Hi all, I'm participating in the 6 Weeks of Bliss Challenge on Bliss Connect and this post is part of that project. I'm not being compensated in any way except with the sense of satisfaction that comes from writing something I might actually be proud to let my Grandma read.
I started blogging as a way to get the chaos that was then
occupying my head out of there and onto paper. Yes, paper. When I was a
kid, whenever I was angry, frustrated, sad, whatever, my mom told me to
go and write about it because I'd feel better once I was done; she was
always right. So there I was, a little over eight years ago, looking for
a way to get that same quick fix as an adult but I didn't want to take
the time to hand write it all down. I type all day at my job, so that
was my preferred method of writing. I did a quick search on the
Internet, found the site that I'm still using to host this journal
today, and started off. Through the years while I've cycled through
various themes and topics - from weight loss to dating to long distance
relationships - my original motivation is still there: to find a way to
calm my racing thoughts.
Since I began blogging, I've been fortunate to find some
fantastic women who inspire me. While they are a diverse group, what
they have in common is unflinching honesty and great writing skills. I
don't care if you've lost 5, 10, 15, or 150 pounds, what I want when I
read your blog is to get a glimpse into your struggles, your victories
(weight related or not), and what makes you keep pushing on with the
journey to better health. These sites embody all of those crucial
qualities for me.
Shauna from The Adventures of Dietgirl.
Shauna was one of the first blogs I discovered and I've been hooked
ever since. Honesty, humor, and the ring of truth that only comes from
the continuing struggle to keep off well over 100 pounds for many years
now. This year she decided to challenge herself by learning to ride a
bike again and completing a bike riding event - no mean feat I can tell
you from first-hand experience. I love Shauna and I'm keeping my fingers
crossed for our East Coast road trip next September.
Erin, formerly of Lose the Buddha, now writing at ejshea.com.
Erin was one of the next blogs I found after I found Shauna's. Her
writing is also forthright and insightful, and while her blog isn't as
focused on weight loss as it used to be - whose is? - she still teaches
lessons through what she shares with her readers about how to maintain a
large weight loss. Recently she also added in a beautiful new baby girl
and has been working through taking off the baby weight while also
being a new mom. Great stuff.
Lori, formerly of Tales of the Bathroom Scale, now
blogging anonymously. Right up there with Shauna and Erin is Lori. I
used to rush home every night to read her latest entry about her
struggles to first take then keep off more than 50 pounds while also
being a single girl in the world. I was doing much the same thing on the
opposite coast and her writing made me feel as though I was right there
with her. When she found MLG (my lawyer guy) and they got married, I
cheered her on from the comfort of my living room in San Diego. Wish she
still blogged publicly because she's a real treat to read.
Marla, blogging anonymously. Marla has had so many different
blogs over the years that I can only remember the names of about half
of them, but they all featured her great writing, unshakeable desire to
live a healthy lifestyle at whatever weight she's at (stupid scale
anyway), and unwillingness to let the challenges thrown at her derail
her healthy eating and weight training routines. If Shauna makes it over
here in September, we're starting our road trip at Marla's front door!
Lorrie, from The Token Fat Girl.
Lorrie is a recent addition to my blog reading but it was like a
homecoming of sorts. Her site reminds me of some of the "old timer"
weight loss/healthy lifestyle blogs I used to read that are gone with
the wind now. Yes, she does have advertisements on her site but she
doesn't blog incessantly about them and she writes great posts like this one, a recent favorite of mine. If you're not already reading her, give it a whirl.
And there you have it: a tiny glimpse into why I started here and
why I press onward even when my posting schedule is somewhat erratic.
(Perhaps not really "somewhat" anymore.) While I don't read blogs or
write mine nearly as regularly as I used to, I love that the Blogosphere
is always here for me when I need it.