Okay, guys… I’m just going to be blunt. Sometimes, the world of “healthy living” blogging can be toxic. There’s a lot of pressure — to be muscular, to be skinny, to be strong, to be tough, to “have some self control.”
It’s especially hard to read these type of blogs on “fat days.” You know what I’m talking about — the days when you feel like you woke up 10 pounds heavier, sometimes for no reason at all. The days when you dread putting on your skinny jeans, when you’d rather hide from the world in your yoga pants and baggy sweatshirt.
On those days, the last thing that I want to see is someone’s six pack.
Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging, and I love reading blogs. Sometimes, I just have to remind myself that most of what I’m reading is not “normal” or “average.” Sure, it’s pretty amazing that someone can run 40 miles in one weekend, or acquire a six pack in six weeks, or eat a diet free of anything processed, but I don’t have to do any of those things in order to be fit and healthy.
Yesterday, I was having one of those fat days. I got through it by relaxing on the couch, eating Chipotle for lunch, and getting in a good 45 minute workout before dinner. I didn’t starve myself. I didn’t workout for hours. I didn’t let those fitness blogs get to my head. Sometimes, I think that certain fitness blogs send the wrong message — that we need to work out for hours and eat perfectly clean to have the “perfect” body. Clearly, that’s not true.
If you’re new to healthy living blogs, or just need a little reminder (like I do sometimes), remember that fit people come in all forms. There is no “perfect” body. Those images on Pinterest?
You don’t need to look like that. You don’t need to run a marathon, or “eat clean” all of the time, or join a gym, or work out every single day of the week, to be healthy.
The next time you’re having your own fat day, remember this. And live your life for you .
Do you ever feel pressured by healthy living blogs?
Do you find those Pinterest images inspiring?