I read a lot of blogs and the ones I keep coming back to are the ones that keep it real. No surprise there right? Sure, I love finding meal inspiration and learning about the best ways to train for a race, but I also love learning about these blogger’s lives, their small victories and their struggles. I love reading about how they make living a healthy lifestyle, just that: a lifestyle. How they’ve found balance.
There’s a lot of pressure to feel like you’re setting an example, or living a certain way. I know no one expects me to be “perfect” but it doesn’t stop me from putting those expectations on myself. You want to inspire others, the way others inspire you. You want to make “being healthy” (whatever the hell that even means) look natural for you, and doable for others. You want people to care about what you’re saying and want to read more.
This post was totally inspired by Cori from Olive to Run and Amy from the Little Honey Bee, both blogs are kick ass and these chicks keep it real and inspire me on the daily, so thanks. So, with that said I’m gonna be real with you, like really real. I want to let you know that while a lot of my posts are upbeat and try to be motivational, I’m still far from perfect. For example:
I haven’t run more than 4 miles since my last half marathon in May and I feel crappy about it. I miss running and training, but I’m scared to go back out there and feel out of shape. I know it’s probably going to suck at first, but it’s like jumping into ocean or ripping off a band-aid.
I’m still super self conscious about my weight. As hard as I try to tell myself I don’t care, I still do care. I want to feel confident in my own skin and part of that is fitting into my own clothes. It doesn’t have control over my life the way it used to, but it’s a constant nagging that brings me down.
I love kale, and sweet potatoes and all that good healthy shiit, but I have a sweet tooth like it’s no one’s business and I would eat ice cream till the cow come home (or at least until they stop producing milk to make me ice cream).
I already miss all of my friends from college. I know everyone said I would miss it, and I didn’t doubt them, but wow, I really really really miss those people. I miss a lot of other people, too. Moving is hard.
In general, I feel so uncomfortable getting compliments, but I still crave them. I wish I could just say thank you, but I always have to make a joke or be sarcastic or put myself down. If you haven’t seen the Amy Schumer sketch about this, it’s too real. (in fact all of her comedy is spot on)
But just to end on a slightly more positive note I’m really loving my job. I look forward to going to work every day and I’m learning so much from all my coworkers who are intelligent, kind and really fun to be around.
I have so much to look forward to, and I really am in a good place, but I know I personally like to see a different side to the bloggers I read every once in a while, so I thought I’d let you know where I’m at and that I am very far from perfect.
No specific question today- but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the pressure to be “perfect” when you try to live a healthy lifestyle.