The 7 Link Challenge

By Katie, 5:48 am

You know how summer is a very popular season for wedding anniversaries? Well, apparently it’s popular for blog anniversaries too! Over the past two weeks or so I’ve congratulated many of my fellow healthy living bloggers on their success and impact as they celebrate being a part of this online community for 6 months, 1 year, or longer.

Anniversaries inevitably leave you feeling nostalgic, and even though I’m not celebrating an official mark (I’ve been blogging for about 8 months now), lately I have gotten a bit sappy about my little corner of the Internet here on Health for the Whole Self. So when I saw 7 Link Challenge from ProBlogger, I immediately wanted to participate – and encourage others to do the same!

The idea is simple: link to seven posts that fulfill these seven descriptions:

1. Your First Post

Not counting my initial introduction, the very first post I wrote was this one on Conquering the Kitchen. Even though I have evolved so much as a blogger since writing that post, I still really like it! In it I basically confessed to the fact that I was entering the world of healthy living and blogging with zero culinary knowledge and a complete lack of cooking skills…and then I proceeded to outline the practical steps I was taking to remedy that.

2. The Post You Enjoyed Writing the Most

This is a difficult one for me because I genuinely enjoy the writing process (most of the time, anyway). But my most meaningful writing experience thus far has probably been with my post on Pseudo-Dieting. The reason is that I was truly examining myself while typing the words; unlike with many of my posts – where I’m looking back on a struggle and figuring out what I learned from it – I was actually struggling with the issue in the midst of generating the content. With every word, I was essentially challenging myself, which is always a powerful experience.


3. A Post That Had a Great Discussion

This one is a toss up! My post on Last Supper Eating generated some very interesting comments, and it drew the attention of Evelyn Tribole, co-author of Intuitive Eating. That was a proud blog moment, right there! But there was also my more recent post on The Great Scale Debate, the comments on which proved that it is, in fact, a debate. People shared all different opinions, which was refreshing!

4. A Post on Someone Else’s Blog that You Wish You’d Written

Ok, I’m breaking the rule again. So much for only 7 links, huh? ;-)

  • My respect and admiration for Christie at Honoring Health only grows with each insightful post she writes. But perhaps my favorite is her post on the 15 Minute Method. For those of us who struggle with using food to cover up our emotions, this is perhaps the most important step we can take in challenging that behavior. And Christie describes it so clearly and perfectly; it’s definitely worth reading again and again!
  • Finally, I hope Lisa doesn’t kill me for linking to her awesome post on The New Cardio Craze. When I read/watched this post, which features videos of her dancing away in her living room, I was in absolute awe of her beauty, her spirit, and her willingness to be true to herself no matter what. That girl is living her life to the fullest, and that post is the proof of it!

5. Your Most Helpful Post

I think one of my most helpful posts was the one I wrote titled Without Judgment. I wrote it because I felt like the conversation about Intuitive Eating was focusing too much on “eating what you want,” without taking into account that the process is also about examining our relationship with food, and finding ways to make true peace with it.


6. A Post with a Title that You’re Proud Of

It’s My Party and I’ll Eat What I Want To

Enough said.

7. A Post You Wish More People Had Read

In my early days of blogging I wrote a post called Turn Off the Television! Eating Without Distractions. I didn’t have a huge readership at the time (well, I still don’t, but you know what I mean), and I wish that post had gotten a little more exposure…the reason being that I’ve learned that many people (myself included!) are very resistant to the idea of eating without distractions – without the TV, or a magazine, or a computer screen. I think that resistance is worth examining…and challenging!

Now it’s your turn! If you write a blog, I encourage you to take the 7 Link Challenge as well! Or, alternatively, choose one of the categories and link to your post in Comments. I’d love to check out your links and share them with others!

20 Responses to “The 7 Link Challenge”

  1. I enjoyed surfing through these – I remember the Pseduo Dieting post, and is one of my favorites, as well. And I got a kick out of the Hungry Girl post. I’m right there with everything Shelby had to say!! And I don’t think I knew you didn’t have culinary experience – you always have such fun dishes!! I grew up on boxes, too, though :P
    And now I’m off to read your eating w/o distractions post. I am SO guilty of wanting something to slow me down while I eat, even though I know it’s bad!

  2. Loved the eating without distractions post, so true. We are good about turning off the TV when we eat as a family the problem is we don’t eat that way enough. Check out my 7 Link post:

  3. tanyasdaily says:

    I enjoy ALL of your posts!

  4. Simply Life says:

    Oh this is great – so fun to reflect!

  5. This is so cool! I feel like I should do this when I get a few more followers? Hmmm.. really cool though, it makes me wanna do it now lol

  6. Kristine says:

    Congrats on 8 months of insightful posts, Katie! I think I’ve all of them and they’re all great!

  7. Hayley says:

    Once again Katie this is an excellent post! Thank you so much for providing the links to some of the old posts you’d written (my favorite was the “No to dieting” one, too) and I didn’t realize you’d written one on eating without distractions. I’m on my way to read that now!!! :)

  8. Hayley says:

    I wanted to come back and say that I’d never seen the NY Times article on “Hungry Girl” before so I just checked that out along with the response. I knew a bit about Hungry Girl but no details and wow – I think it is TOTALLY unfair that there are so many healthy bloggers out there who promote NOT dieting but eating REAL food and this lady is making millions of dollars by telling people to eat processed diet food?!?! Talk about wrong…again – thanks for mentioning these!!

  9. I loved reading through your old posts! I had never read your post on eating without distractions before. I’m guilty of almost always eating in front of the computer/tv. I actually find that it helps me slow down when I eat, otherwise I just inhale it! It’s true that I don’t fully enjoy my meal when I’m distracted though.

  10. Meg says:

    It’s fun to look back and see how you have grown as a blogger. I agree with you: Lisa’s cardio post was awesome! It was even better because that was my first visit to her blog!

  11. Hi Katie!
    Found your blog and I love it :)
    I read your “About” page and I share your philosophy on all aspects.
    I think I’m gonna like it here :)

    • Katie says:

      Hi, Heather! So glad to hear you’re liking the blog! Thanks for taking the time to comment – I really appreciate it. :)

  12. I love The Seven Link Challenge idea! Thanks for sharing these posts! You have so much insight, and have truly inspired me to take a closer look at my habits, beliefs, insecurities etc. I look forward to catching up on the posts you wrote before I found your blog!

  13. I love the 7 link challenge, I’m going to have to do this one day this week. I’m so glad we became blog buddies too! :)

  14. what a great challenge, thanks for sharing Katie! and i’ll have to check out your post regarding eating without distractions, i know i’m guilty of such things (even as we speak:))

  15. so stinkin fun!! I am going to do this later this week and link back to you!! Now I’ve got to read your links

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