In case you didn’t notice, I haven’t been around lately. Maybe that’s an understatement. It’s been almost 6 months.
So what brought me back? This article. That’s what. I’d been neglecting my Google Reader so I’d completely lost touch with healthy living blogs altogether. I saw a link to “the article” and a discussion about it on a weight loss message board I frequent.
My blood boiled immediately. It seemed impossible that the author had been viewing the same blogs I used to read on a regular basis. I couldn’t believe the accusations and onesidedness. The negative spin was appaling. Dumping salt on food when you’re finished has been championed by so many popular weight loss experts. Jillian Michaels, anyone? Limiting alcohol consumption in order to lose or maintain a healthy weight is pretty basic advice, too. Even Jackie Warner stressed this on her television show, Thintervention. As for the mini-muffins and croissants going untouched at the Healthy Living Summit, anyone who’s watching their waistline knows that those probably aren’t the best option. Why should these ladies of the “Big Six” be admonished for practicing what so many others preach?
If the author truly cared to give the whole story, she would have dug deeper and found the extreme sense of community that comes from this gigantic sisterhood of healthy living bloggers that stretches far beyond those six ladies she chose as spokespersons for her tonguelashing. Yes, there are bloggers out there receiving deserved praise for their extremely demanding training plans and long-distance races. What the article fails to mention is all the cheerleading that happens on the other end of the spectrum. I finished my first post-baby 5k in just over 36 minutes, a time most runners would call a “bad run.” Was I looked down upon or ridiculed? Nope. I was virtually cheered and patted on the back. This came in the form of loving comments and tweets from other healthy living bloggers, including at least two members of the “Big Six.”
(Now I’m sobbing as I write this.)
For me, the whole point of healthy living blogs (both reading and writing) is striving to be the best me I can be. That isn’t defined by how many miles Caitlin logged this week, how much Jenna weighs, which days Tina worked out this week, how many bites of dessert Heather actually consumed, how many calories Meghann ate, or how many cocktails Kath drank. My “best me” is just that. It’s me. I look to these blogs for recipes, new workouts to shake up my routine, inspiration and support. I read healthy living blogs because everyone is in this together. We’re all on a similar journey, but no two destinations are exactly the same.
So maybe reading these blogs isn’t for everyone. The one thing this article made me realize that it IS for me. 🙂 It helped me recognize how much I miss the healthy living blog community and I want to return to being a part of it. I won’t promise to post here everyday or photograph every meal I eat, but I will be using it as a tool on my journey. Don’t be surprised if you see me popping up in your comments section, too. As much as I like writing about my own quest for a healthy life, I enjoy reading about yours just as much if not more.
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