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!