About the Blog
Peanut Butter Fingers began in September 2009 as a way to share recipes, exercise tips and random musings with my friends and family and has since grown into a blog that I update daily to document my life, fueled by (mostly) healthy food and fitness.
I love creating healthy meals and experimenting with new foods and flavors. I try to live a healthy, balanced life but also enjoy my favorite indulgences (like a peanut butter finger or two… or five). This blog is constantly updated with sweaty workouts and quick and simple recipes that I hope you will enjoy!
About the Blogger
My name is Julie Fagan and I am a full-time blogger, personal trainer, group exercise instructor and freelance writer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. I grew up in Palatine, Illinois before moving to Orlando for college, where I lived for eight years. My husband and I moved to in Ocala, Florida in July 2011 and then moved again in June 2014 to Charlotte and absolutely fell in love with North Carolina.
Upon graduation, I entered the “real world,” working in jobs in the public relations and marketing industry before realizing my affinity for writing and accepting a job as a content team manager for a large website. After working as a writer, editor and manager for two-and-a-half years, I eventually left my job to pursue a career in freelance writing and full-time blogging. Writing blog posts for Peanut Butter Fingers every day unearthed a passion in me. What was once simply a hobby grew into a love affair with blogging and eventually a career.
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
- PiYo Certified Instructor
- Spinning Certified Instructor
In addition to teaching group exercise classes, I absolutely love working up a sweat and enjoy incorporating a variety of workouts into my fitness routine. Boot camp and circuit workouts are my favorite (and they’re also the type of workouts I most frequently share on the blog), but I also enjoy barre classes, running, hiking and treadmill workouts that incorporate incline walking and sprints. Sweaty!
I have also completed a handful of half marathons, after thinking I couldn’t run for more than 20 minutes straight. I never used to be able to run long distances until I graduated from college and decided to train for a half marathon. With no activities or clubs demanding my time anymore, I felt like I needed a new goal in my life. I followed Hal Higdon’s training plan and completed my first half marathon in December 2007. I completed my second half marathon in Chicago on August 1, 2010 at the tail end of my bachelorette party. In November 2011, I completed the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and the Women’s Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida and in January 2013, I achieved my personal best at the ZOOMA Half Marathon!
My best friends in high school dubbed me “the bottomless pit” for my ability to eat copious amounts of food all the time. I love food and I love preparing meals with vibrant fresh produce just as much as I enjoy baking a batch of homemade cookies. Sharing recipes on this blog is a blast and I hope you find a few that will become some of your family favorites!
What in the world are Peanut Butter Fingers?
Quite possibly my favorite snack ever! Take your finger, dip it in the peanut butter jar and voila! Peanut butter fingers. So simple, yet so, so delicious. You may read about the history of the name behind my blog here.