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giving back the inspiration in fitness and in life

Posted Aug 15 2011 11:39am
I'm back on the East Coast! This week I'm taking a break from my normal Mark Down Monday entries for something a bit more reflective- it seemed appropriate since I'm moving to DC to begin grad school on Friday AND I'm likely to make a lot of new blog friends this week (I'm hosting the weekly  #Fitblog  twitter chat Tuesday night at 9pm, and one of my posts will be featured on  very soon!). So, hello new friends! Hello new life! Welcome to sweating it. We're happy you're here.

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This blog is still in its infancy, and so I spend a lot of my free time trying to figure out what my goals for sweating it truly are. I started writing in March, waist-deep in thesis research and my senior year of college, and only just accepted into graduate school. A lot was on the horizon, just out of my reach: graduation, a summer in a new state, apartment hunting and furnishing, and life on my own as an adult. I was trying to find a fun, stress-free hobby to be a healthy distraction from my work, a project I could develop over the summer, and an idea that I could constantly keep revising and developing as time went on.

My inspiration for starting a fitness blog was simple enough; I had become increasingly interested in healthy living and fitness, and the blog would keep me accountable, seeking, and creative in my lifestyle as well as my writing. Discovering the fitness blogging community sealed the deal; there were a bunch of people with the same goals, interests, and nerdy sense of humor as me! If discovering that isn't inspiring, I'm not sure what is.

Nearly six months later, I am writing this entry while drinking a spinach-based smoothie after running three and a half miles. To say that my blog has already changed my life is a gross understatement! I've gone from exercising 3-4 days a week to 5-6 days a week. My sleep schedule has entirely changed to reflect the fact that working out in the morning is the bomb diggity . I've even moved from the low-impact exercise I adore to really busting my butt with weight training, and even RUNNING, which I previously loathed (now our relationship is love-hate, but we'll get to that another time...)

So, when I think about what I want my goal for this blog to be, I think about this: I lead a busy lifestyle. I am not rich (actually, I'm in debt! thanks a bunch higher education!). I'm not the most self-motivated person in the world. And yet somehow, my life has changed significantly in the past few months.

I feel that the biggest contribution I can make to the online fitness and health community is to be a real-life resource. Since I am not a person who has time for ten workouts a week and or money for superduper organic local produce and restaurants 100% of the time, perhaps I present more of a realistic picture of the road to health than we can find in magazines or healthy living guides. I firmly believe that in order for a healthy lifestyle to work for you, it's important to recognize that it might not be a switch you can flip immediately. By sharing the ways I try to incorporate health and fitness into my nutty life, I hope to give back some of the inspiration the health blogging community has given to me.

I hope to focus my blog toward this direction as I settle into my new life over the next few weeks; I'm excited for the challenges and excitement that lie ahead as I do.

See you at the weekly #FitBlog chat, this Tuesday at 9pm!
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