I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking lately, and I think I’ve found the reason I’ve taken a break from blogging. There’s been a lot going on in my life recently, and in all honesty, my life has turned on to a a completely different path. That said, I don’t think I’ve been honest with myself lately in my topics. While I really would have liked to have a positive and happy-go-lucky workout blog, that’s not all my life is. I love running and being outside, but I have a lot of other aspects about my life that I don’t post because I don’t feel they fit the theme of the blog.
Here’s one: I LOVE chocolate and barbecue. We barbecue once a week, but that’s not fitting with the diet and exercise category, so I tend to omit my discussing something cool we barbecued on the weekend. I’m also not going to admit I ate an entire Symphony bar or three slices of Costco pizza on the way home the other day. But I just did, because I’m going to start being honest with myself.
I’m a generally healthy person, I’m not super-skinny, and while there was a point where I was, I don’t think I really want to be that skinny ever again. I looked like a skeleton with abs. (5’9” and 135 lbs). I think it’s fun to have a my hourglass shape, and still be in the normal weight limits for my age and height. It’s normal. While I do like to tone up, and find positive ways to do it, I’m not going to go ahead and push that I prefer working out over anything else in my life. And I think that’s where I got stuck with this blog.
My blog is about finding balance in my life. That was the original intent. It’s about not having to give up everything you love to live a happy life. Quite the opposite. Have a piece of chocolate every once in a while. Heck, I’m female, we have cravings, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
That’s what inspired me about the teachings or Mireille Guiliano, enjoying yourself, indulging every once in a while, but finding balance so it doesn’t affect your life in a negative way.
I found myself feeling guilty for not working out, not posting pictures, not making a super-healthy dinner, so it turned my blog into a sort of negative aspect of my life: a reminder I wasn’t a health addict. And I’m not! I get a lot of questions as to how I stay in such good shape, while being a rather normal person, and it’s balance. When I know I’m picking up a few extra pounds, I spend a couple extra days a week walking or running. I replace my lunches with salads, and cut out the high-calorie foods. I eat more vegetables and drink a ton of water.
I’m a nurse, there’s no super-secret way to lose weight. There’s no diet that shrinks the fat cells or changes your DNA to make you skinnier. Eat healthy. You can juice, or go Paleo, or Vegan, or stand on your head, but that’s the basis of every diet: eating healthy, taking out the processed foods, and making your portions smaller.
That said, I’m going to change the blog a little bit and be honest and be myself. I love having a place to write about my life. I don’t mind if I don’t have an audience, I’m not a big attention-seeking person anyway. And that’s okay.
I’m Holly, I love chocolate and coffee, the rain, interior design, dubstep classical music, peonies, my cat, lazy Sundays with video games, and reading until I fall asleep. That’s just who I am. You write about what you know, your life experiences, and I’m going to do just that.