A Fat Man's Journey (Working my way back…)

An Attempt to Journey from Fat to Fit in a Lifetime. Eat right, Eat less, Move more

One Year of Blogging

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Happy Anniversary

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:

http://mamacormier.wordpress.com/

http://marsellasbookends.wordpress.com/

http://mommywantsatimeout.wordpress.com/

http://fromsintothin.com/

http://jenni41013.wordpress.com/

http://tryingnottobefat.wordpress.com/

http://transtri.wordpress.com/

http://allseasonscyclist.com/

http://westerner54.wordpress.com/

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

http://www.facebook.com/AFatMansJourney

Peace

The Weight loss Chart

The Weight loss Chart

4 thoughts on “One Year of Blogging

  1. Thank you for including me in your list of friends. I am honoured. Your blog was the first weight loss blog that I followed and it has been by far the best. I found you when you were Freshly Pressed. So many similar blogs started out strong and then just disappeared. I’m glad you’re planning to continue this blog. You keep me motivated and help me with my journey. I haven’t posted anything about my weight loss in awhile but I can assure you that I haven’t gained any of the weight back and that I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way. I’m looking forward to getting back to a more normal eating and fitness routine, now that the holiday season is behind us. Thanks again. Carol

  2. Yay! I’m glad you think of me as a blogger friend, even though I was AWOL for a bit! Look at that chart, incredible!! So proud of you 🙂

  3. I couldn’t be more honored and proud of you!

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