Today marks one year of writing this blog. I have not written every day but I have written most days. I Have tried to convey honestly and clearly the rich tapestry of emotions I have experienced on this weight loss and fitness Journey as well as the evolution of the plan, my growth, my successes and my failures.
I have been surprised that people read this, encouraged by the comments, gratified by the response.
My first blog post, “And So It Begins” set out what I hoped to do and asked people to stop by the blog. I didn’t expect people actually would…
I continued to write daily, sometimes two of three times a day and my skills as a blogger improved and I learned to add more pictures, set up links, share on Facebook, StumbleUpon and so on.
On April 9 2012 I was honored by the editors of WordPress with a Freshly Pressed listing. I was given this honor for my post “When 22 Miles Equals a Thousand“. This recognition resulted in more than 4000 people stopping by my little blog and the number of people following the blog jumped from twenty-five or thirty to nearly 200.
As I went along my writing style changed and I dug even deeper in to the emotions of all this, the roots of the weight gain, the emotions of the weight loss. I have received private messages that maybe I share too much information, that I am exposing too much of myself.
I keep doing it anyway.
When I started the blog my weight loss goal was about 75 pounds. I wanted to drop from the starting weight of 305 (rounding down) to 230. Over the next few weeks I came to realize that at 230 I would still be fat. Not as fat to be sure but still fat. I add 20 pounds to the goal and figured that 210 would be a good place to stop. “Officially,” that is still my goal but once I got there I kept going and I am now below 200 pounds and for the first time in nearly 30 years I am in the normal range for my height and age.
Through this blog I have made friends. I will not attempt to list them all here but I do want to mention a handful by listing their blogs:
There have been many others and I am sure I missed some very wonderful and supporting Blogging friends here and for that I am as profoundly sorry as I am profoundly grateful for their support.
In the year since I started this blog I have become more active, more fit, more lean, happier, quieter, more comfortable (emotionally and physically) and I have learned more about myself than in the prior 50 years .
I hope to continue writing this blog for years to come. I hope I continue to have something to say that others will find worth their time to read.
For now I will just say thank you to everyone that has read this blog. To those who have taken time to comment, encourage, question, challenge and support, I say an extra thank you. I hope you will stop by my FaceBook page