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Thanks so much for reading this blog.  I have been reluctant to start my own, but after reading so many great ones out there, I guess I got inspired.

After graduating from Auburn University, I decided to make some changes in my life.  Mostly, I wanted to get healthy, though at the time, I really did not know what that meant.  As long as I could remember, I had been overweight, and we’re not just talking a few pounds.  I was like Chunk from The Goonies x 10!  As a senior in college, I think I weighed about 220.  I never knew the exact number as I NEVER stepped on a scale.

I started making little changes…water instead of soda, less sugar, more walking.  The weight started falling off, and after about 2 years I had lost over 100 pounds, all on my own!  I found what works for me: No white sugar or anything “white” for that matter, but I do enjoy vegetables, fruit in moderation, grains (love my morning oat bran, or mid-day oat bran, or oat bran for dessert…you get the idea), some meats, and lots of nut butter!

Over the years, I have toyed with different eating & exercise habits.  I was a vegetarian for about 5 years, and almost vegan for about 3.  I say “almost” because I could not give up the ice cream!  I started eating meat again and even tried the high protein low carb diet without much success.  I love experimenting with raw foods, but would never go completely raw.  Raw desserts are my specialty, but I’ve been known to serve them after a flank steak dinner.  Anyway, I keep coming back to my whole grains, lots of veggies, and some meats and seafood.  It works for me.

 It’s been about 10 years (wow – I can’t believe it!), and I’ve kept the weight off through diet and exercise.  I am 5′ 8″, and weigh about 135.  This number has fluctuated by about 10 pounds since I lost all the weight.  Sometimes, I weigh a little less and sometimes I’m in the 140’s, but I feel my best where I am now.  Contrary to what many people would think, keeping the weight off is not that challenging.  I love eating well and exercising, and the excess weight does not come back. I ran ran ran for about 8 years, but now it’s just yoga, walking, and hiking.  My body is leaner, stronger, and much happier.

Currently, I live in Nashville with my husband and 2 dogs and work for an alternative MD as a massage therapist. Hopefully, this blog will allow me to share my ideas and thoughts about healthy living with others.  And, hopefully, it will inspire someone out there.

146 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2008 3:40 am

    What an awesome success story Heather! I’m excited you started a blog! Thanks for stopping by ours so I could find yours!

  2. December 4, 2008 1:54 am

    Are you kidding? When did you decide to move…please write me an email. I had NO idea…I’m really sad now…

  3. KEN permalink
    December 5, 2008 9:58 am

    Pumpky, I am very proud of you. Loves u much. Your
    daddy, Papa mac.

  4. December 6, 2008 7:26 pm

    Hey there! I just found your blog and lerrrve it! Way to go with your healthy weight loss :) You’re such an inspiration for all of us :)

  5. December 9, 2008 5:11 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog as well- BIG congrats on the weight loss, that is so awesome! haha and I love the “almost Vegan”- who can live w/o ice cream?? I just started blogging a little while ago too, I’m ALSO a history grad (American studies actually, but similar) and CANNOT find a job (refer to my recent posts :( ) But anyways it’s good to know I can move on and still find something I’ll love to do! Have a good one, I’m adding u to my reader :D

  6. December 10, 2008 8:06 pm

    hi, heather! i love your blog, but more importantly i love that you live in nashville and went to auburn, because i’m from nashville and an auburn alumna as well!

    i’ve been trying to go down a similar road of slowly forming better eating habits and integrating exercise in my life, so i look forward to following your blog.

    i’m sad you’re leaving nashville, but good luck in colorado and.. of course… war eagle!

  7. December 10, 2008 9:55 pm

    Hey Sara Elisabeth. Yea for Nashville and Auburn. I grew up here, and it is a great city! We will miss living here for sure, but we’re excited about moving out West. Our house may take a while to sell, and we won’t go until then. So, we might be in Nashville for a good while longer. Thanks for finding and reading my blog, and good luck with health seeking journey. Sounds like you’re off to a good start!

  8. Andrea permalink
    December 14, 2008 4:17 pm

    great story! very inspirational! i’m looking to lose about 30ish lbs and i think your philosophy is similar to my approach. keep up the great work :) i hope to follow your blog

  9. December 15, 2008 2:53 pm

    p.s. Heather, our best friends live in Nashville and my FAVORITE yoga studio is there!!!! :) Also, you guys have WHOLE FOODS and TRADER JOES and GREAT HARVEST and I’m jealous. ;) hehe

  10. December 16, 2008 9:09 pm

    We sound a lot alike!!! I went to Auburn (well, for a semester) and I’m 5’8″ and love the outdoors and being active! Can’t wait to read more!

  11. December 20, 2008 1:27 pm

    What an inspiring story!! :)

  12. December 30, 2008 11:50 pm

    I totally typed exactly what Katie said and then realized it. I love this story =) Inspiring!

  13. December 31, 2008 11:30 am

    Stephenie, thanks for reading :) .

  14. Mandy permalink
    January 3, 2009 7:53 pm

    Hey heather!!

    I was just browsing your page and realized you live in Nashville! I have lived here for eight years now… and I’ve also lost over 100 lbs! Congrats on all of your hard work… you look amazing!!!!

    Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say hello to a fellow nashvillian!

  15. January 4, 2009 12:45 am

    Hey Mandy, always good to hear from a local. Thanks for reading and congrats on your amazing weight loss!

  16. Melanie permalink
    January 6, 2009 2:37 pm

    Hi Heather! Wow so great to find your blog! Congrats on your amazing success! So happy for you! I lost about 70 lbs on Weight Watchers and was a chubby teenager too! Been to Lan Bryant a few times myself.

    But I have picked up about 10 lbs again and am trying to get back to a good place and get rid of those 10 lbs for good. Great to get ideas from your blog!

    CO is gorgeous!! Hope you get there soon!

  17. January 14, 2009 6:53 am

    Hey Heather,

    I just discovered your blog and I can’t BELIEVE your story. It’s completely incredible and inspirational. Just reading it makes me immediately feel like going for a run.

    I also love hearing that you ended up doing massage therapy instead of following with your degree. That just feels like it flows perfectly with your lifestyle.

    I will no doubt be reading regularly from now on. :)

  18. Erin permalink
    January 26, 2009 7:17 am

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog! I love your story, I feel you on the vegetarianism…its taken me a while to discover the place meat and things have in my life too.

  19. dale malleck permalink
    January 29, 2009 3:34 pm

    Heather, I am one of the owners of “Yogurt Oasis.” That is a wonderful story that you wrote and I think it’s WONDERFUL what you have accomplished. I’m sorry that our prices were a little too steep for you, we do offer a “frequent buyer” program to our repeat customers that makes it very affordable:) You would have actually only consumed 1/3 of the calories that you did at Cosco with our yogurt, we have one of our regulars that has lost over 60 pounds since April!! You and he are both inspirations to us all. God Bless

  20. January 29, 2009 5:06 pm

    Hey Dale, thanks for reading my blog. You guys make EXCELLENT yogurt. Thank you for the heads up about the “frequent buyer” program as I love the low cal stuff. And one last thank you for your kind words. I’ll be in soon. :)

  21. January 30, 2009 11:03 am

    Hey Heather – I love your story! The world needs more people out there like you who shed the weight the healthy way, by making it a lifestyle. I definitely respect that and hope to be able to show the value of it to others in the future (I am about to start a master’s in nutrition in the fall). Keep it up because I am going to keep reading!

  22. February 1, 2009 9:23 am

    Hi Heather, I just found your blog and wanted to say hey! I just moved to Denver from Nashville this past fall. Good luck with selling the house, I know that can be terribly stressful. Maybe we can meet up when you do make it out to CO. Where are you guys planning to move?

    Your story is amazing and I can’t wait to read more!

    Kaneil

    balanceisbest.wordpress.com

  23. February 1, 2009 11:36 am

    Hi Keneil. Thanks for saying “hey”. Another Nashvillian living in CO? How exciting – we cannot wait to get out there! We just lowered our asking price on the house yesterday…so hopefully it will sell soon. We’ll see. I would love to meet up in CO! We hope to live in Manitou Springs (small town outside of CO Springs). We spent the summer in a rented house at the base of Pike’s Peak, and it was amazing. So many great trails and not far from Garden of the Gods. It’s about a 90 minute drive to Denver – not bad at all. I’ll definitely keep everyone posted. What took you out West?

  24. February 5, 2009 11:40 am

    you are truly inspiring!

  25. February 5, 2009 1:04 pm

    Thanks Annie!

  26. Lyn permalink
    February 7, 2009 6:47 pm

    Why is your blog called “Heather Eats Almond Butter?” Did almond butter contribute to your success?

  27. February 7, 2009 7:15 pm

    Hey Lynn, I wrote about this topic in my very first post:
    So, some of you may be curious about the name of my blog. Several different titles competed against one another, but in the end, I chose Heather Eats Almond Butter. It was difficult to find a short phrase that would convey all the topics I want to cover. I hope to share about my weight loss and encourage others with health tips that have helped me. I love discussing fitness and learning about different workouts, but I also wanted a forum for my thoughts…and struggles with food, as well as a place to include some of my favorite recipes. Almond butter is one of my favorite foods in the whole world, and I eat it everyday. It was my companion throughout my weight loss and has stayed with me as I maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight does not mean giving up your favorite foods, especially ones loaded with good fats. Yes, I eat fat, and I enjoy every spoonful!

  28. Heather (be well & take care) permalink
    February 11, 2009 9:42 pm

    Hi Heather! I’m so glad I found your blog – your food philosophy and weight loss is awesome and inspiring. From one Heather who loves almond butter to another, rock on!

  29. February 11, 2009 10:50 pm

    Hey Heather, I’m glad you found me too! Thank you for your kind words and for reading my blog…my fellow almond butter lover. :)

  30. February 15, 2009 10:47 am

    Hi Heather, I’ve visited before, but I just wanted to say that I just read your story and think you are such an awesome inspiration…if only more people could hear your proof that eating and living healthfully truly do work! Great blog :)

  31. February 20, 2009 9:33 am

    FABULOUS and INSPIRING story. And I can’t wait to dig in to some of your recipes. Yes, licking the monitor doesn’t quite cut it…though there’s zero calories, so what’s the harm??!!

  32. February 20, 2009 10:58 am

    great story! ive stumbled across your blog now, after reading your comments on others’ blogs for some time now…i love it! so glad i found you :)

  33. February 20, 2009 1:33 pm

    Elise – glad you found me too. Thanks for reading!

  34. February 25, 2009 10:40 am

    Heather,

    Gret Blog!

    I’m a former chunky monkey from the south,(ATL),then moved out west. First we lived in Denver, now Park City, UT. Funny how weight drops with just a little diet action and several years of skiing, hiking and biking in the Rockies and Wasatch

    I wish you and the hubby best of luck getting out to Denver. You’ll feel at home out west as many SEC folks have migrated this direction. We do find ourselves in a daily ritual of explaining to PAC 10 fans that the SEC is the best football conference ever;)
    WAR EAGLE!

    Steve-

  35. March 5, 2009 12:41 pm

    Hey Heather,

    Great blog! Do you mind if I add your blog to my blogroll?

    Thanks,

    Foodie

  36. christina permalink
    March 18, 2009 6:43 pm

    Hey Heather,
    I love your blog and have been lurking for a while.. I know this is really intrusive and you don’t need to answer at all, but I was just wondering.. it always looks like you eat WAY more than I do, but you somehow weigh the same as me, even though you’re like 4 inches taller!! How many calories a day do you think you eat? I know you don’t count anymore but I was just wondering.. I’m about 5’4″ and weigh 130 :( Thank you!
    Christina

  37. March 24, 2009 6:09 pm

    Congratulations on your incredible journey! War Eagle, girl! (’04 graduate here!)

  38. March 25, 2009 1:36 pm

    You should know by now that I’m a fan of your blog. :-) I just wanted to tell you, because I haven’t, how great your story is and how reassuring it is that it is possible to keep the weight off with healthy eating and exercise— the same things that led to losing the weight in the first place. I sometimes worry about my “lost 180″ coming back, but I like the life I have now so I can’t imagine why I’d go back to my old habits. Thanks for setting a good example!

  39. April 11, 2009 8:07 am

    I don’t know why I hadn’t read this before! I always think of you as so fit and healthy that I forgot about your journey and all the work you’ve done. You make being healthy look easy, which is why I forget. Your Before & After is also incredible, but I think I’ve said that before!
    How is the move to CO going? I went there once last year on a ski trip to Breckenridge and the one thing that jumped out at me was how truly nice and KIND the people were. You will fit right in :)

  40. April 11, 2009 4:03 pm

    Lara,
    You’re so sweet. Not one offer on our house yet, and it’s been on the market since November. We were really hoping to be out there by early summer…don’t know if that’s going to happen. We know we put our home on the market at a really bad time, and we’re just trying to be patient. Hopefully, we’ll be breathing in some of that fresh mountain air soon! Happy Easter my friend! Enjoy your beans. :)

  41. Lyss permalink
    April 22, 2009 10:19 pm

    Wow, Heather, I read your blog all the time but, for some odd reason, have never read this! POWER TO YOU, GIRL! You are an inspiration and a true gem! :)

  42. May 18, 2009 9:13 pm

    Hey heather! i adore your blog :-) i just noticed one of the blurbs on your about me and i had to laugh out loud. I am currently pursuing my degree in history…but is it wrong that I spend more time researching health and fitness and less time reading history haha! Any pointers for other historical health nuts hehe

    look forward to reading more :-) <3 from Kelly’s Belly

  43. Sarah Trampe permalink
    May 28, 2009 1:00 pm

    WOW! You are a wonderful inspiration.

    I love your blog!!!

    I’m in love with my Vinyassa YOGA classes and have recently stopped eating meat. I can not tell you how much better I feel!! I’m not sure about the raw aspect of a diet quiet yet, but I DO LOVE Almond Butter. (YUMMMMYYY).

    Another word of note, we have a lot in common. I also married a Chris on September 22, 2007 and Honeymooned in Italy.

    Something tells me we would be good friends!

  44. whitneyhuntley permalink
    May 28, 2009 1:23 pm

    Wow what an inspiring story! I just found your blog recently and have been catching up on your posts and recipes. I love your outlook on diet and weight loss. I hope I can get to that point myself one day. I have lost 11 lbs in the last month so I am well on my way. Of course I was never overweight, the largest I have ever been was aroung 150, but at 5’4″ that adds up! I just wanted to say that you are an inspiration to ALL of us, not just the ones with a large amount of weight to lose.

  45. June 3, 2009 4:56 pm

    Hi Heather, what a great blog – still check it all out. What a great story about health and self respect.

    Where in CO are y’all planning to move? I am a native and live in Denver. It is a great state. Even though you said you were picky about other people making your food, I am happy to share some great eats in CO for you all to enjoy.

    Best,

    D

  46. jeniszen permalink
    June 6, 2009 2:44 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m so happy I found your blog! I landed here after a series of random clicks on other blogrolls…and now I’m going to add you to my own so I can keep coming back. You are an inspiration to me because we are the same height and I’m starting just a bit heavier than you were ten years ago.

    P.S. CUTE doggies and hubby. :)

  47. June 13, 2009 8:29 am

    Very inspiring! Great job on the weight loss and realizing you were in need of a change. I love reading your blog and look forward to more posts!
    Tasha
    detox4me2.blogspot.com

  48. rddailybites permalink
    June 13, 2009 12:32 pm

    Found your blog today on KathEat’s site – kudos on your fabulously healthy lifestyle! And I think your nut butter jar oatmeal receptacle is GENIUS!
    ~Danielle

  49. runningshoes89 permalink
    June 19, 2009 12:02 am

    hi heather,

    i came across your blog through another blog, and i love it! your story is so inspiring. i think you got yourself another regular reader ;)

  50. joelygolightly permalink
    June 21, 2009 5:03 pm

    Hi there, I just started reading your blog! I was wondering what kind of yoga you do/how often since you mentioned you don’t run anymore.. Thanks!:)

  51. June 24, 2009 12:19 am

    wow, very inspirational. You look great.

    I have the opposite problem. In college I was lean and muscular. Now I’m just fat :-(
    Despite being health conscious and avoiding white sugar, unrefined starches and sodas, the weight has slowly crept upon me.

  52. July 24, 2009 7:30 am

    Hi Heather, was wondering where you get your almond butter and if you ever sprout your chis seeds?

    Rita

  53. tracey permalink
    August 2, 2009 6:43 pm

    Hi Heather,
    I totally agree with the diet habits. Vegan and vegetarian always sound appealing but my active body always does better with a little fish and poultry!!! also love my vitamix!!!
    tracey

  54. Kelley permalink
    August 10, 2009 5:30 pm

    Hi Heather!
    I recently have become obsessed with Jay Robb protein due to your blogg! :)
    My question is: where do you purchase your JR protein? What website (if you order online) have you found to be the cheapest?

    Thanks in advance!
    keep blogging!!! Yours is great!

  55. August 13, 2009 10:27 pm

    Hi Heather!

    I saw a familiar face yesterday at the Copper Kettle here in Nashville– your brother. I didn’t know who he was, but it was serious deja vu. I must’ve seen him many times before at our shows back in the 90’s!

    Anyway, he was such a nice guy, and told me to give you a holler on your blog.

    OMG, what a great job! It might even inspire me to cook!

    He told me you were at many of our shows at the Little Village on the Plains! Thanks for coming. That was a great time!!!

    I asked him to sign up on our FB fan page. It is run by a fan, but it would be great to see how many old Mel and the Party Hats fans are here in Nash. Maybe we could play here sometime!

    I have been splitting my time between here and Berlin as a photographer. You can check out my work at http://www.hunterarmistead.com.

    In the meantime, my mouth is watering over your dishes. Yay, Heather!!

    Oh…. and WAR DAMN EAGLE!

    MEL

  56. August 17, 2009 12:02 pm

    Hi, I just discovered your blog (from Fitnessista’s sidebar). Thanks for sharing your story! How long have you been in Nashville? I lived there most of my life and still consider it home even though I’ve moved away. Okay, I’m off to explore your blog!

  57. oc2seattle permalink
    August 28, 2009 4:00 pm

    Hi Heather:

    Just discvoered your blog (via eatliverun). What an amazing success story and sane perspective. Happy to hear that fad diets and running are not the answers! Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    Sarah

  58. August 29, 2009 9:58 am

    What an inspiring story!!! I look forward to reading your blog. I am a 30 year old new mom who ran through my pregnancy, gained the minimal weight and now still have some of it left on, and my motivation is down so low. I’m trying the eat clean diet and continue to run and workout everyday, but I’m having such trouble staying on track (and I never used to!) I hope I will find motivation in your blog!

  59. August 29, 2009 10:08 am

    Oh and to add a bit, I started making my own almond butter and eat it all the time!! (maybe too much!)

  60. Jessica permalink
    August 31, 2009 2:19 pm

    Heather — this is Travis’s wife, Jessica! I just found your blog and WOW it is great! And your story is so inspirational. Not sure if you knew this, but I have lost about 30 pounds in the last ten years, but have unfortunately been at a plateau for about 4 years. Still working on how to be happy and healthy and get to a more healthy weight. Anyways, glad to have found it. Hopefully we will see you guys some day soon, and I hope you enjoy staying at our apartment in a few weeks!

  61. Cee permalink
    September 5, 2009 1:08 pm

    Hi! I followed a link on Happy Foody to your site. I also live in Nashville (currently the East side), and I’ve lost quite a bit of weight by going back to vegetarianism (mostly vegan, but I eat some cheese). I never had a weight problem until I got married a few years ago and fully embraced my husband’s love of pizza and ice cream. Since giving birth to my daughter last July, however, I’ve lost about 85 pounds, but still have about 60 more to lose. I’ve hit a bit of a plateau, which led me to look to food blogs for inspiration. I’ve loved looking through your blog, and I can’t wait to try some of your recipes and suggestions. Best, Cee

  62. September 16, 2009 11:35 am

    I just came across your blog today. I loved reading your about me page. Congratulations on all the changes you have made. I will be sure to add you to my reader! Thanks for the motivation.
    natalie
    http://www.nono2yoyo.wordpress.com

  63. Jessica permalink
    September 23, 2009 11:42 am

    I am so glad I found your blog!! I am also in Nashville, it is good to see a local promoting good health and good food. I like reading about all the new products on your blog, I am a healthy eater, but new to trying alot of the “health foods” that are out there. Keep up the good work!!

    Jess

  64. September 27, 2009 6:51 pm

    I just came across your blog and I am so glad that I did. You are such an inspiration to us all. I never really had weight issues, I had other health issues. I love your story and I am so happy to see someone be able to show others how by changing the way you eat/exercise can influence your overall health. Great job! Keep up the good work.

  65. October 4, 2009 7:53 am

    Hi Heather,

    Wanted to send you a quick thank you note. I don’t remember how I found your blog but I started reading it in late August. I’ve been struggling with my weight and food bit and reading your blog helped me get things back in prespective and under control. About a week ago I started clicking on other links on your blog roll and was thrilled to discover such a cool blog community of like minded women. You totally inspired me to start my own blog! Stop by http://www.fortheloveofbreakfast.wordpress.com and check it out. I am still in the process of figuring out all the technical stuff so it isn’t too fancy yet but I am getting there. I picked up a kabocha squash at Whole Foods yesterday and plan to roast it tonight in honor the new blog and you!

    Thanks
    Kate

  66. October 4, 2009 8:03 am

    Kate,This is so exciting!! Thank you so much for reading, and I’m so glad you discovered me. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the technical ends and outs of WordPress, and welcome to the blogging community. I promise to stop by your blog soon and say “Hi”. Oh, and enjoy your kabocha. My favorite way to roast: cut in half, scoop out seeds, place squash face down on cutting board, and slice into strips, place strips on parchment lined baking sheet, and roast in 425 degree oven for 40 minutes. Perfect. :)

  67. October 4, 2009 8:21 am

    oops! post my blog address wrong! it is loveofbreakfast.wordpress.com

    KB

  68. October 5, 2009 10:42 am

    Great story!

    You look amazing lady.

    http://katiechangesforkatie.blogspot.com/

  69. Nic permalink
    October 7, 2009 8:33 am

    Hi Heather,

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for a couple months now. I am wondering…did you see an improvement in your complexion after cutting out sugar (or any other food changes that you made)?
    I keep reading conflicting info on the subject.

    Thanks for your time,
    Nic

  70. October 7, 2009 8:40 am

    Nic,I noticed several improvements in my overall well being when I gave up sugar. The weight loss of course, but my skin did clear up as well. I never had sever acne or anything, but I did experience my share of breakout throughout high-school and college. They went away when I stopped eating sugar. I had yeast problems throughout college as well which could have been the cause of my skin problems. Once sugar was out of my diet, all problems ceased. So worth it!

  71. Nic permalink
    October 7, 2009 11:52 am

    Thanks for your feedback, Heather.
    My breakouts are usually once a month…but my overall complexion just doesn’t have that healthy glow.
    Now to make the change and stick with it. If the results were instant it would be much easier to stick with it… :)

  72. November 4, 2009 8:34 pm

    Heather,
    You are a rockstar! Thank you so much for the cookies and card. I’ve eaten four…so far today! Thank you again for coming on our harvest tour and just being a killer blogger in general. You’re my hero!

    Jeff @ POM Wonderful

  73. November 4, 2009 8:38 pm

    Hi Heather,

    What a WONderful treat the POM Team received today! Thank you for the yummie Maple Nut Oaties, which are just about gone now (not long after unpacking). The recipe is great, it’s yours?

    We were so glad you shared in our Blogger Harvest Tour, and check out the group shot of you guys on our home page. :) http://www.pomwonderful.com

    Best,
    Andrea

  74. November 4, 2009 9:02 pm

    Andrea, So glad you guys liked the cookies. Here is a link to the recipe: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/recipes/maple-nut-oaties/. They are super easy and relatively healthy. So fun we made the home page. Thanks again for everything! Sincerely, Heather

  75. November 4, 2009 9:05 pm

    Jeff, Pace yourself. :) Thanks so much for all your hard work in putting together the Harvest Tour. I had a blast and was truly grateful for the opportunity. Sincerely, Heather P.S. Oh, and thanks so much for my Rubies in the Orchard book as well as my other POM goodies. They arrived today. So excited – been missing my arils! :)

  76. November 5, 2009 6:16 pm

    Heather: From your story, I’m realizing we’re very similar: both 5’8″ (I’m holding closer to 130) and have lost a lot of weight by working out and eating the right things (my highest was 250). I could not give up the ice cream either!

    I recently started my own blog over called Poise in Parma over at http://poiseinparma.wordpress.com/ I’m still working thru the early bumps in the road, but I’m enjoying getting back into blogging again. Maybe you can check it out if you have the chance!

    Thanks again for taking the time to keep a great blog.

  77. November 25, 2009 9:07 pm

    Recently stumbled across your site Heather. Loving your journey and keen to try some of your recipes.

    Blessings

  78. jess permalink
    November 27, 2009 12:08 pm

    You have inspired me..

  79. November 27, 2009 12:43 pm

    Wow, thanks Jess. I take that as the highest compliment.

  80. meredith huntley permalink
    November 30, 2009 8:49 am

    Hey Heather. it was great meeting you sunday. even though i’m not such a healthy eater nor do i blog :( i’m lame what can i say! haha it was fabulous meeting you & your super sweet self! hope you have a lovely week! :)

  81. November 30, 2009 9:09 am

    Aww, thanks Meredith. So fun hanging out with you guys. I hope our paths cross again someday! Love, Heather

  82. Jenna permalink
    November 30, 2009 7:17 pm

    I came across your blog recently and your messages and photos are really inspiring. I am trying to rid myself slowly of bad eating habits and I really appreciate you sharing your story. Keep up the good work!

  83. November 30, 2009 9:09 pm

    Thanks for reading Jenna!

  84. Maria permalink
    December 7, 2009 11:46 pm

    I found your blog along with a few other famous food bloggers back in June… and since then I have come from 170 to 140 lbs. I’m on the last ten now. You’ re awesome and inspiring! I enjoy reading every day. Thank you :)

  85. December 8, 2009 7:11 am

    Maria, You are awesome!!!! 30 pounds since June? That is amazing. Keep it up my friend. Thanks so much for reading. It’s comment like yours that remind me why I started blogging in the first place. Much Love, Heather

  86. December 27, 2009 10:35 pm

    What an Inspiring story Heather. I love all the photos and i’m so happy other blog friends have lead me to yours. I can’t wait to read more! xx Jenna

  87. December 27, 2009 10:41 pm

    Thanks Jenna. :)

  88. Leah permalink
    January 12, 2010 10:07 am

    I just found your blog – its very inspiring:-)

    I am starting to make the little changes you spoke of in your “about me” section (water instead of soda, cutting out the sugar & white stuff) My start weight was 222 & now Im at 215….I lost 7 lbs in the first week & 1/2. Im 5’4″

    I recently went out & bought some almond butter thanks to your blog (its yummy stuff)
    Im trying to learn how to make nutritious choices!
    I have about 95 more lbs to lose. I look forward to your blog posts :-)

  89. January 12, 2010 2:26 pm

    Leah, So glad you found me. You can do this! Remember, I’m always just an email away if you ever have any questions or need some encouragement. :)

  90. realfoodlifebody permalink
    January 21, 2010 5:31 pm

    Heather,
    I just found your blog and find it inspiring! I have struggled with my weight for years and am still trying to find the right balance of foods! I do know that if I eat too many kcals or too many carbs the weight just piles on and on and on!

    You look so fantastic! I was wondering what kind of diet ratio you found works best for you and roughly how many calories. I am smart enough to know we are all different and that I will need to find my own balance; however, we seem to have similar body types and I was looking for a starting place!!

    I think this just might inspire me to start a blog of my own!

    Thanks
    Jody

  91. January 21, 2010 5:49 pm

    I just found your blog and all I can say is WOW! You are truly inspiring and a true testament to hard work and dedication! I love that you are showing the world that a healthy lifestyle is obtainable AND sustainable! :)

  92. January 21, 2010 7:47 pm

    Jody, Thanks for reading! I”m so glad you found me.

    As far as my diet goes, I’m always experimenting, but I always end up back where I started. Higher fat with with whole grain carbs, minimal protein, and no sugar. This is the diet that helped me to lose weight, and it’s the same diet that keeps me at my happy weight. My calorie intake varies, and I try not to get caught up in the numbers on a daily basis. When I do track it’s anywhere between 1700 to 2000. Anything less than 1700, and I am not a happy camper. 2000 is about my limit, but there are plenty of times I go over, especially if I’m eating out that day.

    Never hesitate to email me with any other questions. That’s why I started blogging in the first place – to help others. :) Love, Heather

  93. Joan permalink
    January 22, 2010 10:15 am

    Heather! You probably do not remember me. I just had lunch with your mother (first time in a long time) and she told me about your site. I just recommitted to doing what I (should) know to do to get back to a decent weight (I am waaaaay above it now). Your site has provided me with some motivation….at my age it is very hard to get going on this – I have become set in some very poor habits and am not as able to be as active as I used to be. You were quite young when I last saw you – but you are gorgeous and may I say “Way to go!” on your accomplishments

  94. Stef Simon permalink
    January 24, 2010 7:07 pm

    Hey! I just found your blog and love your story of how far you have come in your weight loss. I am very overweight and I just joined a gym with a personal trainer and I am on my own weight loss journey of loosing about 60 pounds. Your story is an inspiration and I know I will be reading your blog as I continue my journey. Thank you for sharing your story!

  95. January 24, 2010 7:08 pm

    Thanks for reading. Glad you found me Stef and best of luck with your weight loss journey. You can so do this!

  96. January 26, 2010 4:14 pm

    Heather your blog inspired me to write mine! Thank you so much. If you would like to check it out sometime the web address is http://www.shapeupnyc.com

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kristine

  97. February 24, 2010 5:58 pm

    1) Kerrygold butter is indeed amazing!
    2) I want those avacado pancakes!
    3) Cool stuff in general.

  98. February 28, 2010 2:14 pm

    Could you email back (I doubt I will come back on here to check your reply to my question)with what type of food processor you use?

    BTW: love your blog.

    Starr in Cali

  99. March 1, 2010 12:43 am

    Hello there. Since I just recently developed the courage to step out of lurkdom (thanks to encouragement from sweet Janetha) I wanted to say hi. I sort of feel like I know you since I’ve been a long time lurker. :-) I very much enjoy your blog. Your success story is inspirational but more than that I love your authenticity, encouragement, and positive attitude. You are definitely a girl hero. ;-) Oh yeah, I love almond butter and eat it every day too.

  100. Leah permalink
    March 9, 2010 5:26 pm

    Hi Heather. I wrote you a while back, but wanted to come back & thank you for your inspiration blog. Im curious if you followed a particular weight loss plan? Ive been on a diet for about 2 1/2 months & have lost some weight, but Im getting discouraged with scale not moving & food choices. I know slow weight loss is best, but Ive been stuck for a while now.

    Just curious if you followed a particular plan or way of eating to lose your weight. You look great!!

    Thanks Again

  101. March 9, 2010 6:01 pm

    Leah, I just emailed you. :)

  102. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    March 26, 2010 6:28 am

    It is so nice to see someone else’s story and be able to relate. Struggling with body image is something SO many of us face and it’s so silly! I’m glad to hear you’re on a healthy routine and focusing on a better goal in life. I believe you’re really helping a lot of people!
    Katherine

  103. March 26, 2010 7:57 am

    Hi Heather. I just came across your blog and wanted to say first of all that I love the name, AND the header (both so cute and creative)!! Secondly, your story is amazing and you look great! It’s so inspirational that you found something that works so well for you, and have stuck with it. Such a testament to what you can do through good diet and exercise! I love your blog and will definitely keep reading. :)

    (also…I just have to say that your pups are so cute!!)

  104. Cathy Sapp permalink
    April 2, 2010 4:40 pm

    War Eagle!

  105. April 7, 2010 3:10 pm

    Hi! Just want to say thanks for this awesome blog, Heather. Your story is really cool and you look SO good! I am loving the blog and have gotten some good ideas and recipes from it. Hey, have you ever tried coconut milk ice cream? I found it at Whole Foods and it’s made by Purely Decadent, I think…it’s awesome stuff!

  106. April 7, 2010 3:27 pm

    Mountain Girl, Glad you found me, and yes, I love the Purely Decadent ice-cream line. I’m actually doing a giveaway of some of the company’s product coupons: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2010/04/01/a-so-delicious-giveaway/. You should enter. :)

  107. April 11, 2010 6:43 am

    Just found your site – well done firstly! What an achievement. But also kudos to you for sharing it with others so that they might also get some benefit from your words.

  108. April 12, 2010 12:26 pm

    Hello Heather,

    I found your website because I was looking up Nutz-o. I am very impressed by your story and photos. You look awesome and truly healthy and happy too. I hope more women see your page. It is great to see someone that has great control and is happy while maintaining it all too. You are a great example for many others!

    Best Regards,
    Colleen Rugg
    President, New Point Public Relations

  109. April 12, 2010 12:36 pm

    Wow, thanks so much Colleen! :)

  110. Katie permalink
    April 23, 2010 9:41 am

    Hi! I just found your blog through your guest post on Choosing Raw and I am SO excited that I did! I absolutely love flipping through food and fitness blogs but am also disappointed by the lack of blogs documenting major weight loss/maintenance success stories. Exercise is like my daily cup of coffee and I find preparing my own meals to be so therapeutic. I also used to weigh over 200lbs (I’m 5’1”) and dropped over 70lbs slowly, but healthily and steadily, over the past 4 years. It sure has been an experience!!

    I wish I could spend all day reading through your posts but I am actually prepping for my last final of my 1st year of law school. But as soon as that’s out of my way, you can bet that I’ll be following your blog! Have a great weekend :)

  111. April 23, 2010 10:20 am

    Katie, Many congrats on your weight loss, and I am so glad you found me. Best of luck on your last final, and I hope to hear from you again. :) -Heather

  112. Stacie permalink
    May 19, 2010 6:14 pm

    Hi Heather!
    I’m so glad I came across your blog! I too am in the “I lost over 100lbs” club, and like you I did it through healthy eating and exercise. I also enjoy hearing other’s stories about how they reclaimed a healthy lifestyle. I also LURVE me some nut butter :0)
    You live in Nashville,eh? I’m right down the road from ya in Chattanooga!
    Look forward to reading more!
    Take care,
    Stacie

  113. May 20, 2010 7:15 am

    Stacie, So glad you found me, and many congrats on your weight loss. I love hearing from other *club members*. :) Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Heather

  114. May 23, 2010 4:55 pm

    Hey! you live in my area. :) I love your blog. You are very inspirational.

  115. May 23, 2010 4:58 pm

    Thanks Kittie, I love hearing from locals. :)

  116. May 29, 2010 1:39 pm

    Hi Heather!

    I am really glad I found your blog! Lots of good post and millions of good recipes! I wanna try all, but I don’t know where should I start! :) (may be I will start with the desserts)

    I was a “big” guy 7 years ago but the sport changed my life and I start to be happy with my figure..
    I wanna be a personal trainer and nutritionist and I hope, I can move in the US one day…

    Just keep blogging, keep posting your fantastic recipes please! :)

    Take care,
    Szabi

  117. May 29, 2010 2:17 pm

    Thanks for reading SoloSzabi and best of luck to you. :)

  118. May 31, 2010 1:04 pm

    You have SUCH a great story of shedding weight and finding balance! It’s so encouraging…I lost 100 pounds last year and sometimes I think that was the easy part. Learning how to fuel and enjoy this entirely new person is certainly a fun challenge! Looking forward to more examples from you on just how all this works now:)

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  119. May 31, 2010 4:10 pm

    Carter, So glad you found me and thanks for reading. Many congrats to you on your weight loss – that is awesome. Yes, maintaining can be a challenge. It’s an entirely different mindset from losing the weight, but don’t be too hard on yourself. You know what it takes to stay healthy. Just stay on that same path. You’ll be FINE. :)

  120. Toni permalink
    June 6, 2010 2:11 pm

    Hey Heather!
    I just found your blog & I’m so glad I did. I love foodie blogs but like you said there aren’t a lot about people who have gone through the “journey” of losing weight. I’ve yo-yo dieted since my weight gain in college and I’m so done. I’ve recently discovered whole foods, clean eating, moderation, etc and hope this is the final “trick”. I have about 50 pounds I’ve been trying to lose for years and I’m ready to do it for real! Thank You so much for sharing your journey!

    best,
    TB

  121. June 6, 2010 3:41 pm

    TB, So glad you found me and thanks for reading. You sound like you are on a good path – just stay on it. You’re going to be fine. Eating whole foods in moderation will help you lose those 50 pounds. I promise. :)

  122. Thislady25 permalink
    June 16, 2010 6:15 pm

    Hi Heather :]. I love your blog and have been following it for a few months now. A little random, but what was your major in college?

  123. June 16, 2010 7:18 pm

    Thislady25, Thanks so much for reading. I was a history major…mostly British studies.

  124. June 25, 2010 9:17 pm

    So I think this is a few years late but I just found your blog through CCK’s….I just wanted to say congrats on the weight loss and everything! :) And….my name is also Heather, I’m also 5’8″, and I also went to school for massage therapy (I’m not currently working, just taking care of my son). Also, I think you mentioned you’re pregnant? Guess what….yeah, me too.
    :)

  125. June 25, 2010 9:37 pm

    P.S. What’s your due date?

  126. June 26, 2010 6:30 am

    Hey Heather, So nice to “meet” you, and I’m glad you found me. I love that CCK. :)

    Sounds like we have a lot in common! I’m not really practicing much massage therapy these days either. We had some complications early in the pregnancy, and I wasn’t allowed to work. Then I got so sick, that I couldn’t even imagine giving someone a massage. Now, I’m just working on about 3 clients a month…ha, I used to do 3 sessions a day! I miss it, it’s been good for me to cut back.

    I’m due November 18. How about you?

  127. June 27, 2010 11:19 pm

    I understand that! I’m sorry about the early pregnancy complications and the sickness, I hope things are going more smoothly now. I’m sure it’s weird to not be working like normal but it must be nice to have a bit of a break. :)

    November 18! Good month. (My son’s birthday is November 10, haha) I’m due December 3. So we are pretty close :)

  128. July 2, 2010 12:09 pm

    I just saw your Auburn shirt on Dana’s blog and had to say it………”War Eagle!” I live in Opelika :)
    <3 Tori

  129. July 2, 2010 12:50 pm

    Haha – same to you Tori. :)

  130. erinsloves permalink
    July 8, 2010 6:46 pm

    Just wanted to say I Love your blog! I just started mine a few days ago after much hesitation haha but reading great blogs, yours included has motivated me to finally start mine! Cant wait to continue reading you blog in the future!

  131. July 9, 2010 6:35 am

    Erinsloves, Thanks so much for reading HEAB. :)

  132. Meagan permalink
    July 13, 2010 9:18 am

    I just found your blog, and watched your protein ice cream video. DELICIOUS!

  133. July 28, 2010 6:44 pm

    You have such a great story! It inspires me! I became vegetarian for health reasons a little over a year ago. Every few months I will go vegan for a couple weeks. I always go back to cheese though! I started a blog about my experience and going green. Hopefully my blog will inspire others as your has inspired me : )

  134. July 28, 2010 6:51 pm

    Thanks so much livinggreengirl. :)

  135. August 5, 2010 1:03 am

    hey .. i read a bit about you … congrats.. i know the feeling .. i have been obese ever sinse a childhood and now past 6 yrs i have lost over 100 pounds and keeping it that way.. lots of exercise and watching the food … i had a question and doubt about nut butter … i love my almond butter soo much i cant control… i mix protein – (whey ) with it and eat like three times a day.. its great .. could you advise on it for me like – how much is good – i know i might be harming myself with 150 grams to 200 gram of almond butter a day…

  136. August 5, 2010 12:14 pm

    Hey Najeem, So glad you found me and thanks for reading! Many congrats on your weight loss, and I’m going to tell you the same thing I tell everyone else. Do not fear the fat…fat will not make you fat! I often eat nut butter and other fats with every single meal. For me, a diet higher in fat and low in sugar works really well. However, we are all different, and what works best for me may not work best for you. Just listen to your own body, and it will let you know what it does and doesn’t like. Although, I think if you’ve already lost 100 pounds, you’re pretty in tune with yourself. Again, great job!

  137. August 5, 2010 1:54 pm

    Hi, Heather. I just found your site through DietGirl and the Two Fit Chicks podcast, and I am so inspired. Thanks for all the ideas on eating more healthy!

  138. August 5, 2010 4:02 pm

    Pamela, So glad you found me and thanks for reading. :)

  139. August 11, 2010 11:19 am

    As a fellow Auburn University graduate – I know what it feels like to be overweight in the land of pretty Southern Belles….

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  140. August 11, 2010 3:06 pm

    45Before35, Tell me about it! I had a good group of friends, but I never felt like I really fit in down in Auburn…unless Guthrie’s was involved. ;) Thanks for reading my blog and for your kind words. Sincerely, Heather

  141. August 13, 2010 7:36 pm

    Hi Heather! I found your blog while searching for guar gum and xanthan gum smoothie tips, and found not only great tips (thankyouthankyouthankyou!) but so much great stuff to read as well!
    I’m subscribing, so I’ll be keeping up with you! Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    Georgie Fear RD
    http://www.AskGeorgie.com

  142. August 19, 2010 7:32 am

    Georgie Fear, So glad you found me and thanks for reading. Hope you enjoy some protein ice-cream soon! :)

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