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Hi, my name is Heather.  And this is what I said.

If you don’t have time to start way back here and move forward, let me give you just a few little tidbits about me you may find interesting:

-I’ve lived in Illinois, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Texas, & New York.
-I may always call Madison, Wisconsin home.

-I strive to organize; but thrive in chaos.
-To me, conviction inspires life change.
-I believe in a lot of things, but mostly I believe love wins.
-I use my dictionary as a cookbook, and proof to win most arguements.
-I’ve lost 40lbs the healthy way; good foods and exercise.

-I am determined to be the healthiest version of me. I’m still working on becoming fit and working towards my goal weight, and my fitness milestones.
-Guilty Pleasures: too much red wine, too much TV, & heating my blanket in the dryer before bed.
-I’ve started running races.  I plan to run a race in all 50 states in my lifetime.  So far I’ve conquered 3 states.

-I often like to think I am “in control” and that I “have it all together.”
-I am rarely “in control” or “have it all together.”
-I want to try new things, meet new people, and visit new places.
-Oh, and I snore.

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
-Harold Thurman

Please feel free to contact Heather Shugarman, at

34 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2009 9:14 pm

    These photos are great!! You seem to come across as this happy, sparkly, joyous person in photographs – I would imagine that’s how you live your life by what I have read…

  2. December 28, 2009 11:14 am

    Love that quote!

  3. January 1, 2010 11:53 am

    hey heather! i found you via some connection on twitter. isn’t that always the way? anyway, love your blog. looking forward to keeping up with you…


  4. January 2, 2010 11:46 pm

    I am a licensed mental health counselor and have had the honor of walking with many people through their food/weight/body image issues. Research says that dieting is not a long-term solution because almost everyone who loses weight gains it all back – plus more! This is because food and weight issues are much more about our hearts and our stories than calories and fat grams. Until we address these issues of the heart, we cannot fight the body image bandit and win. I am writing a book and blog about the causes and how to address them instead of treating the symptoms only. If we don’t work on the causes of our weight/body issues, it is like cutting off a weed at the top. It looks good for a while, but it always comes back. My latest post is called, “Real Reasons for Food Addiction.” I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks, Cherrie
    Fannies: Reflections on Cookie Dough, Life, and Your Derriere

  5. January 13, 2010 11:53 am

    Just spent some time poking around your site. I have a feeling your blog is a must read for me!

  6. January 29, 2010 7:58 pm

    I love that Harold Whitman quote — so inspiring and perfectly summing up how we should all live our lives. Fantastic blog. 🙂

  7. February 5, 2010 4:08 pm

    I saw that you used to live in Wis Dells on A Fit & Spicy Life blog – I’m from Baraboo and spent a few summers working in the Dells too!
    So glad I came across your blog!

  8. jobeth4mtx permalink
    February 14, 2010 9:59 am

    Heather my deer… GREAT JOB !!! I LOVE THE SITE!! U should have done this a way long time ago like back in or gotta catch `em all days… Ur FABULOUS keep up the great work… Love U dear

  9. February 18, 2010 9:53 am

    hey, just found your blog. recently started my own and came across yours at the list of attendee’s for fitbloggin10. it looks like its going to be a great time! and btw, congrats on your weightloss and continued success. i’m an avid reader now 🙂
    see you there!

    • February 18, 2010 12:03 pm

      Hello Amanda! Thank you for the kind comment 🙂 I look forward to checking out your blog, too and am happy to have you as a reader of THS!

  10. foxyself permalink
    February 26, 2010 10:33 pm

    Hi my new Twitter friend!
    This is only the 2nd blog I’ve ever commented on in my whole life (the first was my sisters…well, I guess and also mine – but that’s a fairly new endeavor to me as well!) so hopefully I am doing this right! 🙂
    Heather, I’m so excited to “back track” and catch up with your life on here as well as watch what unfolds as you move forward. As I said in my Twitter introduction, we have much in common…the midwest thing, the wedding that wasn’t thing and the JC thing (just to name a few I’m sure). One thing I KNOW…we are created with a plan and a purpose. And the things that are in store for us are greater then even we can imagine.
    You’re a total SuperFox. Believe it! 😉

  11. Megan permalink
    March 4, 2010 12:31 pm

    LOVE that quote by Whitman!

  12. March 5, 2010 9:29 am

    Hi Heather – excited to dig around on your site and “get to know you” better! And OHHH MY GOSH I did that Luv2Run 5K in Boston last year too! I was going to Northeastern at the time.. don’t live there any more. Small world!

    My favorite: “but mostly i believe love wins.”

  13. April 27, 2010 10:47 pm

    Just found your blog and I love it! Thanks for being you!

  14. May 13, 2010 1:43 pm

    Love it! Hows about lets just live in the same place and be real life friends? 🙂 xoxo

  15. May 18, 2010 4:49 pm

    This is so cool! I would love to race in all 50 states as well. You have a great ambition and I admire that. I will definitely be following up on your blog!

  16. May 27, 2010 8:09 pm

    OMG I love your goal of running a race in each state. I might just go ahead and steal that idea and do it up here in Canada. Run a race in each of the provinces (maybe even the way up North Territories).

  17. July 27, 2010 5:46 am


    I came across your blog through the maze we call Twitter. I immediately enjoyed your writing style and had to subscribe. Great job!

  18. August 15, 2010 8:18 pm

    I love love love that quote and am so happy to have met you this weekend. I loved your positive energy and that’s just what I need in my life. Thanks again for the HLS directions.

  19. August 16, 2010 12:21 pm

    Congrats on your progress! You look great! I also love your goal to run a marathon in every state; if you ever venture north of the border, I may have to join you. Keep it up, lady; you rock!

  20. August 19, 2010 6:58 am

    Hi Heather!
    I just decided a couple of days ago to run a race in all of the states as well! I’ve only gotten one down so far (NC), but good luck with your journey and congrats on losing 40 pounds!!! I know that it is extremely hard to do it the right way (healthy foods and exercise) but you did it! You go girl 🙂 We need more role models out there like you.
    I’m a future dietitian, and I’ve met so many people that want to lose weight, but they want it the FAST way, you know, just a quick fix…but it isn’t done that way. And good for you for realizing that 😀

  21. August 31, 2010 3:43 pm

    Just started following you on twitter and after your last post…realized your are from Madison, WI. I went to school here and never left! It is always wonderful to find other Bucky lovers!!

    Love your blog too!

  22. September 12, 2010 2:16 pm

    Hi, Heather!

    I just found your blog from your guest post on Tina’s blog. You are awesome, and I was really moved by your posts about your broken engagements. I, too, was once engaged and am even 2 years later still dealing with some of the fallout from that ending.

    Thank you for your awesome blog, and I look forward to reading more! 🙂


  23. September 12, 2010 7:33 pm

    Hello Heather,
    I just found your blog through your wonderful guest post at Carrots ‘N Cake. I love what your blog is about; it looks great. I can’t wait to read more!

  24. September 30, 2010 1:20 pm

    I just read your blog for the first time, and I love, love, love your openess and your optimism. Keep on keepin’ on, you’re fabulous!

  25. October 5, 2010 8:41 pm

    Hi Heather! I am a fellow cheesehead too and new to the blogging world. Just wanted to say hi from Milwaukee!

  26. mrsfattypants permalink
    November 15, 2010 5:43 pm

    Hey there! Just wanted to stop in and say hello! Great blog, will be back to read more soon! 🙂


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