Once again, I’m seriously flattered.
When I first started this little blog (that I’ve affectionately called “The Little Blog that Could“), it was a HUGE secret. While I was determined to change my life this time around, I wasn’t sure how public I was willing to make the journey.
I chose to blog so that I could document my final weight loss journey. I’d lost weight so many times. Up and down. Up and down. I thought that blogging would make it more permanent. More lasting. Afterall, everything you read on the internet is true, right??
The crazy part: I was embarrassed to tell anyone that it even existed. I mean, how could I be so honest about how I felt and have people read it?? In the beginning, I just couldn’t. I felt horrible about letting myself slip that far into obesity. I felt embarrassed that I had 91 lbs to lose to hit my Jenny Craig goal.
As I started to build up my confidence in the process and began to see results, I felt better about sharing my little “blog secret” with others. I thought that others who had similar weight to lose might be relate to my story.
I cautiously started posting to the Jenny Craig forums, encouraging fellow “losers” to try out my JC “volumizing” recipes. Next thing you know, I was sending email to close friends inviting them to check out the site… and then I started sharing it with other friends, family, and even some co-workers.
I never expected it to become what it is today or to have other people recognize my site in any way. Actually, I’ve said it before… but those of you who’ve sent me notes, made comments over the last year and a half, and have cheered me on via Twitter/Facebook, you’re more recognition than I could have ever asked for. I have you to thank for many of the pounds I’ve dropped from my frame over the past almost two years. And, I can’t thank you enough.
When I got an email from Healthline yesterday sharing that they’d picked my blog out of a sea of bloggers to be on their “Top Weight Loss Blogs of 2012” list, I gasped! I’m listed amongst women who are so big time that they have t-shirts and products and with women that host blogger conferences for healthy living (including the one I’ll attend in September!) And, then…. there’s me.
Immediately, I clicked through the list to see who else was there. I’ve made a few friends in the blogger community and I had a few names that I expected to see. While not everyone had made the list, there were a few familiar faces (and URLs) on the list. If you haven’t met them yet, I’ll introduce you below:
Andie from Can You Stay for Dinner? – She makes the most beautiful dishes and is the most amazing writer. She’s taught me how to roast broccoli and gifted me the most amazing pork taco recipe that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Monica from Run, Eat, Repeat – Monica is a bundle of energy who’s always on the go. She inspires me to build the perfect salad, to reconsider my hatred for running, and taught me how to integrate Chia Seeds into my diet! Love her!
I’m also super-excited that I now have a few more weight loss blogs to check out. Healthline has named their favorite weight loss blogs, but I know my readers have other faves that didn’t make the list. Heck, I have more faves that didn’t make the list.
Who are your favorite Weight Loss Bloggers? Is there anyone else out there I should start reading?