The Long[er] Story



Throughout the many pages of Then Heather Said, you will find a variety of topics.  A smorgasbord of awesomeness, if you will.

THS started as a place share my heart as I began the healing process after my broken engagement.  Over the years I have tried to be open and honest with the process of growth, understanding, and pain.  I hope that discussing these things in detail will bring comfort to others who are possibly going through similar heart break.

Weight Loss:
So far, I’ve lost over 60lbs the healthy way; good foods and exercise.  In recent years I’ve noticed I cycle through a 15 lb gain and loss each year, during my running “off season.”  I’m working towards the day when my total weight lost will be 70 lbs and remain maintained. I’m not an “after,” I’m a “during.”


Running & Getting Fit:
Since the Fall of 2009, I have adopted a much more active lifestyle.  I enjoy exercise [though, admittedly, not every day – some days I do have to talk myself into it] and have discovered a love of running.  I’ve run several races over the years and look forward to running further and faster each spring, summer and fall. I plan to log some miles in all 50 states in my lifetime.


THS Kitchen:
Since first starting THS, I’ve taken the opportunity to become a bit more creative in the kitchen.  I’m constantly looking for inspired ways to conquer the cooking for two challenge, without abandoning fresh ideas and nutritional value along the way.  I don’t define my diet as this or that, and eat what I want, when I want it.  I have learned that my body responds best when I eat certain types of foods and try to choose those as often as possible, but I don’t hold back from ANY certain food or beverage if it’s something I want.


More Than:
To me, healthy living is not only about nutrition and fitness; it is more than what you are eating and what kind of exercise you are doing each week.  Several friends have offered their own perspectives on other facets of a healthy lifestyle in the More Than Series.  I share about a lot more than nutrition and fitness myself, from other “physical health” topics to mental wellness, spirituality, self-awareness and personal growth.  Overall health and happiness is the name of the game in these parts!

I Believe:
You can expect to find me passing along inspiration and motivation that I find in my day to day life.  Saturdays are simple, spotlighting a quote to focus on, and I’m often willing to discuss kindness at large, as well as in the small crevices of our relationships with others, and especially with ourselves.


So Much More:
Including but not limited to recommendations, crafty creations, stories, recaps, personal experiences, goal setting and productivity tipsthoughts, blog talksuggestions and advice. Because I just can’t help myself and feel an uncontrollable urge to share with you.

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Heather Shugarman is the blogger behind Then Heather Said, where she shares a genuine look into her journey to ‘make one healthy decision, then make another’ – along the way she has lost over 60 pounds while discovering a love for mid-distance running and urging others to make their own healthy decisions, one at a time.

Heather is also the director of, a community driven website of over 2,500 members who are bloggers themselves, tackling a wide range of topics under the healthy living umbrella.  HLB celebrates the fact that a healthy life can mean different things to different people and believes in the power of collaboration between bloggers and fellow internet-aholics.

Please feel free to contact Heather via email at

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10 thoughts on “The Long[er] Story

  1. LauraJayne

    I just found your blog today – and I think you are amazing! I started my weight lost journey five years ago – but a breakup a year and a half ago totally rocked my world. I felt like I had to re-learn to do a lot of the things I’d been doing for years (eat, exercise, and live). I can’t wait to keep reading – and I think you look beautiful already (and did before too)!
    LauraJayne recently posted..Sugar Detox Day 14- Recap

  2. Renie

    Hi Heather, I was looking at tweet updates and I love browsing other blog sites. I am so happy to find your blog. You are awesome. You have courage to loose that weight and change your life style. I too have lost 45 pounds since last July. It was a have to thing for me. I am a diabetic and I wanted to continue to live. I am a young senior citizen (60 something) and it was not easy. I am still loosing but slowly. I started walking and I am up to 3 miles per day now and my goal is 5 miles. I do zumba gold and k bells at the senior center and I love it. You keep up the good work Heather. I love the name of your blog.

  3. Juju @ Get Fit with Juju

    Hi, Heather!
    I’m so glad that I read the long[er] story 🙂 I found your blog through, and at first, came by your blog to say thanks for all your hard work that you do for the site.
    After reading your story, this may sound cheesy, but I really felt you, with everything that you wrote. Your inspiring and a great, beautiful person! I’m so lucky to have found your blog. Many thanks, and am looking forward to read more of your posts! 🙂
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    1. Heather

      Juju – I am just now reading this comment and just wanted to say THANK YOU for the v. sweet words!! xoxoxoxo

  4. ChiChi

    hey Heather, I found your blog through a tweet about your list making. I use to make lists, but I never got around to completing them and that upset me so I stopped. I’m not originally from Wisconsin but I live here right now. I can’t wait to read more of your posts.


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