This blog has been in the works for a couple of years now, but it’s taken me a while to arrive at what I actually want it to be. Initially I envisioned Real Food for One as a challenge – to eat only whole foods for a year, to blog about my weight loss, and to create recipes. That proved too extreme a change, and I quickly burned out. I also discovered I wasn’t great at photography and had trouble developing new recipes every week.
I scrapped the whole thing and deleted my posts.
Then I thought I’d make things easier through a series of quarterly personal challenges where I would gradually improve one area of my health at a time – first sleep, then eating habits, then exercise, etc – until they felt under control. My photography skills improved a little bit, and I was posting at least every month or so, but I felt constrained by the challenges and the format of the blog.
The trouble proved to be that I was still focused on drastic change and perfectionism, and each time I wanted to blog, it felt like I only had failings to report. I was focused too much on the results and quantifiable successes, and I wasn’t seeing enough of them.
So it’s time, yet again, to redirect. I’ll keep the Real Food for One blog name and logo, but I plan to write about much more than just food. I also don’t want to fixate on weight (because health ≠ skinniness) and external results. Instead, I want this blog to be about wellness. What does that mean to me?
As I’ve thought about it, there are consistently six main things I need in my life to feel well, happy, and whole:
- Rest – early bedtimes, meditation, peaceful time without distraction.
- Nature – sunshine, animals, flowers, plants, rivers and ponds – they feed my soul and heal my mind.
- Food – tasty, varied, nourishing whole foods.
- Movement – Gentle movement that I enjoy – walking, hiking, swimming, stretching.
- Love – Quality time with family and friends.
- Self Care – Dressing and making myself up in the ways that make me happiest, not the ways that body-shaming culture or my own exhaustion would dictate. Loving and celebrating my body, instead of shaming it.
So here’s the plan. I’m not going to give myself giant, overarching goals just yet. For now, I simply want to make sure that each day I do something, no matter how small, to incorporate these six aspects of wellness into my life.
I’ll blog each Monday morning about my experiences and progress, including pictures of myself that celebrate plus size beauty. And then I’ll blog a second time each week about topics of personal interest, including gardening, meal prep, exercise, homesteading skills, natural skincare and beauty, health tips, and fashion, that fit into these categories of personal wellness.
The ultimate goal is to transition to a fulfilling lifestyle that improves my health and sense of well-being and that helps others to do the same. I want Real Food for One to be an encouraging, inclusive digital space. And hopefully my photography skills will keep improving along the way. 🙂