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About the Blog

How did Check My Pulse come into existence, you ask? After years of being on athletic teams, coaching soccer and working as a personal trainer, I realized that fitness really is a passion of mine. Who would’ve thought?! I constantly research new health articles, training tips and food advice to help keep my body as healthy as possible, but then I realized I should really start documenting things. Not only so I had a way to keep everything organized (instead of the random papers floating in folders throughout my room), but so I could keep in touch with all of my family and friends who wanted to know what I was up to as well.

That’s me with former “The Biggest Loser” trainer Brett Hoebel!

Back when I started in July 2010, Check My Pulse was known as The Pulse and it wasn’t very personal. Channeling my journalist tendencies to keep myself out of the story, I doled out a lot of great information about products I was using and workouts I developed, but my personality was missing. Well, I like to think I can be a pretty fun person, so in 2011 The Pulse got a heavy makeover, morphing into Check My Pulse, Samantha-style.

Now I use my little space in the blog-o-sphere to document my experiences as I navigate life as a recent college graduate working in the media industry. I have a main focus on fitness, with some foodie adventures and random musings mixed in.

You may also find me on Facebook and Twitter, or you can contact me via email at checkmypulseblog [at] gmail [dot] com.

About the Blogger

My name is Samantha Shelton and I’m a 20-something writer and editor living it up in New York City. I graduated from college in 2011 at SUNY Oswego in upstate New York, then made the trek downstate to chase my writing dreams.

My passion for writing cannot fully be explained. Growing up surrounded by magazines, I fell in love with the glossy pages that had so many words I couldn’t take them in fast enough. Starting with my first subscriptions to American Girl and Seventeen, I became more and more intrigued about how these magazines were made and couldn’t wait to dive in head-first.

I was one of those girls who knew she wanted to work in magazines ever since she was little. I still remember my ninth-grade guidance counselor asking me what I wanted to be when I grow up (does that ever happen?), and I said “a journalist.” She looked at me funny, pursed her lips and said “Oh, sweetie. I don’t know if that’s the best career path. It’s kind of dying.”

Nothing makes my blood boil more than people saying I can’t do something — unless you say journalism is dying. It’s simply not true. It’s just changing.

Anyway, I ignored my counselor who didn’t give me very much guidance, and went to college with a major in journalism. I quickly picked up a double major in creative writing to fulfill other passions, and I graduated Cum Laude with two degrees in May 2011.

After a quick siesta at my parent’s house in upstate NY, I packed up my bags Fourth of July weekend and moved down to the Big Apple. I now work as an Editorial Assistant for FITNESS magazine, and I don’t think it’s possible to love a job more than I love this one.

It’s also important to note that I’m addicted to self-serve frozen yogurt, running, spinning and all forms of peanut butter. Oh, and I can quote basically anything from FRIENDS. Drop a Chandler joke or Joey one-liner and you’ll be my friend of the day.


  1. Hey Samantha!
    You posts on exercise and nutrition have really kept me motivated and taught me a lot. That’s why I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. You can find out more about it here:
    Hope your training is going well!

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