Sunday Morning Special: What’s YOUR Healthy?


Is anyone else finding it hard to believe that this is our last Sunday of summer? It might have something to do with the fact that it’s just now feeling slightly fall-ish outside here, but it’s still a hard fact to wrap my mind around!

Summer is ending with some good news and some bad news for me. The good: I’ve had several wonderful weekends in a row, including a hometown visit over Labor Day with a local 5K charity walk. I followed that up with a quick getaway to St. Louis for a NFL kickoff 5K with my sister, Sarah, and a trip to the state historic site Cahokia Mounds (pictured above). Despite a Cyclone loss yesterday, I enjoyed a tailgate party for the big Iowa State vs. Iowa rivalry football game.

The bad: I found out on Friday, thanks to a recent MRI, that my car-damaged foot is actually broken in four spots. That explains why it’s still swollen a couple months after the accident, I guess! The treatment remains the same: wearing a brace and boot, limiting time on my feet and skipping anything high-impact for two more weeks. Then hopefully I’ll finally be able to incorporate more than just walking and pool workouts. My patience is getting stronger through this, at least. :)

Enough about me! Here are some links I’ve been loving lately:

  • Bored with your usual afternoon snacks? Here are 100 options that offer plenty of nutrition per calorie. — Six Sisters’ Stuff
  • Just like fingerprints, each rear end is different! Try these goal-oriented booty-shaping exercises that can help you boost a flat butt, lift one that sags a bit and more. — You Beauty
  • This young man delivers a powerful TED talk about depression, explaining why we can’t say “so what” about this traditionally taboo topic anymore. It’s definitely worth your 11 minutes. — Upworthy
  • This list of 23 things every woman should stop doing is spot-on when it comes to mental, physical and emotional health. Are you guilty of any? (I think #1 and #6 are my weaknesses.) — Huff Post Women
  • For an inspiring example of honoring your body, check out Linz’s post about why she is taking an exercise hiatus. “It’s uncomfortable and it’s hard, but I know the end result will be worth it.” Itz Linz
  • On the opposite end of the spectrum, one runner shares why he ran each day for more than a year straight—and what made him stop after day 442. I promise it’s not as hardcore and crazy as it sounds…and his reasoning behind the experience is actually very touching! — Rock Creek Runner

Moral of the story: It’s all about making the smart choice for you.

What was one healthy decision you made this week that you’re really proud of? Give yourself permission to brag in the comments!

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