How old are you people? Who remembers the next line to that song?
Well, thankfully, that’s not what I really think about blogging.
But I have been thinking a lot about whether or not blogging is helpful for those of us trying to lose weight or maintain a weight loss. This is such a dicey subject. I never want to discourage anybody or heaven forbid, insult someone. But does anyone else think about this? All that information out there. So much of it conflicting. So many are SURE that they have found THE WAY to succeed. If you are doing ANYTHING OTHER THAN THEIR WAY, you are doomed to fail. Leave out this food group. Don’t forget to include that food group. Get on the scale. Stay off the scale. Lift weights. Only do body weight resistance exercises. People eating cupcakes and losing weight–DOGGONE IT THAT IS NOT FAIR. Don’t weigh or measure your food. Count calories. Don’t count calories. Be sure to journal. Be intuitive. Don’t be intuitive, just be mindful. Your body has a set point–a weight it wants to stay at–don’t bother trying to weigh less than that, you’re bound to fail. The body is extremely complex, and there are factors working against weight loss that we don’t even know about yet. And so much more.
The thing about most of this stuff is, it is all theoretical. Almost everybody presents their point of view as FACT. This kind of drives me nuts.
Then, there is the whole never-ending cyclical nature of the thing. Here’s what I think. 90% or more of people blogging about losing weight are never going to reach and/or maintain the weight goal that they have set for themselves. Its difficult to watch people hitting their head against a brick wall day after day. Sometimes I think I should switch sides–go over to that HAES side of town. But those people scare me! They are so angry about how fat people are treated. I never ever felt that way.
Oh I can hear you now. “Well debby is just [frustrated/bitter/angry/sad/fill in the blank] because her weight is up and she can’t lose it.” Possibly. “Well, gosh debby, no one is holding a gun to your head and making you read this stuff.” Ah, excellent point. I even wondered today if all this negative thought was an extension of grief that I am not even aware of. Could be.
Well, the thing is, when all is said and done, blogging has enlarged my life. My circle of friends extends all the way across the United States! Truly, there are many of you I would love to meet in person and would feel very comfortable spending time with you because I already know you so well. In fact, I have had the opportunity to meet two of my blog friends in person (waves to Shelley and Pubsgal) and that has added another dimension to our relationship. I have seen a waterfall I never would have seen and it was truly one of the delights of my life in the past few years, thanks to Loretta. Which, BTW, Loretta is one of my true weight loss
heros. Starting out with a tremendous amount of weight to lose, she has lost more than most of us already, and still has a ways to go. And though it is a struggle, she continues on. Her blogs are honest and inspiring.
Then there is my BIF, good buddy Jill. Our friendship has extended beyond the world of blogs–SO FUN!
Miz inspired me to take my art seriously with her probing questions (what would you do if you knew you could not fail?)
Shelley recommended a swimsuit for me to order, and then ‘held my hand’ when I was intimidated to wear it in public.
Lori is always giving me ideas for dinner LOL. Since she lives in NY, I usually check her blog at 4pm, and if I don’t have an idea for dinner, she usually has something healthy and tasty on her plate. Check out her dinner here, and then look at what I had the same night.
Barbeque chicken salad with avocado and laughing cow, and a fresh peach.
Then there’s the whole personal introspection thing. I have enjoyed chronicling my life through pictures. Dare I say I have become a better photographer through challenging myself to provide for the blog? (Hey, they’re not all art…) I think I enjoy my dogs more because of the personalities you have assigned to them. And I do believe I kept my sanity and Noah possibly kept his life by blogging about the trials and tribulations of raising a BIG WHITE DOG.
I probably get carried away sometimes, but I really like trying new recipes, trying to healthify some of my favorite foods to share with all of you here on the blog. Here’s my latest creation:
Blackberry frozen yogurt! 2 cups fresh blackberries, 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt, 1/4 cup agave nectar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp vanilla. EXCELLENT! Very refreshing, and if you divide it into 5 large servings, only 120 calories each.
Lastly (at least for tonight,) I have had a captive audience to share my artistic creations with. Here is a quilt that I challenged myself to quilt and finish in two days (the top was already pieced.) Did I tell you guys about the church that promotes the arts (also known as the froyo church) and that they had a quilt display, and had about seven of my quilts on display for the month of June? That was so fun. I think the best part of creating art is sharing it with others. Anyway, this church is going to have a special evening to celebrate the arts and spirituality, and the woman in charge asked if I had any other quilts that they could use. I had this top, and that is why I challenged myself to finish it in two days. It started out as an abstract color block experiment, and then it looked to me like an empty tomb in the middle, so I finished it that way. I really love it, and I enjoyed quilting it. Many times I feel tortured when it comes to the quilting part–decisions, you know.
"He is not here"
And just so ya know, I am exercising more than ever, eating really healthy stuff most of the time, even choosing salads when I go out for dinner (SCORE!) but for now I’m not doing enough to lose weight. I feel better than I have in ages, mostly due to my back not hurting.
Well, this post was all over the place. If I was a professional blogger, I would take the time to develop my ideas more carefully. But I’m not, so you’ll just have to muddle through with me. Last note, I did not include all the bloggers that I enjoy and that have encouraged and cheered me through the years. My apologies, I hope you know how very much I appreciate you.