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:
Reshaping Your Body with Weight Lifting
Of course, posts I wrote about weight loss were always very popular.
Why Wednesday – Why You Should Lose Weight Slowly
How to Lose Weight – Week Four
What Does 2,000 Calories a Day Look Like?
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.
Lose 100 Pounds, Lose Friends?
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! 🙂
I’ve been reading your blog for a while but never commented, so I’m delurking to say Happy Blogiversary!
Thanks for reading (and de-lurking) Lauren! 🙂
This a very good round up post about some of your popular posts. As far as losing weight is concered, yo did a great job of not just losing the weight but also maintaining it which is the real challenge. I visited your first post and although you have not mentioned a lot about how you did it in the first post but it shows the happy feeling you got in losing the extra pounds.
I had gained around ten pounds last year but I managed to lose it before it was too late.
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Glad you were able to lose the weight before it got out of hand.
Congratulations on your blog anniversary.
I enjoy your blog a lot, especially when Bella is involved in your blog.
I had to look up when I started blogging which is June 2009. Can’t believe I’m doing it this long already.
Look forward on following you in the future.
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Congrats! That’s a long time!!
Happy 5th blog anniversary!!!!!! Glad I found you!
Thank you Roz! 🙂
I think I’ve “known” you since September 2010!!
This was your first comment on my blog then:
Thanks for posting this recipe on my blog. We’ll give it a try! It looks good (but doesn’t everything that includes bacon?!?). 🙂
2010/09/29 at 9:42 pm
I’ve loved reading you all these years and can’t wait to hear about motherhood!
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Aww that’s awesome! My first post on your blog. 😀
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog since I started. I’m always impressed with your dedication to fitness and cooking and living a balanced life. I like that you do it in moderation and enjoy a good beer or glass of wine and still manage to lose or maintain weight. I think that’s a really important message for people amidst so many blogs that are just veiled restrictions and excessive exercise. We need more REAL examples of success (like you!).
Happy blog anniversary!! I check your blog everyday. Love the photos! Please keep it up.
Thank you Marianne, that’s always nice to hear. 🙂
I love your blog and keep up with it as best I can. I appreciate that it isn’t just about weight and fitness, it’s about living a balanced life. Family, job, fitness, food, entertainment. I remember I started reading your blog at the beginning a few years ago and it was fun to “binge read” and watch things change over time. I had to force myself not to look ahead to see if Michael ever popped the question, and gave a little hoot when I got to that entry! And, of course, I love the book reviews. I just finished “Still Missing” and I don’t know how you made it all the way through while being pregnant – subject matter was disturbing to me, and I’m not managing hormonal sensitivity. It was a good read, though – thanks for the recommendation. I hope you’re able to find time to continue blogging, in some form or another, after Baby comes.
Thank you so much for the nice comment EmmaClaire! 🙂 I am happy that you’ve enjoyed the more balanced aspects of my blog. That was my goal…showing that life can still be fun (and sometimes indulgent) even while losing or maintaining weight loss. It’s all about balance.
Yes I finished Still Missing and it was a really good book but YES it was hard to read. There were many times I had to put the book down and give it a rest for a bit because of the hormones and the subject matter!