Health Blog with an Obese Editor

Despite being interested in health and wellness for a long time, I must reveal to that I am a 5’7 26-year-old cis woman boasting a Body Mass Index of 36.8. I’m clinically obese and probably the last person who should be online offering her two cents with regards to being healthy.

Yes. I’ve been ordering pizza multiple times a week. Yes. I constantly hit the snooze button whenever my 5 a.m. workout alarm sounded off. And did I mention that my early my 20s have died and gone along with my metabolism? This kind of behavior is without a doubt counterintuitive of the founder of a health blog.

The problem is that during the trauma-drill that was 2018 and a nice chunk of 2017, I simply wasn’t writing.

I stopped believing in my writing and became more and more afraid of sharing my writing with others. I opted to share an extra large pizza instead. Eating helped me cope with rejection, since much of the time I normally spent being active, was spent pointlessly job hunting, networking, and trying to gain ‘real skills’ that I could use to make a decent living, and thus be productive to the world rather than being true to myself. Stepping on the scale did nothing to boost morale, but my Uber Eats account was always there to pick up the slack.

Is there something in your life that you’re either really good at or really enjoy? Imagine feeling like adulthood told you that there’s no longer any time in your day to do it, or that it isn’t important. I won’t speak for you, but I that feeling does not inspire me to take care of myself, let alone go for a jog.

That said, I don’t write for ‘Health Experts United’ or the ‘Perfect Patty Paper’. I created realness of health to tell real stories about real things in my very real life. Instead of abandoning my creations and allowing my humble following to wither away, I will be dedicating 2019 to rebuilding and strengthening my relationship with sleep food writing.

I don’t have any official list of New Year’s resolutions because in today’s scary, polluted, competitive society, being my best and healthiest self will be no more or less of a day by day, inch-by-inch challenge in 2019 than it was in 2018.

As I reacquaint myself with my first love, I encourage you to do the same. Do your work. Do some good. But take some time to do something to affirm who you are.

Happy New Year,

Jiell

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downloadJiell Richardson is a web designer/developer, fat yogi padawan, and blogger based in Washington, DC, USA.

Happy New Year!…Oh, So You’re Joining A Gym?

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I’m sure that for the last week, your Facebook and Twitter timelines were full of memes poking fun at people who notoriously make new year’s resolutions and almost never stick to them. The resolutions in question include joining a gym with the hope of getting in shape and maintaining an overall healthier lifestyle.

It’s no secret that the beginning of a new year is when gyms and health clubs get the most new business, but let’s just assume that at least ¾ of all those new members will stick to their commitment to working out regularly. Are there any significant benefits of joining a gym?

I froze in utter shock the first time I heard a person say, “I hate exercising.” As someone who goes to gyms, uses workout DVDs, takes the stairs and refuses to get in a vehicle when a destination is less than a half hour walk, I couldn’t believe such blasphemous words were coming such fit and athletic looking  people! How else do you look like that and not hit the gym twice as much as I do? I’m not bitter. Do I seem bitter? Oh, okay.

But after presenting this topic to more athletes, I learned that keeping active and “working out” doesn’t always have to be the same thing. The first “I hate exercising” I ever heard was followed by, “doing reps for hours is boring. I have more fun just getting out and playing soccer.” That is when I started to realize that it’s more important for me to find a safe form of exercise that I enjoyed rather than pumping and ellipsing away in a gym just that is the unspoken standard and it makes me look cool on Instagram.

So, instead of boring you with another “New Year’s Resolution” post, I’ll give you a list of some of the  pros and cons of joining a gym and using the gym as your main form of getting exercise.

 

Why Gyms Suck

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There are certain people you find at every gym, and then there gym’s that mainly cater to certain people.

1.A bad crowd can throw off your workout. Not all gyms are the same and that’s okay. Dear deadlifters and fitspo models, whether you mean to be or not, you’re intimidating and some of us find it hard to focus around you. But, hey, you were all here at Hollywood-esque Fitness Gym first, so I’m just going to head over to Planet Fitness with all the housewives and fitness newbies. It’s all good. (Shop for gyms like you would a new car. Try not to knock anyone else’s madness while you find yours.)

2.Getting to the gym can be a chore in itself.  There is no gym where you live and seeing as you live in a major metropolitan area, your morning and evening commute is at least an hour and a half a piece (oh, and you also work from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.). You could join the gym 30 mins  from your job, but it’s bad enough your commute time is cutting into dog-walking, house chores and studying for the LSAT. (Most of what you can do in a gym, you can do in the privacy of your own home. Sports bra, running shoes and a set of free weights.)

3.Gyms can get expensive. This doesn’t need much explanation. Gym membership is like having a Netflix account, taking money out every month. Much time had gone by before I realized I was paying $13 instead of $8 every month.

 

Why Gyms Are Great

1.Great way to meet people. In some very rare cases, a little peer pressure can be a good thing. Knowing that your workout buddy is expecting you is a great motivator. And you’d be surprised how many trainers hang around gyms, scoping out new clients (hopefully in a non-creepy, non-obnoxious way).

2.People take pride in what they pay for. Which would you hate to waste more? A gross $10 meal you bought with a gift certificate, or a $60 gourmet meal that you paid for yourself? You just signed a contract ensuring that x amount of dollars will be taken out of your bank account every month whether you use what you’re paying for or not. At this point you have very little to lose. You’re going to go to that gym and justify the cellulite  out of that $30-$50 a month.negativespace1-20

For those looking to get more fit and active this year, figure what’s comfortable and enjoyable for you, then sit down and make your own list of pros and cons of certain options. If you find yourself following a trend, so what? Your health is for you and no one else. The new year’s gym membership trend wouldn’t be a trend if there weren’t any success stories.

 

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Jiell Richardson is a web designer/developer, fat yogi padawan, and blogger based in Washington, DC, USA.