My First Blog
Welcome to Balanced Bopp Living!
This is my first ever blog post and I'm feeling many emotions. First and foremost is excitement and happiness!! I've been itching to share my love for health and fitness since I began to see all the positive changes it has brought to my life. I love discussing this topic and I'm always looking for ways to share with and learn from others. Health and fitness are often perceived in negative ways, whether it is because of comparison, arrogance, defeat, struggle, or the feeling of unattainability but my goal is to uplift people and provide maintainable ways to live healthier and feel better. It's common for the goal, especially relating to fitness, to be attainability such as achieving that ideal weight or a "shredded" body. Personally, I think it is more useful to strive for maintainability: a way of living that is practical, long-lasting, and hopefully enjoyable! Physical changes are often a by-product of the way in which we eat and move but having a motive of health and performance over physique will likely be more beneficial in the long run. Now, don't get me wrong, I do understand wanting to look a certain way and I do enjoy seeing visual representations of the hard work I've put in BUT my goal is to help others find that balance. The "yeah my muscles look great today" but more importantly, "I FEEL good today."
I want more than anything for this website to spread optimism and new knowledge to each and every person that visits. For some people, hitting the gym and counting macros is their jam and for others, taking walks and eating intuitively is more their style. And both are okay, despite advertisements and peers trying to convince you otherwise. I'm not here to tell you how you should be eating, exercising, or living your day-to-day life because each body is different and more importantly, I am not qualified or formally educated enough to give that type of direction. I do, however, want to encourage you to pay attention. Listen to your body and find out what it needs and the ways in which it functions best. You're going to hear, see, and experience a plethora of contradicting ideas, solutions, and lifestyles that will confuse even those who are highly educated in this specific field. If you gather anything from what all you consume, I hope it's that effort is the most crucial element for a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating movement into your day in a way that feels best to you and striving to eat nutrient-rich foods that properly fuel your body without becoming obsessed. And most importantly, not becoming discouraged and miserable throughout the process. Mental health matters too and I assure you, there are an infinite amount of ways to go about a "healthy lifestyle" and one, or many, of them will work for you. It just takes time at first to figure out which works for you, and often times, it's ever-changing. By making health a priority in your life, you will automatically put effort towards it. Just like anything else you prioritize such as faith, school, relationships, and hobbies, the more you care, the more time and effort you'll spend on it without much thought.
Along with all these wonderful feelings, I'm also feeling a little overwhelmed and fearful. I never imagined myself having a blog because putting my thoughts, opinions, and life experiences out into the open world of the internet is scary and often controversial. I feel a lot of pressure to deliver useful information that people can learn and benefit from without impersonating the role of a professional. I would also never want someone to feel as though their choices are wrong or bad because I choose to do things differently. And most of all, I want to make positive differences rather than cause more harm, which is easier to do than you might think. Although my intentions are to be helpful and positive, some are likely to perceive things in a different way. Ever since I decided to create a website, my thoughts have been on a roller coaster. One day, I'm motivated to create and write and share and other days I'm stuck thinking, "what if people hate my recipes" or "what if someone thinks I'm being a know-it-all by sharing my thoughts." But, I'm trying to remain focused on why I first wanted to start this website. It's impossible to please everyone so, if I can just help one person out, I'll be a happy camper. I've wanted to do something like this for so long but I was always so fearful. I was waiting until I was healthy "enough" or strong "enough" or knowledgable "enough" but waiting on perfection is a losing battle because it will never come. "If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive" - Maurice Chevalier. There will never be a perfect moment... so let's do it!
Often times, I see people hiding their discoveries that could potentially help others whether it be for attention, power, or simply to make others jealous. I try not to fall into that common practice of "I have what you don't, naa na na boo boo." I mean, it's easier to boast about what we have when we're the only ones around who have it, right? BOO. Don't focus on all that you can take but instead focus on all that you can give. I mean, hey, you can't take it with ya when you go anyways, so why not. Once you share information, it's not gone. It can be spread to the next person and the next person and the next. I want to share so many things on this site because while I know that I am not an expert in this field and I still have much to learn myself, the recipes, workouts, stretches, routines, tips, etc., that I've researched, discovered, and transformed into my own, have really helped improve my health and I'm eager to share them!
Throughout my journey so far, I've definitely struggled with perfectionism especially with food and exercise. And, although it's a constant battle that I know many others face as well, the past few months have shown me the beauty in balance! I want to be able to share this balance with others especially if they’ve experienced similar hardships as I have. Yes, I fully believe that eating healthy and remaining active is extremely important, but, what defines "healthy" is a war that will never be won. Everyone has a different interpretation and new studies will continue to arise that challenge our beliefs. What's most important is to keep learning, keep discovering, and keep putting forth that effort. Don't obsess and don't be discouraged by opposing opinions. We're all trying to navigate through this and no person has all the answers.
When I first took interest in becoming healthier, I was very influenced by health websites and social media posts. Some were good influences and some were not. Health and fitness "influencers" have become quite popular and unfortunately, it is much of the time because of social media "likes" or the image of "having it all together." Not to say quality sources aren't out there because there are tons of resources on this topic, good and bad, but it's crucial to know the integrity of what and who you're basing decisions off of. This is why I wanted to make my intentions clear upfront. For me, it's extremely important to promote a positive outlook on this topic. I started this page in hopes of helping people live healthier in a way that is maintainable and enjoyable. You don't have to run 5 miles a day, eat celery for each meal, or join some crazy, restrictive diet plan to become your own version of healthy and fit. Your preferences are most likely going to be different than mine and everyone else's around you. It does, however, take dedication and the willingness to make long-term changes. When you have the mind set of only committing to 7 days or 8 weeks, old habits will return the day after that time frame is up. But, the good news is that my page is all about balance! Things we may see as "off limits" such as having treats or taking days to rest ARE OKAY. Perfection is not the goal, health is the goal. And health = balance.
Thank you for reading this blog and visiting my page. I hope you enjoy your time here!