Have you ever asked yourself what it's like to be on the other side of the "healthy living blogger" coin? To be a part of that life without directly living it day in and day out?
Well tonight you are about to find out.
If you've been around for a while (or even a few days) you've heard me mention The Boyfriend, otherwise known as my biggest fan. He has watched me transform my life over the last two years and has bravely endured the ups, downs and in betweens along the way.
Here's a closer look at what it's like to be my other half (bless his heart!)
So you are dating a healthy living blogger huh? How has that affected you and your lifestyle?
For the most most part its been really positive. I eat better now, I am starting to get back to my old active self and thanks to reading her daily posts my reading skills have gone way up! (I'm kidding...well, sort of) I've even caught myself contemplating my own food choices which is not something I ever did before. My dinner plate actually has vegetables on it as opposed to three different kinds of red meat and while I miss the abundance of steak I can safely say that my cholesterol levels welcome the change!!
Is there any part of her healthy lifestyle that you find particularly challenging or annoying?
I find it a little challenging to reconcile the results that she produces with her expectations. I want her to be happy with her accomplishments but sometimes she is too hard on herself and overlooks those things because she is focusing on what she could have done better. Its annoying to see her do so much and not have the same level of pride that I do. I would be overjoyed if I could run a 5k at this point and yet she sometimes forgets how far she has come and how amazing it is that she can.
What do you like best about someone who has such a focus on her health and well being?
I love the dedication to enjoying life. I recognize that happiness and health play a huge role in living life to the fullest and I am glad that she takes these steps every single day. In a way, its kind of contagious. When she's happy I'm happy (as they say, happy wife, happy life right?)
I really like that we can go for a hike or a bike ride together and that I know she enjoys it. She even helped me build a fire pit and its awesome that she's not shy to get a little sweaty or dirty.
Tell us the truth, do you really like going to races and being a cheerleader? How about conversations about running/blogging/health trends?
Ok to be honest going to races and cheer leading are still "shoes I am trying to break in", shall we say. 6am Saturdays and Sundays can be difficult, to say the least. On the flip side I have been known to catch a little of that game day buzz and its exciting as well. I do worry about how demanding she can be of herself ..."I could have sworn she said this was fun for her!". And as dumb as it might sound I worry about injury. I quit hockey because I couldn't afford to hurt myself anymore. Running 10, 15, 21, 30, 42 kilometres? I am tired and sore just thinking about it. I just want her to be safe...and all in one piece!
The conversations about blogging, running and health trends are a little over my head. While I admire it, I can't quite grasp the punishment runners put themselves through. I am learning a lot about how to stay on top of things with my own diet and physical maintenance from it, which is a bonus! And she doesn't give me too hard of a time when my eyes glaze over during some of the more random blogging stories...I guess that's because hers do the same during hockey talk. Now trying to keep her blog friends and her "real life" friends straight? That's a whole other story...
What is one piece of healthy living advice you wish she would take from you?
The only advice I dare give out is hydrate (Sam, go drink some water...like now ok?) AND don't be so hard on yourself. Take pride in the incredible things you have accomplished and the goals that you have set for yourself, always looking to improve.
Do you plan to take up running, yoga or spinning after hearing so much about it?
Running and spinning are too hard on my old knees. I may try Yogurtys some day....wait, you said yoga right?? Errr......
What is your favorite healthy meal that she
I really like vegetarian chili and homemade pasta sauce which are both remarkably good despite the lack of meat of any kind *tear*
What words of encouragement/support do you want to share with her and all healthy living bloggers like her right now?
The only encouragement I have for all of you, and I am no rocket scientist, is ...go drink some water!! Oh, and keep up the good work because you frickin' rock!!
Sam: You inspire me and have no doubt already added back years to my life by saving me from my own appetites. As a wise man once said "the significance of our lives is derived from our own wisdom and courage". You have both those qualities in spades. I am proud of you and I love you.
P.S, go drink some frickin' water!!!
So tell me, how do the fans in your life help support your healthy life style