Happy Monday, friends! 😀
How the heck are you?! It’s been a while since we last talked, and while I’d like to say it’s because I was busy doing all sorts of wild and crazy stuff, the truth of the matter is that I simply needed a little break from the blog world. As much as I enjoy blogging, there are definitely time where I start to feel overwhelmed by it. Writing. Photographing. Editing. E-mailing. Reading. Commenting… It may not sound like much, but it definitely adds up. And while I’m not swamped with so many other things that I can’t find a few spare moments in my day to sit down and blog, sometimes I want to devote those spare moments to other things, like…
Holding a Friday night marathon for one of my favorite shows…
Rosewater spray and Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava soap and roll-on perfume.
Almost died of cuteness overload when I saw this bunny ninja hoodie. And the best part? It’s got little ears on the hood!
Mac and cheese <3
Putting way too much cinnamon on my cappuccino, accidentally inhaling it when I go to take a drink, and subsequently almost choking to death…
Fixing my holey sock problem…
Starting on yet another puzzle…
Chocolate chip banana bread… I’ll share the recipe tomorrow!
So that was my weekend in a nutshell, save a few dinners, a trip to the grocery store, a bit of WoW playing, and the Oscars… Nothing exceptionally exciting, but it was marvelous all the same because I was able to spend some time away from the computer and enjoy the “real” world for a while…
Sometimes I feel as though I live in two separate worlds. On the one hand we have the healthy living blog world, where everyone eats clean, comes up with all sorts of interesting meal ideas, puts nut butter on everything, and exercises pretty much every day. On the other hand, we have the world “out there,” which is pretty much the polar opposite.
Truth be told, I can’t really say that I fully belong in either world… My meals are pretty simple, and while I eat clean enough, I’m definitely not opposed to enjoying a healthy amount of “dirty” food when the mood strikes…
I do my best to be active every day, but I don’t follow a formal workout schedule, clock in high mileage, or do any sort of heavy lifting…
I’m not saying that one world is better than the other, but I am saying that I need a good balance of both worlds to feel my best. Spending too much time immersed in HLBs can make me forget that not everyone is running marathons and following a Paleo diet, but completely abandoning HLBs makes me miss being around people who have an interest in health and fitness. As with everything else in life, I need that balance. I need to remember that the blog world is not the be-all, end-all when it comes to setting a standard for what’s normal/healthy, and that there’s nothing wrong with going against what I see on the Internet. It’s getting a lot easier to do that as I become more confident in figuring out what works for me, but there are still those occasions where a stray “Oh, maybe I should give that a try…” thought pops into my head, and that’s when I know I need to take a quick step back. I’ve been down that road before, and I’d rather not take the trip again… being inspired is one thing, but being guilted into something is completely different.
And speaking of guilt… it’s time to tackle my Reader and inbox 😯 Happy Monday!
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Do you ever find yourself getting so caught up by what you see on blogs that you begin to redefine what normal is?
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
“Do you ever find yourself getting so caught up by what you see on blogs that you begin to redefine what normal is?” – OMG, YES!!! I couldn’t agree with you more on the whole “separate world” thing…I love being a part of the blogging community and honestly I have no idea what my life would be like without it (especially since most of my RLF’s (real-life friends) don’t have a single interest in health or fitness), but sometimes it can be so overwhelming.
Good for you for “getting away” for the weekend. I have this weekend all to myself and I have to say I’m seriously thinking about heading to the store to buy a puzzle! Lol
Irina @ Chocolatea Time
I am with you – I need balance between the blog world and the real world as well. Blogging, editing, photographing, and commenting really does take a toll on me and I often step away as well. It’s the best thing for us and it’s great that we’re able to see the line between blog and real life. I definitely don’t fit into the “HLB” world and hate to ever categorize my blog as one. While I sparsely post photos of my meals, I can’t deny that by “HLB standards” my food doesn’t always fall on the healthy side. Like you said though, it’s all about balance!
Haley @ The Saucy Apple
I know I say this a lot, but I always enjoy reading your blog. There are so many times when I’m reading it that I think, “Me too!” or “Yes, I know exactly what you mean!” I value balance, and while I love and crave whole foods, I’m also no stranger to cheeseburgers and fries. And while I sometimes wish I could be a pro-runner, I’m pretty slow, and I think yoga and walking suits me fine. You are right about what happens when you immerse yourself in HLBs… you start to think, “Well, shouldn’t I be eating Paleo then?” It’s really nice to take a step back and find your own unique balance, what works for you. Cheers! I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂
Welcome back. As much as I love blogging, I think it’s super important to walk away for a bit every week because it does take up an incredible amount of time and its so easy to become immersed in it. I actually deleted a bunch of blogs from my iPad recently, but then I went and added yours. Oh well, I’m really enjoying your style. Love the Mac and cheese shirt, the puzzle (you’ve inspired me to start another one) and Game of Thrones. Have you read the books? I only ask because I’m in the middle of book three (trying to get it in before the new season starts) and the most scandalous thing just happened. Like I about fell out of my chair scandalous.
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Yup! I’ve read the books and absolutely adored them… and I think part of that is because of all the things Martin throws in there to literally make me fall out of my chair. Like that thing that happened to Ned in book one? I literally felt like someone sucker punched me. Who does that to main characters?! No one is safe!
No joke, I just finished the chapter on the Red Wedding.
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Yup! That was another one that I just did NOT see coming. I’m really hoping that my favorite characters survive this series 😆
Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
That sweatshirt is so you, I love it! I was actually just thinking about this, about how sometimes the healthiest thing for us is actually to step back from the healthy living social media world and put life in perspective outside of it. Spot on insight, as usual. 😉
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
Oh my gosh I can relate to this so much. Take today for example. I was up at 6 am to go to an interview and I was in Toronto until 4, and when I got home I was way too exhausted to exercise. So I’m currently sitting on the couch wrapped up in a blanket being lazy. But part of me feels guilty because I’m currently reading blogs/tweets that all mention what they did for exercise today. Or I’ll read other bloggers’ workout plans that show 6-7 days of intense exercise in a week. And after a while of reading blogs, that starts to seem normal. But in the real world, it’s not. I definitely think that’s why it’s important to keep ourselves grounded in the real world!
Never Compare! How I roll and makes life a lot easier to get through! I just be ME and don’t really care of people agree with what I do or what I eat, I do what makes me happy <3
Game of Thrones, oh Mike LOVES that show! He has the books too 😉
Happy week beautiful! <3
Beautifully put Amanda! Balance is key and it is hard sometimes to realize that not everyone works out or eats healthy or even knows about health. But is that a good thing either? It is finding that nice balance between all aspects of what makes life worth living (health is a part of that). I hope you had a nice time to yourself, it sure looks like you did! I am getting the first and second season of Game of Thrones soon! SO excited to start watching it!
kaity @ kaityscooking
I completely agree with this. When I start having those comparison thoughts which is every now and then on the blogs, I know I need to either stop looking at that blog for alittle or just the blog world in general. I hate that i still have those thoughts but I am human and I think it’s good that I can catch myself doing it. I hateeee when I put to much cinnamon on ! I feel I am drinking cinnamon the whole time, and I love cinnamon but ahh gross. YUMM to that banana bread, cannot wait!
Shreya @ rushofendorphins
The balance is definitely necessary!
When I look at my brother going without exercise (and he’s considered a fitness enthusiast) for more than 2 weeks like its nothing, I wonder why I think it’s such a big deal to go 3 days without. He never goes out of his way to be “active” (taking stairs instead of elevators, going for yoga/a walk on his rest days either. And he’s perfectly healthy and in shape.
So whenever I get too stressed out or overwhelmed by the blog world, I make sure to step back and look at him and his lifestyle.
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I’m kind of convinced that stressing about exercise and pushing yourself to exercise when you’re just not feeling it is a lot more harmful than simply being active whenever the mood strikes. It’s a hard position to maintain when everyone seems to be working out 7 days a week, but as counterintuitive as it seems, it really does work…
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
I used to get caught up in what I thought I should be doing based on all the “big” bloggers I read. Then I realized I’m strange and that’s good. 😉
Totally inhale cinnamon on accident. A lot.
Totally feel you on that – I struggled with it a lot when I first started blogging. I’ve honestly come to the (somewhat harsh) conclusion that very VERY few blogs in the HLB world are “real” – I guess, I really only like to read the blogs of people like you – who have an interest in food, fitness, etc, but are also like….real people that aren’t obsessed with clean eating or obsessed with exercise and talk about something OTHER than food and workouts. I guess I got real bored real fast with like 99% of the HLB world because it’s so….unrealistic. But you’re right, a healthy balance is a good thing!
Wondered where you’d been! Sounds like you feel refreshed 🙂
That t-shirt is adorable.
Wondering what you ordered from McDonalds. I LOVE the McGriddle (thought it would be gross but it SO NOT GROSS) without cheese!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I just got some fries and sweet ‘n’ sour sauce from McD’s. Sometimes I go for their nuggets too, but I have a serious weakness for their fries.
Your posts always resonate so perfectly with me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
There are definitely two very different worlds and finding a balance is crucial. To be honest, I don’t WANT to “eat clean” 24/7 or pass up real dessert on special occasions for a healthy version. I want to enjoy my life and sometimes that means indulging on foods that are labeled “bad” by the HLB community. I’ve come to realize that listening to your body is the most important thing. Our bodies will tell us exactly what they want and need, we just need to stop trying to outsmart them!
PS: I can’t wait for the recipe for that bread! Mmm…
hehe i just love that little stick figured guy with the groceries. So me.
Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! It’s nice to be away from the blogs, social media, and the internet, in general, sometimes. Gotta live life!! 🙂
Tessa @ Amazing Asset
Loving and agreeing with your thoughts on this post Amanda, as always 🙂 When I first began blogging I did a post every.single.day and would get quite anxious if I didn’t get one out! That was the first time I noticed the blog world changing my mindset, making things seem “normal” when I don’t actually believe it. That is a very minor example, but the beginning of it all nonetheless. When I started to cut down to a few posts a week, I realized that was totally fine to do. But then another “need” would come along… such as needing to follow a certain “healthy” trend I saw out there, the different exercises, amount, etc. When I took my major blog break last semester, it was for a number of reasons and one of those was because I was getting WAYYyy too caught up in the whole blog world!
I have more thoughts on this I am sure… and they will likely come to mind a bit later on haha
While I enjoy reading these types of blogs in my downtime, I found that too often I end up comparing, judging, or even feeling jealous at what some bloggers seem to achieve with their “healthy” lifestyles… even if I knew deep down that they weren’t being so healthy to begin with! I’m quite sick of it and now only read a handful of blogs, and not so religiously either!
…And, I’ve almost given up exercise in addition to eating over 2,000 calories, and dude, I have never felt better. Of course, the scale tempted me, and…. I’ve maintained. For 2 weeks now. Not exercising obsessively to counter the food I eat AND eating whenever I feel like it = healthy! There are too few bloggers out there who do this! They need to get on the bandwagon so they can REALLY blog about healthy living 😉
P.S. That perfume sounds amazing…
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
!!! Omigosh! You gave it up?! That’s so amazing to hear! I remember you mentioning that it’s something you were struggling with, so a huge congrats! I definitely think that more people need to hear about stories like this to give them courage to face their own exercise addictions. It’s scary as heck because it seems so counter-intuitive, but it honestly does work… Happy for you 🙂
Yeah! And what’s crazy is that my hunger has been off the charts too so it initially caused me some anxiety, but I kept honoring (well, KEEP honoring) my hunger and its the truth that your body does not screw you over. It does what it has to. It’s been quite the eye-opening experience.
awww it’s been so long since I’ve been able to comment on your blog ladyyyy 🙂 Lately (as you know) I’ve been super busy so haven’t really been in the blog world and honestly, I had the same thought… that wow not everyone is crazy about their food/diet/exercise… I think what it comes down to is that this community is so immersed in HL that they forget that it’s ok to live a little and have a “bad” day.
I’m loving that cheese shirt hahaha too cute!!
De @ Cooking for the Other Half
Taking a step back and not being “plugged in” 24/7 is healthy and important! I can totally understand needing a break. 🙂
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables
This is so where I’m at right now! I’m having to take a step back from blogging and the blog world to live a real life! We certainly don’t want you slipping back into where you were! It is so refreshing to take a break then come back. That is why I completely unplug on the weekends!
I think it’s great you brought this up.. seems to be the pink elephant in the room of “healthy living blogs”, right?
Like, no one actually lives that way, wants to live that way, or really likes comparing themselves to that ideal! Funny then how that image continues.. hopefully posts and discussions like this will bring about some change 🙂 Would be nice if more blogs were what most people I believe actually read them for.. real, relatable people living their lives, sharing insights and little highs, lows and experiences. Always enjoy your “dirty” pics of McD’s.. went myself for a treat last Friday with coworkers 😉
And I have never seen or heard of that perfume brand you showed, sounds lovely, looks like my kinda thing.. I have Lavanilla brand perfume and body butter from Sefora that is Vanilla Grapefruit and it’s simply amazing.
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
I’ve never actually tried the Lavanilla perfumes, but I use their deodorants and I absolutely love them <3
Looks like a pretty good weekend to me!! And that jacket and shirt are seriously too freakin cute for words. I need them both. Especially the mac and cheese one, its so me!!
I get what you mean about the 2 worlds thing, but seriously HLB make me feel….normal. NO ONE around me in my family or friends are even semi interested in healthy living. I mean I have a co worker who is and he and I chat maybe once a week for 5 minutes about working out/new recipes, but thats it. Before I started blogging I felt like a freak, and I felt alone. Like you though, I do live in this REAL world. In fact, Ive had cookies and cream ice cream WITH hot fudge the last 2 nights because Ninja brought some home. Would other HLB do that? Prob not. They need banana soft serve with a cocoa powder/coconut oil mixture, and theres nothing wrong with that either. To each his own! Its all about balance in my opinion. I refuse to eat crap all day everyday. It makes me feel gross and sluggish. But I also refuse to give up sugar, carbs, and even french fries :):)
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
It’s definitely all about balance. I know for a fact that I couldn’t live off sugar and processed foods, but I also know that I couldn’t live without them. I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of bloggers don’t either, but that maybe they don’t show those meals so that they can fit the idealized HLB mould. I wish more would, though! Then maybe everyone would start feeling more normal.
Andrea @Pencils and Pancakes
When I first started reading blogs, I did. A girl commented on my blog that she never took a day off. For a month after that I tried to workout every day and I think that’s how I injured myself 🙁 Sooooo I learned my lesson. Now I just do what is right for me. Everyone does what is best for them. There’s no reason why I have to be like any of the bloggers I read about. Now I just use them for ideas to inspire myself but don’t get too caught up in it.