|This cookie is what made me title my blog "Runs for Cookies". It was called|
a monster cookie, and I was obsessed with them, until the bakery stopped
making them (which is probably a good thing).
I spent LOTS of time Googling, "How to... on Blogger" because I was clueless. I had no idea what html was, or what an RSS feed was. I didn't know that people could actually earn money from writing blogs, or that there were tons of different niches of blogs.
I still don't know much about html or other "computer talk", but my blog has grown much more than I'd ever though possible. When I first started Runs for Cookies, I assumed it would be just like my previous blog (no longer available online--I'm putting it into book-form)--just a small corner of the web where I could write about my day. I started it as a journal to look back on occasionally.
|An early version of my header ;)|
My handful of readers started growing, and continued to grow. At first, I was terrified--"Why are all these people interested in my boring old life?!" It was kind of scary to see the numbers of people who were reading about my personal thoughts, especially regarding my weight. But I developed a sort of "friendship" with my readers, and I looked forward to reading about them in the comments. I learned how much we all have in common.
My blog has given me all sorts of amazing opportunities, from being in Fitness magazine to meeting my Ragnar Relay team who would eventually travel to Florida and make a documentary (not to mention that the Today Show filmed us!).
In early 2012, I learned that I could earn a small income from placing ads on my blog; not a ton of money, but considering it was earned for doing something that I would have done regardless, it was very exciting for me. I also started getting offers to review products and give some away on my blog, which is always fun.
In January, literally HUNDREDS of people ran a 5K with me (virtually) on my 31st birthday! How many people can say that?
|Eli's drawing of me, running for a cookie ;)|
But my favorite part about blogging, by far, is getting feedback from my readers, through comments, e-mail, tweets, etc. I love to read that someone was inspired to start running, or has gone X number of days without binge eating, or has lost X number of pounds. When I was losing weight, I loved finding inspiration from others who had done it; and if I can provide inspiration for someone else, that makes me very happy! This is one of the reasons I started Motivational Mondays--I was getting lots of e-mail from people writing about their accomplishments, that I wanted to share it with everyone.
My blog has now become a HUGE part of my life. It's fun to go back to old posts once in a while to compare what I was thinking then with what I am thinking today. When I am out doing something with the family or with friends, I sometimes think, "Oh, I'll have to get a picture for my blog!" Sometimes I do, sometimes I forget, but I do try ;)
|I even felt a need to make business cards when people were asking|
for the web address of my blog!
Posting my weight weekly has been a huge source of accountability for me in maintenance. Sometimes, I think, "I could binge, just this once, and no one would ever know!" but I would feel too guilty to do that. I know that I'm not expected to be perfect (because clearly, I'm NOT), but it helps keep me on track when I know that I'm going to write about it.
On the days that I have screwed up, and I feel down about it, all of you make me feel so much better by telling me that you go through the same stuff, too. You tell me that I'm "normal" for having bad days, and even though I know that, it's nice to read it.
I feel so very grateful, to every single of one you reading right now--whether you comment daily, or once in a while, have e-mailed, or tweeted, or even just lurk here. I really appreciate your support, and I want to thank you for taking the time to read!
And since I mentioned it, I should probably post my Wednesday Weigh-in... just as I expected, the scale was back down this week:
When I looked at last year's anniversary post, I noticed my weight from this day for the previous two years. On April 3, 2011, I was 139. In 2012, I was 142. And today, I'm 131.5--I'm very happy at how closely I've maintained my weight for two years. I've had lots of ups and downs, and that's what I'm working on now in maintenance, but according to "statistics", I should have gained it all back by now ;) Ha!