January 18, 2020

A Blog Series of Favorite Posts #1: Weight Loss

For the next week or so, I'm going to do a series of posts--I will share my favorite "oldies but goodies" from the past. I've written well over 2,000 posts on this blog, and there are some that I remember more than others. I don't expect anyone to go back and read my entire blog, but I thought I'd at least share my favorite highlights!

As you know, I LOVE writing lists. A list of my favorite posts is one I've been wanting to write for a long time, but it requires so much thought that I just have such a hard time deciding what to include on it! I have a lot of favorite posts over the years (as well as very cringey ones--maybe I'll do a list of those soon). I'd have to wear a paper bag over my head out of embarrassment ;)

As of the last few years, there have been lots of different categories on my blog: weight loss/gain/loss/gain; running; DIY/home improvement; mental health/illness; budgeting; and just daily life in general. So, I think I'll separate these into categories to avoid having too many "favorite" posts in just one category.

I'll post just a few per day, so if you choose, you'll have time to read the posts. If a topic doesn't interest you, just skip it! If I post them all at once, it would be way too overwhelming.

At the end, I will also include my most popular posts (which will likely be entirely different from my favorite posts) in case anyone is curious about those. First, though, my favorites...

Series Post #1: Weight Loss

The Difference Between Motivation and Determination

This post explains why motivation will not make us lose a lot of weight (something I learned the hard way several times over), and especially not keep it off! We are always looking for motivation to do it, but the answer is in determination--and there is a big difference between the two. If you're struggling to find "motivation", I suggest reading this post. While I obviously don't have everything figured out, I think this is helpful to see the difference, at least.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Losing Weight

Believe it or not, weight loss will not take away depression or anxiety, cause you to have tons of friends, to be the life of the party, nor will it really change much of your life in general. There are positives and negatives (and I will be the first to say that the positives outweigh the negatives!), but there are lots of things I wish I'd known before I lost the weight. This post explains it in my own perspective. (And if you didn't notice, the "perspective" below is of myself--looking at myself--years later, haha)

100 Ways My Life Changed When I Lost 100 Pounds

Aside from the numbers on the scale, I noticed some amazing differences ("non-scale victories"). They felt more important than the number itself. This posts just lists the changes I noticed after losing 100 pounds (or even less in a lot of cases). If you're feeling discouraged that you're not seeing the scale drop, perhaps some of these will inspire you to keep going. 

Hope you enjoy reading them :)  Tomorrow I'll share some more. Thanks for reading!


  1. Awesome post today! Looking forward to more!

  2. Amazing! Did you do it on calorie counting or did you do weight watchers? Have you kept it of?


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