My Favorite Tips for Living a Healthy Life


I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore.  If you suffer from cold sores like I do, you know it isn’t easy to feel confident when you get one.  With the first sign of a cold sore coming on I reach for Abreva® to get rid of it fast.  Then I follow the following simple tips to help keep my confidence high!

When it comes to health and staying fit, I prefer to take preventative measures and choose to exercise regularly and get plenty of rest. Some of you know that I’m a runner but you may not know that I’ve been exercising regularly for most of my adult life. Several years ago I managed a fitness club, taught aerobic classes, and acted as a personal trainer. The knowledge and tips I gained during those years keep me active and healthy.

The morning of the Fox Valley marathon in St. Charles, IllinoisMy favorite form of exercise is running because you don’t need a lot of equipment and you get to enjoy the outdoors. Here I am (in the orange sweatshirt) with some of my running friends a few years ago, the morning of the Fox Valley Marathon in St. Charles, Illinois. A marathon is 26.2 miles and this race was special to me because it was the first time I ran a marathon in less than 4 hours! My finish time was 3:58 and I burst into tears when I crossed the finish line because I was thrilled I finally broke that 4 hour barrier.

Great Western Trail at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveThis is the trail where I do most of my long distance running. Training for a marathon is hard yet extremely rewarding work. You have to be smart about it too, gradually increasing your training distance and making sure you eat right. This is true of any fitness routine. Although it’s tough, there are so many rewards. As you conquer the miles, you build your self confidence at the same time. So when you face other challenges in your life, you draw upon the strength you built from running all those miles (or from whatever fitness activity you perform – it doesn’t have to be running).

Gravel path through meadow to Elburn Forest Preserve in IllinoisRunning is more than just a physical challenge. It’s a mental challenge too! In fact, the mental part is probably the hardest. When your legs are tired your brain keeps telling you to stop and walk… or to turn around and go home. When this happens to me, I start telling myself I’m an athlete and athletes don’t quit. I think about others who have faced physical challenges and overcome them. It keeps me going. Maybe running doesn’t appeal to you… but any type of physical activity is good. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day to keep you feeling your best. Even a brisk walk is good for your body and your soul. It’ll clear any cobwebs in your head. Start small, and increase the duration of activity. So maybe start with walking for 10 minutes at a time. The following week, bump it up to 15 minutes, and so on. The key is to increase your activity gradually so you don’t get injured.

Kane County Country RoadHere’s one of my favorite country gravel roads to run on. There’s something regenerative about starting your day outside in the fresh air with physical activity. For me, I try to run 5 mornings a week. It’s a positive start to the day and gives me sustained energy. It’s like an investment in your future and your health too. I’ve had the good fortune to be healthy most of my life, and I don’t take that for granted. But on occasion when I do get sick, I have a few go-to products.

At the first tingling of a cold sore, I always reach for my Abreva® because I know it works, and it works quickly. It’s best if you catch it at the very first inkling. Cold sores can be painful and they’re certainly not pretty. So when I’m feeling down about my appearance with a cold sore, I tap into that confidence I’ve built from running and remind myself the discomfort is only temporary and short-lived with Abreva®.

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  1. Exercise always makes me feel more confident… I think it’s because it reminds you how strong you are and strength always makes you feel confident!

  2. Having good posture helps my confidence.

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  4. Exercising helps me to remain confident. I recently started doing yoga and the ability to stretch more and feel overall better has been a great boost to my confidence.

  5. Great post Jen, with lots of great advice! How could you not want to run with those beautiful views!?

  6. Dawn Monroe says:

    I try to stay positive and keep the faith. I hope to loss a little weight which always makes me feel good.

  7. Julie Wood says:

    Exercising, having a positive attitude and smiling make me confident!

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  9. My favorite way to stay confident is a new haircut:) And a new outfit helps. I also suffer with cold sores and Abreva is awesome!

  10. Big exerciser here. Love your running trails. Are the top pics a park?

  11. Sherri Mailes says:

    I love to dress up – when you look good, you feel good. Also helps when you exercise and clothes are easier to fit.

  12. I love going for long walks in nature and doing yoga. LOVED this post. Abreva is amazing too!

  13. Patricia C. says:

    I gain confidence by making homemade gifts for my family and friends.

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  15. I like to stay confident by wearing my favorite makeup and a nice outfit.

  16. Dress well is my favorite way to stay confident.
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  18. CR Williams says:

    My fave way is to get my hair done and make sure I get my work out in and accomplishing my goals.

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  20. Carolyn Benson says:

    Get enough sleep and get off the couch and go out doors and get some exercise

  21. I get out of my own head by asking my hubby or best friend what I can do for them today.

  22. Julia Barnes says:

    I feel more confident with a squirt of my favorite perfume!

  23. Sarah Hall says:

    I make sure that I am clean and well groomed which makes me feel confident.

  24. Patricia Edwards says:

    Bake meat instead of frying i5 for less fat content.

  25. Theron Willis says:

    I stay confident by way of physical fitness and good diet. The two boost my esteem.

  26. My favorite way to get confidence is to wear a favorite outfit and fix my hair up.

  27. Margaret Smith says:

    I use Abreva to shorten it’s duration and I also cover it with a little makeup if needed. Thanks so much.

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  29. Stephanie V. says:

    A good cover-up and healing aid (and knowing I’m doing the right thing in life)

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  30. steve weber says:

    I use Abreva, it works wonders!

  31. Cynthia C says:

    I make sure I look my best and remember to wear a smile to boost my confidence.

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  33. My favorite way is to do my hair and makeup. That always gives me a boost. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. I like to stay confident by keeping a healthy, active lifestyle and surrounding myself with good people.

  36. I like to stay confident by working out and being silly.

  37. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I remain confident just be being true to myself.

  38. paige chandler says:

    It’s mind over matter. Has to be that way.

  39. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I stay confident by having a positive attitude.

  40. I stay confident by spending time in God’s Word.

  41. Not letting negative opinions get the best of me gives me a sense of unwavering confidence. 🙂

  42. PuffyBiggler says:

    My favorite way to stay confident is to have alone time every day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. PuffyBiggler says:
  44. Smiling and wearing makeup are my favorite ways to stay confident!

  45. sarah hirsch says:

    my favorite way to stay confident is to put on a nice outfit

  46. Lauren Olivia Wood says:

    My favorite way to stay confident is to live a healthy lifestyle!

  47. I am with you on exercise–a good morning workout always boosts my confidence! I feel accomplished and energized for the rest of the day!

  48. I put on makeup.

  49. Chi Shannon says:

    I stay confident by doing what I can to fix the problem and then forgetting about it 🙂 If I’m not thinking about it, it can’t bother me! 🙂

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  51. I feel more confident when I am dressed nicely and have my hair and makeup done. I also feel better when I’ve worked out and know I’m taking care of my body.

  52. Ashley C says:

    I stay confident by exercising and always smiling!

  53. mickeyfan says:

    A great outfit–perfectly accessorized–can boost my confidence.

  54. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    A beautiful smile helps me to stay confident.

  55. Smile! It helps people smile back, which always boosts my confidence.

  56. Barbara M says:

    Eating clean and working out goes a long way to making me more confident.
    thank you

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  58. I never feel confident with a cold sore. I always feel like people know it’s there. Although I do know that putting a white paste toothpaste on it when convenient heals it faster than anything else I have ever tried. This was a tip given to me by an old dentist.

  59. I always feel the most confident in a cute new outfit!

  60. I like to wear nice clothes and have my hair look great

  61. I’m like you — I love a good run!

  62. maria cantu says:

    I go for a walk.

  63. I try to eat well and get exercise each day so I know I’m trying my best.

  64. Exercise makes me feel more confident.

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  65. D Schmidt says:

    My favorite way is by wearing a smile and something comfortable

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  67. I try to keep my skin glowing and blemish free. Good skin makes me feel confident!

  68. Lisa Brown says:

    putting my face on every day so i can look people in the face 🙂

  69. Lisa Brown says:
  70. i stay confident when my hair and makeup are fixed and I am neatly dressed

  71. My favorite way to stay confident is by keeping in shape.

  72. Stephanie Phelps says:

    The way I stay confident during cold sore season is to hold my head up and realize almost everyone has had one and to Abreva on it!

  73. By keeping a positive outlook and treating others the way I’d want to be treated.

  74. My favorite way to stay confident is by surrounding myself with people who love me and truly care.

  75. erica best says:

    i like to get my nails done

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  77. Rebecca Graham says:

    Having on nice clothes and having positive thoughts.

  78. I wish I had a favorite way to stay confident. I’m usually only confident after years of being there and doing that.

  79. just smiling

  80. Part of it is mental thing, but eating right and exercising helps!

  81. Susan Smith says:

    I stay confident by eating healthy, exercising and taking good care of myself

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  83. Nicole Larsen says:

    Shower and exercising makes me feel confident!

  84. I feel confident when I stay active by exercising, playing with the kids, cleaning, etc…instead of being lazy and laying around!

  85. Lisa Walker says:

    My favorite way to stay confident is to exercise at least 5 days a week.

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  89. joe gersch says:

    I stay confident with self affirmations

  90. It’s easier for me to be confident if I’m prepared for a situation.

  91. Christina O says:

    Reminding myself how far that I have come.

  92. Lyndsey R. says:

    My way to stay confident it to eat healthy, think healthy and be healthy!

    Thanks for the chance!

  93. haven’t figured that out yet

  94. Wear your most comfortable and flattering clothes for confidence.

  95. My favorite way to stay confident is to make sure I work out every day! Thanks for this giveaway!

  96. Aurelie Red says:

    Putting on an outfit that makes me happy, wearing my favorite makeup… it can really improves my mood and confidence !

  97. Aurelie Red says:
  98. I stay confident with a concealer and a smile!! [email protected]

  99. I exercise to stay healthy.

  100. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Working out is how i stay confident

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  102. Ellie Wright says:

    My favorite way to get confident is by acquiring knowledge. Knowledge is power, and if I know a subject I am confident I will succeed.

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  104. Anna Jackson says:

    My favorite way to feel confident is to keep myself clean and groomed.

  105. Richard Hicks says:

    Favorite way to stay confident is getting things done at work and at home…make me feel better

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  107. Jean Nate!

  108. Jacquelyn Burns says:

    My favorite way to stay confident: is to be proactive with my life. I also pray for help and guidance with my decisions that affect my life.

  109. Wanda McHenry says:

    I feel confident about making sure that all of our meals are healthy and delicious.

  110. Wanda McHenry says:
  111. my favorite way to feel confident is to wear an outfit that is comfortable and flattering.

  112. Francine Anchondo says:

    Buying a new outfit

  113. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like to wear nice clothes to stay confident.

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  115. I stay confident by exercising and trying to eat healthy.

  116. Stephanie says:

    Taking the time out to do some of the things that I love such as hiking and family time helps me stay confident!

  117. Stephanie Larison says:

    My favorite way to stay confident is by cooking healthy foods for the family.

  118. Stephanie Larison says:
  119. I stay confident by always keeping a positive attitude.

  120. Looking and feeling fit helps boosts my confidence.

  121. Jennifer Herman says:

    I stay confident by wearing the jewelry that my daughter and husband gave to me.

  122. Lauren Goskie says:

    I stay confident by staying smart and using my brain!

  123. John Herman says:

    I stay confident by working hard and taking care of my family. That makes me feel good.

  124. Getting good feedback from co-workers helps keep me feeling confident

  125. My favorite way to stay confident is to know what you are doing first and try to accomplish it knowing you know what you are doing.

  126. I stay confident by getting plenty of rest and eating well.

  127. Barb Stenby says:

    I stat confident by smiling and looking well put together

  128. Kathy Pease says:

    My favorite way to stay confident is to dress nicely and wear makeup..I never leave the house without it!

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  130. Tracey byram says:

    A new haircut makes me feel confident

  131. A proper amount of sleep, good food, exercise and water all make me feel confident.

  132. Albert Ruiz says:

    Trusting GOD gives me confidence

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  134. Honestly, it is via boost I get from friends and my partner and my mother. I mean, I have some self-confidence, but their faith and support really zing that confidence into action!

  135. I enjoy staying confident each day by making sure I stay positive, I meditate and use affirmations

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  136. Ricki Burton says:

    Eating healthy,making sure I get in my daily fruits & vegetables plus taking vitamins is how I stay healthy & confident!

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  138. Tina Reynolds says:

    i BOOST my confidence with fixing my hair and I try and stay in shape

  139. Tina Reynolds says:
  140. When I feel good.

  141. I stay confident by making sure I am feeling pretty daily 🙂

  142. Lauren Knott says:

    I always feel more confidant when I am exercising.

  143. Tabathia B says:

    I try to make sure that my makeup is concealing and subtle and smile

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  145. Tammie Venne says:

    Im learning to build confidence by setting small goals and hopefully I can build from there

  146. Lisa Davis says:

    I am confident that I have never had a cold sore.

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  148. Melissa Mazzur says:

    Exercise is my favorite way to stay confident!

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