. at a glance – february 2015 .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on February 27, 2015

It’s that time of the month again! 

And, no… not that time of the month (don’t worry – my mind went there too). It’s that time of the month where we take a look back at all the awesome things that happened in the last 30 28 days. February, you weirdo.

I started doing these kinds of posts back in January after scrapping my monthly favourites posts, and I really like them because they force me to slow down and actually make a note of all the highlights that I’d otherwise just gloss over and forget about while I’m busy focusing on the future. When you really stop to think about it, a lot of awesome things happen that we might not give ourselves enough credit for… so these posts are for doing just that!

Before we get into it, though, I just wanted to thank you guys for all your well wishes regarding my back. It’s feeling quite a bit better, but still a ways from 100%… which sucks because I was hoping to get up to the mountains this weekend. Le boo. But enough doom and gloom — on to the good stuff!


February Recipes1

Brownie Batter Breakfast Bake

Healthier Chocolate Dessert Roundup

February Recipes2

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

S’mores Truffles

February Recipes3

Vegan Flourless Banana Bread Muffins

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Smoothie

February Recipes4

For Savory Style:

Double Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Bites

Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter

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  • I think my absolute favourite blog-related news was the fact that Thinking Out Loud hit another all time high this month with over 100 linkup. I feel like I say this all the time, but I really appreciate you guys participating, commenting, and reading every week. I seriously never expected ToL to grow so much when I first started it out, but I guess everyone is looking for an excuse to dump random thoughts into a post in bullet point form. I feel ya, friends. I feel ya.
  • Oh snap! Okay, favourite blog-related news is tied because I just remembered that my Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins hit over 500,000 pins this month. That’s just… boggling. I remember checking in on them a week ago when they were at 490k and wondering if they’d push 500 so I could include them in this recap. Lo and behold… 518. Boggled.
  • Not as many features this month as I had back in January, but my Banana Bread Granola Bars went up on MyFitnessPal, so that was pretty neat!
  • The last week in February marked National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and it was so great to see so many people raising awareness about the dangers of eating disorders. I shared my own post on the issue, and while it’s still a topic I feel very passionately about, I’m finding it so much easier to live recovery than write about it.
  • And thanks so much for helping Spoons hit over 8k likes on Facebook. Love you guys!

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  • Weekend mountain getaways are probably my favourite part of every winter month, but I somehow only managed one in February. I was hoping to head out again tomorrow, but my dratted back decided to be a jerk. It’s feeling heaps better, though, so there’s hope yet! #PrayForSpoons
  • In other fitness related news, running has been going well! You guys know I’m following the Couch to 5K program, and I’ve gotten to the point where I think I’m running more than walking. I’ve been taking it slow and repeating a lot of the weeks because I kind of need to save my legs for boarding, but my running has steadily been getting better… which is what I was after all along.
  • Other than that, life has been mostly work and school. Coaching is seriously the love of my life, and I find myself wanting to study even in my spare time.  That being said, my work/life balance definitely needs a huge overhaul, because yeah… I’d rather avoid any more stress-induced seized muscles…

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  • More recipes! I was kind of at a loss for what kind of theme to go for in March, but carrot cake and shamrock shake [type things] seem to be the most popular, so we’re going to see how we can work those flavours into something Spoonified.
  • The return of What I Ate Wednesday and As We Speak! You guys keep telling me that you miss them, and honestly… I do too. I’ve got them in the schedule for March, so I’m definitely looking forward to making things a little more personal around here.


Tell me at least one awesome thing that happened in February!
What’s in the books for March?

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