There was a fun post over at Peanut Butter Fingers today about how we each discovered Healthy Living Blogs…
It was fun to remember how I first started my interest in blogging. In 2006, My brother Nathan created a family blog for me on Joomla. I mainly used that blog to chronicle my training for my first marathon… I have no idea how to get back to that blog or if it still even exists… I probably didn’t renew my fee when he told me to and it’s lost forever. Sometime in 2007, I created a new family blog on blogger. I was immediately drawn to blogging and since (at that time) I lived away from most of my family… it was a fun way to share pictures and journal our everyday life (along with my training for marathon #2). I have had several private blogs with friends and family that we would use to hold each other accountable to different fitness challenges we were trying… or post our daily work outs… etc.
As far as healthy living blogs… my really good friend Cathy showed me a blog about a girl similar to my height and weight that had successfully reached her WW goals… Carrie at FitFatRinseRepeat. I read her site everyday to find out what she was eating and what she was doing. I thought it was sooo cool that she was willing to share her weight struggle and success with perfect strangers online. I would also use the forums on the Weight Watchers site and found a link to Roni’s Weigh. I hated cooking and loved how she provided step by step pictures and instructions. I just love to see good before and after pictures and see a good story!!
I was pretty loyal to Carrie and Roni and didn’t really search out other ones…. I would see some from time to time… but I pretty much stuck to these two. In December 2010, Roni posted this article… and I started reading Theodora Losing Weight In The City, and Keeping Up With Katie. Eventually that led me to Peanut Butter Runner and Peanut Butter Fingers! And you see I could go on and on!! They are all such amazing women in their different ways… I think it is really cool that they are willing to share their life through blogging. I have learned so much from their real life experience!
In March… Carman, Cyndi, and I started our weight loss blog Graze Craze that is now Fire Lites Fire. We wanted to share our everyday life as we struggled to become Weight Watchers Lifetime Members and ultimately reach our weight loss goals. We realized that life is never going to be perfect 100% of the time… and we used the blog for accountability. There are MANY times where I made better choices because I knew everyone would be seeing what I was eating. It really does have an interesting effect on things. Blogging is definitely something I love to do.
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