Today is the last day of NaBloPoMo blogging for me. One month ago, I started blogging daily. It was a good experience. I developed 30 days’ worth of topics, but somehow I only use about two-thirds of them. Instead, I wrote on whatever other ideas came up that seemed interesting.
Harder than coming up with ideas was finding the time to write them out. At the beginning of the month, I was a day ahead with developing blog posts. This week, some of the posts didn’t go live until 10 our 11 at night or so. (I hope to get back to posts going live at 6:30 a.m. by next week. And rather than a 3- or 7-day schedule, I’ll be blogging five days a week–during the weekdays.)
Despite the challenges, I had fun, learned a lot about myself (all good) and my tolerance for blogging (thankfully, quite high). I also “met” a bunch of wonderful people on the BlogHer site, and I got to reconnect with some friends on the blog. Thank you, all of you, for regularly visiting the site!
Aside from what I’ve mentioned so far, here are 10 things I learned about weight loss during this period.
- There are still dishes to be cooked. I posted a number of recipes, but I’ve been inspired to keep experimenting. You can definitely expect more spice alchemy from me!
- It’s been a month with a lot of ups and downs. I’ve eaten well, and I’ve eaten poorly. I’ve been content with love, and I’ve lost loved ones. I’ve met family members, and I’ve battled isolation. The things that I’ve experienced will help me to find balance in life and in eating, even when things aren’t going smoothly.
- It’s been helpful to open up with talking and writing. Reaching out to others has made a difference in many ways.
- I’m (slowly) learning to adjust my eating better. There have been times during the past month when I’ve not tracked my eating, or when I’ve eaten more than I normally would. But, in a small slice of intuitive eating, I’ve tried to balance out these negative behaviors by adjusting my eating when possible.
- Physical activity isn’t so bad. I wrote on Monday about run/walking up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and I have to admit that I enjoyed it! Even though I became winded, I was proud of myself, for someone who doesn’t exercise regularly.
- You really can eat what you want and lose weight–with modifications. For this, I’m reminded of what I learned from Oldways’ African Heritage Pyramid Diet, that many “soul food” dishes can still be enjoyed, with a few tweaks.
- What I’ve learned about weight loss carries over into other areas of my life. The problem-solving I’ve used to eat better and stay on track can also help me to deal with complex emotions.
- Read labels! I consider myself a careful label reader, but I was aghast to learn about the filler-filled hamburgers. Those burgers will make me read labels a little more closely.
- The month wasn’t a failure. Despite eating with lax discipline, as of this morning, I am about 45 lbs. down.
- A lot of people have the same challenges that I do. Being an introverted person, I tend to think that what I’m going through is different from what others in the same position are feeling. But it’s not true. Many people struggle with weight loss or with damaging self-talk, and they all need advice as much as I do. I would like to continue with this blog to give us a chance to talk through our fears, frustrations and challenges (and to also celebrate victories).
Thank you again for visiting my blog, and thank you for venturing through the wilds of the words I’ve posted, from easy recipes to trying to refocus myself away from negative behavior. I will have to take the daily blogging challenge again someday!