Oh my dear peeps, I’ve been sitting on this one for a while. But it’s now official…. I’m a Hollaback Health blogger!
When I first came across Hollaback Health (from Rachel’s blog, I was most really impressed that a group of bloggers–and some of my favorite ones–were getting together to talk about how to improve health blogs and be better bloggers. I really wanted to join from day one, but I honestly wasn’t sure I fit the “health blogger” profile. I mean, I write about my workouts and my recipes, but beyond that, I don’t do the information posts that these ladies do so well, nor do I think of myself as a “health blogger” per se I haven’t come across any other health bloggers that wax rhapsodically about a blouse turning out or the wonders of their new pins.
However, after following HBH for a few weeks, I came across a post that generated quite a stir, in which Elisabeth (one of the Hollaback bloggers) spoke out about feeling different from other health bloggers. The post launched a bazillion comments and started what became, ultimately, a really valuable discussion on how bloggers perceive the blogosphere and their place in it. And wouldn’t you know, but most of the numerous comments it generated were along the lines of “I feel different from others too” and “I’m glad I’m not the only one to feel this way.”
Without going into my own response to the post (which I commented on in the post itself), Elisabeth‘s HBH post made me realize that I wanted to be a part of HBH for sho’, and that the fact that I don’t write only about health issues doesn’t make me any less of a health blogger. In the end, I run and I swim, I do pilates and the occasional Core Fusion workout, I eat new foods and I’m concerned about what I eat and how I feel after eating it (goodbye, pastries, don’t need the bloat you give me), because I want to be healthy and feel great and live to a ripe old sassy age of 100. And the legs/stomach/muscle tone that I get from healthy pursuits and living definitely keep me motivated to sew and dress well and generally show off what I’ve worked so hard to achieve.
I also know what I like about blogs and what will keep me reading one (and going back to read the blogger’s entire archive), and I want to improve what I put out for y’all to read. On top of that, I think a Puerto Rican girl with a big booty and a full passport could add to the discussions that HBH generates and provide yet another different perspective to the already multidimensional, diverse, and intelligent group of ladies on the blog. And, finally, I want to be forced into looking at how I’m blogging and how I can make it better–for me, true, but mostly for YOU.
So I took the plunge, asked about joining the blog, bounced some ideas around… and the rest is history.
Don’t worry, I’ll still write up a storm, and write about the stuff that keeps my typing fingers tapping. I just hope to make it better and engage with you, and with the rest of the blog world, in different ways.
As for minding my p’s and q’s today, I had a short morning run (2 miles) and a wonderful 40-minute lunchtime swim, plus I threw in a 10-minute Core Fusion arms workout, in which I admit to doing some swearing and, um,ladygrunting during the last bit of tricep work. If this doesn’t get me Michelle Obama arms, I don’t know what will.
I wore real clothes again (so what if I did it because the water pump repairman was coming?):
And ate some pretty tasty meals, such as a lunch egg wrap with spicy BBQ sauce:
And coconut curried rice noodles with bok choi, green beans, carrots, onions, and plenty pepper sauce:
This week is shaping up to be one of the best food weeks ever! Stay tuned for some (hopefully great) Cinco de Mayo eats tomorrow…