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Why I Don’t Read Your Blog

28 Jul

Since I’ve been blogging for right around 2 months now (Crazy!) I decided I’d give some criticism & open myself to some criticism as well. I know plenty of other bloggers have given advice on what to include / not to include in order to increase readership, but let’s face it, I’m not on here to make a living off of blogging, and I’m certainly not looking to get over 100+ comments on any given post. With that said, I also find that I don’t necessarily enjoy reading blogs that have 100+ comments and thousands of loyal fans. I like the small bloggers, just like me!

I actually can’t understand why some of the most popular healthy living blogs out there have such a steady readership. I find a lot of those blogs to be so routine, so boring, so uninteresting. With that said, I’ve come up with a few reasons that I don’t follow certain blogs. Obviously, this is my own personal opinion – so if you don’t agree, I won’t be offended.

Reasons I Don’t Read Your Blog

  1. I don’t want to know every single thing you ate today. You had 6 almonds and 10 grapes for a snack at 3:17pm today? I don’t care. First of all, who counts their almonds? Secondly, how much free time do you have to actually get online and tell me about it?
  2. You have too much free time. I think the point of blogging is to belong to a community of like-minded individuals. Unfortunately, there’s not much similarity between me (working 8 hours & commuting 2 hours a day) and someone who blogs “full-time”. I’m struggling to balance working out, eating healthy, and working – I don’t have all day to work out, cook delicious meals, and blog about it like some people out there.
  3. All you do is talk about yourself. Obviously, you have a blog to share your life & opinions with the world – but bring up some interesting points please. Give me a reason to comment and start a discussion. Don’t just give me a run-down of your day. Give me something to think about!
  4. You’re too nice. Give me some sarcasm, some anger, some controversy. If you’re all sunshine & rainbows all the time, I don’t believe you. Sometimes I get pissed off – and I’ll actually use the words “pissed off” – that’s okay. I curse like a sailor and I don’t feel like transforming into this perfect goody-two-shoes in the blog world.
  5. You post too many recipes. Sure, I like to try new foods – but I don’t want the recipe to everything you’ve ever made. Save recipes for when you make an amazing meal that you just have to share with the world! I want to get to know YOU – not your pantry.
  6. Your blog is ugly. If I come to your page & there’s 9 million ads and crazy things going on and it’s hard for me to actually find what you’re saying, I’m out. I admit that I struggle with making my blog “pretty” because I’m technologically challenged. (Help me?)
  7. Your pictures are too pretty. I don’t understand why people set up photo shoots for their food. Honestly, they pick the backdrop, place-mat, lighting, and make this huge production out of taking one picture of their lunch. Really!? I don’t have an extra 30 minutes to set up a food photo shoot. Doesn’t it get cold by the time you eat it? If you’re guilty here, refer to reason #2 why I don’t read your blog.
  8. All you talk about is pregnancy & babies. Sure, I’m thrilled that you’re a new mommy – but seriously, I don’t want to hear about the new organic baby diapers you found. This is probably because I’m not at that point in my life [As I mentioned here…] and pretty much can’t relate to your hormonal life changes.
  9. You don’t work-out. I started this blog because of my love of all things fitness. If you don’t share that passion, then it’s going to be harder for us to relate to each other.
Obviously, this is my own personal preference. I realize that some blogs exist solely to give recipes or solely to track their pregnancy – and that’s fine! I’m just not drawn to those particular blogs. I’m interested to hear what some of you look for in blogs too – so comment away.

What would you like to see more / less of on my blog?


What are some reasons you don’t read certain blogs? 
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Belated Weekend ReCap

27 Jul

Well if there’s been any common theme with me lately, it’s that I’m extremely busy and haven’t been able to post regularly. But I guess that makes the days I do post even more exciting, right? Lucky for you, tonight I’ve decided to make time and finally recap my amazing weekend for you – it was just too good to go without mentioning 🙂

I decided to celebrate my upcoming 24th Birthday this past weekend – so I invited a bunch of friends to visit for the weekend and go out on Saturday night. I didn’t really expect many out-of-town friends to come… but my best friend, Maranie, decided to surprise me and just show up at my door Friday afternoon 🙂 Best surprise ever!! I was just starting to get really depressed about how none of my friends from home ever visit or talk to me or care about me anymore, so having her surprise me pretty much made my weekend.

[Dan & Ken – you two are the exception, you always visit. Love you both!]

Instead of celebrating our reunion with drinks & dinner, we decided to celebrate by doing what we love best – working out. It’s awesome to have friends who enjoy the same things you do! We had an obnoxiously sweaty spin class – and then got dinner from our local Wegman’s. So typical for us.

Since we knew we’d be going out Saturday night, we decided to head out to Kelly Drive on Saturday morning for some running / jogging / walking / “forward motion” in Philadelphia. The day started out at a “cool” 95 degrees, so the first two miles of our run along Kelly Drive weren’t bad at all. We ran to the Art Museum and then continued to walk around Philadelphia and do all of the touristy things one should do in the city 🙂

Overlooking Waterworks on the Schuylkill River

Pictures from the top of the “Rocky Steps”

Rocky himself.

Love Park

We also wandered around Reading Terminal Market and got some amazing fresh produce to re-fuel for our 4.5 mile journey back to my car…

Overall we ran / walked 9 miles around Philadelphia with a heat index of about 110. I thought I was going to spontaneously combust.

After my body temperature cooled down to normal, we headed back and stopped at the King of Prussia mall on the way home. I’m sure all of those high-end shoppers enjoyed the smelly sweaty messes we were. Oh well. I needed a birthday outfit. Success.

By the time we arrived home, some of my other amazing friends were arriving – and we all got ready to head out to Manayunk for dinner & drinks.

I rarely go out in Manayunk because it’s a bit far for me – but I wanted to meet up with friends in the city – so off we went. We had dinner at Manayunk Brewery – which is an awesome restaurant… but not so much when they have been out of power all day and the inside of their building is at a stifling 87 degrees. I guess it beats the outside temperature of 110.

I loved seeing so many of my friends – so thank you to everyone who came out 🙂 It means a lot!

Flashback Fail

23 Jul

On a happy note, my best friend surprised me & came to visit 🙂

On a sad note, I didn’t have a chance to blog because I would rather spend time with friends than type on my computer.

I’ll make it up to you & have a great post soon! Have an amazing weekend everyone!

Weekly Work-Outs

21 Jul

I have a lot to get done tonight… so I’m saving Part 2 of my “Friends” post for another day. But I wanted to quickly re-cap my work-outs for the week!

Tuesday Work-Out: Run

  • 2.8 miles
  • This is pretty laughable in terms of distance, but it started pouring and Steve happened to pass me driving home from work, so I just got in and called it a day.
  • I thought the rain would be a nice break from the ~100 degree heat, and it was, but I totally wimped out anyways. Lame sauce.
  • I didn’t have my Garmin (since it was raining) – so I don’t know my pace.
Wednesday Work-Out: Swim AM, Spin + Lift PM

  • Warm-Up: 200 SKIPS  [200 each x Swim, Kick, IM, Pull, Swim]
  • 6 x [100 pull on 1:30 + 50 sprint on 1:00, finishing each sprint in ~35 seconds]
  • 100 Easy
  • 500 Pull on 7:30
  • 200 Kick [With kickboard]
  • 200 IM [Trying to go sub-3:00, touched in 2:59]
  • 200 Pull on 3:00
  • 200 Easy
  • Total = 3,300 yards
  • Spin
  • I can’t remember the exact work-out, but here were my favorite sets
  • 1 min seated climb, 30 sec standing run, 1:30 seated climb, 30 sec standing run, 2 min seated climb, 30 sec standing run, 2:30 seated climb, 30 sec standing run, 3 min seated climb [Increase resistance each minute of the seated climbs]
  • 5 x [20 sec sprint, 30 sec heavy resistance seated, 10 sec recovery]
  • Lift
  • In addition to bi’s & tri’s (as always) I incorporated more back, shoulder, & chest moves and increased the weight.
Thursday: Rest & get work done!

I need to get everything done tonight so I can enjoy celebrating my 24th birthday this weekend! Hooray for friends, drinks, and good times. 

I’ll be sure to throw together a Flashback Friday post tomorrow too – so if there’s any part of my wedding planning you’re interested in seeing, let me know 🙂

 

Make New Friends But Keep the Old Part 1

20 Jul

I’m sure you’ve all heard the little jingle “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”

I’m only going to take the first part of the jingle today – Make New Friends. Making friends has always been pretty easy for me. I’ve always been really out-going and have never shied away from starting a conversation with someone new. But nothing ever stays the same as we grow up…

Elementary / Middle School: Making friends was super easy as a kid. My neighborhood was always filled with kids my own age. I remember summers spent playing release & capture the flag, and snow days spent sledding down my street with all of the other neighborhood kids. Plus, I saw my friends every single day in school & they all lived super close-by. It was the perfect situation.

High School: Although I had always played sports, the amount of time I dedicated to sports definitely increased in high school. My soccer girls (and eventually my swim team and XC team) became my family. I spent hours with my “family” at practice, games / meets, on bus rides, in school, at pasta dinners, fundraisers, you name it – I was with my team. My teammates were my best friends.

College: Making friends in college might even be easier than it was in high school. I mean, you’re thrown into a dorm with a roommate and about 50 other girls on your floor. It was easy for me to make friends with the girls living next door to me. On top of that, I was a member of the club swimming team, where I met the majority of my college friends (STK’s!). The best part about meeting new friends was knowing that we all lived on / around campus. No one was more than a quick walk or bike-ride away. Plus, the bars were so close, I could just meet up with friends there and not have to worry about a DD or anything else. College life – aka “fake life” – was great when it came to being constantly surrounded by friends!

Real World: Someone PLEASE explain to me how you make friends in the “real world.” I mean, ideally, I would make friends at work – the same kind of concept as with school – I see these people everyday. But unlike school, my co-workers ages are all over the place, and I am clearly the youngest person there. I’m not against making friends with people older than me, but when their idea of a good weekend is taking the kids out to see Disney on Ice, it’s hard to relate. And even if I had colleagues with similar interests, there’s absolutely no guarantee we live anywhere near each other. I work in the middle of NOWHERE. This is why I have a 50-minute commute. I refuse to live in the town where I work. And so does everyone else. So getting together outside of work might involve an even longer commute just to get to someone’s house. Not really ideal.

I know there are tons of outlets / events for singles to get together and meet new people – but for some reason these places shun married people like the plague. Wtf. So now that I’m married I don’t want to make new friends? Bull. I think I’m going to start a Match.com of sorts to make friends. I’m going to put in my interests (running, biking, kayaking, outdoors, wine, etc.) and find other people that enjoy the same hobbies. We’ll be BFF’s.

I guess my other option is having a baby. Then at least I could make friends with the other mom’s picking their kids up at daycare, or at PTA meetings, or at T-ball practice. JOKING. I’m not ready for that jazz.

Anyways – I guess it would be easier if I still lived at home / in my home-town and all of my old high school friends were still there to hang out with. But let’s face it, as we all grow up and get married and find new jobs, we can’t all stay in the same little town forever.

I’ve met a couple of really awesome friends since I’ve moved, but we live all over the place & it’s hard to get together unless we just meet up for dinner somewhere neutral. Don’t get me wrong, I love my dinner dates – but it would be nice to be able to just walk to a bar, meet up with all my friends, and walk home at the end of the night again. (Oh suburbia, how you suck).

I’m truly grateful for the friends I’ve made out in the eastern side of this state – but it’s just such a foreign concept to me to not have about 20 friends I can call and hang out with on any given night. I’m so used to being surrounded by friends, and now they’re all scattered around and it’s been a really hard adjustment for me. Thus my ramblings today.

How do you make friends in the “Real World”??

Is anyone else in the same situation I’m in? How do you deal with it?

Scales are Useless

19 Jul

First of all – I really hope I didn’t offend or upset anyone with my post yesterday! The whole point of writing about the “Lady Athena” class in races was to prove how ridiculous it is. Obviously a girl standing at 5’0″ and 6’0″ will have dramatically different healthy weights, so setting a random number as heavy-weight and lumping all women into it is pretty stupid. I think that the idea of this class is good, if there are truly large women who want to compete against other athletes with their build & stature – but it should be based on height/weight or on some other factor that is more individualized than weight. Anyways, this all helps me transition into my post today.

Too many women are fixated on weight. They step on the scale multiple times a day to see if they’ve gained or lost as much as 0.5 pounds. This is absurd to me. Unless you’re a cat, losing 0.5 pounds is like the equivalent of taking a shit. It’s just not useful to fixate on it.

Here’s some nerdy math for you. Weight = Mass x Gravity. So on earth, I way 140 pounds. On the moon, I’d weigh 23 pounds. On Jupiter, I’d weigh 331 pounds. So before you all try to find a shuttle ride to the moon, can we just realize how arbitrary weight is?

*Obviously, digital art isn’t my strong point*

If you just want to see a number on a scale go down, take a laxative. You’ll lose half a pound, but you won’t look any different. If you actually want your body to look & feel different, stay away from the Dulcolax.

Here’s where I’ll get personal. I weigh ~140 pounds (give or take) on any given day. I weighed ~140 pounds when I got back from my honeymoon, a 10-day stint on a cruise ship where I worked out once & ate like a queen at all hours of the day. Did I mention I also drank my body-weight in beer? It happens. Prior to my honeymoon, I also thoroughly enjoyed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a lack of time dedicated to working out because I spent all of my free time planning my wedding. My weight was normal, but my clothes fit a little differently and I could visibly see a difference in my body.

Today, I still weigh ~140 pounds, and I work-out 6 times a week, eat extremely healthy, and lift a lot of weights at the gym. I could get pissed off and throw the scale out the window in a fit of rage, but I don’t really care what it says because my clothes fit better, my stomach is visibly flatter, and my arms are much more toned. Sure, I could start running 10+ miles a day, put down the weights, and give up carbohydrates & I’d see the numbers on the scale change. But, I’d rather eat right to fuel my body, put on muscle weight to make me stronger, and cross-train to help my body.

Personally, I’d rather see results in the mirror than on the scale. The scale can’t tell you if the weight you’ve lost/gained is weight from fat or muscle. I don’t really want to lose weight right now, because I’m afraid I’d lose the muscles I’ve worked so hard to put on. Plus, muscle is far more dense than fat – so if you lose 5 pounds of fat, but put on 5 pounds of muscle, the scale won’t tell you anything – but trust me, you’ll be a much smaller person. (Muscle doesn’t weigh more than fat, 1 pound = 1 pound, but it certainly takes up less room than fat.)

But if you need some hard evidence, try using one of those fancy scales that measure % body fat. Or take some measurements of your waist / thighs / hips and watch inches disappear. Don’t use a scale. Seriously.

Anyone have other good methods to measure success in the realm of body slimming? 

Why is weight such a big deal?

Athena

18 Jul

So when I sign up for races, I usually sign up in my respective “age group” division. I figure it’s my only option, as being that I’m certainly not elite and the idea of being an “Athena” or heavy-weight athlete didn’t seem to be something I’d qualify for… even though I could definitely be pretty competitive in that division. With that in mind, I decided to click around and see what constituted the Athena status for a race I was looking at.

“Female participants weighing more than 140 pounds can compete for the Lady Athena title”

140 pounds is a heavyweight!?! Say what? As being that my normal weight fluctuates between 138 & 142, I’d venture to say that I could compete for the Lady Athena title if I ate a big dinner the night before the race. Personally, I find this hilarious. I’m 5’5″ and I have a lot of muscle on me, but by no means am I a “heavy-weight” athlete.

Tomorrow, I think I’ll elaborate on why I think women’s fixation on weight is ridiculous – but for today, let me just say that I’m 140 and if that makes me a heavy-weight, then I’m damn proud bitches.

Today’s Work-Out: Spin + Lift

  • Warm-up
  • 5 minutes of seated climb – adding resistance every 30 seconds until you can’t pedal anymore – then come up to a stand and continue to add every 30 seconds
  • 2 min each x [seated climb, standing run, jumps]
  • 2 x 1:00 sprint with 30 seconds standing run (active recovery) in between
  • Recovery
  • 2 x 1:00 sprint with 30 seconds standing run (active recovery) in between
  • 2 min each x [jumps, standing run, seated climb]
  • Intervals – 1:00 each x [sprint, seated climb, standing run, standing climb, jumps] followed by the same set at 1:15.
  • Cool-down
  • Total: 15 miles
Have a fabulous week everyone!
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