Let me just preface this post by saying that I’m not going to stop blogging.

That being said, I’ve been feeling a little lacking in motivation lately. And then I started to wonder if it’s holding me back. If constantly focusing on food/fitness is affecting me or making me obsessed.

I also haven’t been as involved in the blogging community lately. I blame this on the fact that I read lots of blog posts during my commute on my phone, and it’s a pain for me to comment on my phone, so I just don’t.

And don’t get me started on the fact that anytime I open Instagram I get hungry.

After some thinking, I’ve decided to step back a little bit in certain ways. For one thing, my phone has zero ability to hold charge, and I can’t make it through a day even without browsing social media. So I’m kind of forced to stop using my phone to browse things during my commute because Googlemaps are important for me to get home within a reasonable amount of time (yayy public transportation), so there’s that.

So here’s what I decided. One of my favorite forms of social media, Instagram, has to go. It’s influencing me too much. When I find myself about to go out and buy a Quest bar, I know I’m in trouble. Not that there is anything wrong with Quest bars-I know a ton of people love them-but they turn my stomach into knots and they have nuts (and I know I’ve reacted to them before). So when an app has me on the verge of going out and consuming an allergen, I know it’s time to step back.

I decided to be more active on Twitter. I like Twitter because it’s a small place to keep track of everything, and it’s easy to keep track of what is going on in the world.

I decided to stop reading so many blogs on my phone (partly not by choice but by necessity), and instead read them on my computer, where I can comment, interact, be more mindful, and not get run over by a bus in the process (#commutingproblems).

I think to reignite the blogging spark I need to be more active and go out there and find and read new blogs, and comment on my favorites.

I also would like to be more representative of what I’m actually doing on my blog. I guess I partly feel less motivated to blog when I’m having ice cream every day and I’m supposed to be promoting health, but ice cream is part of health.

I also worry about posting my exercise schedule. I always worry I’ll be judged for what I do-I’m not obsessed with exercise, I just really like it. I like my Crossfit friends, and love exploring DC by foot on my runs. For me, I can run in the morning and then do Crossfit at night. But that’s just what works for me! (And I definitely don’t do that every day-just to be clear).

But I’ve found that talking about exercise on my blog is a way to express all my thoughts on anything exercise related without annoying the heck out of everyone in real life. I always have to hold myself back when I see my family or all I find myself talking about is my latest run or WOD.

So that’s that. I’m going to be discussing this more later, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on social media. And since this is a food and fitness blog, here’s some food:

Breakfast: Banana custard made in the microwave because I didn’t want to dig and find my pot.



Lunch was the typical green bean salad and milk, plus yogurt, sunflower seed butter, and a twist-nectarine! (Not blueberries like every other day for the past 2 weeks.)



And dinner was at the Whole Foods Salad bar.I normally get soup+bread there for dinner on Mondays, but after trying some of the garlic-y kale the other day, I’ve been wanting more! I need to do a copycat version-it is delicious! I had that topped with Southwest chicken and some other random salad bar items. And then I impulse bought a huge piece of corn bread and ate the whole delicious thing. Cornbread here is so much better. I guess since it’s sort of the South?



And thanks for sticking with this post!

Thoughts on social media?

4 comments on “Choosing the Right Social Media

  1. Elsie@SharingHealthiness

    I definitely feel you! Since I discovered this health & fitness blogging community I instantly loved it and started commenting at all times and following lots of instagram accounts. I soon became overwhelmed because this is just HUGE!

    I feel that instagram sometimes really affects my food choices so I always make sure to dedicate it only a couple hours a day after my meal or when I know I will not grab something to eat.

    As per blogs, I have tried to stick to the ones I really like and not necessarily the more popular ones or the ones that other bloggers talk about. I will only comment if I really have something to say. And as you can see I have plenty to say! 🙂

    Sometimes I like to follow these blogs because they are genuine and honest people that like to share their lives. I know that they don’t eat perfect all the times or make the best decisions but that is the best part, being able to relate to them when you don’t make those good decisions either.

    Hope this helps!

    1. astottler Post author

      I definitely agree with you here. I’ve stopped racing some of the popular blog because I don’t get as much out of them anymore! And I like that idea about Instagram!

  2. Sky @ Blonde Freedom

    It’s so incredibly hard to read blog posts on your phone and especially to comment on them! My eyes get so tired after trying to do that for awhile.

    Social media is a complicated thing. We all know it helps promote our blogs, but at the same time it takes a lot of work and time. Not to mention all the time it takes from us by simply browsing social media to keep up with others. It’s hard to find that balance that’s right for you! Hopefully taking a step back will help you reevaluate what you want to do and will light your blogging fire again!

    1. astottler Post author

      I hope so! I guess I can see why big time bloggers blog as their full time job!

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