Hello and happy Friday!
Alright, I have a lot to cover in this post so it might get a little wordy…you’ve been warned.
First off, some exciting news- 8 days to P-Day! i.e. 8 days until our sweet new pup invades our lives and takes over our hearts…permanently. Excited is an understatement, obsessed with time to the point of checking my countdown app multiple times a day might begin to cover it.
We’ve been getting all the dog stuff out and ready, Derrick has drafted plans for a fence in the backyard, and we basically can’t stop talking about it. Of course it still is, and always will be, bitter sweet but we just cant wait to share our love with another fur ball.
Next on the agenda, introducing the new and improved Grapefruit Diaries! I am excited to announce that I will be rebranding the blog. Shifting ever so slightly away from the fitness heavy content of the past to include a more rounded account of my journey in health.
Here’s what this means;
-More recipes (why wasn’t that already a thing though?)
-More outside-of-the-gym exercise ideas.
-Ways I work daily to balance what health means to me.
If that last one feels broad and undefined, it’s intentional! Here’s why:
I took the last few months off because I lost sight of what I wanted out of my blog. I felt a little defeated and confused. If I didn’t know what the point was, how would my readers? Lately, there has been an internal nagging to get back to writing but I knew I had to do it one my terms with renewed focus.
Like most bloggers, I took a step back and asked myself, “What would I want to read?”. I am at a point in my life where I am realizing that health is not all gyms, grunting, and spinach leafs. Health is an individually unique combination of things that all deserve equal parts attention and energy in order to thrive. I neglected a lot of these pieces until recently.
I obsessed over numbers on the scale and my image in the mirror, I never slept enough, I snapped at Derrick when I was having a bad day, I cussed and drank and wasted hours on Facebook. My email overfilled, voicemails went unlistened to, laundry unfolded. I never stretched or drank tea, and rarely picked up a book.
I acquired the ‘I have my entire life to do this/act that way’ attitude and told myself that it was fine to continue the course for today.
Like most unhealthy habits, they don’t just go away in a over night. Over the last few months I have tried to create equally health habits in hopes of replacing some of the bad. Forcing myself to read every day, trying to stay off social media more, going to the doctors, and listening to Derrick when he tries to tell me it’s time for bed because I can pretty much turn into a 5 year old when exhaustion sets in around 8 P.M.
That being said, I found a new focus. A real life account of finding real life health. Some days that means an awesome home HIIT workout or yoga in the yard, some it’s an amazing new recipe i’ve tried or a tweak to my diet, maybe I am excited about a new hair or face mask, and others it’s simply taking a breath away from responsibilities and life and staring at a raccoon climbing a tree for 10 minutes while I drink coffee. Yes that happened this week.
My life isn’t always Pinterest and Instagram worthy, I leave hot yoga red faced and covered in sweat, my house is tiny and more often messy than not, but my account of health will be real and transparent, not just a string of photo ops.
I have found that the less I focus on how I look, and the less this blog does as well, has gotten me closer to where I want to be faster than the countless gym hours and fitness blogging I was putting in before.
Don’t worry, theres still plenty of working out to discuss, it will just be a more balanced discussion with loads of other things that keep me equally sane sprinkled in!
Over the next couple weeks expect to see more than a couple changes on the site, and look forward to some concretely regularly scheduled posts.
Thanks for your patience, and for reading all 750 words I just threw at you. Your reward will be oodles of puppy pictures in the very near future!
Like a lot of them.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, I will be twiddling my thumbs counting the seconds to next saturday!