When I first started reading blogs, I was drawn to several popular “HLB”s, also known as “Healthy Living Blogs”.
In fact, I still enjoy following several healthy living blogs (Peanut Butter Fingers — holla!!). Essentially, the blogger documents all of their meals and snacks, their physical activity, and the rest of the generally healthy things they do on a daily basis. HLBs are a great place to get ideas for recipes, workouts, as well as reading reviews on cutting edge nutrition and fitness gear.
They also tend to make you feel guilty.
(Or maybe that’s just me.)
Guilty because once in a while, my breakfast looks strikingly similar to this…
From time to time my desk has been known to slightly resemble the photo below…
Although if I remember 7th grade algebra correctly, don’t two negatives make a positive? So really, the Egg McMuffin and Spicy Beef Ramen cup cancel each other out and magically create something uber healthy…?
I didn’t think so. (Also, please forgive me for using the word “uber”. I don’t know what came over me.)
In addition to my nutritional discrepancies, from time to time my workouts are a bit…well…lacking. Sure, I teach group exercise classes, but on more days that I care to admit, my “workout” is a little bit of a stretch…
Too bad there’s at least twice that many calories in the 24-ounce red beer I’m so delicately guzzling.
The one thing I have going for me is that I’m really good about taking photos of my food. HLBs always take photos of every single meal.
Something tells me the above photo montage–despite being incredibly delicious–isn’t exactly helping my case. The only thing that’s actually green is the photo of the parsley garnish on the Top Ramen packet. (And possibly the IKEA meatballs…depending on the lighting.)
A few early readers may remember the “Fitness” section of this blog. I attempted to document my daily workouts and talk about how I had lost twenty pounds through clean eating and a consistent workout routine when we lived in Seattle.
And then I moved to ‘Sota, discovered the grossly underrated delicacy known as tater tots, and gained the weight back. Also? It’s really hard to run outside when the temperature is below freezing.
(The fitness page shortly came down after the move.)
I’m not making fun of healthy living, nor am I encouraging a lifestyle focused on frosting and refined carbohydrates. I take pride in the fact that I exercise several times a week, and eat healthy the majority of the time.
But I also take pride a good can of “sketti”, (that’s redneck for “Spaghetti-O’s”) or a day where I don’t have to get all sweaty at the gym. I figure if I make good choices eighty percent of the time, I still have a little wiggle room for cupcakes and fried pickles. Because truly, a life without fried pickles is practically a prison sentence.
So…while my lifestyle will probably never propel me to HLB status, I’m content being a RLB.
(“Real Living Blogger”.)
(Or “Really Like Butter”. One of the two.)