food and drink. There’s nothing wrong with that because we’re a nation of hard workers and deserve our well-earned vacations; however, […]

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Wake Up, Sunshine!

With marathon training in full force and the need to rise early to get those long runs in while trying to beat the heat, I thought today would be a great day to talk about waking up early and more easily.   I’m normally an early riser, yet overslept and missed my run with my […]

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Roasted Asparagus

Roasting or grilling vegetables is one of the best ways to fill up on low-calorie, high-fiber foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.  Vegetables are complex carbohydrates and aid in providing the body with energy.  Carbohydrates have gotten a very bad rap during the last few years even though they are one of our […]

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Let This Be Me In 40 Years

I’ve always said that one of my long term goals is to run forever.  I’ve written that I want to be the cute little old lady pumping my fist as I mosey across the finish line.  Not that I’m in a rush to grow old; just thinking ahead….. Which leads me to 95-year old Dr. […]

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Living Healthy At The Beach

Bill and I are heading to the beach as I type, so I thought that today would be a good day to talk about surviving vacations while maintaining a little bit of a healthy lifestyle! I wrote this last year, so long-time-readers, this is a rerun; or as I prefer to say, “It’s a gently […]

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It’s Fit Mama Friday On Fine Fit Day

Today I am super excited to be featured on Carly Pizzani’s blog Fine Fit Day, and to be placed alongside so many other fit mamas!  Please hop on over to her blog and check out Fit Mama Friday, and while you’re there, check out Carly’s other great articles about living a healthy lifestyle! Carly is […]

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Fun in the Sun!

DebRuns editors note:  Julie wrote and submitted this post before Joseph’s weekend proposal… Hey everyone, Julie here!  When Deb asked me to guest post again I was thrilled – I’ve missed you guys!!! Last week, I was on a vacation of my own.  My large (there were 26 of us total – and that isn’t […]

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Healthy Foundations

I just learned that my alma mater Virginia Tech is ranked at number three in The 25 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S. on Greatist.com.  The author Nicole McDermott sites exercise incentive programs and contests where winning students are rewarded with free personal training sessions and exercise passes as one of the reasons VT received this […]

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