Nutrition/Fitness Certifications & Education, Oh My!

Nutrition/Fitness certifications can truly be the beginning of a fulfilling new career that can be done in the gym, or online. Considering a career in the wellness industry, but not sure where to get started? Watch my latest ‘Scope! And if you’re not on Periscope, be sure to download this awesome app and follow me

3 Years of BelowtheFork.com!

It’s my 3 year blogiversary!! 🎉 I can’t believe next month will mark 4 years of being gluten-free. My blog was launched because, at the time, I struggled to find recipes and quality discussion. We’ve come a long way and I’m proud to be a tiny part of the conversation about eating for health. Plus

#IloveNH

The blog has been quiet since I am on a lovely vacation in my original home state of New Hampshire! We are so fortunate to have family with houses on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith (my namesake) and Wolfeboro. I am also feeling thankful about being in  homes instead of a hotel, because it means constant

First Time Teaching: How To Get Started

Saturday morning was the big day…I got to co-teach my first group exercise class! Last March, I began my journey of becoming a certified group fitness instructor with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). The material is no joke, and I pulled heavily from the anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology knowledge I learned in massage school. I

Vacation & Personal Matters

I know I’ve been MIA for about a month but with good reason I promise. I was on a FABULOUS family vacation for a week and a half at the beginning of August, and then came home only to experience two of the worst weeks of my entire life. It’s a personal matter that I’m

I’m a Zumba Instructor!

I’m officially a Zumba instructor! It was tempting to start this post off with “I now get to shake my booty for a living!” but that sounded a little too much like Mindy Collette on ‘Friday Night Lights,’ so I went with the more direct announcement. This past weekend I spent a solid 9 hours

Officially ACE Fitness Certified!

I am so excited to announce that I am officially a nationally certified group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise! I have been studying for the past 3.5 months and I just passed the board exam this afternoon. By adding this certification to my existing massage therapy license, I am intentionally adding more

I’m Fit Possible!

I’m very excited to announce that I am now an I’m Fit Possible Ambassador! This just means I will have more access to, and inspiration from, others in the health and fitness community, as well as more opportunities and content for my blog! Taken from Imfitpossible.com, the philosophy is: We are a fast growing group of fitness

Be A Blessing

I couldn’t fall asleep the other night. Shortly before going to bed, I read and shared a status update from one of my favorite Christian artists, Chris Tomlin: Life is so much better when you focus on being a blessing instead of being blessed. Wow. That was certainly meant for me to see as I

Happy Friday!

This has been one of the longest, craziest weeks I’ve had in a really long time. It started off with my house being heat-less and torn apart for the ridiculously expensive installation of both a new HVAC and a central AC unit. In the middle of the week, my parents’ house was put on the

Surprise! Baby #2 Coming in November!

Well I can finally announce why its been like crickets around here…I’m pregnant with baby #2!!! Ahh feels so good to finally share our big news! To say I had a rough first trimester is an understatement, so as a direct result I was unable to stomach anything that could possibly be worthy of a

May is Celiac Awareness Month!

I can’t tiptoe around the fact that my blog has been deafeningly quiet the past 3 months (for good reasons I promise to explain in a week or two!) but there was no way I could let Celiac Awareness Month pass by without posting about it! Inspired by a great Twitter chat I participated in

Braiden Is 3 Years Old!

As of tomorrow, I am (somehow) the mother of a three year old. How is this possible?! Time has flown by so quickly as of late, that I fully and thoroughly comprehend how the elders have always said, with a sort of sad sentiment in their eye, to cherish and hold on to these moments as

Lessons Learned in 2012

2012 has been an extraordinary year of major changes. I’ve learned some hard lessons (some of which I probably should have learned a long time ago), but I also learned some great things about myself. Some of the new changes were great successes, while others will need to be reversed or significantly altered in the

Stress, Money & Those Bastards, The Joneses

The news is bad enough with depressing reports of violence and war, but the current economic concerns are not just stories that happen to other people—it’s a reality that’s impacting all Americans, including you.  Decisions in Congress (or lack there of) are affecting your paycheck, your bank account, and your family’s future.  This Fiscal Cliff

Setting Weekly Goals: Week 4 ~ Just Breathe.

It’s Monday, so I should be posting a very positive congratulations to those who accomplished their goal last week (myself included) and motivating others to take on a new challenge at the start of this promising week. But alas, today has been the worst day I’ve had in a long time. My goal for this

How To Change Your Life

At the end of last year, I quit my job. Many people thought I was crazy, especially in this economy, but I did it anyway. I’m often asked why and how. It was not a decision I or my husband made lightly. It took a lot of soul-searching, financial planning, and a huge leap of

Inaugural Post!

I’m not exactly sure what you’re supposed to write in the first post of a brand spankin’ new blog but I assume it’s something like this…my name is Meridith Oram. I am a former digital marketer turned Licensed Massage Therapist. I am a mom to a 2.5 year old toddler and wife to a pretty