How boring would lard-busting be without blogging? Pretty bloody dull, I tells ya. I've had emails from new folks who saw my Early Show appearance and asked how they can start blogging, and also why one would want to pick up such a nerdy habit in the first place. I thought I would answer that here!
There are many reasons why – such as accountability to yourself and others, putting your hopes and fears and goals in writing, and having a place to celebrate and/or whine about the process. A blog can be whatever you want it to be – anonymous or exhibitionist; soul-searching essays or just jotting down your lunch. You don't even have to write one at all – reading blogs can be equally rewarding.
Personally I reckon without all the friendships, ideas, recommendations, advice, recipes, comments, challenges, support, insight and inspiration I've found from this blogging caper, I might still be plodding along on the treadmill yelling, "BORRRRRING!" at quarter-mile intervals. It's the spice, it's the flavour! There are so many things that are now fundamental parts of my life I might never have otherwise discovered. I've listed just a few at the end of this entry.
I think you need to have many different tools in your Toolshed o' Healthy Living, but blogging is one that won't just collect dust on the shelf. Ho ho ho.
- Wendy linked to Krista's Stumptuous site in 2001 and I discovered the concept of chicks lifting heavy objects.
- Nessajane blogged about Body Pump classes and got me thoroughly addicted.
- Robyn blogged about the mighty Enell sports bra in 2004 and I could finally do cardio without clutching The Girls in agony. It's the ugliest garment known to mankind, but so effective.
- Marla mentioned Cathe Friedrich fitness DVDs and turned me into a slobbering fangirl.
- Wilma emailed out of the blue with knee-healing advice just when I was ready to stab my faulty joint with a pen.
- Mistress Julia kicked my arse with her running expertise.
- Kathryn wrote about her boxing classes and intrigued with the idea of punching real people.
- I'm pretty sure it was Smaller Sue who blogged about low fat cream cheese and fruit spread on toast circa 2005, just when my breakfasts were getting batshit boring.
- Jen got me hooked on the Jillian Michaels podcast.
- Argyro introduced me to the wonders of Fage Total Greek Yogurt. I wish Argy would start blogging again!
- In 2006 Elise of Simply Recipes blogged this recipe for a sauce with cilantro, lime and chili that we have made almost every week since (with less oil)
- Mary got me onto Om Yoga DVDs and the brilliant The Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook
- Sophie mentioned in passing that she puts porridge/oatmeal in a thermos jar for her commute. I promptly copied and can now have piping hot porridge at my desk at 10AM!
- I wish I could remember where I first read about a spoonful of peanut butter in porridge. So good!
- Bex blogged about the 30 Day Shred DVD which is great when you want your arse kicked in just 20 minutes.
- Her royal buffness Kek gave endless weight training and healthy eating advice
- Maggie at Caustic Musings mentioned Cardio Coach MP3 workouts which made gym cardio far more bearable
- Kim reviewed the rockin' Element Pilates which is now one of my most beloved workout DVDs.
There are so many things. This is a work in progress, but will add more when as I think of 'em. It's nice to remember.