Hi friends <3 How’s it going? Hope you’re having a great night <3
I loved reading about your morning rituals! For those of you who asked, here’s what today’s to-do list looked like:
[I just bought a new notebook and left it in the car, so today was on a scrap piece of paper]
It’s funny because as much as I use technology in everyday life, I can’t get on board with electronic to-do lists. Paper works for me! I can see it all the time and it’s a great constant reminder of what I need to do. I use my iPhone calendar for appointments and that’s as fancy as it gets over here 😉
Lunch was a beastly salad with:
-sea salt and pepper
egg puff on brown rice bread + nutritional yeast
During my lunch break was a little cray cray, since I had to shower after Zumba, eat lunch, and prep dinner so I could have a little more down time tonight.
It was totally worth it and now the Pilot’s enchiladas went from fridge to oven, all I have to do is put a couple of last-minute things together and dinner will be served 🙂
Here’s the reason for the lack of Fashion posts this week:
It’s been a little less-than-fashionable over here 😉
Afternoon snack with a goat’s milk yogurt with half a Larabar crumbled into it:
So something I thought might be interesting to talk about tonight is the importance of credentials.
When I was writing my first book proposal –I’ve written three, all different- the major point of resistance I faced was the fact that I’m not considered an “expert.” There are thousands of people out there who can get a nutrition or personal training certification, but that doesn’t make them an expert by any means. So while I did hold a few certifications, the publishers I spoke with wanted to see me as a Registered Dietician or Exercise Physiologist before allowing me to write a book on healthy living.
At the time, I was kind of let down (and also once-again doubting the reason why I earned a degree in Finance), but now I totally see the point.
And I have similar feelings when I read websites.
I read a lot of websites, many of which include fitness and nutrition information. Many of the people who write them have no certification whatsoever in the fields they’re discussing. Sometimes the information is dead-on, because it was well-researched or something that works for them in everyday life, but some of it is absolutely incorrect. This worries me because unlike a website about fashion or home decor (which really isn’t inherently affecting the internal functioning of one’s body), fitness and nutrition advice affects our health. And following poor advice can affect it adversely.
The thing is, any joker can get a personal trainer cert and use the certification irresponsibly. Remember studying for a test in High School to almost immediately forget the information you were tested on as soon as the test was over? Well, that happens in the fitness world (an possibly many other fields) all the time. To me, a certification is important, but not the end-all-be-all. It says that the person is dedicated enough to study required information, pay a hefty amount of money (financial attachment to things like this can sometimes make them feel more meaningful), and participate in continuing education.
Obviously, it’s up to the readers of these websites to use their best judgment with how they want these things to influence them, and also to do their own research.
how important are credentials to you?
Is it something you consider, or do you take what you read with a grain of sea salt?
I’m excited to hear your thoughts <3
Have a great night!