This is the view from my hotel room:
Beautiful, I know. 🙂
Well, I’ve arrived and I’m alive. I actually had a nice flight. I read Runner’s World (the November issue was awesome). And I read this book about the Michael Vick dogs, which was overwhelmingly sad and depressing. But interesting!
A strawberry, banana, and soy milk smoothie:
And this bar, which tasted like candy.
And when I got settled in my room, I ordered room service. I know there’s a million things to do in NYC for dinner, but I’m busy prepping for my Operation Beautiful presentation and this seemed appetizing:
Mushroom Pizza+ Salad!
I’m well on my way to eating this entire pizza:
But veggies are important, too.
The drama from earlier in the week, and Heather’s recent post on responsibility really got my gears turning about why and how I blog. Personally, I read blogs because 1) I like to see what other people are doing in their lives and what they think about their experiences and 2) I specifically read other food and fitness blogs to gather new information about topics. I think information sharing and talking about personal experiences is a GOOD thing.
But please remember – at the end of the day, this blog is about my perspective on food and exercise, which may not be right for you because we are all wonderfully unique. And, of course, my perspective is a non-professional opinion because I am simply a writer who has a blog and likes to cook and run. When I write posts like, “How to not hate your long runs” or “Running in hot weather,” please note that these topics are based on my own (non-professional) experiences. After logging thousands of miles and running nearly 30 races, I have information I want to share with other people because I wish I had someone to talk to about certain things when I was starting out. And I absolutely continue to turn to other bloggers to learn from their experiences as my needs and goals change. Do I think I know everything? I certainly KNOW that I do NOT! :) I try to be responsible at all times and remind readers that my blog is about my life and non-professional experiences, but I wanted to make it more official by adding a link to my disclaimer at the top of the blog.
At the end of the day, I hoping reading Healthy Tipping Point helps you, but more than anything, I want you to do what works for YOU.
All in all, it’s been quite the interesting week, but I’m glad for the open discussion in blog world. It’s allowed me to consider new perspectives. I really do try to consider what others say regarding these important issues. I want to say thanks to everyone who provided thoughtful feedback over the week. I’m not just saying that, either – I really mean it.
Enough serious talk – I’m going to go jump on my hotel bed and watching TV. 🙂
I blog for a lot of the same reasons, but like you said at the end of the day they’re MY opinions and should be taken as such.