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Most Popular Posts of All Time

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.

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One of the most popular, of all time, posts is this one:

So…About that Runner’s Knee…

…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

Bike Buying Mistakes

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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

M is for Measuring Mistakes

How to Count Calories

What Does 2,000 Calories a Day Look Like?

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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:

How to Swim Freestyle

So You Want to Be a Swimmer

Lap Swimming Etiquette

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!

Thigh Gap Obsession

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! 🙂

Funny Story

Funny story…

Our dog will roll around in the grass, splash in puddles and (gross–trying to keep her from doing this) eat cat poo but will NOT go potty when it’s rainy. She puts on her pitiful puppy dog face and sad eyes and sits on the back deck refusing to go out into the rain. We’ve even gone out there, in the rain with her and she still won’t. The last time I tried it with an umbrella she immediately ran underneath a bush and cowered.

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I eventually gave up and went inside and just let her stay out there until she finally went (the stubborn thing took like 30 minutes!). Sorry pup, we live in Oregon. Get used to the rain. IT NEVER STOPS. Speaking of Bella…

Funny story…

I was grocery shopping recently and was in the baby food isle picking up some sweet potato and the chicken puree. A little old lady in the isle asked me how old babies are when they start eating the jar food. I replied, “I wouldn’t know. I don’t have a baby, I have a dog.” She laughed SO hard. She asked me why I buy baby food for my dog. I explained that I buy the sweet potato or the chicken baby food and put it in Bella’s Kong toy. Then I freeze it and she gets it when she’s in the crate while we are at work. She thought that was ingenious.

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She went on to tell me about how she had a scotty dog that passed away a few years ago and she sometimes wished she had another dog. We chatted for a few minutes and I shared some of the experiences I had volunteering at animal shelters. I suggested that she consider adopting a senior dog. The benefits are so great! It’s older, more relaxed (no crazy puppy energy), already trained and it’s also saving a life. The older dogs are often the ones that euthanized because people don’t adopt them. She seemed genuinely interested and I hope she does adopt a senior dog!

Funny story…

4 years ago I started this blog on a whim because the blogger Monica from Run, Eat Repeat asked me to write a guest post about my weight loss. I thought, well dang….maybe *I* can have a blog too! I sort of half-assed it and didn’t really know what I was doing and didn’t really know HOW to write a blog. My blog posts were very, very short, not really focused and I slowly shared my weight loss story as thought came to me. Then somehow I got readers. I was shocked! The more readers I got, the more comments I got, the more I paid attention to my writing.

It had been a long time since I’d written anything. After writing a few novels and failing to get them published, I felt discouraged and gave up. The blog was an outlet for me to dust off the ol’ writing skills and polish them up a bit.

Then I started getting more attention. My little blog that was kind of clunky and terribly formatted in Blogger, was getting so much attention that I was asked to do interviews. (You can check out some of those here.) I moved the blog over to WordPress, made it look a little bit nicer (with Michael’s help), took some photography classes, Michael built me a lightbox…then ta-da! I was on the cover of a magazine! WOW.

Well funny story, this little blog that was started on a whim to share a story I didn’t think anyone was interested in reading has recently surpassed the million page view mark! Perhaps it’s not as crazy a number as many popular blogs and I sure don’t make money off my blog like full-time bloggers, but dang! I’m pretty happy with that 1 million readers!

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So many, many thanks to all my readers–new readers, old readers who have been reading since the beginning. Thank you! It makes me so happy that I’ve inspired people to get fit and healthy! I’ve also made some real life friends that I met through blogging and that’s even better. 🙂