A Gift

This time of year I cannot help but think about the blessings in my life. I count all of you on that list and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredible support and readership. Your comments and emails truly keep me going.

Since I know many of us will be stepping away from the computer over the holiday weekend, I wanted to take a moment this morning to share something with you.

I wrote this cheesy little poem (saturated with Sadie pictures, of course) to try my best to convey the gratitude I feel toward all of you and to thank you for stopping by my blog and making me smile every single day.

You are a gift.

Thank you.


Back in September 2009,

I started this blog,

I wrote stories, shared pictures,

Mostly of my dog

Dog with Tennis Ball

I didn’t think anyone would care,

I didn’t expect people to read,

But as I continued to blog,

Your support I received


Every day that I blog,

I think about all of you,

I want PBF to make you smile,

Especially when you’re feeling blue

happy dog

I want to return the gift,

The gift you give to me every day,

The gift of friendship and laughter,

A gift I can never truly begin to repay

funny vizsla

I wish I could send all of you something,

Cookies, peanut butter or at least a BIG hug,

To let you know how much you mean to me,

You fill me up with love

dog with tennis ball

I am bursting with gratitude,

And hope I can convey that to you today,

Thank you for stopping by PBF,

And letting me share my life with you every day

dog pajamas red 037

You guys truly are the best.

Thank you.


  1. Katelyn says

    I loved the poem & of course all of Sadie’s pictures! I’m so glad I know there’s someone out there who shares the same passion and love for their dog. Thank you for sharing your life with us!


  2. says

    Awh that’s so sweet! You were the first blog I ever found and inspired me to set up my own just over a year and half ago now! I spent hours reading your older posts at the time…you also really helped me to see the joy in being healthy and happy which proved to be a massive turning point in me recovering from my eating disorder. You’re an inspiration, always make me smile and although you might not feel like you’re giving anything back just by blogging you’re doing a hell of a lot for thousands of people! πŸ™‚ Happy Christmas!


  3. Amy says

    Julie, thank YOU for providing such wonderful reading material! You have a way with words and stopping by your blog every day is guaranteed to put a smile on my face no matter what the topic is. Have a great Christmas πŸ™‚


  4. Caitlin says

    I love reading your blog everyday and the inspiration you give me to go workout! I hope you have an amazing Christmas with your family and Sadie!


  5. says

    I love it! Very nice. Your blog is the first one that I started reading. It all started because I googled “how to make a fish shaped cake” and now I’ve been a loyal reader for years. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


  6. Kayley Brabender says

    That onesie is wayyyyy too cute!! I found you accidentally through pinterest about 4 months ago. I was just about to finish a half iron man and easily in the best shape of my life. Along with that I was petrified about how I was going to maintain that healthy lifestyle when the race ended. Your blog has been such a fun and uplifting way for me to do that. I am a teacher so I eagerly await my 1 p.m. planning so that I can check PBF and get excited for my evening workout! You are an amazing person and bring daily joy to more people than you know! Merry Christmas!


  7. Jackie W says

    Thank you for sharing your life with us! Its almost like you all are family! Merry Christmas Julie and keep inspiring us like you do!


  8. Kaitlin says

    This was so cute πŸ™‚ I recently discovered your blog about 4 months ago, and I read it every day πŸ™‚ I also have a dog (a black lab) and I totally understand your love for your pup! Dogs are such a special part of our lives. Thank you for being such a motivational person, helping all of us to stay on track with eating right and giving our body the exercise it deserves! Merry Christmas!! XOXO


  9. Meghan says

    I found your blog through Pinterest exactly one year ago and have been enamored ever since. I turn here for motivation, laughter and fun. I am so grateful you do what you do everyday – thank you, and Merry Christmas!


  10. Shannon says

    You were the first healthy eating blog I found, too, and your posts have helped me figure out how to abandon calorie-counting, which is huge. Thanks for working so hard and being so consistent!


  11. Kate says

    Reading for over 2 years over here! I would LOVE to meet you in person, Julie. I don’t write my own blog, and comment rarely on your posts, BUT I look forward to checking it out every morning with my bowl of oatmeal before I head off to work. You’re inspiring and hilarious, and have brought much enjoyment to my life with your work. Thank you. Merry Christmas!


  12. Sydney says

    Hey Julie!
    Yours was the first fitness/healthy living blog I stumbled upon, and it has changed my life for the better! I know I am living a healthier life now thanks for your workouts and recipes. Thank you so much for all that you do. Have a wonderful holiday season.


  13. Caitlin says

    Oh you are so lovely! I came across your blog about a year ago when I was looking for info on Vizlas (my dream dog if I only had the space! le sigh) You and Sadie have kept me coming back ever since! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!


  14. Kimberly says

    Merry Christmas Julie to you & your family. I enjoy reading your blog and always love the pics of Sadie. For some reason I feel like Sadie may get a little brother or sister in 2013.


  15. Carol T. says


    I love your blog. Thank you for being yourself and sharing your life with your readers…we all love you!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family… the best for 2013!!!


  16. kelli says

    I’m sure many of us on here feel the same about you. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your blog. With your recipes, workouts, and humor, you bring a lot of happiness, joy and even hope for your readers. So, thank you! Also, a few more weight related workouts would be cool too πŸ˜‰



  17. Mary says

    Your blog is the first blog I ever read and now I keep up with every post. I truly enjoy hearing about your family , Sadie, your travels etc. but mostly you always start me off on a positive note with your positive, happy outlook on life. I was inspired to start exercising because of your blog and am all the better for it . Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and keep up the blogging- you are reaching many people in many different ways. Mary


  18. Noa says

    Julie – thank you for all that you have done for us! Your blog has meant so much to me – I came across it this year and your recipes have really helped me bring more healthy variety into my meals – especially the smoothies and oatmeal. You are awesome! I hope you and your family have a fabulous Christmas! I love your poem too!


  19. Lia says

    You inspire me every day! Love reading about precious Sadie,your adventures and what you made for lunch. Sending hugs from California.
    Merry christmas


  20. Lori says

    Love all the Sadie pics. Love your blog, I always look forward to reading your post. It makes me smile and is part of how I unwind after a long day. You keep me inspired to workout, and help me to stay positive. Thanks for sharing your life. Happy holidays to you and your family.


  21. says

    I love the poem, it’s so sweet. πŸ™‚ Your blog was one of the first healthy living blogs I discovered and ushered me into the crazy world of blogging, I feel like I should be thanking you! Merry Christmas, I hope you have a fantastic season with family and friends


  22. Alexandra says

    Aww that is so sweet, Julie! I am such a huge fan of yours because of your humility and fabulous outlook on life! you make us smile and laugh every day! Keep up the fantastic work!! Merry Christmas to you and your family πŸ™‚


  23. Jill says

    I love your poem and love love love the pics of Sadie!!
    Wishing you and your entire family a very happpy holiday and the best for 2013 !!
    Come visit us in NYC again !!!


  24. says

    I love your blog and all of those fun pictures of Sadie! You have been a source of inspiration both personally and blogonally (if that makes sense? :)) Thank you for all of your fun posts and I look forward to reading many good ones to come!
    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!


  25. says

    This just made my day. Poems and puppies make me smile. Thanks for keep on keepin’ on Julie! I’ve been a consistent reader for ~3 years and it’s one of the ones I’ve stuck with. Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  26. Stephanie says

    I love the poem & your super cute Sadie! I am very appreciative of this blog, I read it every day and you always seem to put a smile on my face or give me some motivation to do a fun workout πŸ™‚ Thank you for all of those by the way, I seriously use them daily! Hope you guys have an amazing Christmas & a happy new year!


  27. Laura says

    I love it πŸ™‚ since we’re being all sappy and stuff, I wanted to let you know that I found your blog fairly recently through a friend, and it has honestly given me a new outlook on health and fitness. I know that sounds dramatic, but I recently started a new job and was having a lot of life-transitions and found myself continually making excuses to justify unhealthy habits. Your blog reminded me that being healthy can and should be fun and shouldn’t be a chore. You gave me a lot of good ideas about how to incorporate healthy living into a daily life. So thank YOU for all you’ve done. And Merry Christmas πŸ™‚


  28. Carmen says

    Too cute!!

    I must say that I began reading your blog for workout ideas, and still do. Sometimes there are weeks when there isn’t much of anything, and I think about looking for a different blog. But yet I always seem to come back to yours for some reason. It truely is one of the best ones out there. Easy to navigate, and the “characters” are lovable and relatable haha!

    Keep up the good work. Wishing you and your family a wonderful apocalypse, and a very Merry Christmas πŸ™‚



  29. Jillian says

    This is a very sweet blog post, Julie! I never really read blogs until about 2 years ago when my friend started her blog. I read it at first to support her, but then I found that I really enjoyed reading a blog! Your blog was on her favorites list, and I am so happy I found PBF. You make us happy as well. I look forward to every morning coffee break and lunch break at work to catch up with PBF. I, along with every reader I’m sure, am so glad you started PBF and for sharing your life day in and day out!


  30. Dana says

    That is so sweet, thank you for your funny, informative and inspirational blogs everyday!! my day doesn’t feel complete if I haven’t read your blog – either to find a great new recipe, product or daily picture of Sadie to make me smile. Thanks!! Have a great Christmas!!


  31. JLo says

    Thanks for your poem. I love seeing the pictures of Sadie. She makes me smile. Thank you for inspiring me to workout, eat healthier and just take time out for myself. Oh, and I can’t forget the recipes! They are great!!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!


  32. Stephanie Gramlich says

    haha sadie is such a nerd I want a sadie! Merry Christmas!!!! and thanks for all the yummy food ideas year round!


  33. says

    That is SO cute!! I love all of the Sadie pictures mixed in. Your blog was one of the first I ever read, and I remember when I emailed you about something, you actually responded right away and were so sweet. I really appreciated that and still do! πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas to you, Julie!


  34. Katie says

    Wonderful poem πŸ™‚ Makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside! I always look forward to your blog posts. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Julie πŸ™‚ xo


  35. Lisa says

    What a great poem! So creative! I look forward to your blog the first thing when I get to work in the morning! My 2 basset hounds hounds, Fred and Heidi, wish you and Sadie a Merry Christmas!


  36. Shannon M. says

    Thank you! I love reading your blog, especially your work outs and meals!
    Merry Christmas! Looking forward to the 2013 reading.


  37. says

    This was so sweet, I love it! (And of course love the pics of Sadie!) Seriously I have been reading from the very start and your blog is something that I love reading every day. It’s real, it’s light, it’s interesting and it’s just a go-to happy place. Thanks for posting & happy holidays πŸ™‚


  38. Michele says

    Thanks for sharing your life with us, Julie! I always say things to my husband like, “Julie says that coffee is good”, or “Julie made the best looking breakfast today.” He is always saying, “Who is Julie?”
    Hahaha, keep up the good work, I love your blog. Merry Christmas!


  39. Sherri says

    Merry Christmas Julie! I love your blog, with your exercise plans, yummy recipes, fashion tips, and pics of Sadie; I can’t think of a better blog out there.


  40. Sarah says

    I love your blog! It is something I look forward to reading each day! Thanks for all your great workouts and tips. Enjoy your holiday. Merry Christmas!


  41. Lisa W. says

    What a sweet poem! I really enjoy reading your blog every morning while drinking my coffee in my pajamas before my crazy day starts. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Julie!


  42. Melaina says

    Merry Christmas Julie, Ryan, and Sadie! Your blog pops into my email towards the end of my work day and I always smile when I see it. You always have a positive spin to share and I just love your energy. May God bless you and your family with a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


  43. Cheryl says

    Your blog makes me smile. I have many blogs in my reader and yours is always the first (and many times the only) blog I will read each and every day. Thank you for the simple pleasure.


  44. Ivy says

    Thank you for this post! You are such a sweet person and I along with many enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for being you. Keep up the great work! πŸ™‚


  45. Barbara says

    Love your blog. Love the Sadie girl – what a face. How can you not smile?! Thank you for creating PBF, Julie. Merry Christmas to you, Ryan and your family. Peace.


  46. Dharshi says

    Hiii I just wanted to say this is my first time commenting after finding your blog about a year ago and love reading everything you post including workouts and amaaazing recipes! Hope you have a great christmas with your family Julie πŸ™‚


  47. Carly says

    Thank you for having such a wonderful blog!! Reading it everyday is one of my favorite things to do!!! Merry Christmas to you, Ryan and Sadie!!!


  48. Hope says

    Merry Christmas! I love following your blog, we are a little older (mid thirties, my husband is pushing 40 (lol)…he turns 36 January 10th) but in the same situation as you, married with dog, no kids. I enjoy a life of fitness and healthy eating, I enjoy reading of others with the same lifestyle. Keep it up, I love reading your posts.


  49. says

    I just started reading your blog a couple of months ago. I searched and searched for a few to add to my favorites that I could read every night and actually relate to. Yours was a no-brainer. I love reading your blog, you inspire me to work more on mine. Great poem tonight!


  50. says

    Awww what a sweet poem, Julie! Merry Christmas to you, Ryan and Sadie!! Thank you for your wonderful blog that truly is a high point of happiness in my day! πŸ™‚


  51. Tailar says

    The poem is super cute and thoughtful Julie! I’m so so glad I found your blog on Pinterest in May, it’s a great start to my day or a wonderful pick-me-up if I’m feeling down! You bring a gift to each reader every day and you should be so proud of your work:) Merry Christmas to you, your family, and of course Sadie!


  52. says

    I just wanted to say how thankful I am that I came across your blog last year. My boyfriend (now fiance) was on a year-long deployment at the time. I was devastated, but instead of harping on the negative I took it as an opportunity to focus on myself through working out more and eating better. Your blog provided inspriation, guidance and most importantly a chance to laugh during this otherwise tough time. Thanks again!


  53. says

    Thank YOU Julie for bringing a smile to face every day πŸ™‚ I always love coming to read your posts everyday. I may not always comment, but I do read everyday. Sadie always makes me smile too- what a little ray of sunshine everyday. & thank you for just being YOU! πŸ˜€


  54. Sarah Elizabeth says

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Julie! I love your blog and have been following it for quite a while now! I think I started around the time you and Ryan got married =)


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