First of all, fair warning that today’s post may be sort of word vomit (ugh I hate that word).

So, I feel like I haven’t been very real on the old blog lately. At this point I probably have a pretty different set of readers as I did 2 years ago, but if you read any of my old posts, the tone is pretty different. I don’t know exactly what it is. Maybe I’m burned out on blogging. I think a lot of it is I don’t really want to psychoanalyze my eating habits on the internet anymore, because when I go back and read those posts, I feel ridiculous. Maybe I’ve read too many blogs and feel like I’m just adding white noise to the world of blogs. I think healthy living blogs in general have changed a lot in the past 2 years.


(Baby HLBer Aurora)

I also think that somewhere along the way, I lost my passion. I became apathetic. And honestly, I feel sort of lost. I’m having a hard time finding inspiration for something I used to be so passionate about.


(Totally should not have been eating this, totally allergic to it. But baby HLBer Aurora didn’t exactly know this.)

College is a pretty big transition in life. I think I’ve become apathetic about a lot of things. To be honest, I also feel lost without a sport. Softball was my life in middle and high school, and rowing was my life freshman year of college. I honestly feel like food is my only extracurricular and source of fun.


I feel like another reason I’m losing my passion for fitness and nutrition is I feel like I don’t live up to it anymore, if that makes any sense. The more I lose it, the more unhealthy I get, which makes me lose the passion even more. When I read my old posts, it makes me happy yet sad because I feel like I’ve lost a lot of that.


(I don’t miss the freezing cold days on the water though.)

And since we’re being honest here, I guess I’ll talk about the one thing I never talk about but occasionally mention and complain about and then never change anything.


(One of the first food-y things I posted. That smoothie had WAYYY too much mint extract.)

Yeah, gaining weight in college is real. I feel like my eating habits have become apathetic (yeah, totally overusing that word in this post). I’ve gained weight, and I’m not comfortable with myself. To be honest, ever since that happened, I haven’t really felt like myself. And to be even more honest, I feel like living unhealthily is sort of wasting my college years. I feel like this has leaked into other areas of my life. And I really, really want to change, but it seems so impossible and far away.



And I feel emotional even writing this post because it saddens me how much I’ve changed since coming to college. I feel like I just care less about things in general, and that’s no way to live your life. I was going to do a whole post about how I feel like I lost my Type-A-ness and how that’s a bad thing but I guess that will come up here too. So I don’t know what this means for me. I’m not sure what to do. Maybe if I start being more authentic on here that will help reignite that spark, but I also don’t want to be ashamed or embarrassed by anything that the whole world can see. So that’s where I am right now.


(My gosh I love cats though.)



5 comments on “Authenticity

  1. Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness

    Thank you for sharing your heart out! You might feel you aren’t being real but sometimes it is just us in a different time of our lives. College is definitely a learning and personal discovery time. Take your blog wherever your life takes you. I will be happy to follow you! 😉 xx

    1. astottler Post author

      Thank you <3

  2. Rina

    Aurora, I just want you to know that I read your posts when they come out, although I don’t always comment on them, and I love that you speak honestly about your struggles. Some other HLBs don’t, which makes them seem unrelatable. Admitting that you’re losing the spark about blogging is, in a way, being authentic. Not everyone can be happy-peppy and lead a perfect life.

    I would say that even though you think you’re not eating well, most likely you’re eating better than a lot of other people your age. You will get yourself back on track again. Realizing that you’re not on track is the first step to getting back. How about trying to change just one thing about your diet? Maybe you could limit yourself to one cup of coffee, or start throwing in an extra snack in your backpack.

    As a fellow college student, athlete, and fitness enthusiast, I’m cheering you on in my corner.

    1. astottler Post author

      Thank you so much for this! This really means a lot to me.

  3. Sky @ Blonde Freedom

    Thanks for sharing your struggles out in the blog world. I know my intentions when I began blogging were certainly health/fitness related now I’m beginning to desire to write about a lot of other things. I don’t want to take pictures of every meal I eat. I don’t want to eat more of these vegetable just because that’s what I see in the blog world. I don’t need to run a half-marathon to be a health fitness blogger.

    I think we all go through ups and downs as bloggers and sharing pieces of our lives online. Blogging allows us to be very self-aware and like you were showing us, shows us how we change and grow. No you are not the same person you were when you first started this blog and you may have different passions now then you did before. It’s all okay. I know you have a strong foundation in being health/fit. I don’t know what advice to give to you, but your motivation and drive will come back to you with time! Hang in there girl!

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