The Long[er] Story



Throughout the many pages of Then Heather Said, you will find a lot of different material. A smorgasbord of awesomeness, if you will.

Broken Engagement:
Then Heather Said started as a place share my heart as I began the healing process after my broken engagement.  I try 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. 

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Weight Loss: 
So far, I’ve lost over 40 50lbs the healthy way; good foods and exercise.  I’m working towards the day when my total weight lost will be 60lbs. [I’m getting closer!!!] I’m not an “after”, I’m a “during”.


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 and look forward to running further and faster in 2011. I plan to run a race in all 50 states in my lifetime.


Single Girl in the Kitchen
Over the past two years, I’ve started getting a bit more creative in the kitchen.  I’m constantly looking for inspired ways to conquer the cooking for one challenge, without abandoning fresh ideas and nutritional value along the way.


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 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 rambles, creations, stories, ideas, personal experiences, thoughts, suggestions and advice. Because I just can’t help myself and feel an uncontrollable urge to share with you.


Don’t ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
-Harold Thurman

Please feel free to contact Heather Shugarman, at

  10 Responses to “The Long[er] Story”

  1. hey Heather! just found your blog via spabettie’s blog :) i’m originally from Wisconsin as well. i’m having fun perusing your posts!
    have a great day :)

  2. 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

  3. Hi Heather! I read Colleen’s guest post and I’m so glad I found your blog! Looks like you’re doing an amazing job and I can’t wait to keep up with it! :)
    Rachel ~ Dressed to Dish recently posted..Birthday Festivities!

  4. 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.

  5. You are truly inspirational. You are so confident, strong, and independent, and you know exactly what you believe and what you want. I love your blog! I’ll be continuing to follow along :)
    Tori (Fresh Fruition) recently posted..An Evening in Annapolis- Maryland

  6. 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! :)
    Juju @ Get Fit with Juju recently posted..Book- A New Earth By Eckhart Tolle

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

  7. So happy I found you blog…you are fabulous and I’m looking forward to your future posts!

  8. 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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