Saturday, February 27, 2010

Healthy Saturday!

Another beautiful day in Minnesota, I didn't even wear a jacket today, but instead sported this fun wrap I recently got from Nordstrom, I love it! It was perfect for running errands in this weather!

Before "wrapping" myself up, Ben and I did the American Lung Association "Race up the Place" this morning and climbed 30 floors (60 flights of stairs). This was Ben's first year participating and he RAN (yes, RAN) up the stairs and was second in our wave, holy crap! This was my second year, and I took it nice and steady, walking all the stairs, but feeling the burn in my chest and legs. Running in one thing, but let me tell you, climbing stairs is a whole other beast. I give a lot of credit to the ultimate climbers who climbed the stairs several times, or the fire fighters who climbed the stairs with their gear on! Below you can see how I was feeling after the race, compared to Ben, AKA Speedy.


After racing up the stairs, I raced home and got ready for the Prior Fat Girl and Future Prior Fat Girl blogger meet up in uptown, it was sooooo much fun!! The event was put together by Jen, who writes the blog Prior Fat Girl. Jen is an inspiring gal, check out her story, she has lost 90 pounds and kept it off, even through losing her mom suddenly this past year. Her blog is a must read, along with the other gals on her page, Lindsay and Amanda. All three of these great women spoke about their weight loss journeys and what they've accomplished, and whats ahead for them.

Jen in Action!

It was great to meet so many other strong women who work so hard to be healthy every day, I met a lot of new people, and also saw a familiar face, Sarah from Sarah Gets Healthy!

Isn't Sarah Fabulous?!

Sarah and I went to Journalism school together and were both officers in the Society of Professional Journalists as crazy college students who thought drinking beer and cocktails was A-OK, because we burned it off walking to class, riiiiight. Sarah, unlike me, is still pursuing her journalism dreams, and is a true health motivation, as she's lost 30 pounds over the past 14+ months, and kept it off! She is also running the Minneapolis Half Marathon, rock on!! She is also a dog-mom, so that makes me love her even more!

It was so great to meet so many fabulous ladies at the Prior Fat Girl meet up, and so many ambitious women, below are links to a few of the blogs mentioned today, if I somehow forgot yours, (and I know I didn't get everybody on here) add it in the comments and I'll be sure to follow.

PFG Bloggers:
Twelve in Twelve
Fit This Girl
The Broad Broad
A Fit and Spicy Life
The Life of this Stay at Home Mom
Losing my Behind
Hopes Journey to Healthy

**We went home with great bags of swag (as Michael Scott from "The Office" calls it, "Stuff We All Get") so thanks to the sponsors of this event, including: Smart Food, Popsicle, Fiber One, Funky Monkey, Mom's Best Naturals, Salba Smart, etc. I know I've missed some, but I will be sure to include reviews as I try out these awesomely healthy snacks!!


Sarah Howard said...

Hey, thanks for the shout out. It was fun! I can't wait to dig into my bag of "swag" either! ha.

Missy said...

Hi hi! I don't think I got a chance to meet you on Saturday - there were just too many great women there!

Following along on your journey now!

Alexa said...

Thanks Missy! There were so many great gals there, it was hard to meet everyone, but I will surely be following your blog now.
Hopefully we can all meet up again soon. =)

Minnesota Mami said...

Hi Alexa! I also didn't get to 'officially' meet you on Saturday, but what a great event! Left me feeling connected to all the women there, whether I met them officially or not! Here's to following your blog! You can check mine out too at

Holly @ Making Over Me

Ann said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out!! Looking forward to reading your blogging adventures!! :)

andreaberg said...

Hi Alexa,

I don't know if I officially met you either on Saturday - I wish I could have talked to everyone. But I love your blog and am now a follower. Here is my blog if you want to check mine out also: