America’s Fittest Cities (Recipe: Blueberry Blondies)

Did you know that for the third consecutive year, Minneapolis-St. Paul is the healthiest, fittest metropolitan area in the U.S.?  This is according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual American Fitness Index.

How did other cities rank?  Washington DC/Arlington/Alexandria ranked #2!  Portland #3.  San Francisco #4.  And Denver #5.  Raleigh, NC ranked #15.  That one surprised me a little.  And Pittsburgh #16!  That one wouldn’t have even been on my radar!  Virginia Beach was #18 and Richmond was #20.  Atlanta #21.  Milwaukee made #26! (Ahead of Madison, really??) Chicago #27!  Charlotte #36!  And Houston #43!  I am honestly surprised that Madison didn’t make the top 50.  I feel like we are a pretty fit city.  It must be all that cheese and beer.

I did get these bad boys in yesterday:  Plantronic Backbeat Go Blue Tooth Headphones.  They seem to be working well so far!  I like that I don’t have to worry about a long cord when I’m exercising.  The real test will be when I take them on a run!  Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted.


In other running news, those who did not get to finish Boston this year get early registration for the 2014 race!  Woohoo!  They get to register on August 19!  General registration is in September.  That makes my heart happy.

So, one of the books that someone suggested to me awhile ago was The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Have I read it?  No.  Remember how I said that list of books to read is extraordinarily long?  Well, I came across a blog where someone referred to the book as “The Seven Things Every Person Needs to Know About Life, Period.”.  This piqued my interest even more.

The blogger says that one of the chapters is all about choice. In her words, “No matter what we think, we have a choice about every single thing in our lives. I may not choose for someone I like to not like me back, but I have a choice in how I feel about it. I can either choose to let it ruin my day, or choose not to let it ruin my day.”

She goes on to say:

1) Love is about a mutual choice to be with someone. If it’s not mutual, i.e. they don’t want to be with you, it’s not meant to be. Period.
2) People tend to want what they can’t have, so perhaps, this person isn’t actually “perfect” for you after all, but rather you get to make up the story that they are simply because you can’t be with them. You imagine this perfection, in your head. And that’s not real.
3) True love shouldn’t make you feel bad about yourself. If you feel that way, it’s not a good fit.

She goes on to say, “So my only answer to why someone you love doesn’t love you back is that it is the Universe’s way of protecting you from the wrong fit. It’s just not right for you. That relationship ultimately wouldn’t make you happy and feel fulfilled. And you can’t make it be right. And you didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t make a mistake. Love finds its way to us. And we never know when or how it’s going to show up. But choose to be open to that.”

I think that is a very healthy outlook on life.  Be open to opportunities, participate in life and love will come to you.

I am certainly participating in life with my crazy schedule for the next two weeks–Charlotte, DC and St. Louis all in one week!  Insanity!! But in a good way! I’m sure I’ll have lots of stories to tell and pictures to share!

And in 5 days, this little bundle of love will be coming to me!  I absolutely can’t wait!!  I am getting more and more impatient! The bottom two pictures are of the cutest sisters ever! =)

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I’m totally into blueberry desserts.  I think you can tell this about me from all the ones I have posted since I started this blog back in January.  I decided to try these Blueberry Blondies.  How can you go wrong, right?  Well, I wasn’t extremely impressed.  It turned out more like a cake.  Not bad, just wasn’t what I was expecting.  And I think the recipe called for too many blueberries.  Just my opinion, though.

Blueberry Blondie

Blueberry Blondies


– 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
– 1 cup sugar
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 large egg
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 cup + 1 tbsp all purpose flour
– 1 cup blueberries


– Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
– In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until well-combined. Beat in salt, egg and vanilla extract until well combined.
– Stir in flour and mix until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Gently fold in blueberries until they are evenly distributed.
– Transfer dough to prepared baking dish and spread carefully into an even layer.
– Bake for about 35-40 minutes, until bars are set and golden.
– Cool completely in the pan before slicing.

Adapted from Baking Bites

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