My name is Theodora. I’m a 29-year-old single lady living in NYC. Crap. I’m 30.

I love food. I used to think that I loved food too much, but I think I just loved the wrong foods. My diet was full of heavy, fried food and empty calories and my gym membership went unused month after month.

In 2009, I decided to change all that. I lost 50 pounds and gained a love for healthy food, exercise and myself that I didn’t have before. When I started blogging, I documented everything I ate and wrote about all of my workouts. Because I am a busy city girl, I don’t always cook–so you won’t find a ton of recipes here. Or really any, actually. What you will find is how I stay fit and happy in NYC.

New York Junior League Winter Ball

Like attending balls at The Plaza hotel.

In order to lose the weight, I followed these nutrition guidelines. Once I had dropped the weight, I relaxed my way of eating a bit, but I still love to fill my diet with lots of fresh produce, lean protein, healthy fat (mmm, avocado!) and whole grains. I try to eat in moderation these days.

I started running as a form of cardio four years ago, and I became obsessed. I’ve since run a whole bunch of half-marathons, four full marathons and countless other races.

This blog started its life as Losing Weight in the City but after accomplishing my 50-pound weight loss, I got really sick of the name and recently changed to Preppy Runner. You can read more about that here.

In October 2013, I became really super happy when I landed my dream job – running social media for DailyBurn. (Standard: this blog is a personal blog, and does not reflect the views of my employer.) I am a huge dork, and I am mildly obsessed with social media. I started this blog to teach myself more about social media, and I still consider it a playground to learn more about social and digital media. I love learning about new plugins and tools that can make my blog more accessible to readers and am always tinkering around with new blog toys.

I hope you enjoy what you read here! Feel free to e-mail me at theodora@preppyrunner.com if you have any questions or just want to say hi!


41 comments on “About

  1. tiffany

    can you please tell me how you got a six pack? it seems like even when I am in my skinnier phase, i’d only have a flat stomach but no 6-pack, not even a line down my stomach :(
    please enlighten me, i’d really like one!!!

  2. Renie

    Hi Theodora. Found you on fannetastic food blog and thought I would tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I’m an older lady (61) and I have recently lost 50 pounds and have added walking, kbells,zumba to my daily life. I am always looking around for more food and exercise ideas that I might be able to do. I can’t run but I can walk. Started out in January 1 mile now I am up to 5 miles each day. Looking forward to reading your blog daily.

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  6. Alyssa Breetwor

    I am a senior Sociology major at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. I am currently working on my thesis project, in which I am studying self-presentation in the blogosphere. I have selected five healthy living blogs to study, and yours happens to be one of them. My project is twofold in that I am going to do both a content analysis of the blogs I have selected, and I would like to interview each blogger. Would you be interested in participating in my study? Participation will require no more than an hour of your time, and interviews will be scheduled at a time that is convenient to you. Thank you in advance for your time!

    Alyssa Breetwor

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  8. Taryn

    Hi Theodora!

    I’m a sophomore college and trying to get started on a weight lost plan of my own. I’ve gained weight recently due to stress and lack of exercise. I am just like you, I LOVE food, especially chocolate, avocado on toast, and a yummy banana in the morning, so I’m trying to find a balance between the good and the bad. I honestly could never give up sweets or my daily dark chocolate. Recently, I have also not been able to find the motivation to work out, but I set myself up with Hal Higdons 10K novice training plan, and starting Monday I’m going for it! (Also going to attempt to run this weekend…)

    I’d love to read how you got started, but your “Where I started.” link doesn’t work!
    Either way, any tips for me besides your “This is what works for me”? To keep motivation etc.?

    I’d love to hear your thoughts. You are seriously such an inspiration to me, I’m really excited to get this thing going! Scared to step on that scale though….

    Thank you for inspiring men and women everywhere!
    Taryn Inglis

    Ps. Please email me if you ever get the chance, I’d love to chat and hear what you have to say! :)

  9. Chelsea @ Cardio and Cocktails

    I just found your blog through Julie at PB Fingers and I can’t wait to read through all your old posts. Your improved paces make me so excited to get back on track with my running. I feel like we’ve had similar journeys and I would love to see what you’ve done to be where you are today. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Bernard

    Hi Theodora,
    What I feel the most from you is a great energy.
    I gave a name to what you have experienced. I called it the Diet-Gasme.
    The reason is because everytime you are saying the word “diet” people tend to think about “pain, lack of pleasure…” in fact a diet is the fuel to live to the fullest, so each bite you are eating should be associated to an “Orgasm” to live…
    I am also from New York (After years in Paris) so this city migth have something magic… ;-)
    Congrats for changing you life !

  12. May Taylor

    Hi Theodora,

    Your story is great, as a 20-something trying to find her footing at work and in her personal life I can totally relate to your moment at the beginning of your journey when you looked in the mirror and felt everything was lost just because you weren’t happy with your body…I’m so excited that you’ve made this awesome change and that so many things have fallen into place. I’m training for my first half marathon now and slowly losing the weight. Keep on keeping on and thanks for being real!


  13. Stephen

    I came across your blog and was compelled to write you. Congratulations on losing 50 pounds. My mom was overweight for many years and unfortunately lost the battle due to diabetes over 10 years ago. I am a personal trainer with a coaching backround and my wife and I are in the process of writing a series of small, to the point books on how to lose weight with specific conditions. These are some of our possible topics: weight loss with chronic fatigue, weight loss with diabetes, weight loss with asthma, weight loss with joint pain, and weight loss with Parkinsons disease. If we were to write an E- book on any of these topics, would you consider promoting it on your blog? We would, of course, split the profits with you of any books sold on your blog.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    In health,

    Stephen and Marie Fulgham

  14. Le Davd Morris

    My name is Le David Morris. I have lost over 200 pounds. I did know until I did a search on google that your blog existed. I am thinking about starting a blog on my weight loss. Your blog has inspired me to do something, but not quite sure yet.
    What would you think if I wrote a book about Radical Weight Loss? The working title would be: “How I Lost over 200 lbs. to Survive and Live – you can too, starting today.” The title may change, but the idea will be the same.
    I would enjoy any comment you may have on this idea.
    P.S. I am writing several bloggers seeking their ideas also.

  15. Billy Fradys

    I would like to buy a solo ad from you and would like to know:

    1. How many active subscribers do you have on your list?
    2. What is your average email open rate? and
    3. How much is your solo ad?

    Thank You,
    Billy Fradys

  16. Chris


    My business partner and I blog about high risk life insurance and recently have wrote an article about weight affects life insurance. We operate waterwayfinancialgroup.com/blog and thelifeinsuranceblog.com . We run across a lot of people who have not taken any time to evaluate their life insurance needs simply because they fear weight will disqualify them for life insurance. I was curious if you would allow me to write a guest article regarding why people still need to be thinking about life insurance for their family. Thank you for the consideration, and I look forward to hearing back from losingweightinthecity.com.keep up the good work.


  17. Maddi Leigh

    Hey there! I am looking at your blog and find your story such an inspiration! It has only been within the past year or so that I started getting into running, and I love it. I am a lifestyle blogger and think you may like some of the posts on my site. I am looking forward to reading future posts of yours :)

  18. Ellen

    Hi Theodora, I have followed your blog for some time now, you are quite the inspiration! I just signed up for the Chicago Marathon and am both excited and terrified. I have done two half marathons and I know this will be a big mental and physical challenge.

    I was curious if you could recommend a training plan for a first time marathoner? Hal Higdon? Runners World? I love spinning and yoga, how much do you think I could incorporate those into my training plan?

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Theodora Blanchfield Post author

      Congrats!!! Hal Higdon has some great beginner ones. I’d think if you ran 4x per week, you could probably still fit in spin and yoga–although I’d cut the spin before cutting yoga. Yoga is SO key to marathon training!

  19. Holley @ lungesandlashes.com

    What a great story Theodora! My last name is Theodore so I can’t help but think that we have a connection. ;) I started running in the beginning of my fitness journey too and fell in love with it. I have since also gotten relaly into weight lifting, cycling and HIIT workouts. But running will always be my first love. :)

    You DO have a dream job! That is so cool!

    Looking forward to reading more!

  20. Susan Dettmann

    Hi Theodora! Just wanted to say that you are an inspiration. I weigh just under 300 pounds and I have decided to take a Couch to 5K class at our local Y. I hope it leads to a lifelong love affair with running. I know it will be hard, but what in life that is worth anything isn’t hard. I look forward to following you and learning some great information.

  21. sachi

    “HI Theodora ,

    I want to promote a couple of videos based on brotherhood, unity, yoga and world peace.

    I just found that your site and your social network is a prospective one to share and endorse my videos.

    Please let me know what is the pricing?

    regards, sachi”

  22. sachi

    “HI Theodora ,

    I want to promote a couple of videos based on brotherhood, unity, yoga and world peace.

    I just found that your site and your social network is a prospective one to share and endorse my videos.

    Please let me know what is the pricing?
    regards, sachi”

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