Then & Now

April 2, 2014

When I think back to the days that I started this blog, I realize that I am now a very different version of my self. Despite the fact that I felt very adult at 24, I look back to those first few posts and see a young, young girl.

That me was a newlywed, childless, working full time, living in a different city in a different house with different friends, a different budget and an unknown future. I was an assistant account executive at a public relations firm and taking my first nutrition course on Thursday nights. I had just finished losing 30 pounds and was still counting calories and paying close attention to my diet as I learned what maintenance was all about.

Since then I have morphed into a totally different person. Obviously you know the big changes: moving to Charlottesville, opening Great Harvest, having Mazen. But the smaller changes to my life, including how I view myself and my lifestyle, have evolved. My goal in this post is to analyze the basics of health and wellness then and now and show how life has changed with age and experience.

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Then: I was recording calories at Calorie King and had been for a long time. I was ready to move on but was a little hesitant to let go of the control. This method worked really well for me to lose weight and I don’t regret all the counting I did during my weight loss and shortly after, including when I started the blog.

Now: I don’t count anything. I try to eat real food, balanced meals and pay attention to how much I’m eating. If I want to lose weight I try to pay attention to my meal choices and size and cut back on alcohol and sweets. It works great for maintenance and general weight loss, but I’m not convinced I can lose these last vanity pounds without some kind of external accountability.

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Then: I packed my lunch everyday and rotated between a sandwich, tuna/salmon salad or leftovers. I often had apples, pretzels or Greek yogurt on the side.

Now: I eat lunch at home most days and rely on big salads or leftovers. I would say my lunches are healthier now because they include more vegetables.

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Then: Our dinners were more simple – a protein and some vegetables. We didn’t include a starch as much because grains take a while to cook and bread wasn’t as delicious back then. [This was probably good for my waistline.] I often had a small dessert  – dark chocolate, yogurt or cereal – after dinner which I think made up for the lack of bread with dinner.

Now: Our dinners now are more complete and filling – and also a little bigger. I don’t snack in the evenings very much (because my dinners are more satisfying!)

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Then: I ate Ezekiel bread and bought whole wheat pitas and wraps. I ate Kashi crackers with soup and salmon/tuna salad all the time.

Now: Owning a bakery, I do eat a lot of bread. Probably more than the average person and definitely too much when my favorite breads are in season (Irish Soda Bread I’m looking at you!). but I rarely buy chips or crackers these days. Aside from the fact that bread is hard on portion control, I consider it a healthy food and a big improvement from crackers and the grocery store bread I used to buy.

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Then: We went out to dinner maybe once a week or every 10 days and it was often to more casual restaurants (like Brixx Pizza!)

Now: We live in a foodie town with fabulous local restaurants. Sometimes we go out twice a week, and eating out is a bigger part of our lives than it used to be. I think it’s because we are within walking distance to great restaurants – casual and formal – and Charlottesville has such a nice atmosphere for dining. The shift in going out more came when we moved here.

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Then: Although I ate very well most days, I still let loose at parties and weddings. Since events came up less often, I partied harder and ate with more gusto than I do now.

Now: I feel like my life is one big party these days thanks to a huge group of friends and more opportunities for fun! Because of this I have learned how to indulge moderately and don’t find myself eating as much all at once than I used to.

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Then: Matt and I would open a bottle of wine on the weekends or occasionally have a beer mid week, but in general we drank less than we do now. Bottom line = no kegs in the house.

Now: Alcohol is more a part of our lifestyle now than it used to be. I chalk that up to more parties but also just a feeling of adulthood and the fact that it’s more accessible now than ever. And although I get up with my Little every morning, I don’t go to a workplace, so I have a touch of that “every day feels like Saturday” feeling that I think leads me to drink more often. And having a homebrewer for a husband certainly makes things even more exciting.

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Then: I regularly exercised at 5:30am and had a pretty set routine: spin class 2x a week, athletic conditioning or running outside 2x a week, elliptical or stairmill 2x a week, 15 minutes of weights here or there. I was religious about my workouts and rarely skipped one to sleep in. I regularly ran 6ish miles on the weekends. Matt and I often went walking after dinner in the warmer months because we didn’t really have much else to do in those days! We had great talks during our walks.

Now: I still regularly exercise and generally go at 9am 6 days a week. I have a varied routine that I really enjoy: athletic conditioning 2-3x a week, elliptical or stairmaster 2x a week, weight lifting 2x a week, soccer game 1x a week. I run 3-4 miles at a time but run a lot less than I used to. 6 miles would feel like a half marathon! Walking in the evening sounds draining and lovely at the same time. I wish we had time for it, but we can’t leave our house with a sleeping baby! I’m just as happy to relax on the couch.

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Then: Meals were a production and an event I looked forward to all day at work. I watched The Food Network all the time and the recipes were my favorite part of magazines. I subscribed to all the major women’s health magazines, including Cooking Light. I was a very “live to eat” kind of girl who wanted to know everything about nutrition and cooking.

Now: Food is less of a part of my life now, partly because I’m just on to other interests and partly because my toddler won’t let me enjoy it as much. There aren’t opportunities to make elaborate meals to savor. And while I could find the time to explore food more, it’s just not a priority of mine like it used to be. Instead of The Food Network, I am obsessed with HGTV and subscribe to all of the major home magazines (and have let my cooking ones go). I’m more of an “eat to live” type these days (although I still love to eat!)

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Then: I was thinner then than I am now yet not as muscular. I felt great in my clothes and had worked hard to get there.

Now: I’m curvier but I think I wear it well as a mom now that I’m in my 30s. Would a cave man think I was hot? Heck yeah! I’m still working to get a little bit firmer all over and feel a little more confident in my clothes, but that might always be a work in progress. We’re not ready for another baby yet, but we do want another and I’m sure the second I get to a body shape I’m really happy with it will be time to gain it all back again : )

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Then: I was happy, but I carried a lot of uncertainty that came along with being young and unestablished. We had less money and in some ways I was more self absorbed. While we had fun friends in Charlotte, we didn’t see them as often as I see my friends now. In many ways, life was a lot more simple.

Now: I’m super happy with where things have gone, although I never could have predicted the path we took. Life feels complicated but fulfilling, and I feel lucky to have found a good balance between businesses that challenge me and a family life well loved.

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1 Charlotte April 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

I loved this post so much. Amazing to see how you have changed and yet still kept some things the same. It makes me wonder what my life will be like in 5-10 years and how my attitudes toward health and wellness will continue to evolve. Keep up the cute pics and great posts.

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2 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

I always love looking back and comparing now and then. While we go through these trials, it’s always nice to see where they got us.

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3 Fancy April 2, 2014 at 7:25 am

Great post!

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4 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 2, 2014 at 7:27 am

loved this! fun to see the changes. I should do one too…can’t believe i’ve been blogging for almost 4 years.

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5 jenn from much to my delight April 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

I adore this post! You’ve looked healthy and beautiful at both stages, but in the “now” pictures you exude a radiance that comes from true contentment. It’s apparent that you are very comfortable in your own skin, and at peace with your current stage of life. Seems like you’ve really nailed that whole work/life balance!

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6 Jessica April 2, 2014 at 9:52 am

This! You were smiling in the “then” pictures, but compared to your “now” pictures, you looked so timid. It’s been wonderful seeing you look so happy and content lately. You’ve been absolutely glowing lately, and I’m so happy to see that you’re obviously in a great place.

Excellent post; thank you so much for sharing!

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7 Kim April 3, 2014 at 10:30 am

Agreed!!! Very cool to see

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8 Samantha April 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

It’s crazy. I remember reading your blog while I was sitting there in Afghanistan back in 2009-2010. I read it daily – reading each blog you posted on my RSS feed through Google (it’s what kept my mind off of the fact I wasn’t around family or the life I knew). After a while, life took a hold and I became so busy, I no longer had the luxury to read the blogs. I remember the last post I read was when you let all of us know that you and your husband were officially opening a bakery. Boy is it crazy to re-unite with your blog once more (about a month ago) to see how far your life has become – a mother, a bakery owner, etc! For me not personally knowing you, I’m proud of all that you have accomplished and I wish only the best for you and your family! Keep up the great work, love!

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9 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 8:02 am

What a sweet story. Glad I could be company to you : )

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10 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

Love this post Kath. Seems like you’ve really found your path in life and that you’re in a really good, stable place. Congrats. :)

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11 Jackie April 2, 2014 at 8:01 am

I love this post! It’s so interesting to see the progression! I love your blog!

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12 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles April 2, 2014 at 8:10 am

Love posts like this and did one slightly similar last week! Isn’t it amazing how having a child can change your live to eat to eat to live? I recall not even thinking at all about my meals just hoping for the opportunity to take a bite without having to hold him, occupy him or feed him at the same time as myself.

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13 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

Absolutely loved this! It definitely makes me think of how much I’ve changed since moving to Chicago three and a half years ago, but also how much I have to look forward to as I get older

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14 Ali @ Peaches and Football April 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

Aww this was a really fun post idea. It’s amazing how much things have changed but how so much is still the same. And you look like you’ve hardly aged at all! :-) I’ve always loved looking back and seeing how I’ve changed, what I’ve learned/accomplished, and what things really haven’t changed much. I’m always surprised.

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15 Lindsey April 2, 2014 at 8:13 am

Love this post! It is awesome too see how much has changes and so much for the better :)

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16 Rachel April 2, 2014 at 8:14 am

Really interesting read :)

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17 Margo April 2, 2014 at 8:23 am

Another great post but I gotta ask…Kath, are you closing your blog? It seems like a lot of your posts are really reflective lately and you say yourself you aren’t as interested in food. It would be a real bummer :(

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18 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

No I’m just going through a reflective stage I guess. Trying to figure out what I want most for this space.

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19 Melissa April 2, 2014 at 11:45 am

I was wondering the same thing. Glad you’re answer is “no”.

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20 Emily @ The Swallow Flies April 2, 2014 at 8:27 am

This was such an awesome post! Loved reading about your transformation. :)

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21 Erin April 2, 2014 at 8:31 am

Hey there. I don’t usually comment, but I wanted to pop by and say that I really enjoyed this post. It’s making me think about how different (and how much the same!) I am now than I was 5-10 years ago.

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22 Julie Rosene April 2, 2014 at 8:36 am

Looks like you have a more balanced and fulfilling life now. It’s what we all strive for. Life really is about learning and growing. Who knows what differences you’ll find in another 5 years when you compare with your current life?

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23 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life April 2, 2014 at 8:46 am

This post was so interesting and fun to read! So often you hear about people’s transitions from an unhealthy to a healthy lifestyle, but it is so cool to see your different ways of living healthy! What a great story, and a great explanation how just how much life changes!

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24 Sabrina April 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

I love these kinds of posts Kath.

Do you think you are healthier now or then?

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25 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

Good question. I was thinner then but I think overall healthier now. Mind and body.

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26 Sabrina April 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

I debate the same question with myself. I inevitably eat more sweets now, but I also consume a lot more vegetables and a lot less junk.

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27 Jessica April 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

How convenient to have the blog to look back on for these great side by side pics! Growing and progressing are so vital in life. I never, ever want to stop improving or learning.

I wanted to let you know that the blog is back logged for me again.. the newest post that shows up on your actual blog is your dinner at the Clifton Inn. I can get to new posts through your feed, but not on the actual blog. No biggie, but I thought you’d want to know.

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28 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

Oh darrrrrn! Ill let my pro know.

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29 Mom April 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

I can’t get a new one to load unless I clear my cache. Started about a month ago.

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30 Jessica April 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Ha, I have this irrational dislike of clearing my cache. I am logged in to a lot of websites and its a pain to log in to all of them again, lol. HUGE first world problem, but oh well. :)

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31 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Jessica you should’t have to. I’m reporting this issue : )

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32 Mary April 2, 2014 at 9:04 am

Kath, I don’t often comment, but I have loved your blog for years. I love this post. I can relate with a lot of what you say in my own life… I have a son two months older than Mazen. It reminds me of something I heard Dr. Oz say, that about every 7 years we are new people because of what we have done and learned in that time, and our relationships (even with the same people) probably have morphed and need to be re-imagined to find new ways to be supportive about every 7 years, too. The 7 years measurement is probably arbitrary, but I think the underlying point is that we are on journeys where we grow and change. You document your life so thoughtfully and beautifully – thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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33 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 9:38 am

Love that! And thanks!

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34 Rebekah {aCricketSang} April 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

I love this comparison post! It’s very insightful and interesting, since I identify the with the younger version and see a lot of my life mirrored in what you’ve described. It also makes me excited for the future and hope that I can change in a positive way as well!

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35 Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

This was such a fun post! It sounds like you’ve definitely changed over the years, but in good ways! I think life is always evolving, and even if big things don’t happen (like a move or becoming a parent) we’re bound to change and grow in certain ways.

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36 Kelly D April 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

Awww…great post! I have been reading your blog pretty much from day 1 and I love the way you and it have both evolved!

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37 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) April 2, 2014 at 9:18 am

Such an interesting post. I really enjoyed this! Also, you look AMAZING!

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38 Ali April 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

I love this! It’s amazing the paths that happen in life and how we evolve.

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39 Farah April 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

PS: I want your arms :) (The photo of you with Mazen on the beach – beside the one of you in a red dress).

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40 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

:) weight lifting is paying off!

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41 Farah April 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

Definitely motivating me to get back into weight lifting!! Great post – and you look fabulous! :)

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42 Kate April 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

This post is so great! I am so very much like “then” Kath right now, and reading about how you have grown over the past years really makes me excited for what the future has to bring! Thanks so much for sharing!

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43 sam April 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Me too! Im in my mid-twenties and can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store. Kath this was a great post, thank you.

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44 Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} April 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

I loved this post so much. You have made some major changes over the years and I think you displayed this very well. Very well written! :)

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45 Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog) April 2, 2014 at 9:37 am

what a fun post- I loved reading this! And not sure you intentionally did that, but I love how the first picture you’re in exactly the same position – just holding food vs. a baby – I think that sums-up this post wonderfully!

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46 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 9:42 am

Haha that was an accident!

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47 Anne @fANNEtasticfood April 2, 2014 at 9:39 am

As someone who has read your blog since the beginning, I love this post! It’s been so fun to see you change and grow over the years. :)

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48 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise April 2, 2014 at 9:44 am

I love this post! As a current college senior nearing graduation and considering going back to school for a second degree in dietetics, I often go back and read some of your old posts from when you were back in school. I notice a HUGE difference in your voice from 2008 to now! You used to write with a sense of wonder and excitement about everything…even how excited you were about a cup of tea you had! Now, your writing it much more subdued and has a sense of wisdom to it. Of course I feel like I’m coming to the party about 5 years too late, because I definitely feel like I relate more to Kath at age 24.

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49 heather April 2, 2014 at 9:53 am

Great post Kath. I think periods of reflection are totally natural and good for all of us! I have several friends that are approaching their 30s in the next year and they act like leaving their 20s behind is going to be just awful. As much as the 20s are fun, the 30s have been so much more fulfilling in every way. :)

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50 Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog April 2, 2014 at 9:55 am

I love this post and the more reflective posts you’ve been doing lately. I feel like my life is in a similar place as yours was when you started the blog and it’s nice to see the journey you’ve taken and how you’ve shaped your life. Sometimes I get really worried about the future because things seem so uncertain now, but it’s nice to know that everything will work itself out and be okay. Here’s to life’s next adventures!

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51 Lauren @ Foodie on the Run April 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

What a great post. I am a newer reader of your blog (I think I discovered you about 5-6 months ago) but so cool to read about your transition from a young adult to mother, business owner, etc. and how you’ve changed as an individual along the way. As a new blogger myself, I’m always questioning/curious where life will take me and what I’ll be doing 3, 5, or 10 years from now. It’s nice to read your story and tell myself to continue to do what I love and what makes me happy, and what’s meant to be will be. Thanks so much for sharing!

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52 Jeri April 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

I have noticed too since following you how my lifestyle has changed. I eat better, want to be outside more and also where the action, as far as outdoor entertainment, is.
I use My Fitness Pal. I used to log all my meals. But now that I am cooking from scratch more, it’s tiresome to enter all the ingredients for a meal that I might change up the next time. But I am more conscience about what and how much I am eating vice how many calories. I’m not losing weight like some think I should, 10 pounds a month, but it’s coming off slowly. I think it’s going to stay off this time because I am doing it slowly and making the small changes to lead to big ones over time.

As far as where you’d like your blog to go…. I’d love to see videos if possible. Videos about shopping at the farmer’s markets, how to pick the ripe fruit, how to start a garden. Things about nutrition/cooking. I know with Mazen it might be hard, that’s why I understand if that’s too much. Just keep doing what your are doing. I love it!

PS: When does the farmer’s market start? WOuldn’t mind making a Saturday drive up for it

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53 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

Slow and steady wins the race!

The market starts this weekend!

Videos. .. I’ll brainstorm

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54 Tonya April 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

Love the tan on you in that crazy pic of you with a face mask and beer! LOL what was goin on there??

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55 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

A wild night out : ) We were wearing masks because this was back when you could still SMOKE in bars in NC and one of our friends had masks in her purse! Ha!

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56 Catherine April 2, 2014 at 10:53 am

This was a wonderful post! You look happy and beautiful in all of your pictures, but you’re definitely glowing in the most recent ones. :) I remember reading your blog back in 2007 when I was living in Egypt, and how it helped me feel connected to life in the US. I have enjoyed reading your blog since then and have learned so much about healthy/balanced living from you. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

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57 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

I’m so touched by you overseas readers. Thank you

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58 Laurie April 3, 2014 at 9:29 am

Same with me! I was living in Taiwan and read every single post, every single day! It was my “American” fix. Now that I’m back in the States, we still travel a lot. I have read your blog in Norway, Indonesia, Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia!! You’ve traveled the world with me, Kath!! :)

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59 KathEats April 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

Impressive!

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60 Caroline April 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

It seems that you equate (varying degrees of) thinness with health and happiness. Do you think that this message, which recurs constantly in your blog, could be damaging to impressionable young people?

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61 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

I don’t think I have implied that at all.

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62 LMN April 2, 2014 at 12:49 pm

When I first started reading this post, I thought you were going to reminiscence on being thinner, but I agree that you didn’t imply that at all. If anything, I just read that you are in a different place, not better or worse, just different. And that’s a part of growing up ;-)

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63 Alisha April 2, 2014 at 11:20 am

I’ve been a regular follower for a few years now and I think you have done a beautiful job of making your blog fit your life. It makes YOU authentic and relatable!

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64 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Thank you

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65 Sara April 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

Great post! :-)

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66 Livi April 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

I love the first picture- embodying the biggest change in your life!

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67 Chelsea @ TableForOne April 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

This is a fantastic post. As a girl just entering my 20s, I can’t wait to look back and see how far I’ve come. I love reminiscing about the “olden days” and seeing just how much life can change over the years.

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68 elizabeth April 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

This has to be one of my favorite posts from you in a long time, it felt honest and kept me interested!

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69 anne April 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Great post!!

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70 Hannah April 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Great post! This was a really unique idea!

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71 Stephanie April 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Great post! Thanks for sharing! :)

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72 Alex @ Kenzie Life April 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

This was a fun post to read, especially since I started reading around the time Mazen was born, so I didn’t really know much about what things were like for you pre-baby. Of the reasons you’re one of my most favorite bloggers is because you seem to have such a balanced view of life, fitness, and food, and I really love that. I’ve loved reading about food on your blog (more so than other blogs) but also the lifestyle posts (organizing, decorating, views on topics as a dietitian and the guest posts you’ve had). Thanks for making my days a little more enjoyable! :)

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73 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Alex!

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74 Emily April 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm

This is an awesome post, I’m all about reflecting on my life and my priorities lately. It’s interesting you started this when you were 24 – I’m that age now and reading this, life as you described it “then” is very similar to my life now. I’m curious – you mentioned in a way you were more self-absorbed then. Well, I completely agree that I am more than I’d care to admit too. I just can’t seem to strike a balance between the healthy lifestyle I want to live and going out of my way to meet up with friends (or date for that matter). I feel like I need to stop being quite so uptight sometimes and fitting people in only when it’s convenient for me. Did you ever feel that way?

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75 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Hmmm…I’m not exactly sure what you mean. Do you mean you hesitate to go out for drinks because you’d rather get up early and go running? I might just go and have one drink and leave on the early side and do both.

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76 Emily April 2, 2014 at 1:49 pm

That would solve it! But yes that’s my general concern sometimes. Finding the work/friends/fitness/family balance. It’s typically all work and fitness for me.

Thanks for the response! Your blog is one I’ve followed for a few years now :) It’s been fun watching it evolve!

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77 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

:) There is never enough time for life! I hear ya.

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78 Foodandfarm April 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I have read your blog for years (think 2008) and this post is wonderful! We live right down the road (nelson/ amherst) and the transformation has been wonderful to watch! Stopping by the bakery on a cville trip tomorrow!

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79 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

: )

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80 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite April 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I LOVED this post so much. As a 26 year old who relates a lot to your 26 year old self it is so interesting for me to read this and kind of get a glimpse into what I will be thinking/acting in 5 years from now. More posts like this please!

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81 Ellie@Fit for the soul April 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

You still have the same glowy and youthful face, Kath! I guess all those veggies are paying off, huh? ;) It is pretty amazing how our lives change and transition into things we never would have expected, and motherhood is one of those things that bring so much busy-ness but blessing and joy. :D

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82 Tracy April 2, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Thanks for such a thoughtful and insightful post, Kath. It’s fun to remember back to your early years of blogging! I’m interested to see where you take the blog from here.

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83 Kelly April 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Love this Kath! I have been a loyal reader for years and it’s been so fun to watch your life and your family evolve. Although we have never ‘met’ you are definitely someone I admire, you have a wonderful outlook on life!

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84 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Thanks Kelly! Hope we can meet someday.

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85 Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 2, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I really enjoyed this post! I love what a healthy perspective you have on food, fitness, and life in general. You always look so genuinely happy in your pictures.
And for the record (not that this matters)–but I can’t tell the difference in your before and after baby body. I’m sure you before baby body wouldn’t like to hear this, but I really can’t. You look fabulous, but most importantly, you look so healthy!

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86 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Huge compliment = my after baby body says thank you!!

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87 Baby June April 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm

funnnnn party!

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88 Hannah @ eat, drink and save money April 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

So sweet! I loved reading the whole thing.

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89 Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado April 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I absolutely loved this post. It was so fun to see how much you’ve changed. I’m in my early twenties and can’t wait to see the path that I take in the next ten years or so! Thanks for the post.

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90 Shel@PeachyPalate April 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

LOVE this post!!! It’s amazing how we change when we think back to a time when we thought we’d done all our growing and changing!! Looks like yours are all positive and I have to say you look incredible, honestly I don’t see much difference if any other than higher cheekbones..!? Maturity?!?

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91 erica April 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

loved this post!
loved the side by side pic comparisons as well.

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92 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit April 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm

What an amazing post and fun way to look back. You seem so happy now. :) Hopefully things just go up from here for you!

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93 Jasmine April 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm

That was a GREAT post. Love that, and could relate so much. 30s > 20s!

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94 Elyse April 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm

LOVE THIS POST! I too feel like I’ve changed so much in the last several years and love life so much right now. I can really relate to everything you wrote about and have really enjoyed following you on this journey.

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95 Sarah H. April 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

This was so fun to read! I’m 26 now, and this post made me a little giddy with excitement about what life has in store for the future. Thanks for writing this down!

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96 Emily April 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Love this post!!

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97 Heidi April 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Kath!!! You rock that mom body! You look FABUlOUS!! Keep doing what your doing. You are so radiant(beaming)not just on the outside but most importantly the inside! You are truly an inspiration to me to keep on keeping on. Thank you! :)

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98 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Xoxo

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99 Erin m. April 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Hi Kath! I don’t usually comment but I love this post. I’ve been reading your blog for many years and have loved it! Keep it up!

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100 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Thanks Erin!

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101 Jeanie April 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Great post! Very insightful.

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102 Sagan April 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

This is awesome, Kath. It’s so interesting to think about how things change throughout our lives! Really like this perspective on it all.

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103 Lena April 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Such a beautiful post. You are doing a great job now and were then too! Thank you for sharing so much with your readers.

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104 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Great post! It’s fun to look back over the years and see how we’ve changed :)

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105 Karlee April 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm

I think you look great, healthy and happy and I definitely think you found your balance! :)

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106 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves April 2, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Such a wonderful post, Kath! “My life is one big party these days…” <— Love that line. :) It seems like you are in a really great place mentally and physically right now, and I am so happy for you!
PS— Your muscles rock. I want to be strong and fit like you if/when I become a mom!

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107 KathEats April 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm

: ) Thank you!

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108 Jaclyn April 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm

This is a really excellent post. Thank you for being so candid about how your life has changed. It feels relatable, even as I am in-between your “Then” and “Now” in terms of age and stage.

Your blog content has been really great lately. Keep it up!

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109 KathEats April 3, 2014 at 5:56 am

Thank you! !

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110 Laura April 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm

What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing!

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111 lisa @ early morning run April 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Great post! Now that I’m in my 30′s and we left our life in NYC for Denver, I often think back on how things have changed. It’s fun to see how you’ve looked at it. I’m definitely glad to be a 30-something, but am proud of how I’ve gotten here.

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112 Stacey April 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I really, really love this post. I am 28 and I feel like I’m right in between where you were then and where you are now. The similarities are uncanny, really. I was always obsessed with good food and being healthy and fit, but the best part about getting older is understanding that it’s not about obsession. It’s about feeling good and listening to your body. Anyways, keep up the good work. I can only hope that I can keep up my blog that long and see how I’ve grown over the years.

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113 Ella April 2, 2014 at 9:59 pm

“Would a cave man think I was hot? Heck yeah!” Hahaha! Love it!

I’ve had fun following your story, since it kind of mirrors mine (’05 college grad, married young, became an RD in late 20′s after working in PR, had a child shortly thereafter). Keep up the awesome work, Kath! You sure have a great thing going with this blog, and clearly, with your life as well :-)

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114 KathEats April 3, 2014 at 5:57 am

Whoa twins!

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115 Sheilagh April 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

Great post! When I first started reading I had just had my 2nd baby & you were a few months away from getting pregnant. I really enjoyed your blog, but often found myself thinking, well of course she can work out 6 days a week, she doesn’t have kids! Really inspiring to see how you’ve been able to keep up fitness & nutrition wise in this new chapter of life. Now if only you could have that 2nd baby so I can get more inspiration, tips, and ideas!

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116 KathEats April 3, 2014 at 5:56 am

Haha thanks!

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117 Caitlin April 3, 2014 at 12:52 am

Kath, I cannot thank you enough for sharing this with us. In my opinion, this is, hands down, the greatest post you’ve written to date. It meant more to me than I could possibly try to explain. I can’t wait to see what the coming years bring [to us both]! xx

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118 KathEats April 3, 2014 at 5:58 am

Aw Thanks Caitlin

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119 Lorin April 3, 2014 at 1:30 am

This post made me realize that I have been reading your blog since my first quarter in college. Now I am on my second to last quarter. I have always enjoyed reading your posts and you were so nice in person when I met you in San Diego before the BlogHer Conference. It’s been fun seeing the blog change based on your life changes.

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120 Erin Motz April 3, 2014 at 3:49 am

loved this post! so much fun :) i’m 26 now and feel very much as you describe you felt… so funny to see from this perspective. i think you look smoking hot, BTW! hoping these next 5 years treat me as well as they have you! ;)

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121 KathEats April 3, 2014 at 5:55 am

Thanks : )

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122 Kate @ Indulgent Wellness April 3, 2014 at 4:05 am

Look at those biceps!! Way to go, mama!!

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123 Kayla April 3, 2014 at 6:17 am

This is a beautiful post Kath! Thanks for sharing!

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124 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 3, 2014 at 6:21 am

What a great idea for a post! I l too look back at my first posts and I can’t believe how far I’ve come! In all honesty, I’m quite embarrassed by my old posts, especially my photography skills, lol! It is amazing and inspiring though to see the transformation in myself as well as my blog!

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125 Eva April 3, 2014 at 6:33 am

Hi Kath, I really loved this post. I’m currently 22 and feeling just like you described of your younger self– happy, but with a load of uncertainty. Every time i read any sort of “reflection” post, the author always mentions that they could never have imagined they ended up being where they are. And it is so weird to me because i can understand that feeling, but wonder how it will ACTUALLY feel when i’m there looking back on my life. Anyway, point is, regardless what everyone says, life is long and i’m so thankful of the chance to look back an see such beauty.

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126 Janet April 3, 2014 at 9:35 am

Great post…i love reading all of them…always inspiring!

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127 Leslie April 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

Love this post. Question on calories. I am older and have recently gained a lot of weight and while I try to eat intentionally, I just eat too much. So after looking back, the time I lost the most weight was WW and “points”, so essentially I need to count calories to get the weight off. My question for you is how many calories do you give yourself? I am in my mid 40′s and 5 foot 2. I am not super active outside of my job, which is pretty active (teaching music/movement classes with preschoolers every morning).

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128 KathEats April 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

Leslie, I’d recommend signing up for something like My Fitness Pal and seeing what they give you when you put in your activity and stats.

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129 Liz April 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

Loved this post! And I know you said you’re not ready for another baby yet, but I can’t wait to follow your journey once you are! You were pregnant with Maizen when I first found your blogs and my daughter is only 4 months younger than him. It was fun to know what to expect next! I’m pregnant with #2 now and am a bit terrified of what life with two kids under two will be like. Can’t wait to see you and Matt go through that stage of life too (when you are ready, of course!).

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130 Liz April 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Oops, realized that I misspelled Mazen’s name – sorry! I have a friend with a son named Maizen, kind of funny since it’s such a unique name!

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131 Sara April 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I loved this post so much. Inspired me to do my own “then and now” not only w/fitness & foods, but family/relationships/free time. I’ll probably open up my own eyes to my own life :-) HA!

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132 Jessie P April 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

This post actually got me a little teary eyed :)

I found your blog when i was researching RD internships years ago, you had just started school to become an RD and I followed right along with you in my own RD program. Funny how people you have never met can feel like old friends.

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133 KathEats April 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Awww old friends for sure : )

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134 Veronica April 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Loved this so much! Thanks for sharing!

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135 HeatherBakes April 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Love, love, love this post! I started reading your blog back in 2008 when I was sitting at my desk at work… and now I’m a stay at home mom with 2 little ones and life is VERY different. I don’t get to read blogs as often as I used to but it’s so fun to catch up and see how your life has changed too. Keep it up Kath!!

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136 Grace April 3, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Love this post. It’s so fun to see how you grow and change. What’s your goal for the future? Maybe you could write a post about your intentions long term, this has always been interesting to me. In terms of where KERF & your career is headed, etc. I find myself curious as to the long term sustainability of blogs.

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137 Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet April 3, 2014 at 11:22 pm

It’s been fun reading and growing alongside you all these years, Kath. xo

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138 Iman April 4, 2014 at 3:50 am

This is an amazing post! And you’ve come a long way since you were 24 and for starters you look Super Duper happy, positivly glowing and waaay more fit and healthy! You honestly look younger and more vibrant now and your meals and life is also waay more colourful and looks happy like you now do! Lovely post :)

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139 KathEats April 4, 2014 at 8:01 am

You are kind

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140 Emily @ Life on Food April 5, 2014 at 5:45 am

This is a great reflection post. Live is all about evolving and clearly you have done that.

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141 Ali Q April 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Thanks for sharing! I actually wrote a post about this today. I am in the process of finding a life balance, and it is comforting to read your post and see that I am on the right track. Thank you!

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142 Jennifer April 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Great post!!

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143 Kelly April 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

One of my friends linked to this on Facebook and it made me think of your post. I thought there was a ton of good wisdom in it and thought you might enjoy it too.

http://markmanson.net/10-life-lessons-excel-30s

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144 KathEats April 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Love those!!

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145 Christina April 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

Kath,

I’m a little late to reading this but this is AMAZING. Thanks for the honesty and sharing all of this!! I love it. SO cool to be able to look back and the side by side photos are perfection.

Christina

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146 Aimee April 18, 2014 at 6:47 am

I’ve really enjoyed this post, and it’s made me reflect back on the last few years of my life and how my healthy-living mentality has evolved. Keep up the great posts, I really like the direction your blog has taken over the years :)

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