life: super powers not included

In Which I Get Mushy-Gushy

Penguins holding handsphoto by johnburke

Quiz time.

What’s worse than eating peanut butter and jelly for lunch?

Anyone? Anyone?

OK, I’ll tell you. Eating peanut butter and jelly for lunch for the past week straight. I know you’re all on the nut butter bandwagon, and I’m not dising on peanut butter in general. Still, eating it for a week straight is enough to make me hate the stuff from now until eternity. You’d think swapping jelly for honey would make a difference. But it doesn’t. The downside to going three weeks without grocery shopping. Is there an upside to that? I don’t think so.

So I just read a study that said having solid relationships is associated with living longer. The study says that people with strong relationships live an average of 3.7 years longer than those with weaker relationships. I know this study is talking about relationships with people you’ve, you know, actually met. And that’s why I’m thankful for my friends—the ones I could pick out of a lineup.

I guess I owe all of you a big fat Thank You, too. Because I think blog relationships totally count. One of the researchers even said: “[Friends and family] help support good health habits: They remind us to put that seat belt on and ask us about that pain we’ve had, have we had that checked out? That may be the biggest factor.”

Sound like anyone in particular? Like, maybe the entire health blog community? Yes, yes it does.

So, friends, every time you leave a comment here I gain another hour of life. It’s like It’s a Wonderful Life: Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings. Or something like that.

It’s really sweet of you because, as you know, my cranky knees make me about 85 years old and at this rate I’m going to be a centenarian before I hit my real age of 45.

I’m going to get a bit mushy here. Consider that a warning if you have a heart of stone and need to skip this part.

I didn’t consider the community when I started blogging. I considered the fact that there were probably other people out there with knee pain who might want to know my story. (Because everyone obsesses about their injury like I do and wants to know every single detail of everyone else’s injury too. Right?)

Well, imagine how shocked and awed I was to find out that there were real live people on the other end of this Internet thing, and these real live people happened to be really cool and fun and supportive and a lot of other gushy words. In short, you’re great.

Hey, Tin Man, come on back. I’m over the whole mushy part.

I’ll end with something a little more manly to balance things out. Grunt, grunt. You guys are, um, you know, kinda cool.

Oh, by the way, if you haven’t heard, I’m spreading the love. Im giving away 16 beauty items on Monday. Friday is your last day to enter, so head to this post to join in the fun.

What do you get out of the blogging community?

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25 comments

1 Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) { 07.29.10 at 7:55 am }

I get cravings for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!!!!

And, I get a lot of joy. I look forward to catching up with my blogging friends every single day. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t learn something new.

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2 Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly { 07.29.10 at 8:38 am }

It’s funny because I feel a lot closer to some of friends I have met via the blog over my real life friends. :) Keith says I am crazy! Whatever!

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Katie @ Health for the Whole Self Reply:

Exchange “Keith” with “Dave” and I could have written this comment exactly! ;)

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3 Amy B @ Second City Randomness { 07.29.10 at 9:13 am }

Awww…. let me wipe the corner of my eyes for a sec…

Ok, better. :)

No seriously- you’re very right. The majority of my friends “offline” don’t really get my whole running thing or obsession with learning more about healthy eating/living/etc. I started writing just because I needed an outlet somewhere- not necessarily because I thought people would be interested in what I had to say or that I would find people with similar interests.

I’m floored on a regular basis how great the people are in this community. And can’t imagine what I’d do sometimes without it!

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4 Heather C { 07.29.10 at 9:19 am }

I think the blogging community can be a great source of support for people with maybe atypical situations looking for someone who gets it. Like you with your knees. I have a beautiful 10 year old boy who has cerebral palsy and is developmentally disabled and through the magic of the internet, I have met 17 other amazing women who also have special needs children. They are my support and lifeline and we even now get together once a year. I love your blog because it is entertaining and makes me feel like I am not the only youngish person out there with disagreeable body parts.

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5 Nichole { 07.29.10 at 9:22 am }

We aren’t in Kansas anymore. I would hug the crap out of you if I saw you.

Penguins mate for life, someone tell Hollywood that. I get meeting people like you out of the community. I hear about the funny, good, bad, sad, happy and random things that sometime I even think of and can’t believe there are others in the same boat. It’s amazing to share experiences.

PS – I ate PB&J ALL through school, like 10 years, every single day. LOVED it. Yes, I’m a freak show.

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6 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine { 07.29.10 at 9:35 am }

This is such a lovely post. It’s true, the blogging community is really supportive and helpful, especially with health, because it’s easy to find someone with the same concerns. :)

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7 Rosey Rebecca { 07.29.10 at 9:49 am }

As I read this, I’m eating a grilled Cinnamon PB & Banana sandwich. I could never get bored of PB sandwiches.

I have def. found some awesome friends through blogging. You’re the newest one!

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8 Lauren @ She's a Runner { 07.29.10 at 9:58 am }

I love penguins! That picture makes me smile.

I knew about the blog community when I started blogging and I think that is one of the main reasons why I started. I love making connections with people and learning from them and (hopefully) allowing them to learn with me. And I really do feel like I have friends that I’ve never met. I also realized that there weren’t a lot of bloggers who openly talked about some of the things that I do. I know they’re out there, but they tend to hide because certain things aren’t easy to talk about…and it’s very isolating…so I just wanted everyone to feel less alone. Oh, and I also love writing.

I hope you get some new groceries soon! I like nut butter (I don’t LOVE it like every other person in the world) but I also would definitely get sick of it after a week of nonstop PB and J.

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9 Biz { 07.29.10 at 10:00 am }

Way before I even started food blogging, I was taking pictures of my food and making my own cookbook. As soon as I finished breakfast I’d wonder what to make for lunch. When I first met my husband he was completely dumbfounded – he never thought of meal planning or anything!

If nothing else, my blog proves to my husband that there are thousands of women our there just like me, who love spending time in the kitchen and making food for the ones we love! :D

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10 Joy Manning { 07.29.10 at 10:03 am }

I too was sort of overwhelmed by the feeling of community and support I found when I started blogging.

It ranges from people I haven’t met but I feel like I know to someone I barely knew in college but now through our blogs I feel like we’re great friends to someone I knew at a job I had a long time ago and we’ve been reacquainted via our blogs to the point that we now see each other “IRL” quite often to food writers who after getting to know them online we’ve met in person a few times to you, who I sat next to everyday for so long and now, in a way, I feel like we’re side by side again. I still miss you a lot, but somewhat less since you started the blog :)

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Tracey Reply:

That’s why my mom loves my blog–it’s like a daily chat.

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11 Bekah @ runtrackmind { 07.29.10 at 10:03 am }

When I started my blog earlier this year, I was not sure what to expect. I’ve struggled most of my life with thinking what I say does not matter so putting myself out there and getting a positive response has been great. Meeting such strong, smart and funny women has been a blessing for sure.

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12 tanyasDailyProductReviews { 07.29.10 at 10:36 am }

I used to eat my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches..frozen!

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13 charlotte { 07.29.10 at 10:57 am }

Awwww! This is SO TRUE. The fit blogging community is amazing! And I love that you tied it in with actual research! PS> I hope you get to the store soon but kudos for staying in your budget!!

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Tracey Reply:

Aha! THAT is the upside–saving money.

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14 Laura (B Foxy Fitness) { 07.29.10 at 10:58 am }

I’m sort of new to this whole blogging thang, but I couldn’t agree more. I started my blog as a way to connect with my group fitness class participants, but I was pleasantly surprised to start discovering other bloggers whose writing and content are way more incredible (like yours!).

Blogging definitely keeps me creative and has made me more cognizant of my own health habits. Not to mention, I’ve picked up lots of sweet tips and facts (like the ones in the above post!) :)

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15 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana { 07.29.10 at 11:41 am }

People are so supportive in the blog world and are so kind. It’s amazing. I didn’t know what I was getting into either.

But of course I am also enjoying finding all the new eats, recipes, and ways to incorporate random veggies or chia seeds or what-have-you.

I love it so far!

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16 Wei Wei { 07.29.10 at 11:44 am }

I think everyone is always so nice on blogs, but I guess you have to be because the whole world can see what you’re writing! I didn’t consider the community either, but I think the online community is a lot more important to me than my real life friends… Not that I have many.

Wei Wei

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17 FoodFitnessFreshair { 07.29.10 at 12:14 pm }

The blog community rocks. So many good recipes swirling around and supportive people to keep ya stimulated and inspired. I have yet to meet any of my blogger friends in person, but it’s something that I feel I must and want to do eventually!

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18 Fit Chick in the City { 07.29.10 at 2:16 pm }

I just had a PB&J for lunch the other day and loved it. However, it had been quite some time since I had had one.

The blog community is way more amazing, supportive and inspirational than I ever thought it would be.

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19 Lara (Thinspired) { 07.29.10 at 4:14 pm }

I love mushy posts, and I feel so similarly about blogging. It’s almost like a whole other family that I know I can count on for support :) Going over to check out your contest!

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20 Heather @ Side of Sneakers { 07.29.10 at 4:16 pm }

Aww I love this post- and agree with it completely!! And I want to hear every gory injury detail ;) Sometimes I get a little shock when my real life friends don’t give 2 cents about some of the things I want to ramble on about… likes say, why I have neon blue tape all up and down my leg?! ;)

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Tracey Reply:

As you know, I’m all up for hearing ramblings about the blue tape on your leg. It might sway me to cover myself in the tape. Even if it means going out in public like that. I’m up for anything when it comes to this whole injury-healing thingy.

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21 Tina { 07.29.10 at 4:23 pm }

I adore the blog community. It really makes my day. I have found that many of the relationships I have made through blogging are some of my closest because bloggers get me and are there no matter what. Love the community!

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