How’s your week going?
Mine has gone swimmingly thus far-can’t complain too much here! I also had a nice chat with one of my best friends yesterday, so that’s made the week beginning on a really nice note.
Not Always What it Seems
As a blogger (it still seems weird to me to say that’s what I am/do!), and blog reader, I feel it’s my duty to remind us all of a few things. And I do this because, once again, I am human & fall into comparison & judgement traps too. Maybe not as deep or as often as I used to, but I STILL do.
And thus it comes to the term ‘healthy living’ bloggers….. healthy living is obviously a huge term in and of itself (and is really hard to actually define, because healthy looks different to people), so simply coining the phrase leads to ambiguity, unmet expectations, confusion, and well, the ability to almost disguise one’s behavior as healthy. See the problem already?
Some like the ambiguity & disguise their unhealthy behaviors on purpose, others do not. And some might not realize their behaviors are a bit disordered or unhealthy. To each his/her own (but I get sad when I read blogs where it seems the writer is hurting). We’re all human!
And that is why I’m simply calling us ALL out to be careful with HOW we read and view blogs & pictures. There is NOTHING wrong, innately, with blogs or pictures of food or fitness (hello! I take them too!), but it can be somewhat dangerous/trigging/upsetting/confusing/frustrating to each of us if we automatically assume that he/she eats less/more than we do or exercises more/less/harder/easier than we do, etc.
See my point?
Here are a few examples from me….
I shared this picture in yesterday’s post. I ate this on Friday for dinner. I ate all of this, yes, and MORE.
But did I share the rest of the food as a picture with you? Nope. Why? Because I am utterly and completely lazy when it comes to food photography. I really am! Hence no cutesy backdrops, perfect lighting, and awesome setups. Sorry, it’s just not my thing.
I do not intentionally want to mislead anyone, so it’s just a simple reminder that what you see on my blog (and other blogs) is not always what it seems. And to be totally honest, I usually eat more than you see on a single plate.
And in case you care, with this dinner I ate a bunch more fruits & veggies & a bagillion chips. I was way too lazy to actually put the chips on my plate though….hence no chip in the pic. #winning
I ate this dinner with Jared’s family a few weeks ago. And it was super yummy!
However, it’s missing the gobs of ketchup that I added (once again, out of laziness, I didn’t take another photo), the copius chips that I ate straight out of the bowl (sense a trend? hah), and the extra pickles that I grabbed.
Who really cares, right?
Exactly. We shouldn’t. We don’t need to compare or judge ever….but because we’re human we have a tendency to do so.
Just saying it how it is–don’t believe everything you read or see.
I ate this amazing plate of deliciousness at my sister’s house in CO. (And I wish I were eating it again tonight!)
What you don’t see in this pic is that the salad is actually quite massive (seriously huge!), that I ate 4 more slices (not kidding), and had another garlic knot.
I hadn’t eaten much lunch that day because church was during lunchtime, so by the time dinner rolled around (we ate around 4:30, actually), I was starving with a capital S. And so my body naturally wanted more food. duh. And I gave it to it.
I didn’t explain this then (it was a fun/recap post where I didn’t want to type it all out–once again, lazy with a capital L!), but I remember feeling kind of bad that I just threw the picture out there. Without saying that I totally added to that plate a bunch more times. Whoops.
But really. Who eats 1 slice of pizza?! Honestly.
Not this girl. I can down pizza like it’s my job.
But that’s a whole ‘nother post.
Anyways. See my point? I don’t intentionally mislead, I just am naturally lazy when it comes to this stuff (but oddly enough have crazy amounts of energy to teach fitness classes….I amaze myself sometimes with how little I make sense! hah)
Moral of the story? Don’t ever ever ever judge yourself against what I do or eat. Please. (Can’t speak for everyone obviously, but for the most part, I think we’re all a bit lazy & don’t feel like photographing every morsel we eat. Am I right??)
Have a GREAT day! <3
(p.s. Please keep praying for Ashley & her sweet Hunter. Things to be looking a bit up–yay!–so keep the prayers coming! Read this post to get deets.)
What are some of YOUR thoughts on “not always what it seems” when it comes to blogs & photos on IG & FB?? What do YOU think we can DO about this?? How can I help create a healthier mindset?? Would YOU like me to be less lazy with photos?? <—please don’t answer this one. hehe