How’s your week been going so far?
It’s almost Friday, so that’s exciting news. I had quite a day yesterday, that I’ll go into more detail in another post. I honestly can’t believe Fall is right around the corner and that I’ll be 22 in less than two weeks now. Crazy how time flies.
I wanted to discuss a topic I’ve been entertaining over the past few days. It just took me a while to write, its a long one so hopefully you’re in the mood to read:)
Entering the blog world was a truly great feeling for me. I had so many things I wanted to write about, and so many more topics I want to cover. It felt like such a good thing for me, to connect with people who had the same interests in health and fitness, and to be able to share my journey with finding my true self and working at overcoming my eating disorder.
Last night I enjoyed a delicious dinner, I finally started incorporating more quinoa in my diet. After neglecting carbs for so long and not really enjoying quinoa before. I figured it deserved a second chance.
I made a bowl containing 1/4 cup quinoa (uncooked), marinara sauce, goat cheese, tempeh, roasted zucchini and spinach in 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil. Topped with more nutritional yeast and a side of avocado.
There are many positive things about blogging, but there are also those dreaded negatives that can come along with writing about your daily life, and your eating or exercise habits. Reading blogs can lead to negative feeling as well as positive ones. We need to be cautious when reading blogs.
The blog world can be seen as an extreme slice of reality, where the love of exercise and healthy eating can be taken too far. As a blogger, most people don’t see the real version of who we are as a total person outside of a blog. We can cover up hard times we are going through and make everything appear as “rainbows and butterflies”.
That’s not the norm though. Most people struggle with cravings, feeling lazy, getting cranky, and feeling sad. We do have the power to channel these negative energies into positive ones, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, we just need to sit with these emotions and allow ourselves to feel sadness or to eat that chocolate bar! Most people don’t want to read, or even write about negative things going on in life, so they are often skipped over or left out.
Real life is different from blog life, and we need to be careful to not get too emerged in living through a blogging lens. In reality, most people don’t take photos of their meals or talk about workouts and food. They can skip workouts without feeling bad, splurge when they’d like, eat out with friends and don’t create concoctions with “super foods” that we all love Not that there is anything wrong with healthy living.
Of course it is a great thing to be health conscious and want to live a healthy lifestyle. But, there is more to life then eating healthy foods and running however many miles each day. If you can’t realize there is life outside of living a healthy lifestyle then this is a red flag and honestly, something I struggle with daily.
“How come this person can maintain x weight without suffering like I am?”
“How come I can’t run x miles a day?”
Often times, we may find ourselves comparing our lifestyles to others. If we find we are becoming insecure, losing self-worth because of others habits, or feeling guilt because we feel we should live up to a certain lifestyle. In reality, we all get tired, we have bad body image days, we don’t have all the motivation that appears on the screen.
Maybe we need to stop reading blogs that trigger these negative thoughts. Blogging and reading blogs can be positive and supportive, as long as they don’t consume so much that you are missing living your “real” life.
Everyone struggles with certain things in life, even if it doesn’t look that way on a blog. Just remember that others do suffer from these things, they just don’t talk about them. Don’t get so involved in blogs that it takes over your life and remember that every person has a story behind their computer.
What are your thoughts on being real on blogs?
Do you avoid blogs that talk about “real life”problems because you like to read more positive things?
Have a fantastic day beautiful people!