Things I’ve Learned From Blogging

I don’t think of myself as a blogger. I’m just a girl with a blog. It’s the same way I feel about running. I’m not a runner… I’m just a girl that runs. It’s different, right? No? Doesn’t matter. Either way, I’ve learned a lot of things in the past year or so.

I learned that:

I don’t need to fear nut butters.

What? No, seriously.

Back in high school I was all “OMG! 200 calories in 2 tablespoons? Nevvvvah.” I’d shun that jar of Jif in my parents pantry. I was a calorie counting maniac.

Then I discovered two things:

1. Nut butter, while high in calories, is actually quite good for you

2. Jif doesn’t even compare to the amazing nut butters on the shelf, or the kind I can make at home.

What you eat is not what I eat, and that’s ok.

I’m easily impressionable. I see someone eating chia seeds and I want to put them on every single thing I eat. Someone stir frys in coconut oil? I must do that. You eat soy yogurt not greek yogurt? Should I be doing that?

Wait stop.

What tastes good to me, might not taste good to you. What my body needs is what what your body needs. I mean, look at all the WIAW posts! We all eat different things, and that’s ok!

Exercise is more than Cardio and 5lb dumbells

I was the classic “45min of the elliptical and a few bicep curls with a light weight.” I didn’t push myself with strength training. I didn’t want muscle, I just wanted to burn off calories. And then I saw girls like Katie and Bonnie kicking butt in the gym. And I thought… I can do that too! I’m no where near as toned as these ladies, but I’m on my way! ;)

What have you learned from other blogs?

<3 Liz

Comments

  1. love this post! you rock :)

  2. Amen to all of those points. What you eat is not what I eat actually took me quite a while to learn. I tried to eat what all of the bloggers ate and ended up very unhappy.

  3. I love this post and can definitely relate to learning not to fear nut butters! And amen to the second point as well. I have been influenced too many times… I have enjoyed some of the items I have tried, but for the most part… not so much!

  4. Woo! Amen sista!! I used to be the same way about nut butters, it’s so sad to realize I deprived myself of them for so long! Now I’m making up for lost time haha ;)

  5. amen! haha loved this post. I have learned that its ok to be hungry at anytime of the day…also honoring your hunger :)

  6. Love this post. I don’t consider myself a blogger… especially right now. I feel like I learn something everyday from blogs… whether it be the latest exercise routine or food. I always love to see what everyone else is up to.

  7. I’ve also learned what I eat is not what you eat. Doesn’t make me weird. Just normal. :)

  8. I’ve learned that I can try new ingredients! I used to just make a few simple things that I knew I liked, but now I’m willing to try those chia seeds and other cooking ideas–like you say, doesn’t mean I have to like it all or that it will be right for me, but I learned that I can explore and find out! And YES for giving weights a go! I love free weights, and am on my way to trying more power-lifting type stuff.

  9. Love this post!!!! Isn’t that the truth about nut butters. They’re so delicious. I’ve never gone through so many jars in a month.

  10. Great points to make…..Nut butters are not to be feared! Too good to not eat :D

  11. I totally agree! It irks me when I see girls lift 5lbs because they don’t want to get bulky! I love lifting and lifting heavy. And pb? yes pleaseeeee :D

  12. LOVE THIS! We totally do all eat differently and that’s GLORIOUS! <3 and packing right now… baller exercise =) you should come help. get a free workout and some wine! mwah!

  13. I learned that greek yogurt is the best thing in the world. I learned that what other bloggers eat may not be a fave of mine…for instance, I LOVE JIF ;) And no other nut butter can compare..hehe

    • Oh yes!!! I probably wouldn’t have tried Greek yogurt if it hadn’t been for the blog world.

      That’s so funny that JIF is your favorite! I actually discovered I really like the Skippy Naturals Crunchy kind! That’s what I’ve been buying lately, and it’s way cheaper than some of the “designer” nut butters!

  14. Great post! I totally agree with all you have to say here, and isn’t it funny how Jif is just plain nasty after you have eaten natural nut butters!

  15. I feel the same way about being a “runner” and a “blogger.” I just run some, blog some, and do other stuff.

  16. I can definitely relate to the things you have learned! I have also learned that just because I see bloggers running 8+ miles for a workout, it doesn’t mean that kind of exercise is right for my body. I’d love to run that much though!

  17. Its great you can realize that. I am just now starting to realize that. Suffering from an ED it’s hard to finally make that realization and that’s whats great about the blog roll is it can help assist you in realizing that its not about the calories, its about what your body needs. Do you really like amond milk or do you drink it because it has 40 calories. Do you really like chia seeds in your oatmeal or do you put them in “because their healthy and good for you” Eat what you want and when you want, your body is pretty good at telling you what it needs.

  18. Amen to all theses :)

  19. Love all your points here! I’ve learned that it is possible to strike a balance….treats are ok!

  20. This post is awesome!

  21. I could never not eat nut butter – and i NEVER eat JIF!

    I used to be the jump on the elliptical for 45 minute girl too :)

  22. What an excellent post, I love all the things you’ve learned, especially “What you eat is not what I eat, and that’s ok.” :)

  23. Brilliant post… I don’t think of myself as a blogger, or a cyclist, and I do both all the time… I just like doing them; know exactly what you mean!
    I’ve found so many different foods and inspiration for cooking from other blogs, it’s brilliant :-)

  24. It’s better to be myself than try to be something I”m not. I’m not a HUGE food blogger. I’m not a HUGE fitness blogger. I’m more of a LIFE blogger… and that’s okay :)

  25. Love the nut butter comment – I totally used to shun the stuff too bc of calories – what was I thinking?! I think I’ve learned so much about new foods and methods of cooking thanks to other blogs, it amazes me sometimes!

  26. Agreed on all of your statements! Nut butter is a gift from god – I find new excuses to use it daily. :)

  27. Thats so true! When I was going through troubles with eating it was so hard for me to overcome that……but I have tried them now and they are SOO good:)

  28. biggest thing i learned is what works for someone may not necessarily work for me or be the best for me. it has helped ease my mind with what my lifestyle choices are and how i exercise!

  29. I love this! I finally talked myself down from chia seeds after I saw the price tag. This post is just another reminder I needed :) I too have loved all the workouts I’ve found on blogs. I’ve learned that the treadmill can be fun!

  30. I feel the same way about blogging. I definitely don’t consider myself a “blogger.”
    I’ve learned that just because I sometimes eat differently than my friends/family doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the way I eat or that I should have to justify it.

  31. This post is awesome.

  32. Love what you said about comparing yourself to others, especially comparing what you eat. I’m not someone who eats healthy 100% of the time, and I’m always amazed by some of the super-healthy menus on other blogs. But I eat healthy probably 80% of the time, and that’s what makes me happy at this point in my life. :)

  33. I used to like nut butters, but after blogging I’m OBSESSED!

  34. LOVED this post! I totally agree with all points :)

  35. “Fear” and “food” should never be in the same sentence…even the same paragraph :)

    You’re beautiful!

  36. I love that you say you’re not a runner… just a girl that runs. That’s EXACTLY how I feel. I feel like in the blog world you have to fit your certain sterotype… Something I’ve learned is that I dont need to fit a mould to be a happy blogger, I can just be me and people will either love it or hate it, but at the end of the day I love it, so w hatever!

  37. Helllllllll, yessssssss. Thanks for the lovely shout-out on my beastliness!!!

    I love hearing about what people have learned from blogging. I think that blogging is one of the most educational tools that have emerged from this technology age. You can learn so much from other people. I know I have!

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  38. What a great post! I have learned that everyone is different and that is awesome. If I see others running everyday, I shouldn’t feel pressure to run too. I still can’t get myself to taste goat cheese just because it is from a goat but see bloggers eating it all the time! I love that we are all so different!

  39. i adore this post liz. We really learn a lot from each other. I learn that I have a voice and to use it for good. plus I love homemade nut butter too!

  40. Agreed on all of the above. LOVE this post!!

  41. Everyone needs to read this post. :) I can definitely relate with being fearful of peanut butter. I used to really beat myself up about it. Now, I’ve learned that the body needs fats and protein just to function and it just so happens that pb has all of that. :) Bring on the pb!

  42. What a great post! I’ve learned that I don’t care enough about pretty food to be a food blogger. I’ve learned that we all have stories to tell, and blogging is a great storytelling venue. I’ve learned that sometimes people are interested in things that I think will be boring…and sometimes things that I think are exciting and insightful won’t interest anyone at all!

  43. I learned that oatmeal doesn’t come out of a paper packet with powdered flavor.

  44. Great post Liz! You are so inspiring!

    I also don’t consider myself a blogger or a runner…I’m just me without titles!

    What I’ve learned from blogging? Greek yogurt is pure heaven, inspiration is just a click away and there is an entire community of people out there that I am so proud to be a part of!

  45. Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog. Things always work out :)

  46. You said it, girl! I’m 100% guilty of the nut butter thing too (or at least I WAS). I could never imagine myself putting more than a mini serving of nut butter on anything!

    Now I practically cover food in the stuff, and I’ve never been happier about it :)

  47. Great post! Lovely sentiments. :)

  48. Such a nice post! I am still sort of new to the blogging world and I feel like I have learned so much already! I love all the recipes and little life tidbits I have been reading.

  49. Those are two things that I’ve learned from blogging as well! (: you aren’t the only one who used to be a calorie counting controller!

    xo.

  50. AMEN to the nut butter observation! Before I knew anything about nutrition, I just focused on calories. I remember eating frosting one day and telling my mom that it had half the calories of peanut butter, and she said, ‘Yeah, but is it healthier?’ NO! I didn’t know it at the time, but now that I care more about the ingredients than the calorie count, I feel much better about eating peanut butter. It’s my favorite!

  51. That white choc Vita top and PB combo look ahhhmazing! I wish we got those yums in the uk!!!

  52. I love this post! And totally agree! Especially about nut butter, mmmm!!

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