I’ve been blogging since February 2010. 5 years! Holy cow! I started blogging as a fluke. I wanted to tell my story of losing 100 pounds but I didn’t think anyone would be interested in it…until I started getting page views and comments and it turned out that people WERE interested in my story! My very first blog post can be read here: My first Blog Post.
I think people wanted to read my story because a) they wanted to know how I lost 110 pounds and b) they wanted to know I kept it off for so long. Sadly, a lot of people who lose a significant amount of weight end up gaining it back (and sometimes more). It’s a struggle for sure and my hope is that as my blog evolved and I shared more about my life and lifestyle, I inspired others to lose weight and get healthy…and I was able to prove that losing weight doesn’t have to be TORTURE and you don’t have to starve yourself to do it.
One of the most popular, of all time, posts is this one:
…Which is kind of a bummer. Having suffered from Runner’s Knee off and on for years, I get how devastating it can be. It can smash your dreams and goals. Having a chronic injury can be damaging emotionally. Learning how to navigate through fitness while healing from an injury can be HARD but it’s so worth it. I was glad I found other activities I could do when certain ones hurt my knees. I wasn’t going to GIVE UP. That was not an option. I had to find other things. That included weight lifting, kettlebell workouts, swimming, yoga, basically anything I could do to still workout and be healthy. Here are some popular posts:
Of course, posts I wrote about weight loss were always very popular.
In recent years I probably slowed down on writing about weight loss. Mostly because I felt like I’d already said what I needed to say. But also because I’d gotten to a place where my life wasn’t about weight loss anymore. It was just about living. Being active, eating healthy, not focusing on losing those last few pounds. I stayed at my healthy weight for about 6 years and then gained a few pounds back. 2015 was about trying to lose that weight but…yeah, life had other plans. 🙂
I did a series on swimming and several posts ended up being in the top 20 of pageviews. Here are those popular ones:
I’ve written a lot about swimming. It’s close to my heart for a lot of reasons. I love it. I feel at home when I’m swimming and it’s how I lost most of my weight. Swimming was the main exercise I did to lose the first 30-50 pounds or so. It was hard work getting started, and boy was it hard work emotionally to get INTO the swimsuit and go to the pool, but once I was there, I loved it. And it worked. After I was able to lose some weight, I had more energy, I felt better, and I found other activities I could do. I started working out with a trainer for weight lifting, I used the elliptical and slowly started to find my way to running. It was a long journey, but that journey started in the pool.
This particular post was a hard one to write, but I think it resonated with a lot of people because I still get pageviews for it. I’m also thankful of all the friends and family that DID support me and do what they could to help.
Finally, this random post I wrote about one day about something that was annoying me turned out to be a hot button topic for a lot of people! So many people could relate!
I appreciate all the readers that have been with me since the beginning, and I welcome the new ones that cycle in and out over the years. I enjoy the comments and feedback and I particularly love when a reader can really relate to something I wrote about and take the time to say something about it.
I don’t know where this blog will go in the future. But I have enjoyed my time doing it! 🙂