About Me

First of all, let me just say, “THANK YOU!” for checking out my blog!  After finding so many amazing blogs that I frequent on a daily basis, I decided to write my own as a way to interact with the blog community and as a way of figuring out “ME.”  I’ll pass on any tips, tricks, or insights I figure out.  We all need all the help we can get, right???  I’m no expert, but  I do love sharing and learning new things.  Hope you find something helpful here & that I can learn something from you, too!

A little about me . . . I’m a web writer/editor, working mostly from home, which can be a nice perk, although sometimes I have to force myself out into the “real world” for human contact and, you know, to be sure I shower. 😉


Cooking happens to be one of my very favorite things to do, and I LOVE trying new recipes.  I’m a bit of a Food Network junkie, but I also get inspired by things I read online & in magazines as well as dishes I see on menus when eating out.  I have so much fun playing in the kitchen!

Having lived alone for the last four years, I’ve figured out a thing or two about cooking for one. I love to cook, but most recipes make so much food that I’m stuck eating leftovers. Now, I like leftovers, but not for 4 days in a row. And I have a thing about wasting food—I feel totally guilty throwing things out and get so disappointed when things like produce go bad before I can use them. I had to find a way to make cooking work for my household, rather than being stuck with endless leftovers or wasted, spoiled food. Enter Party of One! If you’re eating on your own (or even if you’re not!), check it out!

I try to eat healthfully as often as possible. I just feel so much better when I do! I hate to have rules for eating, but there are a few things I try to keep in mind overall . . .

  1. If it doesn’t taste good, don’t eat it. I’m all for healthy eating, but I’m not going to eat something just because it’s good for me or just because it’s there. If I’m taking in calories, I want to enjoy them!
  2. If you’re hungry, EAT! I always see women starving themselves on diets only to succumb to their hunger and feel like they’ve failed. That’s no good! So when I feel hungry, I know it means that my body needs fuel–and I eat something!
  3. If you aren’t hungry, DON’T EAT! This is perhaps the most difficult one for me. You see, I love food. It’s not just the tastes and textures, but also the happy feeling it gives me. Unfortunately, this leads me to eat when I’m bored, lonely, celebrating, socializing, etc. etc. etc.! You can always have more . . . tomorrow. Every time I want to eat when I’m not hungry, I tell myself this!
  4. If you want dessert, have dessert. I have found that when I really want something sweet, I need to have the real deal. No substituting with a diet ice cream sandwich or sugar-free pudding. For me, that just leads to overeating, because I haven’t really satisfied my craving.
    If I just have what I really want (in moderation!), I’m satisfied.


I’m a lifelong runner, but a nasty knee injury sidelined me for several years after doctors told me I couldn’t run anymore. I actually listened, which is totally
out of character for me! But when my co-workers started buzzing about a race they had all signed up to run, I was itching to run again. I started out slowly–very slowly. But bit by bit, I managed to build up my strength, increasing my mileage and eventually my pace. And now? I run half marathons! Considering I thought I’d never run again, it’s a pretty big deal to me, something I’m very proud of. Now, I run almost every day and appreciate the fact that I am able to do so!

I used to think I didn’t like to workout, but somewhere along the way, I realized I actually do!

I love the way I feel when I exercise regularly, and there’s truly nothing like that endorphin high after a really great run or workout.  In the past, I was only working out to lose or maintain my weight, but now want to workout.  I love and look forward to my workouts–they make me feel strong, confident, and alive!

Running has become my favorite workout, but I really think of it more as a hobby than a workout.  It is my go-to stress reliever, and I can get pretty cranky if I don’t get a run in several days each week!

Regardless of the workout, I carve out some time most every day for myself to move.  Because I want to.  Because I can.  Because nothing makes me feel stronger or tougher or better than the accomplishment of a great workout.


Finally, I am always on the lookout for simple things that bring me everyday happiness.  In this crazy world, it’s important not to lose sight of the “small stuff.”

My ultimate life goal is to be happy.

In the past, I always thought I knew what I wanted, what would make me happy.  I’m not so sure anymore.  My aim is to find joy in the little things, discover my own interests, and enjoy the overall journey.  I have been so busy trying to make my life happen that I’ve missed out on enjoying the ride on the way to get there.  On the happiness front, my aim is to be happy with what I have and stop focusing on what I don’t.  I realize that changing my outlook on life is not something that will happen overnight, but if I can’t get there if I don’t try!

45 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Lindsay says:

    I love your blog, Melissa!! It’s so upbeat and informative. I’m definitely with you on the Jackie Warner full body workout…even when I’m cursing her, I’m loving her. And I can’t wait to try Bethenny’s yoga…and watch her show. Yay!! Mostly I love the recipes since you know I can’t cook, but really want to (w/o bothering the hubby). Congrats!

    • hungryhealthyhappy says:

      Awe, thanks Linds! Hopefully I’ll be able to give you some relatively easy recipes you can do for yourself when he’s working!

  2. Hi Melissa. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It’s cool that you are in Richmond as well! I love “meeting” new local bloggers. 🙂

  3. Hi, Melissa! I just found your blog, and I love it! Just wanted to say hi! Virginia sounds gorgeous; I’ve always wondered if I belong there! I’m originally from Texas, used to live in Russia where we had 4 seasons, and now I live in California. I miss the four seasons! 🙂 Although, California isn’t too shabby. 😉 Glad I found you!

    • Hi Kristen! I’m so glad you found me, too! It’s so cool that you’ve lived so many places! Virginia is beautiful; I honestly love living here! I’m excited to check out your blog now, too! 🙂

  4. Hey Melissa! I also live in VA and just started a blog! Glad to know there are others in the area and that you love it here. I’ve been here for 15 years, but moved to a more rural area two years ago to live on my husband’s farm. I hope you’ve been able to truly explore VA; there are so many awesome areas to see!

    It sounds like we have a lot in common and I look forward to reading more on your blog!!

    • Hi Kristin! How fun–I’m glad you found me! 🙂

      I am in Michigan for the summer visiting my family, but I can’t wait to explore more of VA. I really do love it there! Looking forward to checking out your blog as well! 🙂

  5. Errign says:

    Just figured I’d read your about me 🙂 It’s great to have a balanced lifestyle & keeping the small stuff in mind is key!

  6. Jessica says:

    I just came across your blog and I think it is so great! Like you, I have been reading other’s blogs for quite a while and am also inspired to start my own (I’m just not there yet.) Just wanted to say hi!

  7. Hi Melissa! Just came over from Carrots ‘N Cake because I saw that you’re from Michigan & moving back here soon. I’m in the metro Detroit area, and I blog over at On the Road Again about running, teaching, and preparing to be a mom.

    It’s always nice to see fellow Michigan runners in the Blog World! Another local blogger (also named Megan) and I are working on getting Michigan bloggers together soon for a meet-up. We’d love to have you if you’re back in town soon!

    • YAY! I’d love that! I’m totally up for it! 🙂 I’ll be back in Michigan after this week, so let me know what you decide on and I’ll be there if I can.

  8. Hi – Just found your blog thru Tina’s great idea today @ Carrots N Cake! I saw you are a fellow Michigander! I grew up in South Lyon (near Ann Arbor) I see you’re moving back to MI – have a safe move. I left after college and went to NY, then Houston TX – now I live in Trinidad. Crazy right? It’s fun, different and exciting! If you feel like it – head on over and check out my blog! I post all about recipes, fitness, whatever’s on my mind, surfing, etc… xoxo from Trinidad


  9. Happy to stop by and read about your blog… and your food, races, etc. You are one versatile little lady! Where in Virginia are you from? I go to school in North Carolina and went to Virginia back in October to run a half-marathon. I love driving through the state on my way back up north… it’s just so darn beautiful!

    Stop by ohshineon anytime!


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  11. Hey Melissa!

    Nice story, I love your philosophy towards food, & yeah, I figure we’re all in it to ultimately be happy. Sweet!

    Unlike yourself, nutrition is a bit of a mystery to me. I’ve recently started a “Recipes for Runners” section on my blog & wondered whether (potentially) you’d be interested to contribute?

    If you think you might be interested in helping a blogger out in return for a few links, drop me a message at terence(dot)noah(dot)craven@gmail.com.

    Here’s an example of my last recipe – beetroot salad >. http://terencenoah.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/recipes-for-runners-beetroot-salad-by-bigspud/

    Either way, keep up the good work & peace out!

  12. So glad I stumbled across your blog! I love running and LOVE to eat! But cooking for one plus my son has always been a frustration for me. So I’m looking forward to following your blog! I really enjoy your view and attitude on things too. So positive!

  13. etelle says:

    hey melissa, i stumbled upon your blog while searching for a tuna patties recipe… and i must say, i loved it, you explain how you enjoy cooking and love to cook and all and i could see myself in you, so i’ll gladly add your blog to my blog rolls and visit as much as i can… I also work from home (once or twice a week in an office, though) and wanted to say; yes, we do shower!! 🙂 keep doing what you, you’re doing a great job at it! God Bless You…

  14. Carrie says:

    Your blog came up as I was searching for crustless pumpkin pie. I made a batch according to your recipe. They taste great! If I wanted to make them just a bit more moist, would you suggest adding a little more pumpkin (adjusting the spices of course)? That way I would not be adding more fat like extra egg or butter etc… Let me know what you think.

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