I started this blog about two years ago after really reading and enjoying several other fitness or personal blogs, specifically Kris Carr, Gabrielle Bernstein, Carrots n Cake and Hungry Runner Girl. Since then, my blog reading list has grown some… but I noticed a few things this week after discovering something both interesting and horrifying:
Get Off My Internets
There’s a million pages devoted to anonymous snarking on other people? And it’s not high school?
I won’t get into how I found it- but I was pretty confused by the willingness of some people to devote hours to picking apart the life of someone they’ve never met.
There are good points occasionally- good points usually related to the ethics of posting about products when they were sponsored which is essentially turning a blog entry into a commercial and also good points about the reported work outs and eating habits often looking like orthorexia and not good health.
I have my own strange quiet history with eating disordered behavior so it made me think- have I used the workout and fitness blog world to redirect that latent energy? I don’t think so, I’ve stayed at a healthy albeit higher than desired weight, but one thing I did sell out on was the kind of food I ate.
I know I don’t have to remind people that I really think that being Vegan is the way to go- for a number of reasons not related to weight loss, but after some intense following of a blogger who I won’t throw out there- I started to think wow- I’m never going to build muscle without all this extra protein so I should start including dairy again.
Note to self: Dairy makes me feel lousy. Tired, swollen, lousy.
And this has been going on for months until one day I was looking at my Pinterest recipes board and I saw how many of them (all of them, virtually) were vegan and I thought you know- Forget this.
I just want to do what feels right for me and for me that is not protein shakes or bars, it’s not cottage cheese and yogurt. It’s nuts and kale and almond milk and oh so many kinds of nut butter.
The blog world is full of so many women whose accomplishments are inspiring- with great marathon times or amazing muscle tone or death defying Crossfit excellence, but at the end of the day- if their way doesn’t feel right to you, then it’s not your way.
As my wise little boys at work used to say, You do you, I’m gonna do me.