In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t really talked much about fitness lately. Actually, I haven’t talked about it at all. Oops.
I know some of you are very interested in exercise and began reading my blog years ago because I gave you so much information about my daily workouts and health advice, so I want to address it now.
Recently I’ve gotten a bunch of questions asking I quit the gym and why I no longer discuss fitness on the blog. I’ve been debating writing this post for about a month now, but finally gave in!
I used to really be into fitness and exercise. You all know this. I worked out about six times a week and kept a detailed exercise journal on the blog. I watched what I ate and enjoyed my gym sessions thoroughly. I loved exercise classes and ran races for fun.
But then, it wasn’t fun anymore. To be perfectly honest with you, I started to hate it.
You see, last summer I worked out a bunch at the gym and followed a detailed training plan. I drank protein shakes, ate egg whites and toned my muscles. I was hungry all the time and never felt satisfied. I got cranky. Food started to become purely “fuel” and I would sit and drool over cookies and brownies in my spare time. My body started to work against me and cardio sessions became painful. When I decided to go a new direction last August with the blog, making it more of a food blog than a “healthy living blog”, I also decided to go a new direction with my fitness life. I realized the gym made me miserable and I really didn’t like running, cycling or the elliptical. Fitness and exercise just weren’t my passions anymore. Food was. Writing recipes was. Taking beautiful photographs of cookies was.
So I quit the gym and really, quit working out all together. My appetite died down and I stopped being perpetually cranky. Now, my exercise comes purely in the form of walking (hiking in the summer) and yoga. Sometimes days go by and I’m too busy to do either…and I’m totally cool with that.
You may love working out and that’s great. Everyone is different and we are allowed to change our minds a million times while we grow up. If your next question is how do I make all these fattening treats and not gain weight, the answer is that I just watch my portion size. I’m really not scared of gaining a few pounds because of something extremely delicious. I’d gladly gain five pounds if it means I get to indulge in a daily sweet and bacon every once and a while. I honestly can’t imagine life any other way.
Another perk of not going to the gym? Taking less showers.