being healthy: are you doing it wrong?

by Janetha on April 5, 2013

in deep thoughts,love life

hey, happy friday! it’s a rainy day here in the SLC—i guess what they say about april showers is right! i don’t mind the rain, though.. it makes everything green and vibrant afterward. plus, we need it!

so, i got a comment on yesterday’s post that really struck a chord and i have decided to share it, share my thoughts, and open it up for discussion.

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before diving in to my thoughts on the whole “doing it wrong” statement, i should probably address the thing about being sick. i realize that, because i choose to be a blogger, my life is often under a microscope. that’s fine, it’s my choice to share my life with you guys and what people take from my ramblings is not in my control. however, i did kind of laugh at this because of the “sick a lot” remark. the last time i was sick was exactly a year ago—to the day! i typically get sick once a year right around this time. prior to getting my tonsils out, i got sick all the time! i believe it was up to six times one year—ugh. but thanks to that surgery, i usually just get sick once a year. one and done.

not only am i rarely sick, the whole equating my sinus infection to not living a healthful life made me laugh. the healthiest people on the planet (which i am not) can get sick in a heartbeat. healthy people catch colds. heck, healthy people get cancer. even if you live and breathe health & fitness, you are not invincible. you will not escape sickness just by eating right and exercising and practicing healthy habits. sorry, that’s not the way life goes. which is why i replied to the comment with this:

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anyway, the whole judging of how often i get sick aside, it’s actually the second part of the comment that i want to talk about.

you are doing whatever you are doing horribly wrong.”

whatever i am doing? what is it, exactly, that i am “doing”? last time i checked, i was just living my life. how does one do that “wrong”?

is there a right or wrong way to live? well, that is a matter of opinion. and, to be quite honest, the opinion that matters most is your own. if you are living your life “right” according to you, then that is what matters most. (unless, of course, you are murdering people and robbing banks and whatnot.. then the law’s opinion probably matters quite a bit.)

yes–this blog talks about health. i like clean eating. i like fun workouts. i like health tips. i like fun facts. i like new recipes. i like old recipes. i like sharing my life with you.

but NEVER would i ever consider myself the epitome of health. shoot, i am not even close to it. let’s see.. what are some things i am “doing wrong” when it comes to the health world?

  • i eat white bread. fried food. sugar. lots of sugar.
  • i drink booze.. sometimes too much. all at once.
  • then i cure my hangover with greasy food.
  • i’m lazy by nature.
  • i often only get 5-6 hours of sleep.
  • i overeat all the time. geeez, i love food too much to stop!
  • there are days where i log under 2,500 steps… less than 25% of the recommended amount for the average joe.
  • i forget to floss.
  • i’ll stay up past midnight and sleep past noon.
  • i leave my contacts in for weeks at a time.
  • i go to bed with make-up on more than i care to admit.
  • i never, ever stretch.
  • i chew too much gum.
  • there are many days in my week without a vegetable in sight.
  • i love butter. and mayo. and high fructose syrup-laden ketchup.
  • my eggs aren’t always cage free. my beef isn’t always grass fed. my produce is only sometimes organic.
  • i skip my vitamins and supplements alllll the time. super forgetful.
  • sometimes i leave work at 4:30 PM and realize i haven’t drank a drop of water all day.
  • i eat way too many carbs.
  • i’ve been known to hit the tanning bed once or twice before a tropical trip.

look at that. i thought of twenty bullet points off the top of my head. just last night i ate two pieces of white bread toast with loads of butter at 1 AM and then went to bed with my makeup on and my contacts in and overslept. whoops!

and, yes, i realize that yesterday i was sick but i still went to a see my favorite band at 10 PM. and, shoot, i have been going to the gym this week even though i am not 100% better. i realize both of these things could have played a role in that whole not getting better as fast as possible thing.. but i made those choices regardless.

i am clearly doing this life thing wrong.

or.. am i? who is the judge?

i am not perfect. i am a far cry from it! but i am (mostly) happy. i say mostly because i am not the happiest most spunky girl in town. i have my downs. i have struggles. like i said, a far cry from perfect. but i wouldn’t take a step back, look at my life, and say that i am doing it wrong.

i love life. despite the occasional sickness. despite my mysterious GI issues. despite not being able to into all of the jeans i own. despite my marital problems. despite my twenty-bullet-point list of what i am doing “wrong”. it’s my life and it is my choice to be happy, despite anything in it that may be “wrong”, whether it is in my control or not. yeah—i know a lot of those things i CAN change.. and if i feel like i need to, i will. as for the things in my life that are going wrong, i always remember this quote:

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i hope you never leave this blog after reading a post with the impression that i am preaching to you. with the impression that i am doing everything right and you should follow me in order to prevent yourself from doing it wrong. with the impression that i myself am the healthiest person around simply because i discuss health topics. because those, my friends, are all wrong impressions.

i’m just living. one day at a time. okay, maybe i’m doing it wrong, but i am sure enjoying the ride, learning from my mistakes, and trying to make the most of this life. after all, i’ve only got one to live.

no question.. just please share YOUR thoughts on this in the comments.

xo. janetha g.

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning April 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

Yup, you do EVERYTHING wrong. You preach this 100% perfect lifestyle, have the perfect job, family, eat healthy foods 100% of the time, wake up well-rested each morning and never have a bad hair day…. is that what this person wants you to say???
One of the best things about you is that you OPENLY ADMIT that you’re not perfect (because, hello, no one is!!) and that you are OKAY with that. It’s sad that some stranger has to be soo critical of how you live YOUR life.
Ridiculous. You’re so REAL and one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, and I love you. And you rule for writing this post.

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Janetha April 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I am totes perfect! Everyone should copy me.

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Barbara April 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

Sorry to hear you got such a nasty comment. I love reading your words – this is such a great response.
Keep doing what you’re doing, regardless who’s judging.

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haley April 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I basically agree with what everyone else said, love that it brought so many first time commentors out to defend you! Obvi most people here get and respect what you are doing.
Remember that what Sally says about Suzy says more about Sally than about Suzy.
xo

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Dallas April 11, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Just wanted to say I love this post! Just what I needed to hear on kind of down day myself. I just discovered your blog through The Lean Green Bean and wanted you to know that you have a new follower in me!

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Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction April 12, 2013 at 7:01 am

You are so right! I love this post!!! :)

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Meg @ A Dash of Meg April 12, 2013 at 8:32 am

baaaaaabe this is like the best post ever omg

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Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin April 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

This is the best post I’ve read in months! Love it. Thank you for sharing and 100% agree/relate to every thing you said.

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Beth @ Mangoes and Miles April 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm

So this is my first ever post I’ve read by you, and I have to say, I’m kind of in love with you. (Is that creepy? Full apologies.) But really–you have such a great positive attitude, and I really look up to you. :)

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Janetha April 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Thanks, Beth! I appreciate the kind words and it’s totally not creepy :)

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Destini April 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm

ACK I completely missed this post of yours. But its all well said. i have seen some comments on your blog to other things you apparently “do” wrong before. It’s all nonsense.

This is one of my favorite posts. I love how you call it as you see it.

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Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) April 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

” just last night i ate two pieces of white bread toast with loads of butter at 1 AM and then went to bed with my makeup on and my contacts in and overslept. whoops!” << that made me laugh so hard. Nothing kills a hater's buzz more than agreeing with them. poor little hater…Wah, wah!! :-) Love you.

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