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10 Ways I Am Not Your Stereotypical HLB

March 20, 2014

HLB=Healthy Living Blogger.

I’ve been composing this list for about 6 months now. I’ve noticed trends in the HLB  world that I seem to have missed the boat on. While there are some things I could be the HLB poster girl for ahem oatmeal consumption, selfies, my inappropriate relationship with green vegetables…I seem to have also failed this community in at least 10 ways. Let’s begin:

1. While my sleeping patterns are not to be admired, I am certainly not up at 5:00AM working out. I prefer my evening workouts.

2. I do not like Harry Potter. What is it with foodies and workout junkies liking wizards? I’m so confused.

harry potter3.  I hate Gwyneth Paltrow and nothing makes me cringe more than GOOP. Also I think I lose brain cells when I hear her speak. And no, Rosemary Infused Olive Oil from the South of France is not a kitchen necessity (though I did make some with my Mom and that stuff is BOMB).

4. I have absolutely no desire to try out Whole30 or any form of the Paleo diet. I would rather watch Harry Potter than eat grass-fed/organic/locally butchered/slathered in coconut oil/Balanced Bites Podcast approved wild boar for breakfast.

paleo meme5. Spaghetti Squash is the bane of my existence. Seriously that stuff makes me look like I swallowed a baby cow. My stomach bloats for days…TMI?

6. I don’t meal prep. Well, I DID meal prep but then I realized I wasn’t more or less likely to eat my brussels sprouts if I had pre-chopped them on Sunday. I like brussels sprouts and I also like cooking but I’m not about to torture myself for 6 hours meal-prepping on Sundays.

meal prep7. I don’t have any allergies. While I don’t intend to let you in on the deets of my post-gluten consumption (and too much dairy for that matter), I won’t die if I eat it. I am VERY grateful for this.

8. I am not even remotely organized. Why is every HLB so on top of things? If you know me, you know that my brain is scattered and I am all over the place. While I do have my perfectionist tendencies, list-making does not turn me on. Let’s ignore the fact that this post is in list form…

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9. I don’t WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday). I actually have something in the works for you on this topic.

10. I am proud of every single one of the above.

I prefer vampires to wizards, sleeping to workouts, anyone else to Gwyneth Paltrow, oatmeal to wild boar for breakfast, pasta to spaghetti squash, spontaneous cooking to meal prepping, peanut butter to allergies (sorry guys, I know you didn’t choose your allergies. It must SUCK!), disorganization to list-making, and photographing 10% of my meals to torturing you with my ugly/boring daily eats.

Keep calm and eat on.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 20, 2014 at 5:09 am

    This is why you are amazing.

    I can definitely identify to most of what you said- Except for the Harry Potter reference. HLB like Harry Potter because Harry Potter has less carbs and calories than Vampires.

    Tomorrow is Clean And Jerks day- I’m guessing for you it’s posing and booty day.

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    Mitchell
    March 20, 2014 at 5:26 am

    This made me laugh so hard, but the final comment about peanut butter/allergies made me struggle for breath, because it caught me off guard and was so freaking funny! 😛

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    Sabrina @ NutritiouslySweet
    March 20, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Haha this is too funny! I agree with the fanzy spices, too many diet trials and a.m workouts. You can find me working out at either 1pm or 2am lol. I’m a little odd, plus I rather get “big” then be girl and toned, hehe. You are awesome!

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    Kelly @ Femme Fitale
    March 20, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Ohhh, Davida! You kill me. I’m 100% with you on pretty much all of this.

    Thoughts:

    1) Food Prep: The thought of eating 1, 2, 3…+ day old chicken/anything makes me sick to my stomach.
    2) Spaghetti Squash: How about just never feeling compelled to even try it?
    3) What’s GOOP? (enough said)
    4) I’ve never done a WIAW post either….although, I was contemplating doing one next week in New Zealand.

    …I could go on! I could also add about 10 points to your list! I oftentimes feel like a HLB minority for many reasons, and these are just a few 🙂

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    March 20, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Yes! It is good…no GREAT to be a blogger that doesn’t follow the tribe! 🙂

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    Lucie@FitSwissChick
    March 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I love you girl!! I must say that I was on a lot of wagons here. Meal prep to the T (I still do, but only one day in advance, cause I eat everthing at my office desk), I did WHole30 and hated it, I cut out dairy and everything else and hated it, so I am back with it and I love it.
    Gwyneth – and so many more out there. Some of them should be having a jar of expired peanut butter in their mouth so they’d stop talking.
    As for me – my social media presence sucks big time. I open pinterest once a month and I don’t even know why the heck I own a Google+ account. Also, I never had sriracca, spaghetti squash, nuttzo butter, a protein waffle or kale before.
    BUT I get up at 5 to do my workout! My lazy bum wants to go home to the couch after work.

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    Tina Muir
    March 20, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Although I do commit to a few of the above, and I am happy with my decision to do so. I also HATE Harry Potter, which is even more of an offense as I am British!!! Ooops, although I swear people are more obsessed with him here than they are at home. When I go home I rarely hear anyone mention Harry Potter. I also do not participate in WIAW, and I dont think I ever will. I meal prep, but not to the extent most people do. I make dinner on Sunday with enough to last me Monday and Tuesday (as otherwise I will not eat till after my class at 9pm……and I would not survive!)

    Hoping no angry wizards read your post and come after you now 😛

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I never ever liked Harry Potter. I don’t understand the obsession with it at all. To each their own I guess? I don’t food prep and never plan our meals in advance since I never know what I will feel like and certainly wont stick to a plan if I am not in the mood to eat something. I don’t follow running training plans for that matter either. I always liked doing my own thing and continue to do so as an adult too. Oh and I wouldn’t try the Whole 30 or any of those plans either. One more thing, I don’t like smoothies. I prefer to chew and I don’t own protein powder.

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 20, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I’ve never read or really watched Harry Potter in my life, and everyone thinks it’s a travesty. I’m also an afternoon workout-er, I meal prep….during the week, which basically means I don’t meal prep, and I don’t want to try spaghetti squash all that much. And YES to oatmeal over wild boar for breakfast! Oh, and peanut butter. Duh. 😉
    I don’t really plan my posts or pre-write drafts. Just go with the flow, because my brain throws up a lot of information at a time, or none at all.

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    alex @ therunwithin
    March 20, 2014 at 7:17 am

    haha I think we all have our quirks. while I do love my spaghetti squash more than anything – I rarely if eve post about food or meals. I don’t think I have ever done a full day of eats!

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    Krista @ Tiny n Fit
    March 20, 2014 at 7:20 am

    OMG yes. For a time I was disappointed I wasn’t like other HLB, but I love myself for all my non-typical ways! I hate early morning workouts (except the weekends when my stupid body alarm wakes me up anyway). I don’t have allergies (except to work, I am SO allergic to it 🙂 ), and while I did do a W30 with a friend a couple years back, my focus has completely shifted from conforming to that cult. But I do LOVE Harry Potter 🙂

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 20, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I FEEL ATTACKED. First of all, HP is my boy so don’t be a hater. Second of all, I only sometimes wake up early to go to the gym but I definitely prefer it. Otherwise, the couch would always win that debate. WIAW helps me find new bloggers when other ones get stale. ….is that rude? Ways I’m nottttt like HLB’s=I’ve never had spaghetti squash, kombucha (I can’t even spell it), or oatmeal–hate the warm mushiness. I also don’t run so that’s probably a pretty big one haha. OOOOOPS I like walks.

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    Beckhy @ Olives n Wine
    March 20, 2014 at 7:32 am

    7 and 9 – yes, yes and yes. I have a post similar to this in the works but every time I jot another number idea down, I lose the list! As for #7, I totally get that some people do have a gluten allergy (one of my BFFs does!) but for those that are like “oooohhh my tummy hurts after eating gluten” WELP, it’s probably because just ate FIVE portions rather than a typical serving. Boom. Stop complaining. My poor future children – I am obviously low on the sympathy train 😉

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    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    March 20, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Fab post! Def don’t get the wizard thing!! Totally not about the whole 30 life, life is too damn short eat whatever the hell you want! I must admit I am the early bird but it’s how I have always been. Gwenyth Paltrow needs to eat several cheeseburgers lol

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 20, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I love this so much. Although I do love Harry Potter, have a food intolerance (but not allergy thank god), and tend to be neurotically organized (I’ve been chilling out on this front lately), I feel you on sooo many of the others. And I definitely feel like I’m not a stereotypical HLB. My own short list: I hate oatmeal, I’ve never had kabocha or kombucha or spaghetti squash or a mug cake, I don’t like cooking, I could never be paleo, I have no desire to CrossFit or run a marathon, actually I generally hate running period, I don’t really post recipes because I’m barely competent in the kitchen, and I don’t add protein powder/chia/flaxseed/kale/whatever the latest health food craze is to every meal. I love you for being you and thanks for keeping it real 😉

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    Jess @dearhealthyness
    March 20, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Yup, I relate to many of these points! Paleo? Whole 30? Harry Potter? Meal prep? GOOP? What’s that 0_o The best thing about blogging is being authentic and true to yourself! If you don’t like morning workouts, then enjoy afternoons, if you don’t like spaguetti squash then why the hell should you eat that? As long as you stick true to your likes and desires you’ll stand out from the rest 😉

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    March 20, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I bloat from spaghetti squash too!! Why?? I don’t understand, it’s just squash. I actually really like the taste, so I put up with the bloating and wear my “floaty” tops on those days.

    I avoided WIAW for months and just recently did a few posts and found it weirdly fun to do. I’m realizing every week makes me look like an alcoholic, however, so maybe I’ll skip next week…

    I suck at blogging when it comes to stuff like twitter. Who has time to read 50 blogs a day, comment, AND tweet/instagram about it??

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Woman, you are hilarious. I have nothing against Harry Potter but I don’t understand the obsession and I’ve heard good things about some of Gwenyth’s recipes but I’m definitely not a fan. Meal prep doesn’t really go beyond roasting a squash or baking on the weekend. I do love my WIAW’s though.
    And P.S. vampires > wizards. Of course.

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    Ashley
    March 20, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I can relate to about half of those! I don’t have food allergies, but I’m allergic to people who hate Harry Potter. JK, I promise I will still read your blog 🙂 I was a HP fan long before I was an HLB, so I’m not sure how they relate. Maybe the books/movies have subliminal messages about eating clean and working out? Hmm…

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    taylor @ taylormade
    March 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

    this cracked me up! I don’t identify with many of those “HLB trends” either, aside from meal-prepping (that is simply a necessity for me since I have so little time to cook during the week!) and waking up/working out super early (also a necessity due to my schedule). I like that you’re not a “typical” HLB… you do you, girl! 😉

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    Beth @ Mangoes and Miles
    March 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I know I don’t comment on your posts anymore (I still read them, I promise), BUT HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE HARRY POTTER?!?!?!?!!

    Harry Potter was literally 75% of my childhood. I don’t know if I can be friends with you anymore. 😛

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    Nicole @ Pumps & Iron
    March 20, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Haha love this post! I’m totally with you on most of these–Gwyneth makes me cringe (STFU Gwyneth, organic sheets made from bamboo that’s been blessed by a Shaman are not a household essential). I’m probably most unlike other HLB in that I’ll never drink the CrossFit KoolAid 🙂

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

    What’s say we form an anti HP club? We probably wouldn’t get very many members, but we’d be a tight-knit bunch of outcasts. Sometimes I feel like I’m one of the only people left who hasn’t ever read a single HP book or seen a single HP movie. It’s not even that I have anything against it — it’s more a matter of principle at this point.

    And you know I’m with you on so many of these. But I do like werewolves much more than vampires.

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      Tiff
      March 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Oh come on, at least watch one of them!! 😉

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    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change
    March 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Can we be best friends? This is everything that is in the blogging part of my brain. I just do what I have to do to get through the day. I can say that I could probably benefit a little with some meal prep during the week, but that is just because I’m at a loss when lunch comes around on what to make…but. That’s about it. Yes. I do CrossFit, but Paleo? Not happening – I am mostly dairyfree, but that comes from an increasing sensitivity to the stuff!

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    Marie
    March 20, 2014 at 10:17 am

    This is awesome! You crack me up.
    I really identify with all your points, except the food prep. I’m trying to prep ahead, but lately, life is taking over. Although I really love spending time in the kitchen, but it also kills the fun when it’s too laborious. A little cooking everyday with a dash of spontaneity can lead to great things.

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    March 20, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Haha! Love this list.

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    March 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Cannot believe that I just noticed for the first time that you never WIAW! And hate wizards. What is wrong with you girl? Didn’t we influence you at least a tiny bit for the better 😀 ? Just kidding, I love my rebels and though I guess I am on the same page with you regarding half of your list, I would fight you till death for the other half. Geeez, the world is such a boring place without wizards and please don’t make other HLBs stop taking pictures of their Wednesday eats, since I am such a Nerd and actually cannot wait to see tons of boring days of eats.

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    Cassie
    March 20, 2014 at 10:36 am

    DYING. I guess I’m not typical HLB because like, I’m into fashion and stuff? I don’t know if that’s a thing. Also I’ll never do cross-fit. Sorry, I pay too much money to get my nails done for that crap.

    I talk about running because I’ve loved running for a long time – 11 years, to be exact. I didn’t start running because I got fat. And I didn’t get fat because I ate like crap – it’s because I drank 2,000 calories every night. Whoops. I also don’t try to preach like what fitness does for you.

    I also don’t so intensely meal prep. I like make stuff so when I come home starved I can stick it in the microwave. Oh, and I use the microwave – there’s that, too.

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    Diane @ Life of Di.
    March 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Haha I love #2. I’m not a healthy living blogger but I do adore all things Harry Potter. I have noticed that a lot of people seem to love HP but I think it’s because it was just such a well received series. I also love Gwyneth Paltrow but it’s more of a love/hate feeling. I find her quite arrogant but I also think she is gorgeous and would love to be able to afford the types of food/clothing/products she uses for her family. I don’t think she shove her opinions down everyones throat as 100% truth but I do like a lot of what she has to say (wow – that kind of sounded hypocritical. Love/hate!) 🙂

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    Anastasia Carpenter
    March 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

    1. While I am up at 5:00 am, no time to work out, must take care of the dog, unload dishwasher, fix breakfast, pack lunch and snacks, and get ready for work. But I do walk the dog most days.
    2. Definitely not into Harry Potter, but not vampires either, I much prefer a good murder investigation.
    3. I’ve heard of Gwyneth Paltrow. What is GOOP? Would love to make some rosemary infused olive oil.
    4. I am actually very close to a Paleo diet (not by choice, I have to follow a Candida diet). I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years and am making the move toward including wild caught fish and free range organic chicken due to the diet restrictions.
    5. Spaghetti squash, eh, it’s ok. But I can’t have pasta, so maybe once a year I get a spaghetti squash. Why do mine always turn out mushy and watery? Bleh! Then I don’t buy one for another year.
    6. I don’t exactly meal prep, but I do like to cook as much as I can on weekends because I have a full-time job and I don’t get much cooking in during the week.
    7. No allergies per se, but I can’t have sugar or starchy foods or my Candida will flare up…not fun!
    8. I would love to be more organized, but I find that I spread myself too thin. I always have more projects going on than I can keep up with in an organized fashion.
    9. I’m actually doing WIALW (What I ate last week), which started out as meal planning, but I can’t stick to a meal plan! Think of it as meal planning in reverse 😉
    10. I am who I am and that is who I am supposed to be.

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    March 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I love this post! I think it is great that there are so many different blogs out there of different varieties – that way people can read what they want!
    I can’t believe you don’t like Harry Potter! I LOVE IT! The books are wayyyyyy better than the movies!

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    March 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Fun post! I’m not a 5AM worker outer either, but I do loveee Gwyneth Paltrow. I admit it!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Haha I loved this! I hate WIAW and I’m (less) afraid to say it now though I’ve mentioned it before. I could really care less what someone ate on a Wednesday, but I like reading about special meals that people had and I like reading about food in general. I’m not into any of the daily special type posts really. I’m sad you don’t like Harry Potter but that’s totally cool. Everyone has their thing. I happen to love it but I realize not everyone does or has to 🙂 Also, I don’t get Paleo, I’m NOT a morning workout person (AT ALL) and not to be dramatic or anything, but the thought of getting up before 6 am to exercise sounds like death to me.

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    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    March 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I love that you posted this! While my blog is teeny tiny compared to yours, I also feel like I’m very much not a typical HLB, either.

    I think the only points that aren’t me are #2 (love me some Harry Potter) and #5 (love me some spaghetti squash!).

    Thanks for being awesomely YOU!!

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    Tiff
    March 20, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Ha, we all have our quirks, eh? I too love oats, but I’m not with the HLB oats in a jar craze. I’m also not into coconut, unless it’s in 100% unnatural piña colada form. 😉

    I do however like Harry Potter. #nerd

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    Reba- Not So Perfect Life
    March 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I love this post! I agree with you on most things. I find the WIAW so annoying. To me it promotes an eating disorder of some sort. Its all an obsession. I digress. Cant wait to read your post on it.

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    Lisa
    March 20, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Haha, you had me at #1! I can’t even wake up that early in the morning to put together a bowl of cereal, let alone workout. Glad to know that there are others who share my passion for peanut butter! I will say, though, that I have (unofficially) banned peanut butter from my apartment for a month after I cleaned out a jar of coconut peanut butter in a few days…It’ll be back!

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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish
    March 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

    a) I love this.
    b) Look at how many comments you get on one post… YOU GO GIRL.
    c) Thanks for making me laugh this morning. 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I mean we’re basically like the same person. While I do WIAW and don’t loathe my man Harry P, I am as unorganized as they come, don’t meal plan excessively (hooray for spontaneous cooking), am the farthest thing from paleo, and have zero allergies. Oh, and anyone who thinks sketti squash is the same as pasta has another thing coming.

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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    March 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    You go girl! You just keep being who you are – that’s why I enjoy your blog so much! You don’t have to fit into any specific HLB mold. Being honest and being real is most important!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    March 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    This post made me laugh! I apparently am not a stereotypical HLB in some ways either, because most of these are me too! I have to drag my butt out of bed around 7:30 am and I work out in the evenings, I know nothing about Harry Potter, and I especially love #4! Although I do like spaghetti squash.

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    March 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Everyone’s different and that’s what makes life so interesting…. and frustrating at times! But seriously, you’re awesome and I have to say no to wizards and no to having allergies…. thank goodness!

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    Calista
    March 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Love this post so much!!!!!!! I can relate to a few of these. I will admit that I’m rather ambivalent towards HP, but I have read the books and seen all the movies {that’s what happens when you have kids, I guess}. I am organized and I do like to get up early and get my work outs in – if I try to get it done in the evenings, something else almost always comes up {funny how convenient that is, no?}

    3. Buy good quality ingredients and you’re good to go. Start with good ingredients and you’re bound to eat well. However, having some of the fancy schmancy stuff for special occasions is fun!

    4. I love my bread, so no, I won’t be going Paleo any time soon. Nope nope nope.

    6. I do what I call “half-ass food prep,” which basically means that I go the store with a couple of recipes that I want to make that week and buy the ingredients. I get them home and put them away. I make a batch of either rice or pasta to go with those two recipes and I call it good. I dislike boring food and I love trying new recipes. And, I certainly do not have an aversion to leftovers – sometimes food is better the second or third day {like chicken tortilla soup}.

    7. I don’t have any allergies either. This is me, not dying, if I eat shellfish, strawberries, nuts, gluten, etc etc etc. I’m very grateful.

    9. I don’t WIAW either, mostly because I forget to take pictures of what I eat. It’s usually gone before I remember to take a picture.

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    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    March 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    OMG I can relate to soooo many of these! Is Harry Potter a HLB thing? Haha I must have missed that… Well, I missed the Harry Potter boat all together, though. I’m trying very hard to be organized. I even got a ‘blog binder’ – let me tell you, don’t even try it – it’s not helping…

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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    March 20, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    This is why you’re special!! I refuse to wake up early and work out and want to punch all morning people. Especially the ones who brag “oh, but I got it out of the way for the day and have sooo much energy.” Fuck off. That’s what caffeine is for. And I refuse to watch Harry Potter because I still have a high school elitist attitude and consider HP this generations Dungeons and Dragons. Losers. Sorry, not sorry.

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    Amanda
    March 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    “I do not like Harry Potter” My eyes widened. Then narrowed in disgust.

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    March 20, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I’m a huge Harry Potter fan but I still love ya! PS please look away from my spaghetti squash post. 😉

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    Bex
    March 20, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I could pee my pants I love you so much right now.

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    Kim
    March 20, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    HaHa, other than the fact that I do get up at 5:00 am to workout, I’m right there with you on your list. In fact, I don’t really think I qualify as a HLB – I’m just someone who blogs in my mind.

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    Sara @ fitcupcaker
    March 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I LOVE my sleep way too much to work out at 5 am! Although I am just a little obsessed with crossfit, I still cant do it that early. And Harry Potter is a NO for me also…And I do meal prep but it takes about 20 minutes lol… so not a whole lot of prepping besides cutting up my veggies for salads. When I was reading this I really pictured myself big time! LOL

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    Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair
    March 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I don’t even know what people on a paleo diet eat. That’s pretty bad and ignorant, I know. I just have never been interested in looking into it. I have no will power so me following any type of diet is useless. I also had no idea foodies loved harry potter. I, like you, prefer vamps.

    I do love me some WIAW though. I’m such a creep and love to see personal aspects of people’s lives… like what they eat on a regular basis. I always get ideas on what to make myself for meals when I find myself in a rut.

    I also have spaghetti squash in the oven right now… I genuinely love the taste of it. But it does make me bloat!

    OH and I do like to food prep. But only things that actually stay decent for a few days like muffins, banana bread, granola bars, quinoa, beans, hard boiled eggs, etc. Sometimes I’ll make soup or chili. I just find it helps me when I need a quick meal. I’m not one for pre-slicing veggies if I’m going to roast days later or eating chicken that’s 5 days old.

    Regardless, this post was funny. I LOVE that you speak your mind.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Totally agree with you on #3! Why the eff does Gwyneth Paltrow all of a sudden think she’s an expert on cooking? Stick to what you’re good at (which actually isn’t acting… I think she needs to find a new career stat).

    And you know I’m with you on #4 too. A life without oatmeal, warm crusty bread, baked goods made with real wheat flour, and tofu? Not for me! Not to mention I think the Whole30/Paleo diets are probably deficient in a lot of important nutrients.

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    Brittany
    March 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I fucking hate WIAW. There are maybe like…three bloggers I can handle that participate, but only because they eat legit awesome food. Other than that COUNT ME OUT! I do however, love Harry Potter…but I had no idea this was a HLB stereotype!? HAHA. SO random. I know nothing about Gwenyth and WTF is GOOP? It sounds like shit..literally. Does it count if I wake up at 5am, but still don’t workout until after I am off of work usually? I just like to be awake when no one else is…because people annoy the shit out of me. OOPS. I said it. Anyway, long story short is that I am maybe 78.45% stereotypical HLBlogger, I think. But really I have no idea. This post made me laugh, you are the best. We need to hang out.

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    March 20, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I LOVE that you are different!! Being different is definitely something to embrace. I agree with you on the Gwyneth Paltrow thing… & I’m not a big Harry Potter kinda girl either. I feel that I am an oddball in the HLB community because I don’t run, & I’m not a crossfitter. I don’t really care if I fit the typical though, I’d rather stick out some & be a little different in some ways. 😉

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    Paige@FitNotFad
    March 20, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    You don’t like Harry Potter!??!??!? This hurts my heart 🙁 Haha ok but seriously I’m not organized at all either! All over the place in all aspects of life. It’s fine! Embrace the weirdness 🙂

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    cait @pieceofcait
    March 20, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I can relate to LOTS of these. I know everyone has their own opinion way of life etc, I just don’t get the whole 30 thing, and why everyone jumped on the bandwagon. To each their own!!! but, sometimes it seems like I read the same old thing on different blogs.

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    March 20, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    But my WILD BOARD SHEPHERD’S PIE for DINNER IS OKAY, RIGHT!??!?!?! And I promise you, if you ever visit, I WILL NOT invite Gwyneth Paltrow over… Oh and I am thrilled you cannot stomach spaghetti squash, because I am OBSESSED WITH IT – MORE FOR ME! Muaahhh ha ha ah aha ha ha ah ah haahah!

    FU**IN’ HATE HARRY POTTER! FYI. He can flick and swish his ass back to London.

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    Jenni @ Fitzala
    March 21, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Haha, I totally agree with most everything you said. Love “sorry guys, I know you didn’t choose your allergies. It must SUCK.” Because peanut butter will most always trump almond butter.

    And why give up bread if you don’t have to? That stuff is the bomb.

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    Kaitlin
    March 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

    You make me laugh 🙂 I post WIAW when I remember but let’s not go to far to say my meals are always healthy or planned. It’s funny because none of my recipes are really “healthy” so it was confusing to explain to my coworkers what my blog is. I like to think it’s a life/random/food blog, since that’s really what it was meant to be and how it extends to my personality. I’m not the biggest fan of Gwyneth Paltrow because a lot of what she says comes off as holier than though. But to each their own 🙂

    Also, didn’t get a chance to comment on your NY eats, but my friend and I have been meaning to go to City Bakery and are so excited after we saw and read your post on it!

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    Cassie
    March 21, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I definitely do some of the above but not all of it. I do have an allergy, but that’s the only thing I cut completely out of my life, food wise. Cutting out dairy was so hard, I vowed I’d never give up something in its entirety again. I don’t meal prep but I do meal plan. I do love Harry Potter, but I don’t think I’ve even seen the last movie. ??? The books were so much better. I also do not do WIAW mostly because I don’t carry my cell phone around with me, so I don’t take many pictures. I love this post!

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    PB&Jess
    March 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I actually am the same for most of them, except the WIAW (occasionally), being organized (it’s more because of my anxiety than actual cleanliness) and Harry Potter. HOW DO YOU NOT LIKE HP?! To be fair though, I was a nerd a LONG time before I would eat anything green (I’m talkin’ my disgusting McDonald’s for lunch every day phase- so. gross.). I understand not being into fantasy, but HP has so many good life lessons. I legitimately wrote a whole 15 page ethics paper on it (this was only partially to be an asshole to this professor and mostly because I like HP) and got an A when half the class failed. Again, nerd alert haha. If you tell me you don’t like LOTR I will be a little heartbroken though. Not liking HP I can live with.

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    Lauren @ LoveChocolateLife
    March 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    ahhh haha this is so funny !!! #1 I never wake up and work out early either.. and on the same topic I feel like everyone has first worked out, already posted their blog post for the day, and commented on 100 blogs before I am even awake !!! lol I Have no desire to do Whole30 either, although it seems to be all the rage lately.. I love my processed snacks such as vita tops, pretzels, pop coreners, um even peanut butter.. i could go on forever 🙂

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    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    March 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I like all those things about you! It is what makes you unique! 🙂

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Firstly- this is awesome and I love all of it. Even though I don’t see eye to eye with you on all of it, we have some serious crossover: You know I agree with you on Whole 30- I am soooo not into that. I need my grains and legumes!! And my budget is far too tight for that nonsense. My workouts are sporadic and not always consistent. I don’t have allergies, but do have intolerances, but I am so thankful that I can eat small amounts of gluten (and dairy if I wanted to) and not be sick. And WIAW- I am soooo not a fan. I wrote a post on that while a while ago. I think they promote disordered eating habits and make people feel bad about what they eat. NOT COOL.

    I think I’m also not nearly as positive as a lot of other bloggers, at least in this particular blogging world. I’m actually a really sarcastic and skeptical person. I definitely tone that down on my blog though. Although maybe I shouldn’t.

    I must admit though, I love Harry Potter, my life would be in shambles without to-do lists and I really enjoy spaghetti squash.

    To each their own right?

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    March 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I agree with you on all of them but the Harry Potter one lol. I love the books and films, but luckily I’m not as obsessed with them as I was a couple of years ago geez. Oh, and I also like waking up soon to work out, but mainly because I fall asleep at school otherwise… it happened… twice.
    Loved the post, girl. You’re so funny!

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    lindsay
    March 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    you might be my twin! except i have to get up at 5am every day for the husband and work, plus i have a gluten allergy. But other than that, i don’t like harry potter, i don’t meal prep, organize, read gwen, i don’t like making spaghetti squash or kabocha. But i will make it since my husband likes it. I don’t like FROYO and i won’t do whole30 because i enjoy wine each night.
    😉
    cheers!

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    Sarah Pie
    March 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Love love love this! Who cares about typical I’ll take your style of HLBing any day of the week… mostly because your food looks so pretty and I can’t understand early AM workouts in the slightest.

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    March 23, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Ha, ha, you crack me up Ms. Maven. I actually have a similar post in my drafts and it has been for many months, although I’m pretty sure we don’t have a single duplicate. Mine is more specific to the actual food because I find my eats so very different than most in our little community.

    I do love my hyper organized ways though. I’m proud to claim that one. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I didn’t realize the other HLB’s were into this too. Obviously I live in a cave or bubble, at least that’s what I keep telling Arman.

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    Deryn @ Running on Real Food
    March 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Hahaha, this is great. I’ve been thinking about a post like this too…I think they were going around a while back, but keep forgetting about all these random HLB trends that I find very confusing.

    I do get up at 5:30am to work out, but I hate every minute of it and only do it because I can’t seem to make myself go after a long day of work. Harry Potter, I had no idea… haha. I’ve never really been a big fan, but I do like my zombies. Gwyneth Paltrow…meh…I don’t really care either way! I am incredibly disorganized and messy and my blog posts are all spur of the moment, although I really wish I was more organized when it came to my blog!! I jot down recipes on scraps of paper and then lose them constantly, I can’t tell you how many recipes haven’t made it to the blog because I lost my recipe notes. Or I write down the ingredients in such messy short hand, I can’t read it later…when will I ever learn?!

    I don’t meal prep (I don’t like spending my Sundays in the kitchen…), but I do meal plan and grocery shop and if I don’t, I’m screwed and end up eating out all week. I did do WIAW posts for a while when I first started blogging, but they don’t really make any sense for my blog now and honestly I never read those posts when I see them. As for paleo/whole30, I eat a plant-based diet, so that’s never going to work for me! Anyways, HLBs are the best and we’re all kinda weird, aren’t we?

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    Natalie G
    March 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I LOVE this post! I have toyed with the idea of starting a blog for a long time but feeling as though I cannot compete with the world of perfect WODs, Paleo, allergies, product sponsorship, etc! GOOP makes me puke! SO many women out there saying they have freed themselves from compulsions only seem more obsessed with food and diet! What a fresh post! thanks again!!

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    Anna
    March 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    HAHAHA this is an excellent post. I love your keen observational skills- they are dead on. I am obsessed with organization but that’s just always been a thing for me and sometimes I spend more time thinking about it than obeying it.

    I’m so glad to hear that you too do not feel compelled to photograph everything you consume! I physically can’t do it because I have no willpower and devour most things before I even think to photograph them!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    March 25, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Omg, THANK YOU for calling out meal prepping! I always feel like I “should” do it, but the couple of times I did, I found myself halfway through the week just wanting to eat something else! Haha! #FAIL And honey, there is no way IN HELL you are more disorganized than me…I mean, c’mon, you planned a freaking link up and you made FIVE recipes in five days…you may be crazy, but disorganized you are not! And you will never EVER catch me jumping on the Paleo train…wagon…stone wheel…whatever! I’m sorry, but there is no amount of talk that will ever have me convinced that peanut butter, bread, and cheese is bad for me!

    PS, wtf is GOOP?!

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    Liz
    March 27, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Whenever Gwyneth speaks, in my head, I always hear”Doh!” after she finishes talking. 🙂 She is just a train wreck.

    And, sweet Jesus Amen to never being Paleo. When is the rest of the world going to recognize and call that for what it is — a cult? LOL No French fries, no peanut butter, no roasted red peppers? Or HUMMUS?! Screw that! (Somebody should tell them there are entire cultures who have been served quite well by both grains and legumes for centuries now, none of whom are dying off any quicker than the rest of us or suffering mercilessly.)

    I am fairly organized and a list maker, whick I thank the Heavens for because they help me make up for my ZERO time management skills outside of the kitchen. 🙂

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    Melissa @ Mango About Town
    October 26, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Ahh I just read this…if these facts still hold true I’m 1000% (yes, thousand) sure we would be bffs because I feel the same way. What’s the deal with HP!?

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