Wednesday, June 27, 2018

One Ton weight: 2000 posts

Welcome to my one ton weight loss post!   I know I have used the phrase ‘I weigh a ton’ many times, but I weigh nowhere close to a ton!  Today’s one ton post is in reference to the fact that this post will be the 2000’th post I have written.   Did I just say 2000?  Why yes I did!   It kind of blows my mind to realize how long and how much I’ve been writing!

From my early days of using this as my personal journal.  My first post  as on January 2, 2006.   
first post and I had no clue that this simple journal was going to be such an integral aspect of my weight loss. I included a picture of me after I had lost the first 50 pounds and where I was at that time in my weight loss.

In 2006 I joined weight watchers   It was a good choice for me because it taught me how to manage and balance my eating.  Nothing was off limits, I just had to adjust and work it into my food plan.

In 2007 I kept plodding along.  Exercise and weight watchers were my staple of life.  I had my ups and downs.  I had 230 I was pretty active on my blog.  I lost my favorite water mug in an unfortunate accident that year!  

2008 was my busiest year on this blog with 334 posts for the year. It was also the most successful year!  I made lifetime goal at weight watchers! And even included some before and after  pictures. 
That was also the beginning of the regain   I had lost my weight through total deprivation so when I had a bit of ‘the good stuff’ I went nuts!!!  

The next couple years can be defined as brutally honest, open and raw. My weight fluctuated. I would get totally focused and lose weight for a couple weeks which was then followed by a fall off the bandwagon and a regain of those pounds lost. It was during these years that my marriage really begin to disintegrate. I am in control of my weight and I should not have let that stress and those issues affect me. But I did, even though I was still keeping all of that angst out of my posts, or at least trying to, it was still very much present in my life.   During this time I was a typical yo-yo dieter. I’m not proud of those years. But they are what they are, and more importantly they have helped shape the person that I am today. A lot of my weight loss beliefs and methods come from lessons learned during those failures and victories. During some of those years I was quite prolific but some of those years I barely wrote anything at all.

Even in the midst of my yo-yo existence, I did have some  highlights. 

In 2009 I met a fellow blogger in person  and she and I rode some bike events together.   We rode Girls with Gears.  We also rode Pedal To Preserve.   I don’t believe that Girls with gears is an active bike ride any more, but pedal to preserve is and I would highly recommend it to anybody. It’s an awesome calls and very well organized. And just for the record, don’t be afraid to meet people, that gal I rode with? She and I still communicate a couple times a week! She and her husband are awesom and I would spend a lot more time with them if we lived closer.

In 2010 I rode pedal to preserve again. And continued to be active.

Somewhere around that time frame of 2009 or 2010 I actually begin to go to Zumba  At  that point my posts became utterly peppered with references to Zumba. I loved the class. I loved the instructor. I enjoyed the results of the work out. Looking back I can also see where it gave me confidence and an outlet for the stress of my marriage.

Running hijacked my blog in about 2013.  I started and actually completed the couch to 5k program and kept running!  

I ran through 2014...even running on vacations!   I ran in Jamestown NY...the birthplace of Lucille Ball.  I also went running while I was in Florida    On vacation and I was still dedicated!!

By the middle of 2014 I knew my marriage was over.  (I actually knew in 2013 but had to stay due to certain curcumstances).  I got out of the marriage and ran my heart out for the rest of that year and through 2015.   But I struggled with weight...trying to come to terms with the changes in my life I guess!  I even planned to run a half marathon in 2015...aborted due to health issues.   

I met Jason at the end of 2015 thing ever!!   We have hiked a lot!  And walked a lot!  We have remained pretty active though 2016.  

In 2017 we continued hiking but also added bike riding into the mix!    Mid way through the year our work situations changed and it sent me into another tailspin of trying to figure everything out.

2018 is halfway through...I am happier than ever in my relationship and I have finally gotten my head in the right place for weight loss!   I’ve got this!   2000 posts...and still going strong!!


Shelley said...

Congratulations on 2000 posts - that's pretty cool! Thanks for taking us through a retrospective of your life since you began certainly have had a lot of challenges, changes, and hopefully the good outweighs the not-so-good. Here's to another 2000!

jesseybell said...

Congratulations on 2000 posts! I've enjoyed so much reading your raw emotions and while I know the weight isn't where you'd like it to be, I am so glad you are in such a better place than you were in 2014!

MaryFran said...

Thanks! I don’t plan on giving it’s my accountability and journal of this journey!

MaryFran said...

Thank you! Raw and honest is the only way to brings about the introspection that brings about the change! That’s my theory anyway!

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TheAgonyOfBeingFat said...

So much growth in the last 12.5 years! I love that no matter what changed, you kept on documenting life.

MaryFran said...

Thanks! For me writing is somewhat cathartic and a way for me to help process things.

mxtodis123 said...

Congrats on 2000 posts. That's quite a milestone. Oh my, I just checked and I have 2033 posts. Never thought about it until I read your posts. I can just imagine what my tally would be if I hadn't taken a blogger vacation and if I had kept all my blogs. No lie. At one point I had about 8 of them going and posted in each one every day. Guess that's why I had blogger burnout.

I do enjoy reading your posts. You keep me on my toes. I feel as if you have become a support network for me. I did so well until I became Lifetime. We were talking about that today at our meeting. Maintenance seems to be so much harder than working to lose the weight. I wonder why.

MaryFran said...

When I became lifetime I totally fell off the bandwagon...maintenance is so hard!

Congrats on 2003 plus posts!!!!

Sarah said...

Congrats on a ton of posts.

I enjoyed the look back and can't wait for what's ahead.