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Three inspiring stories..and BIG news too!

Sorry I haven’t blogged in over a week. It’s been a hectic few days over here at the office. In the past week, I’ve met three inspiring people. First, Caitlin Boyle, my favorite blogger, and author of Operation Beautiful, stopped by the office to chat about the blogging world—and of course running.  We really do have so much in common and I think I could say we’re friends now! Through reading Caitlin’s blog everyday, I’m committed to living a healthy lifestyle—it’s easy to relate to Caitlin and after meeting her I can definitely say she’s a great role model for many girls to have. She even signed copies of her book which three lucky winners received this week.

Next, I talked weight-loss and wedding planning with actress and Jenny Craig spokesperson, Sara Rue (she’s getting married next spring). Sara lost 50 pounds in 7 months, and she looks absolutely amazing! Not only is she sporting a trimmer figure (she’s still got her curves which was great to see!), but I couldn’t stop admiring her shiny hair and glowing complexion. She made a good point: the change in her hair and is probably due to the fact that she’s been working out and eating right. Sara has a few projects coming up (and she’s training for her first half-marathon next month), one in which you all should be anxiously awaiting (weight-loss, weddings, reality-tv maybe?). I know I’m excited to watch, but you’ll just have to wait and see! Meeting Sara was not only pretty cool (she is a celebrity after all!), but it was nice to hear from someone famous that it’s just as tough for them to lose weight and stay fit as it is for everyday people, like you and I. As we say in our stories, it’s up to YOU to want to make a lifestyle change, and no celebrity trainer or chef can change your habits for you—no matter how good they are. Sara has to stick to her diet and exercise routines to stay in shape too—as she said, “Celebrities do NOT have a magic pill!”

Then today, I was lucky enough to have lunch with Montel Williams. The popular daytime talk show host introduced us to his HealthMaster, a fruit and veggie emulsifier that he swears by. Montel battles multiple sclerosis and through this life experience he’s built the Living Well with Montel brand. He’s also a bestseller of four healthy living books and is the spokesperson for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (a program that’s matched over 6 million Americans to public and private patient assistance programs, and providing them with more than $13 billion dollars of free prescriptions!). Montel is truly dedicated to helping other people make smart and healthful choices in their lives. I remember watching Montel on his talk show so many years ago, and it’s great to see that he’s taken his fame and used it in a good way to educate people and raise awareness for MS. During our meet-and-greet with Montel, we also tasted a few delicious recipes prepared for us using the HealthMaster, created by celebrity chef, Claire Winslow. My favorite was the warm avocado soup, mmm.

Although the past week has been filled with such awesome experiences, I’ve got some other news too. This is currently my last and final blog for SHAPE magazine. Starting next week I’m taking on new challenges, and will no longer be working at SHAPE. I know you may be wondering how this could even be so; I love SHAPE and I’m always boasting about how great it is to work here. Well, that’s still true—it is! SHAPE has given me an invaluable experience that I’ll forever be grateful for. I’ve been able to work with some of the most amazing, smart, and talented women for the past two and a half years and meet so many inspiring people along the way (like the three mentioned above!). I definitely feel that I’ve become a better person from having worked here. I’m leaving SHAPE with incredible and touching memories (and some of the best friends), but I’m off to take on new challenges and experience other opportunities that will help me grow even more.

This blog started off as my sneak-peak behind the masthead, a way to show readers what it’s like to work at a magazine. But in the end, I hope this blog was able to show you that you can live the lifestyle we preach—I did the workouts, I ate the food, and I was inspired by all the people I met to be a better version of myself. So, although I’m leaving, I’m really excited for the new changes happening in my life and my career!

I thank you for being a supporter and a fan. Before I leave, I wanted to share my favorite quote with you. I think you’ll find meaning in it too... 

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”

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