When I first decided to create my blog, I had no idea of where it would go, who would read it, or if anyone WOULD read it. My first post was short, incomplete and had no focus. I was new to the blog world and didn’t read any healthy living blogs so I didn’t really have an idea of what it should look like.
When I created the blog on the Blogger platform (so glad I switched to the much easier WordPress), I had to come up with a name before I could move forward. How much time should I sit there thinking about a name? I could over-analyze it, spend days pondering on what I would call this baby blog with no readers. Instead, I gave it the first name I could think of.
So what does 110 Pounds and Counting mean?
If you looked at the google searches that bring people to my blog, you’d think it means I weigh 110 pounds. A lot of readers find me because they want to weigh 110 pounds, too. No, that is not what the name means. I’ve never weighed 110 pounds, probably not even when I was 12 years old, and don’t strive to weigh that. At 5’5″ I would be happy at 140 pounds (which seems to be an elusive, unattainable goal).
The name means a few things wrapped into one. The first meaning is the literal – I lost 110 pounds. My original goal was to lose 50 pounds, then 75, then 100. 100 was the ultimate goal and would have put me around 150 pounds. But once I reached 150, I kept losing more weight. I lost another 10 pounds and over the last 5 years of maintenance, I’ve managed to stay around that number give or take 5 pounds.
What does the counting part mean? Again, that means two things. The first is that when I originally started the blog, I was still striving to lose a few more pounds. I really wanted to get down to 140 (I don’t know why that number was in my head) and so I was still working towards that goal. The other answer is that I lost my weight and am keeping it off by counting my calories.
Calories and calorie counting have been a popular topic on my blog, as you can see. I’ve written so many posts about it because it’s something that worked really well for me. I know this is not always the case for everyone. Some people find calorie counting tedious or too difficult. Some people have issues with eating disorders and probably shouldn’t be focused on calories and restriction. But it worked for me! And it’s still working…when I am honest with myself and REALLY count the calories I eat. Even the ones that just bites and nibbles.
The inception of my blog was quick and wasn’t given a lot of thought. In the end I was happy with how my blog evolved and improved once I dusted the rust off my writing skills. I learned so much from reading other blogs about how to engage people; I made friends in the blog world that became real life friends; the blog also gives me a feeling of happiness whenever I hear from a reader that my posts helped them. The purpose of writing my blog was to just get my story out there and then it became I want to inspire people. I hope I’ve done that.
I’m happy that the blog also made me get out of my comfort zone and try new things. Having a goal of learning how to run led me to doing a 5k, an 8k and Hood to Coast. Having a goal of biking long distances led to so many happy memories shared with Michael! I love my active lifestyle!
There ya go. In a nutshell, 110 Pounds and Counting.
QUESTION: What did you think my blog title referred to?
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.