When I started my first blog, I was bored and unfulfilled.
I fondly remembered the days of Live Journal, but I didn’t even know that blogs were A THING until I stumbled upon a few recipe blogs (namely Oh She Glows and The Full Helping—both of which I still read).
From there, I discovered the world of HEALTHY LIVING BLOGS, which became my favorite thing.
I was a teensy bit obsessed.
I’d spent a few years getting used to the working world (post-college) and I’d begun to realize how my sedentary work environment and poor diet were taking a toll on me. So I jumped fully into the HLB world.
I started pinning workouts and nutritious recipes like crazy. I began running and signing up for races. I even created my own little healthy living blog, “foodiecology.”
And yet…I am NOT a healthy living blogger.
Am I a Healthy Living Blogger?
Do I value a healthy lifestyle? Absolutely.
Do I like vegetables and nutritious foods? Yes, I love a variety of foods.
Do I enjoy exercise? To an extent—but mostly I just hate sitting still.
I have now realized, despite my attempts at creating workouts, purchasing enough tank tops and crops to dress an entire BODYPUMP class, and sampling every protein powder known to man, I just am not a healthy living blogger.
I don’t wake up craving kale in my smoothies (although sometimes I do crave zucchini in them).
I usually have to force myself to go to the gym (but I love it once I’m there and become more tolerable when I’ve practiced “endorphin therapy”—just ask my husband).
I have never purchased coconut flour or tapioca starch and believe in the sanctity of
marriage between white flour and refined sugar.
And I am much better at counting how many bottles of $3 Whole Foods wine I’ve consumed in a week than I am at counting macros or calories (ok, that one is a little concerning).
Maybe this is part of growing up. Of realizing that my value isn’t the ratio of vegetables to carbs on my dish or how long I can hold a plank before I start shaking and/or crying.
Maybe healthy living is finding my very own balance and not emulating the movers and shakers in the quote-unquote HLB world who make a living off promoting fitness/health.Maybe #healthyliving is finding your very own #balance #sweatpink #fitfluential #TOL Click To Tweet
I believe healthy living is the realization that caring for our bodies by feeding them properly and moving them often is essential to good health and longevity, but so is a routine Netflix binge or nightly bowl of ice cream.
I’ve been down that uneasy road of pressure, criticism, and worry over “should I eat this?” or “do I need to work out today because I skipped yesterday?”
And that pothole-filled road leads to nowhere good.
I’m not saying that writing about weight loss or sharing workouts, nutrition tips, and “health-ified” recipes isn’t a noble or respectable pastime or career—I follow many incredible bloggers who do these very things and do them astoundingly well—but as I grow and learn what things are important to me as I raise my child and live my life—I’ve realized that clinging to certain labels is disingenuous.
So, am I healthy living blogger?
In the traditional sense—no, I don’t think so. But maybe I’m my own “brand” of healthy, and I think that’s ok.Is your “brand” of #healthyliving authentic? #sweatpink #fitfluential #TOL Click To Tweet
[thanks for letting me think out loud]
So tell me…
- What’s your brand of “healthy living?”
- Is there anything prevalent in the “healthy living world” you don’t agree with?