Sunday, January 20, 2013

Let's Get Real Here

Today's post was inspired by Lea at Running for Dummies. She wrote a blog post about being afraid to publish certain posts because it wouldn't portray the perfect, healthy living blogger lifestyle that some of us try to live up to.

I started thinking about how I am pretty real on my blog, but there are certain things that I don't talk about.  Not because I am hiding them from you, but because they haven't really come up yet.  Most of these things aren't healthy living related at all.

 Don't let these faces fool you, we aren't perfect!

So here they are, things that you may be shocked (or not shocked at all) to know about me (and us):

We are MESSY.  It may not always be obvious in the photos that I post but we rarely have a 100% clean house. Our friend Amber would be shocked and appalled if she set foot into our house.  This is part of the reason why we rarely have friends over (Bernie is the other reason, some people are afraid of him).  You should see the mad dash to clean the house before our family comes over!

As soon as I get home, I put on my pajamas and take my hair down.  My hair is instantly messy, and it probably doesn't help that I haven't gotten a haircut in about a year.

Speaking of hair, I sometimes like to chew on mine. Ali has witnessed this. I think I have done this since I was little and my parents tried to scare me out of it by telling me I would get a hairball in my stomach.

I will re-wear dirty running clothes. What? We only do laundry every three weeks (only semi-joking when it comes to regular clothes).

 When I hit 1,000 miles this outfit was dirty

I like food, a lot, but this wasn't always the case. I have had my ups and downs with food (and eating in general), but I think I am at a good place in my life now.

Sometimes I really can't tell if people are joking. This can cause problems.

I have wanted to talk about our relationship with some people in our family, but I can't.  Let me just say that the relationship is pretty strained.

I often feel like a bad sister, because I don't know much about my brother. I hope that changes some day.

 Weren't we cute?

I have mini panic attacks when Mike (or anyone else but me) drives, because I am typically afraid that we will get in a car accident.

I am actually pretty anti-social, so if you are lucky enough to get to hang out with me that means I consider you one of my good friends.

I am afraid of failing, but I try to pretend like it doesn't bother me when things don't go the way I want them to.

We spend a lot of money on this triathlon life of ours, so much so that I haven't bought new regular clothes in a long time (with the exception of one pair of jeans a few weeks ago).  I'm really in need of new clothes.

 I'd rather buy new running clothes

Well, there you have it. I hope you still like me after reading all of that!

What are some things you have a hard time blogging about?

42 comments:

  1. Great post!
    I have a hard time writing about how badly I want to do certain things, but am afraid to because of my struggles with running pace. Because people either will be nice and say 'go for it' or 'you can do it' etc etc ... which I read as a pity comment.

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  2. I love how real this post was and that it gave your readers an insight into who you are :) There were a few things there that sounded a lot like my life - the mad dash to clean when people come over and also the 'anti-social' thing.
    I avoid blogging about family too. For the last year or so I've been having a rough time with certain members of my family and it's easier to just not think about it at all which includes writing about it.
    Thanks for giving us all a deeper look into the life of Jamie and Mike :)

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  3. I'm going to try not to write a novel. I am DYING laughing over here. Like seriously, almost falling out of my chair laughing.

    I'm so messy. So messy. Oh so messy. Joe is fairly neat. Um, yeah. No worries, the guest room is the most cleaned and sanitized room in the house. Lucky you. ;)

    Sometimes people can't tell WHEN I am joking. HAHA! That makes you and I an hilarious combo.

    I am the same way about other people driving. I don't know why. I'm even that way with Joe pretty often. I have to keep that in check.

    I love being social but 80% of the time I just want to be a hermit.

    I was just thinking today as I was pulling my hair up...hmm... my blogger friends probably have never seen my birthmark on my arm. the birthmark and I have a love/hate relationship. I get tired of people saying,"Oh my gosh! What happened to your arm?!"

    I think it's hard to blog about my regular life, outside of running and stuff lately. It's so boring and less exciting than anyone would think. There's just nothing to write about... it's dull.

    Whew. I think I kept that under 500 words.

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    1. HAHAHA! And that is why I love you :)

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    2. I don't blog, well...maybe I do a little on daily mile..!! I am totally in agreement about the house deal... Mike can tell you that I have always been a mad cleaner when I know people are coming over! Pets definitely give your house a little more clutter and more cleaning needed with them!! Now... I usually don't rewear running clothes, but I am sure there are alot of people out there who do!! About the anti-social thing, I have definitely had to evolve into more of a social person- started first in college- felt very shy- and my roommate couldn't believe that I didn't want to keep our dorm room door open all the time... uh,no... that wasn't me!! With the buying of new clothes... I am going to make you promise me that when I give you your birthday gift.. that you buy anything BUT running clothes!!haha! And finally, with the family and strained relationships...that was the first step; putting it out there- now,not exactly sure what 2nd step should be; but I think communication is part of that step! Oops... was this longer than Crystal's?!! Love you guys!

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    3. YES! I think it was longer than mine!! ;)

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  4. :-) I'm messy as well and at 43 you think I would have learn't to make my bed .... NOT!

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  5. Lol I love all of this! I rewear all clothing all the time.....and I hate mess :)

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  6. I wish we had known each other more in high school! Among other things we have in common, I am also a crazy cleaner before people come over. With a dog and 2 cats, we always have fur on EVERYTHING. Even if we did clean on a regular basis, I would have to clean before anyone came over just so that they wouldn't see the fur in every corner of our house. Add 2 kids to that mix and well... :)

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    1. Haha yea, we have a dog and two cats too! And I know I wish we knew each other better too :)

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  7. As soon as I get home from work, I immediately take off my clothes and change into pj's! I started this habit during college when I'd get back to the house after class, and it clearly stuck. There's something very refreshing about putting on pj's. :)

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  8. I think it is important to put it all out there. No one is perfect and I think it makes it easier for people to relate to you if you are honest about that. I still have binge eating issues and sometimes I don't want to share that, but I try to be honest because even though it makes me a less than perfect healthy living blogger, it makes me more real for everyone else who is not perfect too.

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  9. Great post...I enjoy reading the "real stuff" although I pretty much know all of these things about you because maybe you got some of them from me!!
    I would rather be a hermit...relationships are too much work!! I don't know anything about my brother either!! I absolutely hate to fail and strive for perfection!!
    I twirl my hair...but do not eat it...and you really can get a hair ball!! I think family relationships can be difficult...we have talked a lot about this!!
    I wear dirty running clothes...it's just dry sweat! And I am only going to sweat again!! I have food issues but I really don't know a women who doesn't!!
    I hate being in a car and not doing the driving...scares the crap out of me sometimes...probably projected this onto you when you were little!!
    I am a neat freak though...type A to the max...have tried to change but it is who I am!!! I am cheep so I don't spend a lot of money on anything!!
    So from reading the other posts we all have our "things" it's what makes us unique!!

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    1. I definitely got some of these things from you, but that's alright! None of them are really that bad, just makes us unique. And I don't "eat" my hair I just chew on it, haha.

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  10. Great post Jamie. Thanks for sharing. My husband and I are MESSY too :) It's a runner thing...right? We're too busy out training to be cleaning!

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    1. Exactly! I'd rather be training :)

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  11. I just read Lea's post too, and thought she was right on. It's too easy to put out this perfect image of ourselves, even when we don't realize we're doing it. The reality is, we can relate to so many more people if we're honest about the other stuff, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Love this much!! I also wear dirty running clothes, have messy house and am anti-social, we are so much alike! :)

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I loved your post too :)

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    2. I'm thinking about 'lettin' it all hang out' now. The burden of my secrets is too much. (okay, that's just me being overly dramatic....but I'm really digging this.)

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    3. Crystal, you should do it. I am doing a link-up post of bloggers posts on the subject. Let me know if you decide to do it and I will add you! :)

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  13. Interesting that Lea's post has spawned confessions all over the place today!

    Not me; I am keeping my secrets. ahahahahaaaa

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    1. ha ha. Come one Elle, your secrets are safe with us. :)

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  14. love it. Okay - so I love to read about the real side of fellow bloggers. I need to do this. You've inspired me.

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  15. What a great confessions post!

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  16. Funny you mentioned this, just today I posted about having an eating disorder at my own blog...

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  17. Dirty running clothes are the best. The are already broke in for the run and you already smell like you ran farther than you actually did.

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  18. This is so funny because I am the SAME way when people are driving. I'll grab my seat belt in situations where that is probably NOT necessary at all. I've started closing my eyes sometimes especially at intersections I know are crazy. If I am wearing sunglasses on a not so sunny day, that is probably what I am doing behind the glasses, keeping my eyes closed haha.

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  19. Generally, I tend to overshare. But I try not to when it comes to my kids. Some because I don't think people will care and some because I worry about their privacy. I also tend not to share about my husband - some for his privacy and some for mine. Unless it is athletically related - like him running his first 5k in 20 years and beating me or him supporting/not supporting my endeavors.

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  20. I love this post! I am also a messy human. I hate it, but it's a hard habit to break! I have a hard time being completely honest about the mental aspects of food and training--at least the negative ones. I love to share the OMG THIS WAS GREAT, but if I were being totally honest, there would be a lot more about the struggle of eating healthy, and staying positive about my progress. Thank you for your honesty!

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  21. This is a great post! With a dog and 3 cats, our house always has dust bunnies of dog or cat hair lying around. I could vacuum every day but it still wouldn't be enough. We always make a mad dash to clean when someone comes over too!
    I'm also antisocial. ;)
    And I haven't bought "real clothes" in honestly I can't remember how long.
    I haven't blogged in forever but I almost want to do a "confessional" post now. Almost. ;)

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  22. I'm a reformed messy girl trying to stay neat...it's so hard. When I come home I wish I could go to sleep because work is EXHAUSTING. I also rewear running clothes...and have had to rotate since I've recently been joined by friends for runs multiple times a week...thus thwarting my two in a row streaks.

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  23. Wow I feel late to the game here. Ha. I pretty much blog about anything that comes up, though sometimes I may change someone's name or a location. That's what makes a blog interesting...real life honesty!

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  24. Why is triathloning so expensive?!

    And I rewear running clothes, too. No shame :)

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  25. I used to chew on my hair when I was young. I remember a stranger asking me if it tasted good. Don't worry I think most people do a mad dash of cleaning when they know someone is coming over. With 2 dogs and 2 boys, my house is in constant disarray. It never ends. Thanks for sharing Jamie:)

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  26. Odd. I always think of outgoing, when I think of you. It's hard to believe you are anti social.

    But I'm messy too and really running clothes don't need to be washed after every wear. That would be so much laundry.

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    1. I think that being anti-social is more about how social situations make you feel, rather than how you act in social situations. Introverts are drained by social situations, extroverts are fueled by them. A lot of anti-social introverts can be outgoing! My two cents - but I am really just talking about me. I have no idea what anyone else feels. lol.

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    2. Yea I like to hang out with people, who I like, but sometimes huge social things make me stressed out! And I usually just like to chill with a few people, or just Mike.

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    3. Oh, and Rena it made me happy to see your comment! I miss you!

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  27. Thanks for sharing Jamie and no worries you are not the only one with a house that's a little messy. Sasha and Lucky don't exactly make it easy for me to keep it clean and honestly sometimes I don't even try.

    I only cut my hair once or twice a year and a ponytail is my go-to "style" most days. I have a brother that I don't know well either. It's heart breaking but I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen him in my life.

    Hopefully one day we will get to meet you guys!

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