Reality Check

Why in the world am I starting a blog?  With over 11 BILLION blogs in the world (I looked it up), why would I presume to think people will read yet another food blog?  Short answer: I don’t.  I highly doubt anybody besides my friends and family will read this blog.  It will be shocking to me if I even maintain this blog for longer than a couple weeks.  But I’m starting it for one simple reason:  I have something to say.

Well, theoretically, I have a lot of somethings to say…otherwise this blog would only be one post for eternity.

As we move forward in society, leaving the days of hard manual labor far behind, we all begin a never-ending journey: The journey to be healthy in this fast-paced, fast-food, ADD, everything-is-bad-for-you kind of world.  The health and diet industry is a 40 billion dollar industry. Yet, how often do we hear this: “Diets just don’t work for me!” Or this: “I’ve tried everything!” It seems to me that if we’re spending 40 billion dollars a year on healthy stuff and it isn’t working, something is wrong.

Before I start getting flack about being a skinny girl ragging on the diet industry, let me point out that I once was the “fat girl.” I have an unfortunately common metabolic disorder called hypothyroidism.  Long story short, my metabolism is painfully slow and I packed on 50 pounds of extra weight in my last 3 months of high school.  It took me almost 4 years to lose the weight, and I definitely “tried everything.” Luckily, my share of the 40 billion dollars worked out and Weight Watchers helped me lose that 50 pounds.  That was nearly 6 years ago. Ever since then I’ve been on a food journey that has taken me through binge eating, emotional eating, and other unhealthy relationships with food. I’ve drunk health shakes galore, eaten my fair share of health bars, attempted various extreme athlete workouts (P90X = ouch), tried to sweat off extra jiggles, and thrown a lot of extra money into that 40 billion dollar pot. And I have learned a lot.

The fact of the matter is this: most of the mumbo-jumbo thrown at us by the fitness and diet industry just isn’t practical for everyday life.  I don’t know about you, but I work no fewer than 3 jobs at a time. I very rarely have time for an intense weight-lifting session or good, sweaty jog. If I do have the time, chances are I’m way too exhausted anyway. And living on a tight, very low middle-class income…I most definitely don’t have the money to throw at the newest fad diet or soylent green shake.

I intend for this blog to be about all that I’ve learned and all that I continue to learn.  This is a crazy world, and most of us just aren’t cut out to be fitness gurus, extreme athletes, or models.  But we can ALL be healthy.  Healthy can be any size or shape.  Healthy is about how you feel on the inside.  Healthy is about loving yourself and giving yourself the best you possibly can.

I hope you join me in this blog and let all your friends know about it, too.  I’m not saying I have all the answers.  I’m CERTAINLY not saying my advice is on par with a dietician, doctor, or personal trainer’s.  I’m just saying I’ve got real world experience and I want to help real people be real world happy and healthy.