Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great day 😀
I wanted to take a second and discuss something I’ve been thinking about for a while, and something I’ve been pondering even more since I read Jenna’s amazing post on one comparing themselves to food/fitness blogs.
If I rewound back a handful of years, I could see myself feeling so pressured and inadequate from reading food/fitness blogs. I would feel like I didn’t eat healthy enough, work out enough, run fast enough, and would probably get myself down. Before my weight loss success, I didn’t know what a flax seed was, how far a 10k was, or about the glory of almond butter. I could also see myself diving headfirst to replicate everything I saw in the blog world, and being horribly disappointed when I didn’t succeed.
Everything I know now is a huge work in process and even though I’ve become much more educated about fitness and nutrition, I still have eons more to learn. Now, I’m able to look at food/fitness blogs for motivation, ideas, and ways to improve my fitness and quality of life. When I get to the gym, sometimes just thinking about how a certain blogger might tackle their workout is enough for me to pick up the weights or press start on the treadmill, or thinking about grabbing something quick to eat may be squandered by the thought that a healthy food blogger is out there making a scrumptious homemade dinner. A big blog motivation for me was running my first half marathon (and blowing my goal time into the dust)- a feat that I’m pretty sure wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t read food blogs and know that there are girls out there, my same age and fitness level, beating goals like that all the time.
I think the most important thing to remember if you’re just getting into changing up your eating habits or starting a fitness regimen is that you need to take baby steps. Diving into anything headfirst is a surefire way to get burned out. There’s no reason to start running 20+ miles a week if you haven’t done that before, eat mostly raw if you’re body isn’t used to it, or make any drastic change without easing into the process. When I first meet with new clients, we have a plan on changes they can make each week to become healthier. For example, one client’s goal might be to not eat fried food or drink soda for one week, add in fruits and veggies one week, walk 2 miles every day the next week, change white bread to wheat, etc.
So my question is, what do you think? Do you feel food/fitness blogs cause pressure, or spark motivation? Or a mix of the two?? I can definitely see how it could be both.