just don’t get it

Posted: October 4, 2010 at 8:51 am

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Some mysteries appear in my life that make no real sense. Sometimes I have to sit back and say, “I just don’t get it”.

I just don’t get why people set their clocks 5-10 minutes fast. You know its fast. Whenever I do that, I simply compensate in my head and it makes no difference. I just don’t get it.

I just don’t get the chick at my gym who will come in to workout (even yoga!) in tight cropped jeans and a dressy tank top…which she folds up over her chest to show off her stomach. Girlfriend looks fit, but wearing those clothes just makes her look ridiculous!

I just don’t get why food inevitably tastes better when it looks pretty.

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Like this morning, I felt like using up some pumpkin I have opened and opted for an oat parfait. Same thing I’ve eaten a few times over the past couple weeks, but it tasted extra good from being prettified.

I just don’t get why a baby that weighs no more than a pound or two can hurt me so much. This kid thinks my insides make for a fun punching bag, that’s for sure.

I just don’t get how fall can come so fast.

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I love it! The fall “chill in the air” has taken up residence here in Georgia for the foreseeable future. It was a fabulous low 60s at our visit to the park yesterday afternoon. Which reminds me…how am I supposed to make 2 pairs of long pants last me through the remainder of my pregnancy? I don’t think my maternity shorts and capris will quite cut it. It will pain me to buy pants I can only wear for a few months.

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One last thing I just don’t get. The Marie Claire article bashing particular healthy living bloggers (most harshly Caitlin, Kath, and Meghann). Chelsea from Strawberry Sweat shared the article, “Hunger Diaries”, last night and it pretty much shocked me. In a weird way, it upset me and angered me for those bloggers. Yet at the same time, I think it brought up some necessary points such as the fact healthy living and food blogs can be triggering to those with disordered eating and that sometimes not the healthiest things occur in them.

As bloggers in the public realm, we do have to consider that what we write has an impact and take that into account with what we share. However, I do not believe we should type on egg shells to prevent rocking anyone’s self-image/health philosophy boat. I don’t mind bringing up topics that will spark discussion and personal reflection, but I do try to share such messages in an uplifting, helpful manner.

I certainly agree with the article that some actions, when viewed outside of the whole, display very unhealthy lifestyles and mindsets. If in fact these bloggers ate only 1100-1400 calories per day while training for long races, lost their monthly cycles but did nothing to regain them, or sabotaged food on a regular basis, they would not be healthy and could cause harm displaying that as a balanced lifestyle. I do not ever get that impression from any blogs I read, however. Including the “big six” (which where in the world did that name come from?!).

I think we all have days where we may not make the best decisions. We all have moments where we feel “guilty” for skipping a few workouts. I can relate to what they shared about Meghann losing her period. I lost mine from training for the competition and I got mine back after training finished. I don’t think losing it prevents me from living as a healthy example. I know I would have felt the same frustration as Caitlin when she  trained for a race and dealt with a minor injury of blisters setting back her runs. And I have tossed food in the trash that I didn’t care to eat. Why do I have to get rid of it by eating it or letting it mold on my counter?

My main problem with the article lay in how distorted the author presented the blog authors and their approach to food, fitness, and living. We all have little quirks. We all make mistakes or do things that if done on a continued basis would be detrimental to health. But when viewed through a macro sense, we are all pretty dang healthy and inspiring as well. And I certainly believe the bloggers in these articles showcase a great example on how to live a balanced lifestyle. For this, they will always have my support.

**I will not share the article on this site due to possible copyright issues. Marie Claire did have it on their website, but I heard it was removed. Other bloggers may be hosting the article as well if you wish to do a search. Or you can always pick up the current issue, where the article is published to my understanding.*

  • What do you think makes healthy living blogs so appealing that they would reach this level of attention? And what responsibility do we garner from that?
  • Do you agree that sometimes our actions may not be the best, but on the whole still represent a real and balanced life?
  • For a lighter question (:D), what are some things you just don’t get?

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68 Comments to “just don’t get it”
  1. Cynthia says:

    I think this article should have done a better job of covering both sides of the story. I do think there are bloggers out there who seem to eat way too little for the amount that they exercise, For that reason, there are some blogs I can’t always read because they may trigger patterns that I used to have of disordered thinking regarding eating. I think that everyone feels exercise guilt or food guilt at some point (me included) and that doesn’t mean they have an eating disorder or that something is wrong with them. I think there were things in the article that needed to be said, but it could have done a better job of covering the positive aspects of healthy living blogs as well.

  2. Natalie says:

    First of all, it’s so funny because my husband JUST asked me to set our kitchen clock 5 minutes fast! It drives me insane b/c each of our clocks are set different amounts ahead….ahh, the things we do for love 🙂

    I read the article about the bloggers and I agree, it seemed one sided, but I think it did touch on some good points. There have been times I have thought to myself “she ran 20 miles and that’s all she had to eat…”. At the end of the day, though, we can’t protect everyone from everything. Meal plans and diet/fitness advice is everywhere. We have to be smart, informed consumers and readers. Just my two cents.

    Thanks for the shout out…happy Monday!

    • Tina says:

      I always consider the fact that they likely do not share all that they eat. I bet a few random little snacks make it past their lips without mention.

  3. Angela says:

    I think the article was really harsh – it did point out some valid evidence that perhaps there are some unhealthy behaviours that come as a result of writing about food and fitness all the time, but it definitely didn’t acknowledge the enormous amounts of success and positivity spread by things like Operation Beautiful. I think part of what makes healthy living blogs so popular is the community that is created – people like feeling connected and similar to others. I don’t think it’s fair to bash bloggers for sharing issues that so many other people experience and struggle with.

    • Tina says:

      Agreed. Very one sided and didn’t share the positive things those bloggers do bring to others. Sure, parts could be harmful to some..but as a whole they are helpful.

  4. Eliza says:

    I have to say that there are certain blogs, including some of the blogs mentioned in this article, that I stopped reading because I found them to not be enjoyable. Mainly because of what I perceive as an unhealthy obsession with food and exercise. At the same time, I don’t know any of the authors or their lives, and I don’t need to make random judgments about strangers’ health. I will say, however, that what the article highlights for me is a general cultural trend- not just on these blogs, but among women of a certain socio-economic background and age. My partner told a story of a woman he goes to school with who has flat feet (as in, the condition of completely flat feet), but ran a half marathon anyway. She was on crutches for months. If she only ran a few miles a day, she would probably be fine, but her body is not designed for that distance. I think that constant diet restrictions or excessively competitive (even just with yourself) exercise can be signs of unbalance.
    Another example: I had dinner with a woman in her mid-twenties recently, who would only ever eat between half and 3/4 of a meal. We were at one of the best restaurants in Vermont, and she insisted on us moving her plate away from her even though there was plenty of delicious lobster left on it. She is a very healthy person, who exercises regularly and is fit. She wasn’t full, she simply restricts herself in this way.
    I’m sort of going on and on here, so maybe I need to work on a blog post about this. I guess my main point would be this: in the blogging community, people without any qualifications have become the role models in health for a large number of people. Certainly authors are not responsible (within reason) for people who are not well reading their writing and interpreting it in some unintended way (for example, as pro-anorexia tips). However, I do think that there needs to be more dialogue culturally (not just on blogs) about what is healthy. Our culture seems to be one that embraces extremes, and we view people who overeat or are overweight as “unhealthy” and people who exercise a lot, eat a little, and are skinny as “healthy.” This is not always true, but we don’t do well with gray areas. I think this article presents what will be an unpopular opinion in the health-blog community, but one that deserves a second glance, if only because maybe it will open up some dialogue around healthy lifestyles.

    • Tina says:

      Yes, the extremes between what is deemed healthy needs to be changed. I think on a whole many bloggers, including those from the article, represent that. At least in my opinion. Although people can certainly go too far and we do have to be cautious of showing that in our blogs. Great points!

  5. very nicely written. i completely agree that “healthy living blogs” may be triggers for people already suffering from a disorder. all i know is that reading food blogs, and starting my own, have completely changed the way i view food. i used to laugh at my friend who once told me he only ate what he knew would fuel his body best. however, after learning SO much about nutrition through these blogs, i would have to agree with him. i also think that it raises the issue of accountability and responsibility. people need to take responsibility for what media they choose to consume. just because these blogs MAY be a trigger for some does not mean they are doing a disservice to the rest of us. i dont know, there is more to be said but my thoughts are running like crazy. thanks for sharing your opinion

  6. I enjoy the food blogs, but I do take them with a grain of salt like I do anything out there. Maybe it’s just because I know that I have more moments of weakness or indulgences than they ever show, or know that I can’t worship any eating plan, since I have a history of disordered eating. So…well, I don’t buy all of it. I do think I’ve learned a lot, and seen a lot more of the positive side than the article gives credit for, though.

  7. I totally set all of my clocks fast. It’s a mental game. And I’m like a 5 year old. It works EVERY TIME. I think its the same thing with the food looking pretty thing. Its just a mental teaser. And it works! So work it.

    I didn’t see that Marie Claire article. I’m curious to check it out. I personally find Caitlin and Kath’s blogs to be excellent, and if anything they’ve helped me to find the balance that I was looking for in my own life.

  8. jassy says:

    people now are more attentive to their health especially since obesity is one of the problems being faced by some countries today 🙂

  9. I thought that article was harsh (and btw I just googled the title of the article and I found it posted somewhere) — but at the same time, it brought up some valid points which you pointed out in your post. I don’t think we need to walk on egg shells in our posts, but a little sensitivity is needed. I don’t really care for the blogs that post their meals and snacks — it is somewhat boring for me to read and I would rather hear about their day, their life, their thoughts, etc. There is more to life than food!

    To be honest I’m still trying to figure out my feelings about the article — in a way I thought it was quite valid but at the same time it was harsh and probably took some quotes out of context, etc.

    • Tina says:

      Stuff was certainly taken out of context. And I agree that JUST sharing food with no extra insights into life and how to balance it all can be detrimental. I like a wide variety of blogs and mostly love those that are inspiring for sharing more than just food.

  10. The article was very harsh and one sided. Its like she tried to find ONLY the bad in each one of these women’s blogs and habits when they ignored all the HEALTHY aspects of life that they do live.

    But, there’s a grain of truth in it all I think, like you said.

    you have to take each blog with a grain of salt and not think into placing their habits as your own.

    you know what is healthy for you and you need live that way.

  11. Nichole says:

    Fantastic feedback on Marie Claire, I actually really respect your POV. It’s a mess right now on the subject. Weren’t we just celebrating 30 days of being awesome?!

    In other news, I totally use to set my clock 5 – 10 minutes fast, guilty! Finally got rid of that habit.

    • Tina says:

      Exactly! I think so much is to be said for the positive this community brings to others. I think there is truth in anything, but not showcasing the entire truth is wrong. Plain and simple.

  12. Felicia says:

    i can only quickly comment so i’ll just say that i totally agree that food tastes better when it looks pretty! i am all about what mug, bowl, and plate i use 🙂

  13. Oh no, the jeans girl is back!

    I just don’t get why people comment on things to spark a problem when it is not necessary. Let’s find the good in the world, not search out the bad.

    Have a great Monday, Tina. By the way, you are beautiful in the picture with your daughter!

  14. i’m staying out of that controversy, but i’m with you on how fall can come so fast…i just don’t get it! wasnt’ it just january 1 yesterday?!

  15. I honestly feel that the article was not written to “help” others realize the so called danger of healthy living blogs, but more or less because print media these days feel so threatened by free media that has taken force online. You no longer have to buy a magazine to know what it’s like to live a healthy and full life – it’s all right here and guess what? It’s free.
    If they really cared about their readers, they’d remove the extremely thin and emaciated models from their magazine, as well as many unhealthy advertisements.

  16. I love food blogs, especially for recipes and inspiration, but there are definitely some blogs out there that take “healthy” to an unhealthy level of obsession. I try to steer clear of those!

  17. I started reading healthy living blogs about a year ago and started with Tina’s because we went to college together and she sent out a link to become a fan on FB. I figured if I was going to become a fan of something, I should know what it is. I was hooked as soon as I started reading. And from her blog I found many others. I think they are great source of inspiration for recipes and I read running blogs to feel connected to other runners. They have been nothing but inspirational to me and it led me to starting my own blog. I honestly think the author of the article sounds jealous. 😉

  18. I am very intrigued to read that article now! I never read Marie Claire but I did post a similar “article” on my own blog, I think you may have read it. There are definitely more than a few blogs that share borderline ED and over-exercising tendencies. I think I have mentioned that I gave up reading them (Kath being one of them) because I just felt it was unhealthy for my own mindset. I saw myself comparing my own work out and eatin efforts with their own. I’m actually thankful for an article to bring that to attention.

    I read blogs like yours though because I feel that you bring positive messages and make good points, not because you take pics of every morsel you eat and talk about how you exercised 5 times today. I read blogs that promote healthy eating and exercising and are FUN to read, making me feel better about myself.

    I can definitely see how some of the “big six” might not always be a positive influence and although it IS that person’s choice to read or not, there are plenty of influential teens out there that need good role models who won’t make them obsessive. Just saying…

    • Tina says:

      Very valid points. I certainly don’t care to read blogs where I feel there is an obsession. Admittedly, I have never felt that reflected in any of the blogs mentioned on a whole (although there are some days where I think – EEP that was a lot of exercise). I definitely prefer those blogs that share more about life and positive messages.

  19. I’m definitely a clock setter. For no good reason. I know how far ahead each one is… lol

    I really don’t know what to think about the article. I tihnk the girl was trying too hard to find a controversial subject that she thought would give her a good edge and story. Instead, she overreached and attempted to make a story out of something that wasn’t there. It’s unfortunate.

  20. Courtney F says:

    Just like with being a Christian, that one time you don’t do something “right” you are a hypocrite. No one can be perfect! I think it is stupid to call the bloggers out for doing the best they can for them and how they want to be healthy! To each his/her own!

  21. I think not being perfect every single moment is what makes us human. Oh, I do set my clock in my bedroom ahead but I don’t think about it being fast and letting myself take more time (thought my husband does). I pretend that’s the real time. I’m a little nuts perhaps.

    I don’t get tailgaters especially tailgating someone who is already going fast and has someone in front of them. How does it help?

  22. Nic says:

    Oh girl, I always set my clock ahead! And you’re right, I KNOW that it is fast 🙂 It’s my mother in me!

    Something I don’t get… why it’s sooooo hard for me to put my clothes away! It’s so much easier to just throw them on the bed when I’m done with them!!!

  23. I think it’s important to always remember that every blogger writes about what works for THEM. Every single body is different. Yes, some people have issues and may take things too far, but when all is said and done, everyone needs to live their own life!

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  25. Sava says:

    I agree with your clock statement. My mom does that and it is really annoying 😉

    When I look at a clock, I want to know what time it is. Not what time it will be in four minutes! (it’s not even a good number, like five. She sets her clock FOUR minutes fast).

    I just don’t get it either.

  26. Isn’t it beautiful here right now! I love it! I wish they had those things for jeans when I was pregnant! I hate buying clothes that I know I will only wear for a little bit!

    No, I don’t think any of us are perfect. I do think that when you do things in public, you should be mindful of how it will effect people. Blogging is a public forum and unless you read things from the beginning things can definitely be taken out of context.

  27. Mellissa says:

    That article opened the preverbial can of worms, it has some good and some bad that I want to talk about but don’t have time right now.

    As for things I don’t get:

    -Holding on to clothes from high school, not sentimental things but that old sweatshirt, pair of jeans etc. It is not going to be in style anymore!

    -Drivers who put on makeup in their car, please pay attention to the road.

    -People who steal magazines from the gym, just go buy it!

    -I am a fast clock person, but I don’t know how fast the clock is since they are all different.

    • Tina says:

      Not knowing how fast it is makes sense to me. I just always know. LOL

      And I can’t stand seeing people putting make up on in the car. They can’t do a very good job of it either.

  28. LOL…I totally set my bedroom clock fast, but I always trick myself and set it to an odd number like 17 minutes fast, or 14….so I really don’t know…I look at my phone anyway in the AM, so I really don’t get why I do it…it’s just a psychological thing. I’m weird.

    Gotta check out that Marie Claire article, that’s wild!

  29. LindseyAnn says:

    The Marie Claire article grinds my gears. This writer and her editors clearly had a goal in mind for that piece, even if it meant twisting information to make it work instead of conveying the truth.
    I guess I can see the point though… perhaps some women with disordered eating can be triggered by some of these blogs. However, it does the opposite for me–if anything, reading the healthy living blogs that I do helps me cope with my eating issues. There are days that I just don’t want to eat anything, and it’s just so much easier to go back to my old habits. Then I read some of these blogs, and I see these women (and men–can’t forget about Evan!) around my age having fun with food, eating things they enjoy, trying to find new ways to shake up favorites, and exercising just for the love of it. Often, it’s enough to snap me out of my “ugh, I’m so fat, I should skip this meal” funk and get in to the kitchen to make myself something that I just saw, that is healthy and nourishing. In the 6 months since I first found a healthy living blog, I have gone from skipping meals right and left, living off ramen and fast food, and only running as a means of burning calories. Now, I eat more salads, fresh fruit, oatmeal, and so many other things I never would have before, and I run purely for the love of it, and to challenge myself and see what I can do.
    OK, I’m ranting now, but the whole situation, to be frank, sucks.
    OK–things I don’t get:
    -Taking school/team rivalries too far. It’s supposed to fun, guys.
    -Why I worry so much about my running outfit and how my hair looks. I’m just going to get sweaty and gross anyway, right?

  30. That is a bummer to have to go out and buy more pants that you can only wear for a short period of time 🙁
    I haven’t read the article yet, but found the link on their website, and am off to read it now. However, my thoughts before reading it, in general – we all can’t be perfect. And these girls post THREE times a day. You just can’t post that often and have absolutely nothing wrong in your post every single time. They aren’t superhuman.

  31. I’m going to not even touch on that article because I have class in 20 mins and I can’t be late. 😛

    First, thanks for the shout out! That was a pleasant surprise this morning.
    I just don’t get how I can sit in front of my computer for hours and never get homework done. Seriously, it happens multiple times a week and I always promise I myself I will be productive, yet it never happens.

    Life’s a doozy like that I suppose!

    🙂

    • Tina says:

      Hahaha! I feel you on the computer. I sometimes look at the clock and think “WHAT have I been doing the past two hours??” Many times I don’t have a clue. LOL

  32. Nicole, RD says:

    Food does always taste better when it looks good, doesn’t it? 🙂

    I was really taken aback by the article. I think some of it was BS, some of it was scary, some of it was true. I think it made me realize how careful bloggers need to be about what they write because it can come back to haunt them. Which, by the way, totally scares me! I already check and doubt check everything I do with nutrition because I never want my crediblity as a dietitian to be in question. I feel for those girls right now. None of them started blogging thinking they’d become so huge of names (at least I don’t think so)…but now it’s gone really far.

    • Tina says:

      I think you about summed it up perfectly. Some complete BS, some truth. On a level there is certainly truth to the article, but on the whole it doesn’t show the reality of what blogs (and those bloggers) can bring to many. I think they help more than hurt.

  33. Haha, I set my bedroom clock fast because I set my alarm with it. It makes me wake up about 3 minutes earlier than the actual time so I have a bit more time to get ready in the morning (it makes a difference to me!).

  34. I don’t get how a little toddler – almost 2 – can produce such terrible diapers. 🙂

  35. Maren says:

    I agree with your assessment of the article Tina. It is easy to start losing weight and working out and pushing too far with the calorie restriction. I think most women on a weight loss journey goes through moments like that, I know I did. But what I didn’t like about the article was how much she bashed sharing all our food eats. I know for a fact that Marie Clare promotes using food journals to lose weight, I’ve read a few columns on them in the past. Food blogging is just a personal food journal. It’s just out there for people to see. Everyone is different I know my neighbor, a personal trainer and group class instructor eats less than 1500 calories a day and destroys the food left on her plate with condiments. She teaches sometimes 3 classes a day and frankly looks ‘too skinny’. Why isnt Marie Clare and the other fashion magazines attacking models for being emaciated and malnourished? Why aren’t we attacking the advertising and marketing industry for promoting unhealthy images of girls and now guys? I think the magazine is putting too much focus in the wrong (and pretty much unnecessary place).

    • Tina says:

      Great comment! I agree with every single word. I think there are many other areas that reflect unhealthy attitudes on food, fitness, etc.

  36. Sami says:

    it’s so unfortunate that someone would write such demeaning things about something they obviously don’t understand…can the author of that article not see that what these food bloggers do has also HELPED people with eating disorders?! not to mention, it’s pretty hypocritical for a magazine like marie claire to criticize US when they are throwing stick thin models in all of their magazine ads. seriously?! healthy living bloggers preach HEALTH not SKINNY.

    • Tina says:

      The author apparently used to blog, runs triathalons, and is a vegan/vegetarian. How’s that for hypocrisy?! LOL

  37. Vanessa says:

    You summarized my thoughts! I agree witha few previous comments on how it should depict the whole story, not just focus on a few issues. It could have been very interesting if the author discussed witht he bloggers how they got over their issues and if they can see why some people might constrew their blogs in the wrong way.

    I think it is really sad how the article was written. I think it could have been done much better and focused on the issue not just finger point the whole time. I don’t know if you have ever read their magazine but they are at fault too.

  38. Marci says:

    Thanks for commenting on my post today. We have a great community, and sad an outside person can say bad things about it. We know we’re a great group, so now outsiders can see for themselves. It’ll pass!

  39. “Do you agree that sometimes our actions may not be the best, but on the whole still represent a real and balanced life?”

    I don’t think we should necessarily qualify them as bad choices but I think part of a balanced lifestyle is having lost of the healthy and the indulgant food in moderation. Life’s too short to skip every piece of cake!

    • That should read “lots of the healthy”

    • Tina says:

      Agreed. There are some things I do that I know wouldn’t be ideal on a consistent basis. Like DQ Blizzards or feeling unsure about pregnancy weight gain or they type of training I did for my fitness competition. I hope though that by showing these thoughts and insecurities it makes me more healthy because it makes me real and allows me to share what I learned with others. And it still is part of a balanced lifestyle on the whole.

      It’s the overall whole that matters! 🙂

  40. I think the article was pretty harsh. I also believe that bloggers are in a place in which they can be seen as role models even if they don’t intend to be. In some ways, I think blogging everything you eat and do (fitness wise) can open you up to that kind of scrutiny because young girls might attempt to mimic something that’s not right for their body. It’s pretty disappointing that Marie Claire came at it from one side without presenting a clear picture of what most of these girls are blogging about…positivity and enjoying their healthy lives.

  41. Tina I totally agree with you as well! Everyone is responsible for their own health and we need to take that responsibility seriously!

    Love your blog!

  42. yes I totally agree there is a grain of truth to the mindset of the article BUT she totally attacked the bloggers which was so uncalled for, she made herself look dumb and it looks as if she didnt even do her “homework” before hand! grrr it frustrated me!

    I so agree with you about the setting the clock fast thing! that never works for me! I also am never and willnever be a snoozer!! I just cannot fall asleep in between snoozes…when my alarm goes off, im up!

    I GOT THE HEELS!!! thank you thank you you are amazing! i need some major practice haha I will email you 🙂

    xoxoxo

    • Tina says:

      I can’t wait to hear how they work for you. 🙂

      And agreed. There is some truth to needing to be aware of what we present as bloggers, and some of the things that happened on those blogs, but it does not refute the fact that they are inspiring, healthy women with a lot to offer. Its sad to see those who work so hard to promote wellness in others and a love for health attacked in such a public way.

  43. Kristy says:

    OMG! Your “I dont get it’s” literally had me LOLing! Except the last one 🙁 – I agree I really dont get why they did that!

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  45. Meg says:

    I just love this post, (do I say that everytime? I sure mean it when I do!) it’s so random.

    I’m one of those guilty people who sets clocks fast. I don’t know why it works, but it does for me. Probably because I always forget that it’s set ahead.

    Second, I just read that article from Marie Claire and have been mulling it over all afternoon. I wholeheartedly agree with your thoughts on it. I thought the article was very biased, tore the bloggers apart and slightly exaggerated. On the flip side, I do think it brought up some valid points about triggering unhealthy practices.

    What I just don’t get… is why people feel they have to tailgate (on the road, football tailgating I have no problem with). Do they not realize how close they are? Do they not realize the consequences of following so close? (Yes, I’m still reeling from my car accident).

  46. Tabs says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I just finished reading the article and was thinking the EXACT same thoughts as you. We all mess up along life’s journey and not everyone is perfect. I have never felt like the girls they talked about ever portrayed anything that wasn’t honest and wasn’t unhealthy. You have to do what is right for you own body. And that is what they do: what is right for their bodies.Which is why I love reading your blog too, by the way. Those ladies and other bloggers like yourself are inspirations. Keep up the great work!

  47. The article made me angry because it COULD have been so much better.
    It COULD have focused on the healthy reality of the HLS and blogs.

    I mean…insinuating that Caitlin and Kath have eating disorders? Seriously? Just because they pout spinach in a smoothie? I mean…no one could run that much and be malnourished.

    It Could have been an article about nasty thinspiration pro-Ana sites.

    It could have showed a healthy “concern” rather than flat-out contempt.

    I mean…I hesitate to show photos of food or pics of myself out of worry that it could be misleading…last thing I want is for someone to emulate me. BUT i decided to just be me, unless I start seeing unhealthy comments or something.

    ANyways. Had to add my two cents.

    Plus, I love those magnets! And you might want to lay off the turbo-jam as I think your baby might be picking up the skills!

    Actually, that’s kind of cool.

    ~Missy

    • Tina says:

      Agreed. The article could have opened up some things to consider in blogging but in a positive and meaningful way.

      And you’re right! The kiddo likes to kick too much. Wants to be like his momma I guess. M likes to do it with me too.

  48. Holly says:

    I loved reading your thoughts on this, Tina! I thought the writer obviously came off too harshly – I mean, basically implying some of these women have EDs is just uncalled for. However, I do agree that some of the points in the article have merit – not neccessarily of those bloggers, but of some I’ve seen that demonstrate unhealthy behavior.

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