There are a many sites that I read every day. My bookmarks are separated into four categories. Logins, things like Facebook, Gmail, Google Analytics, Twitter etc. Then I have a Misc. category which is random stuff I come across and then want to come back to later. Blogs, mostly local ones like Universal Hub, MenuPages, New Brahmin, Boston Girl's Open Wallet but also things like Perez and Reality TV Digest and my new favorite Obama Foodorama!
Last but not least I have a Weight Related Category. Some are links to sites like Junkfood Science or Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity but the majority are people's personal blogs related to our common struggle. There are all sorts of weight loss blogs, a few weight maintenance blogs, although lately even the weight loss ones seem to be maintenance with people losing and gaining the same 10 pounds over and over. Sometimes I wonder how I broke out of that cycle long enough to drop the 180 pounds? I too seem to be trapped in that vicious cycle. I digress-- some have lost the weight with surgery and others with diet and exercise but all have worked hard. There are unifying themes among them all, desperation, motivation, hope, I could go on.
The saddest to me are the abandoned blogs, we've all been there, good intentions only get you so far. But on the flip side of that there are some who blog despite the setbacks, the regain, the inability to lose weight. I love those blogs, and often they are about more than just weight loss. They are about life. Ruminations about how you got where you are, what you can do to change it and how you can affect that change. Some of these people will eventually get it I believe. Their switch will flip and off they'll go. Hopefully they'll continue to blog about their successes and triumphs and their defeats. There is one blog that I have been reading for a while now that never talks about the latter and it is so clear that there have been some defeats, but yet it isn't talked about. Instead she comes off as a bitch. So disappointing to read don't talk to me about this or I won't talk about that. Such an inspiration to so many, yet can't seem to own up to her struggles. I don't get it.
I'm never going to be "that girl" with that blog, but I like my tiny little corner of the internet. I hope you do too. And if I'm coming off as a bitch be sure to let me know okay?