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  1. Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker
    May 31, 2012

    I love that vending machines are starting to switch over – how exciting!!

  2. Dawn
    May 31, 2012

    My company has a healthy vending machine and its the only one that will take a credit card. I’ve seen more people grab healthy snacks now than before…that may just be becasue of the whole credit card thing but…whatever works!

    • Meghann
      May 31, 2012

      I’ve seen credit card vending machines at rest areas off the interstate – it’s crazy how much more convenient and how much more likely I am to buy because of that.

  3. Margo
    May 31, 2012

    My gym has a cafe but no vending machines. The train station by my apartment put in a healthy vending machine about a year ago. I think it’s a great option for commuters! They also just installed a clothing vending machine. I’ve never seen anyone use that though!

  4. Hillary
    May 31, 2012

    My gym has a vending machine with water, Gatorade, and some protein bars and shakes. No chips or M&Ms though!

  5. Lindsay @ Running the Windy City
    May 31, 2012

    I used to work at a day camp and we used a high school pool for swim. There was a vending machine outside the pool locker rooms and you couldn’t imagine how many kids begged us for a pepsi or gatorade (we had a strict no vending machine policy). Parents would even send money in with their 6 year old daughters to buy drinks. I couldn’t believe it.
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  6. Cait’s Plate
    May 31, 2012

    We have a vending machine but just for drinks – mostly powerades, gatorades and waters!
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  7. Danielle @ Long May You Run
    May 31, 2012

    Once you get past the first few chapters of Art of Racing in the Rain, it gets a little easier to read. Though I can sympathize- it took me almost a year after I lost my cat to be able to read that book (but you won’t cry as much as Marley and Me!)
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  8. Jamie
    May 31, 2012

    Meghann… do you read while on the treadmilll? If you do, that’s an amazing skill πŸ™‚
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    • Meghann
      May 31, 2012

      Haha, I’ll have to add that one to my resume then. πŸ˜‰ I do, but I read very slowly on the treadmill – it takes a little longer to get through when you’re moving.

  9. Alex @ therunwithin
    May 31, 2012

    oh my goodness pop chips in the vending machine, that would by my heaven. way to go ymca!
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  10. Annette @FitnessPerks
    May 31, 2012

    Love the re-vamped vending machine! nice work. It’s better than nothing, that’s for sure (or better than the crap of sugar stuff they call ‘food’) .Hah.

    Nice work on the workout–I love doing a good interval workout!
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  11. Meagan @ Managing Meagan
    May 31, 2012

    No vending machine at my gym, but they do sell granola bars, water, and a few other health-type foods. I wish the vending machine at work was re-vamped liked your gym one!!!
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  12. Courtney
    May 31, 2012

    I go to a local Y as well, but we don’t have any vending machines. We do have water bottles for “sale.” It’s all based on the honor system, so it’s just a mini fridge with a collection box on top. They request $1 per bottle, but it’s up to you and your gut to decide what to pay.
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  13. SpaceySteph
    May 31, 2012

    I think that’s really awesome that your gym did that. When doing shift work, sometimes I can be at work for 9 hours in the middle of the night without the ability to leave for food (and where would I go if I did leave at 3am on a Tuesday?). I usually bring a lunch, as do most others, but sometimes you forget or are extra snacky or have to call in a backup who did not intend to come in and didn’t have a lunch to bring… well anyways, sometimes you find yourself there at 3am and the only options are cookies, chips, and candy.
    I’m sending a link to this site to the suggestions box. Maybe they’ll start stocking healthier options too!
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  14. Maren
    May 31, 2012

    I love that vending machine. I wish every one was like that… except a line of skittles would be okay.

    It seems like everyone is enjoying tons of fruit this morning. All my favorite blogs have had a boat load. I even put a full 1/2 cup of blueberries in my oats this morning.
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  15. Brittney
    May 31, 2012

    My YMCA has a vending machine like that as well. It has pretty much all of the same options as yours except for there’s also a row with Annie’s crackers, white cheddar popcorn, and a mix of protein bars. It’s awesome! There is also a cafe where you can get smoothies, salads, and they always have one healthy dish that they prepare as well.

  16. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    May 31, 2012

    I love that your gym did that! Awesome! My gym literally only has a sports drink vending machine, not even water! It’s a vending machine made by one specific brand, I think Gatorade, so it’s only Gatorade inside…

  17. Stefanie
    May 31, 2012

    That book is really good. It is said at times but is a good read.

  18. Rhiannon
    May 31, 2012

    my gym’s pretty awesome as far as vending machines go – not a chocolate bar in site!
    We have one which has heaps of different protein shakes, protein bars, and health drinks in and then one which has water and powerade. A lot better than my old gym! πŸ™‚

    Rhiannon xx
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  19. Elizabeth
    May 31, 2012

    That makes me so happy!! I am a student and this past year I was helping one of my graduate friends with her thesis and we did it all on vending machines. The data was so interesting!! At Ohio State we have pretty good vending machines, the whole machine is filled with healthy snacks, and the last two bottom rows have the chips and candy bars. But this machine that you found is much much much better!!
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  20. Talia @ Bite Size Wellness
    May 31, 2012

    I love pineapple! It is one of my favorite fruits…but I am kind of like you and could eat fruit everyday and be happy. πŸ™‚

  21. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    May 31, 2012

    Way to go YMCA! It’s about time. My last gym that I was a member of did not have any vending machines. They did have a front desk area that sold smoothies, yogurt, trail mix, etc. No soda. Isn’t it a little ironic to have junk food at a gym?
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  22. Sarah @ RunningChickago.com
    May 31, 2012

    Now that’s a vending machine πŸ™‚
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  23. Emily N
    May 31, 2012

    Nice vending machine. I tried popchips for the first time over the weekend and LOVE!
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  24. Laura
    May 31, 2012

    My gym definitely doesn’t have healthier snacks in their vending machines. I don’t get it, but I don’t really care either way since I don’t buy snacks there. It would be nice for more gyms to make that change though.

    I cried at the beginning of The Art of Racing in the Rain too, but it gets better. There are definitely some tearjerker chapters within and at the end, but most of it shouldn’t make you cry. It will, however, make you want to snuggle your dog. πŸ™‚

  25. Shayne
    May 31, 2012

    Im not sure what you have planned for your trip in Baltimore, but I would def recommend One World Cafe and Paper Moon of you are looking for good food. They have very “meghann” meals. I absolutely love them both and they are really afforable for college kids like me. Have fun in bmore.

  26. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    May 31, 2012

    My gym has vending machines but they’re unplugged or at least don’t work and I’m pretty sure all the food inside has been in there for years…gross.
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  27. Kelsey
    June 5, 2012

    What a good idea. I always thought it was weird that gym vending machines offered chips/candy.

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