Follow the Leader

Good Morning!

Did you go to the Healthy Living Summit over the weekend?

I know, I know, I’m tired of all of the HLS posts too – only because I’m jealous of those who got to go! A few weeks ago I was really bummed I wasn’t going. Even this past weekend I was feeling upset and kind of left out. But today? I’m not feeling that way anymore. I’m new to this whole blog world and I’m still learning about everyone through their posts.

I have been looking at my blog more and more and wishing that it was one of the “great” blogs that I read every day. I kind of feel like I’ve been trying to make my blog into something it isn’t – I’ve been trying foods and recipes and workouts that OTHER PEOPLE do – and although that is a good thing (I like to try new things) – I kind of feel like a follower? Instead of a leader?

 One of my favorite blogs to read is Love, Veggies and Yoga. I like Averie because just looking at her lifestyle and mine, you can see we are quite different. I am not a vegan. I do not do yoga. I do not eat a lot of raw foods. I love her blog because it is unique – it is about her life.

Reading the comments in Averie’s blog yesterday led me to this: The Blogger’s Manifesto:

 “The Internet is made of people. People matter. This includes you. Stop trying to sell everything about yourself to everyone. Don’t just hammer away and repeat and talk at people -— talk TO people. It’s organic. Make stuff for the Internet that matters to you, even if it seems stupid. Do it because it’s good and feels important. Put up more cat pictures. Make more songs. Show your doodles. Give things away and take things that are free. Look at what other people are doing, not to compete, imitate, or compare . . . but because you enjoy looking at the things other people make. Don’t shove yourself into that tiny, airless box called a brand — tiny, airless boxes are for trinkets and dead people.”

If I had a cat I’d show you cat pictures. 🙂

I am going to focus more on what I want to write about – not just the “popular” things: overnight oats, peanut flour, turbofire, hot yoga, larabars, etc. Those things are great and believe me, I’m not trying to tear anyone down who likes those things. It just seems to me that there are a lot of redundancies in blogs. And I don’t want my blog to get lost in the crowd. I want to focus more on the things that make me happy: relaxing, tv shows, movies, reading books, saving money, budgeting, organizing, drinking tea, cooking, baking, etc.

So expect to see some changes from this Couch Potato Athlete – and all will be changes for the better. Starting with:


The nice folks at Raw Crunch sent me some bars to try out. They are delicious. Check em out:

Here is the unwrapped Cranberry one. Look at all the big seeds and nuts!

They are crunchy and so delicious. They reminded me of Clif Mojo bars. Raw Crunch bars are organic, handmade, uncooked and unprocessed. They are also soy free, gluten free, dairy free and peanut free (except the chocolate is only wheat/gluten free and dairy free). Check out the ingredients in the Goji Berries bar:

There are 4 flavors – and I will give one lucky person one of each flavor to try!

To enter:

  1. Go to Raw Crunch’s website and then leave me a comment telling me how much you love my blog telling me which flavor you would like to try.
  2. Subscribe to Couch Potato Athlete – and leave me a comment telling me you did!
  3. Add Couch Potato Athlete to your blogroll – or let me know that it already is!
  4. Send me $100 Link back to this giveaway on your blog – and leave me a comment letting me know you did!

You can enter up to 4 times, but please submit separate comments (instead of writing “I did them all!”).

I will announce the winner on Thursday August 19 in the morning!

Good luck! Oh, and I might throw a few more goodies in there too. 🙂