365 days ago I started this blog.
I stumbled upon the fitblog world accidentally last January when I did a Google search for running. I was starting to get serious about my Hood to Coast training and wasn’t sure how to even start a training program. A search brought me to Monica‘s website. I lurked around her site for a few weeks in January and then she started a series called “Weight Loss Wednesdays.” She asked for weight loss success stories to share on her blog. I thought, “Hmm I have a story to share I guess.” So I emailed her and she emailed me some interview questions.
The interview made me really stop and think about how far I had come from 250 pounds. I honestly hadn’t thought much about it for awhile because I was comfortably maintaining and my new life felt like the “norm.” It wasn’t until I read her interview questions that I realized I DID have a good story to share.
Shortly after that she published my story on her website. Suddenly I had readers! People interested in what I had to say!
I wasn’t planning on continuing the blog. I figured I didn’t have that much to say beyond my background and how I lost the weight.
Post #1 – My First Blog Post
Post #2 – The Old Me
Post #3 – How I Ate to Lose
Once the floodgates were open though, I found that I did have more to say. The creative juices were flowing and I remembered lots of old stories, remembered tips I wanted to share with people, and of course the encouragement of readers inspired me to continue. The number one reason I continued writing here was the positive feedback I received from readers, friends and family. I loved getting emails from people who shared personal stories and struggles with me. They told me that I inspired them to keep trying to lose weight. That made me happy.
It’s a riot going back and reading old posts. Clearly I’ve come a long way. I found my voice in this past year of blogging. I found a strength I knew I had but was probably too shy to utilize. Seeing how short my original posts are makes me laugh. I really didn’t know what I was doing yet. And I think I still had that voice in the back of my head saying, “Is anyone actually reading this? Probably not, so be short and to the point!”
I started out at Blogger. I quickly grew out of that and realized it wasn’t the right space for me. I moved over to WordPress. Over the summer of 2010 I realized that I wanted to have my own website. With the help of my lovely boyfriend Michael and his super smart computer friend Jeremy I found my new home here.
The meaning behind the name of my blog: 110 pounds is how much weight I lost on my own. No crazy diets, no surgery, no nutritionist, no medication, no starvation–just freakin’ hard work. The “And Counting” part came to me for two reasons: 1) I lost my weight by counting calories and I still count my calories and 2) I wasn’t finished yet – I was still counting.
When my site started it was simply a place I could tell my story, then it evolved into other things (some of them short-lived). While I was training for Reach the Beach and Hood to Coast my blog became all about training. How I was training, the food I was eating, the progress I was making, the set-backs and injuries.
Then it became more of a place for me to share some of the fun activities I do. Hiking, camping, bike rides, swimming, vacations, snowshoeing…I am clearly a very active person and I’m glad I’ve found a soul-mate who enjoys those things too.
A lot of good things have come out of having a blog. The best is by far the friends I’ve made. Some I’ve met in real life, others I haven’t met yet but would love to. To name a few: Beth, AJ (so we can have a healthy debate about Veganism) , Emmie, I want to workout with Lori, run with Monica, and Kate (maybe do some yoga)!
Having a blog also gave me the opportunity to be featured in a magazine! I was even on the cover!
It’s been a great year for me. Where do I go from here? I still love blogging and hope that I can continue to inspire people to lose weight and maintain a healthy balance in life. I’d also like to write a book about my story of weight loss.
Thank you all my loyal readers who have read my tales for the last year!