Happy Birthday!

This week my blog is 4 years old! 


 I started the blog in February, 2010 with this post:

I went to the gym today, as a matter of fact I exercised today, for the first time in 38 days.  Will this be the day I restart my fitness-centered life?  Let me back up.  I had been exercising regularly and rigorously for 20 years (minus the last 3 years).  I used to run 20 miles a week, I lifted weights, ran three half marathons, three 10 mile races, and countless 10K and 5K races.  I skied, snowboarded, ice skated, hiked, roller-bladed.  I had a house full of fitness equipment.  I easily exceeded the recommended 10,000 steps a day.

But then I stopped.  A combination of personal issues led me to alter every aspect of my life, including my fitness routine.  I’ve been trying to get back into it ever since.  In the past 3 years I joined 3 different gyms.  In total I’ve gone a total of 7 times  I even started running.  I was up to 4 miles three times a week, but then I stopped.

But, I went to the gym today…

I am happy to report that over the past 4 years I have indeed gotten back into fitness and into healthy eating.  I’ve lost weight, lowered my cholesterol and other health risk factors through exercise and healthy eating.  I’ve run some road races including two half marathons, got back into weight training and started practicing yoga.

This blog is called, Let’s Get in Shape Together, and as the name implies, the blog is meant to encourage you, my readers to also start, or continue, on your own health and wellness journey.  I like to share news and information that I find on healthy living, I try not to get too preachy…. And, I try to adopt the healthy habits that I write about.

If you are a regular reader, you know that I have adopted a near vegan diet, and I have never felt healthier or stronger!  I have several posts on the health advantages of a plant based diet, the health risks of milk and dairy, and the dangers of genetically modified foods.

Lately I’ve begun to change other aspects of my daily life.  I have been using less and less plastic in favor of glass for food storage.  I now use a non-toxic alternative to dryer sheets.  I am even attempting to change my make up and skin care products and make-up to those without toxic chemicals.

I’d love to hear from you on healthy changes you’ve made in your life, or health/wellness goals you have for yourself.





  1. Congratulations on 4 great years. That is quite an achievement. The other thing to be very proud of is your lifestyle change in exercise and diet. Way to go girl. 🙂

  2. I too have turned to glass for food storage and when re-heating anything in the microwave I use wax-paper or a paper towel instead of plastic wrap. I made the change after reading some data on carcinogens released from plastic wrap during the microwave process.

    • Yes, after things I’ve read I NEVER reheat in plastic containers in the microwave. I usually put something on a plate and then put another plate on top, but a paper towel is a good idea, I’ll try that!

  3. I too was a runner and very active until a car accident stopped me in my tracks two months ago. Now I have my back taped and whiplash. However, I am on a new meal plan that is reducing my carbs and sugars and have lost 4 pounds. I miss the activity so much! As far as healthy lifestyle – we use only Melaleuca products and cook organically. It’s the exercise I miss most!

    • Laurie, I’m sorry to hear about your car accident. Given some time hopefully you can get back into some gentler exercise. I too have used Melaleuca products and I love them, but unfortunately I couldn’t possibly use all the products I needed to buy each month. After 6 months or so, I ended up with such a stock pile that I had to stop! It’s taken me about 3 years to now be at the point where I need some more!

  4. congratulations on the blog’s anniversary and on reclaiming a healthy life. friday is an anniversary for me too. its two years since my first consult and weigh in with the surgeon that did my gastric procedure. I have lost half my body weight and am looking for new types of exercise now that i am healthy enough to handle them. i applaud your decision to make healthier choices on the products you use as well. perhaps you will have some exercise suggestions for this blind man needing to reshape what’s left of his body. best of luck with the blog, max

    • Great news on your tremendous weight loss! Body weight exercises are very effective (It’s what the military uses!). Pull ups/chin ups, push ups, squat and lunges, and some stretching to keep everything in balance.

  5. Four years and counting. I’m at two and counting… This winter is the first I’ve spent jogging on a treadmill. I’m so glad I have one now for those days when the weather is just not going to let me run outside.

    • I done some running on the treadmill this winter too, it is sooooo boring. I make it more interesting by doing some interval training on it.

  6. good for you for adopting a healthy life style. . Getting in shape is a worthy goal.

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