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! :) 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 :)


  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 :) I recently discovered your blog about 4 months ago, and I read it every day :) 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 😉



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