Sunday, May 16, 2010

30 in 30 Days 27 & 28: An Easy Day and a Harder One

Yesterday morning I went to support my sister by cheering her on in her second-ever 5K race. Walking around to watch her run was my main activity for the day, but I think I got my 30 minutes in between walking from the parking lot, walking to different spots to see her finish, and walking back. If not, there was also standing around and walking at graduation -- this was my second graduation ceremony as a faculty member, and it was fun to see students I had taught graduating.

Today was a better exercise day -- I went for an hour-long walk in the park, and went to my swim practice.  Usually I would count swim practice as an hour of swimming, but because my coach was doing more coaching than usual tonight, I would say it was closer to 45 or 50 minutes.  I had a couple of breakthroughs, including my first real flip turns (I have been doing something I thought was a flip turn but that really was more of a twist) and my first real butterfly.  So it was a more intense workout because I learned a lot.

I have to say that I appreciate the great, positive commenters I have on this blog.  It seems that the trigger for nastiness is when you get something for free or you make your living from blogging. I know that Shauna and Jeanette have gotten some mean ones, and just recently Jenna at Eat, Live, Run got a few that I thought were really out of line. I think that the more successful a blogger is, the more likely there are to be haters in the background. Since I just blog for fun and have not had wild success in my weight loss, I don't inspire a lot of jealousy in my readers. For the record, I get a $30 deposit every three months or so from BlogHer, which I use to buy stuff online or make loans through kiva.  Hopefully that won't inspire anger and hate in my readers.  I did get a mean comment once when I got a bunch of free products from a diet store and wrote a review, and I have to say that I politely declined when the store offered to send me more products to try.  I didn't feel like a few low-calorie snacks were worth the angst. 

Do you get nasty comments on your blogs? Do you write any kind of rebuttal or do you just ignore or delete them? Oh, and how about that 30 in 30 challenge? Still having fun with it?


  1. Poor, Jenna. I love her blog and hate it for her. But, if you're going to put yourself out there, it's bound to happen eventually (unfortunately.)
    I love your blog too, Jen! You have inspired me to run regularly and to get in the pool more! You have challenged me to get in at least 30 minutes of something active everyday for 30 days (I've only missed 1 or 2,) and I do like the fact that you do it for fun. Thanks!!!

  2. Flip turns AND butterfly? That's a productive day at the office, great stuff :)

    My goodness, I've just read the whole saga on Jenna's blog. The perils of blogging for a living! Sometimes I think I should've monetized the heck out of my blog but the sense of entitlement & expectation that an element of readers has WITHOUT monetizing is chronic enough :)

    I blogged the other day about feeling like a sellout for accepting some free DVDs and got a comment "that's not selling out, free product is what makes the blogosphere go round" and i thought IS IT? I am clinging to a circa 2002 belief that it's about people telling stories and sharing their lives. Move along, grandma :)

  3. I've never been hated on. Then again, I only have three followers. ^.^ But I guess it is bound to happen, the more followers you have.

    What is 30 in 30?

    What do you think of the butterfly? I always hated it, made my back hurt something terrible. My two strokes were freestyle and the breast stroke. And I loved flip turns. hehe

  4. I have always wanted to be able to do the butterfly, but last night was the first time I was ever able to do it right. My coach is a really great guy. I thought I had been doing flip turns right and I wasn't -- it has been hard to break the old habits.

    The 30 in 30 challenge is almost over -- 30 minutes of activity a day for 30 days.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07