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Follow Friday

by Meghann on September 4, 2009

In return for leaving work early, I had to stay and work through lunch. As much as I hate eating lunch at my desk, I do enjoy any excuse to use my Vera Bradley lunch sack. ;)

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Not only is she a beauty, she also always comes bearing gifts of good food.

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Last night I made a Taboule, Hummus, Sprouts and Feta wrap.

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It looked so tiny when I rolled it up I was afraid it wasn’t going to be very filling, but it worked out perfectly.

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With the wrap I had a baggie of Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes.

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Raw asparagus is really fun to munch on. It has a nice crunch to it that makes it easy to nibble one.

My thirst quencher

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Last but not least there was an Apricot and Nut Granola Bar.

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I am always hesitant with new bars, but this one was great! It tasted just like an oatmeal cookie. The perfect dessert for my lunch.

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Follow Friday…

If you are Twitter Fanatic, like myself, then you may know a little something about Follow Friday or #FF.

For the twitter newbies, Follow Friday is a concept where you Tweet which Twitter accounts you are particularly enjoying that week under the hash mark #FF. This way the people following you will see who you are following and they may want to follow them as well.

I decided to do my own twist of Follow Friday. Instead of tweeting who I’m loving on Twitter, what about blogging about who I’m loving in my google reader?

Each Friday I will write about 2 blogs that I suggest you should add to your google reader as well. They may be lesser known blogs or they may be ones you’ve already been a fan of or they may not even be food related. Either way I want to give them a shout out!

Here is who I’m following this week:

  • Marathon, Marrying and Milestones – When I first started reading Emily’s blog back in February she was in the middle of training for a marathon and planning her fabulous wedding. I should probably mention the marathon she was training and hoping to BQ for also fell exactly one week before that fabulous wedding she was simultaneously planning. Insane, right? Well she did it and kicked ass while doing so. This past month Emily and her new Husband made the life altering decision to pack up and move many miles away from their family & friends to persue their dreams. Emily is due to start culinary school at Johnson & Wales this month and I can not wait to continue to read as she embarks on this new journey!
  • Frayed Laces – This is a running themed blog that Caitlin turned me on to. If you think I am insane, you haven’t seen anything yet. This girl literally broke her pelvis while running a marathon she was hoping to BQ during. She pushed through the pain and miraculously finished. A year later she finally BQed only to injure herself a month before Boston. She still ran it, slowly but surely. She also is a Marathon Maniac, has ran countless Ultra-marathons and completed Half Iron Mans. Seriously you need to check this girl out! 

Any good blogs your following lately?

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 inmytummy September 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Great idea.

I found caffeinatedcardio.wordpress.com and iheartrunningandfood. wordpress.com both of which I really like.

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2 Rose September 4, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Love the Vera lunch bag.

And I also love hearing about new blogs :)

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3 Jesse September 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

yeah! I’ve been following Susan at – http://susanruns.blogspot.com/. She is really great about posting her workout, and she is a rocket ship (aka fast in Jhams language…) so its motivating to read!

She also responds to almost all my posts with awesome advice!…

So, good on you Susan! Thanks!

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4 Jenna September 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

your vera lunch box is super cute!

jenna

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5 megzzwinsatlife September 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Great Idea Meghann.. I am going to be doing a similar thing on Sunday’s to what the blog stalker (who has been slacking lately) does.. By on Sunday’s recapping a few of my favorite blogs and what went on that week.. I am sure you will be making plenty of apperances since I love your blog. Check it out on Sunday http://megzzwinsatlife.wordpress.com

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6 MelissaNibbles September 4, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Thanks for telling us about those blogs. They sound great!

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7 Alice September 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I just started a new food/workout blog a few weeks ago and would love for some people to check it out and give me tips and advice!

foodandtheoccasionalworkout.blogspot.com

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8 Julie September 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

i love hearing about new blogs! I go to Johnson & Wales too!

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9 Lindsey512 September 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Thanks so much for posting those blogs!

I’ll post a non-fitness one, since probably you know about all the ones I read already.

mimismartypants.com

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10 Whit September 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

YAY for new blogs! I’m so excited you featured Emily, because I just discovered her earlier this week and guess what? Yep, just moved to MY TOWN! :D

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11 Mellissa September 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Every week I add a few to my reader- this week I added-
http://www.healthbloghelper.com/blog/
http://veryculinary.com/_blog/

Both are great!

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12 Liam September 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Hi, just a quick question:

what does BQ mean?

thanks

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13 Meghann September 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm

BQ =Boston Qualify.

When people are hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon then they are hoping to BQ.

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14 foodieinthecity September 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I love your idea! What a great way to get other blogs known around the blogging community!

Being new to the blog world (writting) I am finding SO many new blogs, that I can’t write down just one. However, I just found Whit’s and am LOVING her blog!

Hopefully you can come and stop by my new blog at somepoint too :)

http://www.foodieinthecity.wordpress.com

Have a great afternoon!

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15 Evan Thomas September 4, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I’ve never seen those bars but anything that tastes like an oatmeal cookie I’ve got to find

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16 cookinfanatic September 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Fab idea! There are soooo many wonderful blogs out there and what a great way to circulate them through the blog community! I’m also new to the blog world from the writer’s side of things (circa last month) – I am currently loving Kristin and Kristen’s blogs over at http://iowagirleats.com/ and http://simplysavor.com/ – respectively. The have fantastic eats! :)

And as for me, here’s my site if you wanna check it out!

http://cookinfanatic.wordpress.com/

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17 brandi September 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

great lunch! i had a really good wrap today, too, based on an idea I saw on your blog!

I read way too many blogs…I’ll just say that :)

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18 Stephanie September 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I recommend that everyone check out the blog at food52.com!

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19 erinstark September 4, 2009 at 1:38 pm

That’s funny… I’m running my first marathon on October 9, 2010 — and it will be one week before I get married! My husb-to-be will be running too… albeit much faster than I!

We haven’t actually set the date yet, and are currently debating whether it’s better to know that we have a marathon planned for the week AFTER we get married (thus interrupting honeymoon plans!), or get married the week after our mara, and risk sore bodies! I’m thinking after… it will make for a good wedding speech!

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20 Sara September 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Love the lunch bag! It’s so cute. Great idea about the Friday Follow. I love finding new and interesting blogs.

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21 AshleyP September 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Aww I like the idea of Follow Friday :)

I know it’s really popular but I just found smitten kitchen, myself. I love her recipes and photography!

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22 Kristin September 4, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Cute lunchbag! I love Vera!!

And your wrap looks yummy too.

Follow Friday sounds like fun! I must check that out =)

Have a great day, the weekend is ALMOST here!

xo
K

P.S. Just switched to wordpress! http://kristinsnibbles.wordpress.com

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23 courtlove111 September 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm

It is so generous of you to promote other’s blogs since you have since a great platform! The blog community is so welcoming and supportive! As a fairly new “bloggie” myself I’ve been thrilled when I get new visitors and commentors!
I mainly follow the established “big” blogs but would love to get to know some new ones!
Courtney
Adventures in Tri-ing

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24 Shannon September 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now, but have yet to comment. I just felt the need to express my mutal feeling about eating at my desk (hate it), but I love bringing out my Vera! Just makes my day…or lunch :) Anyway, just wanted to say I love your blog and I’m going to start following you on twitter (if ya don’t mind!). I just recently found this whole health/food/fitness blog world and I definitely find myself relating the most to you (college grad working in an office). Have a great weekend!

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25 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Your wrap looks really good. I love the Vera bag!

I read so many different blogs that it’s hard to choose just a few! This week I’ve been reading Eating Bender and J3nn.net :-)

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26 Nicci@NiftyEats September 4, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I just added Chloe at http://naturallyfrugal.wordpress.com last night and I’m really enjoying her blog!

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27 Emily Malone September 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Meghann!!

OMG I love you! Totally the boost of confidence that I needed going into starting school THIS coming Tuesday – gaaah! I am terrified, but totally excited. Seriously, thank you so much, and I promise to keep you entertained:)

- Emily

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28 Katy September 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm

This is such a great idea, Meghann! Follow Friday on Twitter always gives me happy chills. It will be even cooler with blogs!

Have a great weekend!

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29 Janessa September 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm

As a twitter-nerd myself, I love your twist! What a great way to highlight blogs you love. I may borrow your idea!

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30 Lindsay @ bananaandchocolate September 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm

That is such a great idea! I love finding new blogs!

Your lunch box is super adorable! I love all things Very Bradley.

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31 FrayedLaces September 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Hi Meghann,
So, I’m checking my sitemeter today and noticed I got a lot of people coming to me from your blog! And then I read the way too kind words you wrote about me–thanks for the shout-out, and thanks for promoting my blog!

You have a fantastic blog and it looks like a lot of great readers! Keep up the great work and run strong!

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32 lowandbhold September 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I love your lunch bag! So cute. I think I’d pack it every day just for fun!

Love the blog follow idea, I’ll have to check those two out!

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33 Ada September 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Thanks for the info on those great blogs!

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34 Paige @ Running Around Normal September 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Love the lunch pack! Thanks for the suggestions on those blogs. That’s so thoughtful/creative to put a twist on “#FF”

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35 Julia September 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I love bringing wraps for lunch when I eat at school! Wrap em in some foil, and they stay together and delicious!
Your lunch pack is soo cute!

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36 Errign September 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm

I have a new blog!

http://errign.wordpress.com

Enjoy your Key West weekend, Meghann!

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37 Katie September 4, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Totally plugging my blog. If nothing else I put up a picture of the Matthew McConaughey today ;) So you could get you eye candy.

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38 Amari September 4, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Love that idea! What a great way to get to know new blogs!

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39 Lizzy September 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm

what a fun concept i love this! :) i’m def gonna check these girls out!

http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

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40 Madelin September 4, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Lately I’ve been loving http://www.caitsplate.com and http://www.runningaroundnormal.com in my google reader. Thanks for the tips I’ll check out the blogs you mentioned!

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41 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) September 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Oh gosh that wrap sounds and looks good!

As for Follow Friday, I’m glad you did it on your blog. I don’t care for when people just post tons of FF tweets but never tells you about those people and WHY you should follow them ha ha

A blog I found recently that I enjoy so far is

http://kimberlysnyder.net/

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42 Jaci September 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm

What a cool idea!

I love http://www.iowagirleats.com

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44 caitlin September 5, 2009 at 7:48 am

great idea!! i loveeeeeeee frayed laces. i want to meet her in real life so badly.

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45 Ali September 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm

That wrap is right up my “Ali” (pun intended). YUM! I hope you have a great time on your mini vacation!!! Oh, thanks for the new bogs, I will check em’ out!

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