Friday, May 20, 2011

Time Keeps on Slipping Away! - Blog's First Anniversary

Pikes Peak seen from the Waldo Canyon Trail
Colorado Springs, CO - May 17, 2001

Greetings from beautiful Colorado!  We are having a terrific time here in Colorado Springs and find it hard to believe our week is almost up.  But that means a new place to explore and we are looking forward to moving on to the southwest part of this state where we'll be based in Durango for TWO whole weeks!  If you are following our trip or interested in reading the trip journal I am keeping, here is the link:

Because we are traveling, I let a very important date slip by!  On May 14th, one year ago, I hit publish for the first time and Gains And Losses: Life Through Sharon's Eyes was begun.  I really had no idea what I was doing.  I'd been struggling for a long time and knew I was on a dangerous path towards regaining every single pound of the 60 I had lost.  I'd been considering a blog, but never could get a sense of what I wanted it to be and at that point in time, wasn't aware that a Weight Loss Blogging Community actually existed.  I had no earthly idea what a "follower" was.  In fact, after I began the blog and my first follower showed up, it scared me to death!  LOL!  But on Friday, May 14th, the blog was born, followers continued to come and it has been a joy in more ways than I could possibly imagine.  Here is a link to that very first post:

I wish I could tell you that one year later, I am at goal weight.   But you know that I am not.  As a matter of fact, I'm pretty much exactly where I was one year ago.  Do I regret that?  Absolutely!   Especially since I made such progress between that first blog post and the end of August.  Did I have reason to have a setback in my progress?  Yes, you could say that.  But there has been ample time to turn it around, but the scale does not reflect that I have done that.  But I will - in due time!

Instead, what I have learned about myself this year through my writing and through your comments more than compensates for little movement at the scale.  I still have a long way to go, but everything about the way I approach healthy eating and losing weight has changed.  Once it clicks (and I truly believe it will), these pounds will come off slowly, but surely and I will hardly even notice what's happening!  

The thing for which I am most grateful simply because it is a milestone is this.  In prior weight loss successes, by now, I would have more than regained every ounce I had lost, plus added many more.  This time I have regained less than half of what I lost and have actually MAINTAINED that loss now for well over a year.  In my adult life, I don't think I've EVER stayed within five pounds of the same weight for more than one week!  I've ALWAYS either been losing or gaining.

So on this anniversary of my blog, I want to humbly thank each of you for every post you've read, for making the commitment to be a follower and most of all, for your supportive comments.  They have meant the world to me and will continue to do so.  I am fortunate to have met three of you in person and I can only say that all three of you have enriched my life and the time we spent together was precious. 

I still have so many ideas and thoughts running around in my head regarding changes to the blog and ways I might improve the content.  Time truly does just keep on slipping away and I try not to waste a moment of any day in my real world, which sometimes, just doesn't leave room for sitting in front of a computer. 

Thank you again for your part in making this adventure one I couldn't even have begun to imagine.  I hope you will continue to find enough here to keep on reading.  I need each and every one of you!


  1. Thank YOU for letting us be part of your journey and for your friendship and eloquence. I could have written something very similar on my blogoversary - about how I had fully expected to be at my goal weigh then instead of having regained again. But, like you, I feel I have learned so much in this process and that eventually it will all fall into place. Fingers crossed. I am going to take a page from your book and go back and read not only that first post, but many that followed. Hugs.

  2. Happy Blogaversary!!! We're all in this together!

  3. Happy Anniversary Sharon! How interesting that you and Karen have become real friends and today is her birthday. How nice to share a date in common! Love the photo of Pike's Peak. I was always horrible about geography till Clint and I started traveling around the country. I always thought Pike's Peak was a little hill until I saw it and was awed by its grandeur. Onward to your second year of blogging....

  4. And thank you for sharing your thoughts and words with us. I believe blogging with honesty is a courageous endeavor. Whatever directions your blog takes, it's right for you. Happy Blogaversary!

  5. Happy Blogaversary!! It is quite a milestone. Yes, I know that you will indeed shed those pounds. You see you have really altered the weigh that you think about food and getting fit. It is a lifestyle change and it is for life. You are making this one for life! Enjoy Colorado!

    Thank-you! for pressing "publish" over one year ago. You presence in the weight loss blogging community is always encouraging and insightful.

  6. We are better for having Sharon travelling this journey with us. Happy anniversary!

  7. It has been a pleasure getting to know you Sharon!

  8. Happy Anniversary to your blogging!!! Woo Hooo!
    I love your honesty and sincerity in your post, Sharon. I can tell you are a strong woman and can do anything you put your mind too!
    You are most certainly welcome to swing by Utah and hit the bike trails with me! How fun would that be?!!!

    Have a wonderful day!

  9. Happy Blogiversary Sharon! I for one am so thankful that you took that big step of putting yourself out there. You've blessed me in my own journey for which I am so thankful.

    I was at Panther yesterday for a much needed long walk (7 miles) and I was thinking about you and how much you would enjoy least I think you would. I can't wait for you to get back so we can get together again.

    Have a great weekend my friend!

  10. I just did a post about how "time flies". Start a new goal and don't have any regrets about this next year! I have a weight loss challenge starting this summer if you are interested. Details on my blog! It's time to get serious and start! Hugs!

  11. I have so enjoyed getting to know you!!! Keep going on your journey. You will get there!!!

    Hey I gave you an award today - check it out!!

    Stay focused!!

  12. Happy Anniversary and maybe by year two, you will be closer to goal weight!

  13. Happy blogiversary, Sharon! I've enjoyed getting to know you through your writing and photos.