This Runner's Trials

New home

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It appears the blog move was successful!

What do you guys think? I love it so much. It’s so “me” :)

And the furball approves of it too, which is what really matters.

Regular blogging to resume shortly.

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Moving day

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No, I’m not leaving my cozy Charlotte suburb.

I know I said awhile back that my dream was to relocate “home” to NJ or to a New England state. Although after knowing about how much snow my poor friends and family are getting socked with this winter, I don’t think I could do it. Now, I could “summer” there. But something tells me I won’t be someone who “summers” in this lifetime.

Anyway, the blog is moving, not me. I’ve decided to take This Runner’s Trials to self-hosting and get it a much needed facelift. The finished product looks amazing! I cannot wait to see what you guys think :)

The move will take place sometime later today, and it may take 24- 48 hours to fully change over. If you come to during the move, you might see angry “page not found” messages or something similar. Fear not, everything will be up and running by weekend’s end.

But for those of you who read This Runner’s Trials through subscriptions and Google readers, my next post won’t automatically update. You’ll have to subscribe to the new feed.

So please stop in a couple days and get the new feed info. I’m so worried about losing my beloved readers! You can also follow me on twitter for updates.

My fingers are crossed that the move goes smoothly. I hate moving, but this process has been pain-free since I’m working with a professional :)

I’m interested in hearing your worst moving horror story! When we relocated to Charlotte, the movers dented the dining room set that my great-grandfather built and has been in my family for four generations. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I was quite sad :(

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Unhealthy little secrets

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My first senior year of college (yup, it took me 4.5 years to graduate, don’t judge), I made the decision to go to grad school for public health.

I got this idea in my head that if I was going to be a health educator, I better walk the walk. Being the all or nothing person I am, I decided I’d only make healthy decisions from now on.

I was never unhealthy. I was the girl who prided herself on never touching a cigarette and flossing each day. But as a health educator, I was going to be a role model, so I needed to be even healthier.

  • I stopped drinking alcohol.
  • I stopped drinking soda.
  • I drove exactly the speed limit.
  • I limited my TV watching.
  • I slathered myself in spf 50 daily.
  • I became a germophobe. I heart hand sanitizer.
  • I was in bed by 10 pm every night.
  • I warmed up and cooled down before and after every run. I have no clue why I decided a 5 minute walk at the beginning and end of every run was “healthy”.
  • I baked all of my own “sweets”. I was really into fat-free and sugar-free baking for awhile. Don’t try it. Your tastebuds will hate you.

I was basically a huge nerd for a year or so. It was ridiculous. I’d get embarrassed if anyone noticed my tan lines or saw me eating a lollipop. I honestly thought people wouldn’t take me seriously if they saw me doing something “unhealthy”.

Then one day, I bit into the yummiest cake ever and all of my obsessive healthy behaviors went out the window.

Some of my crazy behaviors did stick; I rarely ever drink alcohol, I keep my skin nice and pasty, and I’ve only become more of a germophobe. But for the most part, I’ve embraced moderation.

But there still are some things I do that I’m embarrassed to admit. Especially now that I’m intertwined in the health blogger world, I know that few people engage in (or admit to?) these unhealthy little habits.

1. I drink diet soda. Yup, artificial sweeteners, ingredients I cannot pronounce, and all. I know soft drinks are unhealthy for a ton of reasons, yet I still drink them. I do limit my consumption to weekends only so they seem like a treat.

2. I eat fast food. Specifically, Chick-fil-a. When I was 17, I gave up fast food for Lent and never wanted it again. After grad school, I moved to Atlanta and all of my coworkers loved Chick-fil-a. I never had it before, but I was hooked after one milkshake. I only eat it on car trips now, but I do purposely seek it out on those blue interstate travel signs.

3. I watch a lot of TV. Gossip Girl, 90210, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, Desperate Housewives, Jersey Shore. Practically one TV show for every night of the week. And I really look forward to plopping my butt on the couch each night and watching my shows.


What pains me about my unhealthy secrets is that each behavior is a vital player in the childhood the obesity epidemic. I don't want to promote these behaviors. The only reason I'm admitting to them is because I also spend a lot of time exercising and eating well. I've just learned that I'm cool with being the kind of health educator who advocates for a balanced lifestyle.

After all, who's going to respect someone who sticks to fat-free and sugar-free baked goods? Certainly not I.

Do you have any “unhealthy” habits? Come on, fess up :)