Behind the scenes at The Gist of Fit

Happy Friday everyone!

That State Fair has FINALLY come, and I’m way stoked to check it out on Saturday!

I was asked by the infamous Michele at The Paleo Running Momma to be a part of the Blog Writing Process Tour that’s been going on for a bit.  Bloggers usually only talk about their blog’s topic—so I thought this would be a cool insiders look at another aspect of my life. Michele is a genius when it comes to eating paleo and running—she even coaches for both, go check her out! She’s hilarious and real.


This tour asks bloggers to answer some questions about their blog and writing process and then pick 3 others bloggers they like and give a brief bio about them. I’ve been stalling writing this post because I needed to figure out the answers…and honestly I still am and probably will be for awhile as I go. That’s life.

Let’s get started! I’ll start with the fun part first—who I chose to nominate!

1) Go Go Mountain Girl.

If I had to pick my ‘blogger crush,’ it would totally be Sami. I was crazy about her site the minute I found it. It doesn’t hurt that she posts horse pictures once in awhile (favorite pics), she’s from Colorado (one of my favorite states), and loves the mountains. Everything I love.

What makes her unique is that she brings a spiritual aspect to her discussions on health. She teaches people to love your temple.  She just wrote a post called,  The Athletes Guide to Following your Heart, which I thought had a great mix of spiritual and practical advice. She’s true to herself, and you can feel her sincerity in wanting to help others reach their highest degree of happiness. Thanks Sami for being inspiring!

2) Fit to the Finish Line

This lady is amazing. Diane lost 158 pounds (once was 305!!) and is now inspiring other people to lose weight too. Her posts are filled with her personal experience, since she lost a TON of weight and knows how it feels. She always has valuable insights on healthy eating and balance. She’s a great one to go to for tips and motivation on weight loss. I always look forward to what she publishes.

3) Real Food RN

Another tie for blogger crush. I connect with Kate because she is also a Registered Nurse. She has super great health/kitchen tips, and has a lot of tips for medical issues, such as low iron, hypothyroidism, eczema, you name it! She knows a lot of holistic healing tricks, and offers free essential oils classes. Basically, she is loaded with knowledge and does a great job sharing it. I trust her advice.

Moving on…

Here are the 3 questions I’ll be answering:

  • What am I working on?
  • How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?
  • Why do I write what I do?
  • How does your writing process work?

What am I working on?

Ok, talk about broad question!

As far as the blog—I’m actually trying to change things up a bit. I’ve decided to write 2-3 times a week, instead of daily, and focus more directly on the healthy living topic, rather than daily life stuff. Maybe….I think I’ll still include daily stuff because I love sharing it, just not as much. So, this may mean less taking pictures of daily happenings, and more tips and tricks that are easier to share. I’m looking forward to that! I want to get more involved with Pinterest—which will be interesting. Pinterest and me are not yet good friends.

The strange thing with blogging is that I have NEVER been a social media person. Insta, Pinterest, Twitter—all super new to me. I felt like such a grandma as I was trying to figure out what felt like the most difficult tasks to learn haha. I prefer being free from the leash of technology—but at the same time, I really want to learn it and be able to use it better. Fun experiment ya know? If I don’t like it after a year, I’ll stop.

I’m also working on learning as much about nutrition as I can, so that I can help people lose weight. Total passion and obsession. Helping people lose weight is one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done. It’s so fun to see their mood and personalities change, as hope finally peeks is shining head into their lives again.

I hope that this blog will help my clients with keeping their weight off, as they are reminded about healthy eating tips. I also just extended my weight loss program to the biggest medical office in Utah. I’m way excited to work with them, all the docs are super cool.

I’m working on feeling fulfilled. I love to blog, but it’s not always the most fulfilling way to fill my time—and sometimes, it takes too much of my time, on accident…it’s easy to get wrapped up in it!

Being out of school, not having a busy single social life, and not having a full time job have made my life a lot less structured than normal. I am free to do whatever I want, whenever I want now. I totally love that, and that’s my dream and aim in life, but it also feels good to have to be somewhere at a certain time, or have deadlines to push me. I work on planning my days carefully so I don’t waste time, and making specific goal markers.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Gosh I have been trying to avoid that question! Not sure how to answer that one, can I just skip it? 😉 No I’ll answer. I’d say it’s more easy going, care free, just be happy-ish…at least I would like it to be. I don’t want people to feel stressed about all these rules in eating. I want them to figure out what’s best..and not think about it too much once they get the hang of it. The label, “Fit without the Fuss” is supposed to communicate that. I hope I don’t come off all nazi-like, and give the impression that you should obsess over weight or food—because I sure don’t!

Why do I write what I do?

OK easy question.Becuase I LOOOOVE IT!!!!!! I could talk nutrition and weight loss and emotions and struggles with anyone, for any amount of time. It took me quite awhile to collect and apply health tips—so I want to make it easier and simpler for people who struggle with weight and food control like I did. I’ve tried to record all my greatest, “Ah-hah” moments here, hoping it will click with others like it did for me.

How does my writing process work?

I’m more of a planner. Surprisingly. I usually like to wing things, but for the blog I like to write out the topics I will write about a week ahead. That way I feel less stressed.  My plans often change though because I am not ‘feeling’ the topic. I need to feel passionate before I write, or writing will be a burden. My BIGGEST fear about blogging before I started, was running out of things to say. I still am paranoid I will. My super star blogger friend says no way that will happen…so I told her that the day I run out, is that day she owes me big time haha.

Ahhhh. We’re done with the questions! That was super fun to get into all of that! Before you fly off, don’t forget to check out some of my favorites: Michele the runner, Sami the horse mountain spirit girl, and Diane the weight loss magician!

Have a great weekend everyone, change the world in any small way!

xox, Kirtley

35 thoughts on “Behind the scenes at The Gist of Fit

  1. Cute picture!! I remember you said you lived in a farmhouse! Even your chairs are adorably old.

    That’s cool you are taking your weight loss business to the major doctor’s offices!! Good for you!! You are so motivated!

  2. I like to plan ahead too–in whatever I’m doing, so I hear you there!

    Just so you know, I really love your voice. You share super important details that have really helped me get in control of my eating. You are doing such a good thing, thanks so muuuuch!!

  3. I agree with Dannii–that’s smart. I’m way addicted:)

    You have such great goals!!! And you have such great experience with nutrition and weight loss, I really appreciate all you do. I am SO glad you decided to start this blog. It will change the world someday…already has.

  4. I love that you wait until you feel passionate about the subject–I can tell you write from your heart.
    It’s tough to write factual advice without getting wordy or losing your voice, but you really are killin’ it girl! Keep it up!

  5. Goood taste of authors! That was a great variety of sites that seem super fun or helpful!

    So fun seeing more into your life. You’re such a hero to me–I looove reading your posts. You are such a great blogger who actually blogs about important things!

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