One year ago today I sat at my parent’s kitchen table at a very transitional time in my life. I was coming to an end with my year with Charlie and had no idea what the upcoming year had in store for me. I was scared of how lonely I would be not having my pup around to keep me company, but excited by the possibility of having some freedom.

kim charlie outside

As I pondered over this transition, I thought about starting a blog. I mean, I had been reading them for months now. A healthy living blog seemed fitting, a way to track my journey as I tried to keep on track with eating right and exercising when I didn’t have Charlie to keep me accountable.

kim train

kim color run

What started as a bit of an exercise and food log quickly evolved into something so much more. Through blogging I was inspired by the different people I met. More and more I began to run and quickly signed up for my first half marathon. While injury may have stopped me from actually running my half, the inspiration I felt still lingered. Because I couldn’t run I was motivated to try other forms of exercise – I went to my first spin class and fell in love, began to strength train again (and even created some of my own workouts!), and tried out body pump. I quickly became excited by all of the possibilities out there which, quite honestly, I’m not sure if I would’ve been inspired to try if it wasn’t for this little old blog that I took a chance on a year ago.


Body Pump

Full Body Circuit Racing Bananas


I also tried my hand at creating recipes. This was definitely new to me – I always liked throwing things together, but I became much more inspired to create healthier recipes (for the most part) to share!

make the perfect sandwich



tropical smoothie

Finally, I am still amazed that in addition to how this blog has changed my life, it has also led me to meet so many amazing people. I have connected with so many different people simply from sharing my story on the my little corner of the internet. I still can’t believe that I’ve made real-life friendships with people who I never would have met if it wasn’t for Racing Bananas. I’m so thankful that one year ago today as I sat in my parent’s kitchen that I decided to take the plunge and start this journey.

Here’s to the next year!

31 Thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Racing Bananas!

  1. Aww yay! Happy Blog Birthday, lady! Blogging has been such a blessing to me, that I honestly couldn’t imagine life without it. Hope this next year is even better for you than the first 😀
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  2. Happy blog birthday, girl! Here’s to another year and many more!!
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  3. Happy birthday, Racing Bananas! I’m so happy you started your blog and we’re now friends :)
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  4. Yay! Happy Birthday Racing Bananas!
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  5. Happy blog birthday!! I’m so glad that we’ve connected! I can’t believe how many good things blogging has brought into my life, too!
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  6. Awh happy blog birthday and here’s to many more. :)
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  7. Happy birthday bananas!! Blog is a therapy, a relief, a new world!! I love it more than many things I used to love!!! Hope this next year is even more amazing!!
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  8. Happy birthday bananas !!!
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  9. Happy Blog Birthday! Cheers to many more years. :)
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  10. Happy anniversary to one year! I am totally with you — I mean how many of us bloggers started out as readers — became bloggers, and realized that with blogging, it adds so much more to your life… you feel inspired to try new things, share your experiences, all for the purpose of documenting them and suddenly you have this great record of how the year has gone by! (At least, that’s my hopes & reasons for making it to a year of blogging!)
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  11. Congrats on your first year of blogging! To many more!
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  12. Congrats on your blog’s birthday!! So exciting! Can’t wait to see what year 2 has in store for you :)

  13. Happy birthday to your blog! It’s crazy how so much has changed over the course of a year. You think back and go, “Wow, it was really like that?” You’ve evolved so much. :’)
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  14. Happy Blog Anniversary! It’s been such a blessing to of met you last year. Love reading your posts girl xoxo
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  15. I’m so glad we both started our blogs & became friends – don’t know what I would do without you, Kimmy!!!! <3
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