I make no promises on this blog.

So here’s the thing.

I pretty much suck as a healthy living blogger.

Now, I’ve been a blogger for over 10 years. And I’m healthy, more or less. We’ll disregard this summer of too much beer and forget that chips, salsa, and broccoli comprised my dinner last night. (Picture of an RD, huh?) My bloodwork, resting heart rate, and marathon completion beg to differ. I’m healthy. Just not in the typical healthy blogger kind of way.

So what’s the problem?

1. I have no desire to make blogging my job. I do not want to blog three times a day. Or even daily. I don’t want to feel like I have to write. I don’t want to take pictures of my meals or think up exciting recipes. I don’t want to run an Open Sky store. I just don’t. Now, I get twinges of jealousy when I see what fun and awesome things that successful healthy living bloggers are getting and doing because of their blogs…but they put in the work for it. They’ve earned it.

2. I read a great post today on one of my most favorite blogs about having your own voice. (And man, does she. I like to quote her. With credit, of course.) My own voice isn’t polished and pretty and ready for public consumption. I have been blogging behind a lock and key at livejournal for over 10 years. My style there is to tell everything about myself. To record my feelings and get reactions and mistakes in life. And even as more and more people are pulling away and trying to make it big with their blogs, that’s my safe haven. I post there daily, multiple times a day. On no set schedule. Sometimes with just a text or a picture.

3. I’m not “a writer.” I’m really not. I have no desire for a book deal. I blog because it’s real, not to impress.

But yet, looking at the above couple items, I realize that I did really enjoy writing about my running. I probably identified more with the “Holly on the Run” moniker than “Healthy Living Holly.” And I’m starting to be able to run, little by little.

So what am I saying? Not really anything. I’m staying here, I’ll post randomly about running a good food and races when they start happening. But don’t ever expect it to be consistent or on a schedule. And don’t expect me to try to make it big with this thing.

Cuz really, I just suck as a healthy living blogger. Sorry I’m not sorry.

Project: Purse and Boots

I have a dear friend named Lori. I met her when I lived in Santa Rosa, through friends of my ex-husband. She’s played some very pivotal roles in my life – namely, she trained for a triathlon with me, she got me the contacts for my current employment, and she helped and supported me through my divorce.

Let’s focus on the second one for a second. Lori is a speech pathologist by profession, and worked many years in nursing homes. Nursing homes employ registered dietitians, and as I was approaching graduation, she handed over the contact information for my company. I called them out of the blue, when no positions were available. They hired me anyway. That was over a year ago, and I still love my career and own so much of it to Lori.

Having now worked in nursing homes for over a year, I can appreciate what Lori has seen over the years. We see the elderly suffer through horrible, debilitating diseases, and we can only do so much to help. Speech therapists and RDs work together on those patients with difficulty swallowing. Quite often, these patients have been victims of a stroke.

In the past year, Lori has started her own business, started blogging, and started giving back. She created Project: Purse & Boots to benefit The American Stroke Association. I am so excited to participate!

Click the button above to get ALL the details, but the gist is this: the purse is going to be the new traveling pants of the blog world. It is going to visit a new blogger each week and attend a fabulous social event with said blogger. The blogger asks for a $5 donation from each person partying with the purse. And then the purse moves on. The traveling purse will wind its way ’round the country and conclude its travels at BlogHer11 in San Diego.

Did I mention the absolute fantasticness that IS the purse? Because check this out:

Now here’s where the exciting bit (for me) comes in. Guess where I am taking the purse?

That’s right. VEGAS, BABY!

And it gets better. I’m going to Vegas for…. New Years. So I get to ring in the New Year with the magical traveling purse. All the while, raising money for a cause I do so truly care about.

So spread the word, blog friends. Sign up to host a purse party. Tweet and blog about it. Share the badge with pride.

I know I will.

Healthy Living Blogs

Well, I’d better start posting more often. Why? Because my blog is now listed on the Healthy Living Blogs database!

Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sound Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support. If you’re interested in having your site listed on HLB, simply send the following information to healthylivingblogs@gmail.com and check the site out for yourself!

Email subject line: MEMBERS
Your name (please share if you prefer to go by first name, first and last, or however you prefer to be known on the Internet)
Blog Name
Blog URL (please start with http://, not www.)
Your twitter handle, if applicable
Your location (if you prefer not to disclose this information for privacy’s sake, that is completely understandable. We’ll simply include your blog listing in the A-Z listing, not by location, too)
Any specific labels (i.e. vegan, gluten-free, weight loss, running, etc.)

She lives!

I know, it’s been about a month since my last confession post. I’ve been busy and don’t have a good blackberry app to update with.

Anyone know of one?

Anyways.

In the past month, I’ve eaten some good food —

And some unhealthy food —

(that’s chocolate bacon and it was DAMN good.)

In fact, during one weekend I went to a Giants Game AND the California State Fair:

Beer and fried foods were had. And enjoyed.

I have also:

Gotten my hair chemically straightened —

Started coaching a half marathon group from the bike–

Annnnnd…..

drumrolll please….

started running again!!

Now, don’t get TOO excited. I have done the following runs since I last posted —

July 29 – 1.5 miles on the track to try to flare up my injury for the doctor’s appointment
Aug 5 – 2 miles, with a 20 minute break in between the miles while the group did speedwork
Aug 12 – 1.5 miles on track
Aug 15 – 3.1 miles (above map)
Aug 18 – 2 miles
Aug 19 – 1.25 miles on track, .75 miles walking on track

The doctor said my arches are collapsing. This may have been happening slowly over the last 2 years of me running. He told me to wear my running shoes with super feet in them at work. I laughed. And compromised with:

I’m wearing those super feet inserts in my work shoes and taking my runs easy and slow. And so far, no pain! ::knocks on wood::

I’m not training for anything really specific right now. (On my radar: Tri Girl Tri on Oct 9th, but I can do that run with no training.) I’m not going to boost my mileage over 3 miles for a while. Just gonna let my legs get used to it again.

My next big thing: Texas. White Rock Half Marathon. Dec 5th. Training starts in October. Bring it.