I have to say that I am really glad that my lifting posts give everyone ideas or inspire people to lift. I was thinking a lot about this lately, especially after the brouhaha with the Marie Claire article and the discussions following. Plus Pubsgal and MizFit had brought up some points about blogger clicques.
I am currently sitting at Starbucks with John as I contemplate this post.
I have sort of wondered where my blog fits into the blogosphere. It used to be about weight loss, of which there are so many (yay!). Now that I am not focusing on losing, but maintaining, I don’t really think of it as a weight loss blog anymore. I don’t quite feel like a healthy living blogger because I am not in my 20s, which most seem to be, and not too many of them have lost much weight (although some have). I am not a competitive athlete and have no plans for that or even really getting too much faster, so I don’t necessarily fit in there. I lift weights, but I don’t have any interest in competing, and I can’t really get that lean LOL. I am not just a food blogger, either. I guess I feel on the fringes sometimes, but that is really kind of how I felt through high school and some of my adult life anyway.
One point the MC article made and something I have read about on a couple other blogs is about how someone who photographs and posts every meal and workout has disordered eating. Well, gee – that is my blog.
Case in point – breakfast this morning.
That is what it is supposed to be. What is the real difference between someone who writes in journal every day of their foods and exercise and someone who does it in pictorial version? The first person is not considered to have disordered eating, but taking control. Difference? None.
I just hope that I can bring across that you can maintain a weight loss by just living life imperfectly. That means having tough days of snacking. That means finding enjoyment in being active. It means not assigning foods as good and bad or feeling guilty for eating. It means having a cupcake at times or going for a day with no added sugar. I really don’t know why people feel the need to pigeonhole everything so that they can have a reaction to it.
Anyhoo – that is enough of the sweepings from my mind into the blog! I just want to say that I appreciate all of you readers (even the lurkers!!) and am really happy that you find some tidbits of anything to pick and think about from my blog. It’s really just a springboard for living how you need and want to.
Now for something completely different… My brick today. It was the peak workout before the duathlon. John accompanied me on the bike portion. We kicked it pretty good for 16.8 miles. At the turnaround point, I took some pictures:
It’s the early yellow color right now. Some dark oranges and reds should be popping soon. Not at its peak.
It was windy.
After I got back from the 16.8 miles, I put on the sneaks and did 2.5 miles on the hill route. I was quite tired during the run. My thighs were burning on the hill, but I kept plodding on. I had to blow my nose on a leaf, too. I don’t have the nerve like some people do to just blow their nose out in the air. I would wear it for sure! 😳
This was the last of the really hard workouts – yay! Taper starts next week.
How was that for a change up of posts?
Pink item of the day. This is my gorillapod – which is the flexie tripod for my camera.