I Don’t Love Fitspo

I was going to make this post a book post (what I’m reading and so forth) but I don’t have the pictures taken that I want to use so another time. I do have a book blog though, so feel free to check that out if you’re into books and reading and all that jazz. See, this post is about trends. Trends don’t exist without social media, that’s just a fact, but let me say that the biggest “trend” that people are jumping onto is health and fitness. Hashtags like fitspo, healthsp, fitspiration can be inspiring depending on the words and if done correctly, can change a person’s life.

Now, sometimes for the right and wrong reasons. I recently read an article about a personal trainer who posted two different selfies to Instagram. Both were taken mere minutes apart but it looks like one of those #TransformationTuesday photos. The point? Work with what you’ve got and don’t believe what you see at face value. We’re too quick to judge based on a photo, which doesn’t always tell the whole picture.

http://giphy.com/gifs/fitness-workout-fitspo-uIi3OfCJmoTBK (from Tumblr, original source unknown).

But, don’t stop working out. Keep toning, keep stretching, keep smiling and keep eating healthy. Whatever reminds you to keep at it in a healthy way, that does not harm you. Fortunately, the terrible trend of thinspo was one that most  people picked up on as bad advice and complimentary to an eating disorder. If you were to go to Tumblr and search thinspo in the tags, you would be met with the following message: https://www.tumblr.com/psa/search/thinspo 

The same thing happens when searching for other disorders and illnesses, in an effort to create a more open and accepting community that is able to help everyone.

Personally? I hate do not love the fitspo/fitspiration trends. Search it and tell me how many you think are models or are part of an advertisement for something else (likely a health or fitness company). Sure, I like quotes. I like pictures of food, smoothies, and recipes but I don’t love fitspo. It just tires me. It’s like on New Year’s when everyone has those resolutions, but most people are cutting down on their resolutions or giving into temptations by February (Feb. 14, to be exact because it is one of the four chocolate holidays. Post idea!). For those on Tumblr and Instagram (and I suppose Pinterest, too) it’s just reblogs and regrams. Is anyone actually working out here? Ok, ok some of you might be. But do I care about the latte you had after? Sociality Barbie shout out because I’m getting random now.

http://giphy.com/gifs/fitness-workout-fitspo-CXEUN3uklAZdS (via Tumblr, original source unknown).

Hello, internet are you there? It’s me, the girl that listens to podcasts while writing blogs, works out everyday (not intense), reads actual books, and does her best to still watch her Netflix because she is paying for it after all. Until next time then.

Original source: http://miscgifs.tumblr.com/post/4544881521/shrug-gifs-disney-gifs
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Nutrient rich goals

I have some thoughts about healthy eating and what I want my role to be in it. I would like to be able to write about nutrition for a wider audience, to be able to have something thoughtful to say that is accurate at the same time. Do I want to get certified teach a fitness class, or pilates or yoga? (it will probably be the latter at least for now). Can I become a health coach? Would I find good work doing this and would it be fulfilling for me? I have no answers to any of these questions and I’m frantically watching Crash Course, Khan Academy, and reading books trying to educate myself on whether I can do this. One part of my brain says yes, you can do this. Healthy eating and wellness are all you really care about to be happy. But the other part, that part reminds me that while I like it, I don’t like thinking about the science behind it all. Maybe you’re thinking if that’s the only thing holding me back, go for it right?

I like to think I have a good nutrient-rich diet, in the best way I can. I’m not perfect by any means, but I would like to learn more. So, the point of all this then?

I got accepted into health related certificate program at a well-respected university. My hesitation is whether to accept this offer and move forward with a career in wellness or just carve out something else in that area entirely. For those reading, I’m not asking for any kind of advice necessarily nor am I asking for questions. That’s just what’s going on with me at the moment. A real thing that is happening and is making me have weird future life-flash-before-your-eyes thing.

Is that all I’m doing? Nope, I’m currently taking a TEFL class and maybe I’ll talk about that another time and why I’m doing it. And, yes still looking for a job. Hopefully my new pursuits will lead me somewhere.

If you read this all the way through, then thanks I guess! You’re pretty awesome for reading about someone else’s worries but you’re also probably a good person for not caring only about your own needs. Alright, enough of that. (Did you like the videos? What about the TED Talk? Dr. Fuhrman is really great isn’t he?)

Smile, because life is short.

Tomorrow’s goals, today’s victories

So, I’ve been around. Since my last post I’ve been on vacation and back for awhile, then to some other places.

Without naming the location, here are some photos from that place:

Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas
Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

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The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon

So, I think that takes care of that. And no, no photos can ever capture that canyon properly. It doesn’t matter how experienced of a photographer you are. Sorry, but no it’s just too spectacular. It’s grand.

Anyway, moving on. It’s also a month of fasting and a time for reflecting on faith. Sometimes I like to say I don’t have any faith, but the truth is its always there. Somewhere in the back of my head, its creeping out. Reminding me that hey: It’s ok to feel things and want things and be a curious person and have something to believe in. I believe in a life. In a family and a sort of dream of tomorrow. I’d like to say that I’ve got it all figured out but really I have no idea where I’m even going with this post.

However, I make goals. I try to write things, putting it down on paper or typing it up can just clear your head in so many ways. I forget that sometimes. I haven’t been writing as much as I would like. Goal for the next month? Yes, but then this next month is not about trying to jump high hurdles but setting reachable goals. I’ve reached some already so I know I’m doing something right. Signing up for online classes, deciding to jump into something and then actually doing it basically sum up this month if not this summer so far. And that makes me so happy.

The summer is not over yet and I hope I can go on another trip or two before Labor Day weekend rolls around. If not, I’ll keep setting those reachable goals. Like, getting a job. Like continuing to write, because I do know that the writing can turn into something if I’m lucky. There’s a whole community of writers out there that I sometimes forget about until I get online.

So, I’m keeping it real by reading and writing. Not trying to stress, because that is where the melt-down is likely to enter into the equation. Keeping this post sort of light and not really on any particular topic but watch and see what my next one will be, since I’m going to do my best to find a theme if possible (or not).

Stay awesome!

Edit: This was published on 6/30 at 11:17 PM, for the point to get one last post before the month ends.

“So we put our hands up like the ceiling can’t hold us.”

I can’t give in to the feeling that this is all for nothing. I’m trying my best, but sometimes one does feel as though the best is not enough.

Sometimes, I don’t know what to do. I’m happy on some days, then sad and confused another.  Not sure what to make of anything really anymore. I just want answers and I just don’t want to be alone. I want to do something worthwhile, though I know I’ve been saying that for awhile now. But, I really mean it. I don’t (can’t) end up being some loser who just sits at home writing online. That is me and no, I recognize that doesn’t make me loser because there are plenty of people who do that. But, I want to try something different too. Build my resume in new ways. I don’t know how to explain it, but I just want something new and fresh. The decisions and thoughts in my head are turning to mush.

This is what I’m currently thinking when I feel the need to give up, knowing it can’t be how I might envision it to be:

sadlife

Most of the time, though I recognize that I can’t be everywhere
givingin

So, I suppose that makes me lower my expectations of the future a bit. For, the most part though I am trying. I am doing something by trying.

from tumblr

I get migraines thinking too much, but writing helps me get focused on what I need to do.

So, I smile knowing that I can’t do everything and laugh realizing that I am not going to be a millionaire or win any lottery. I also keep being me, because that’s all I know how to be.

It also helps to know that people are looking out for you and have not given up on you. So if I keep believing, you can too.

“Here we go back, this is the moment. Tonight is the night we’ll fight till it’s over.”

(all gifs from tumblr, lyrics from Mackelmore’s song “Can’t Hold Us.” All images belong to their respective owners.)