Saturday, August 2, 2008

i absolutely love blogging...

WI today went better than last week. I got to WI with Barb this morning, who always gives me a great WI. I know, I know, there's no difference between the 3 scales they have lined up. They're all calibrated. I know it's all in my head. But whatever it is, it worked. I was down 1.2 pounds this week! Woo hoo!!!

I've got 15 weeks left on my 18 Pounds in 18 Weeks challenge and I've only got 13.8 pounds left to lose. So I'm ahead of the game! I was hoping for one pound per week. Well, that's my average, being as I gained last week, but at least I'm keeping my average on track, right!

In honor of my 100th blog post yesterday (can you believe that???), I thought I'd talk about blogging a bit...

I just spent a couple of hours reading through everyone's blogs (well, everyone that I know, anyway). I must say there are some amazing stories from you guys. Most times, blogs are just 'this is what's going on today' but I've been reading some that are just amazing and inspiring.

For instance, Karyn is a new one I just found. Or rather, she found me somehow. I really felt like I was reading some of my own stories on her blog. I even cried once reading something she posted. Another really good one is Lyn. She's an excellent writer and when I'm reading her stories, I feel like I'm right there with her. And then there's one of the first blogs I ever found, Jennette. She's kind of a celebrity, now. Her new book, Half-Assed (which I've read and if you haven't already, you should read it), has been featured on the Today Show, The Early Show and written about in many popular magazines and newspapers across the country. Now, Roni is someone who takes her blogging seriously. She's a stay-at-home mom with her hands completely full of kids, but she somehow manages to keep up with her own blog as well as a weight loss social network site (with almost a thousand members) called Blog To Lose. It's a great community. And something she started all on her own this past year.

My favorite part about finding a new blogger is going back to their first posts and reading about what got them started. Then I really feel like I can identify with them.

You know other types of blogs I absolutely LOVE to read are ones that post pictures of the food they eat with the ingredients and points. Like Katschi and My Bento Diet. I love being able to see the food to know if I'm going to like it or not and then also it give me ideas for eating new things. And I love bloggers like Cara (no not me, another Cara) who write down the food before they eat it. I just love the ideas I get from her and others like her.

There are many other bloggers who I didn't specifically mention here that are WELL worth reading. Just look at my list of "Blogs I Like" to the right (scroll down a bit) to read some of them. They're all worth reading on a regular basis.

I guess when it gets right down to it, we're all blogging for the same reason. We want a way to share our struggles and victories with people who are going through (or have gone through) the same thing we're going through. And that's such a beautiful thing. To have a place where you can talk about something that's so personal to you and know that no one is going to judge you or say anything bad about you is really something special. And most of us only have wonderfully encouraging things to say to each other in the comments.

If you've come across some blogs that have impacted your journey to thin, be sure to leave them in my comments so we can all share them and enjoy them as you have.

Happy blogging!

Challenge Update! - Week Four (updates in bold below)
18 Pounds in 18 Weeks"

Bento Box Diet (sat WI) -
Uh, oh, haven't had a post from Bento since July 22nd. :,( Come back!!!!
Katschi (tues WI) - Lost 1 pound last week.

MaryFran (tues WI)- Down to 181.0 last week.

Will need your update to add here.
Donna (mon WI)- Lost 1.9 pounds last week.

Spunkysuzi (sun WI)-
No report, yet, for week 3.
(fri WI) - Lost 3.8 pounds!!!! She started this challenge a couple of weeks late, but I think she just caught up! Way to go Cathy!!!
Koala -
No report, yet, for week 3. (somebody give that girl a battery so she can fix her scale!!!)


Donna B said...

Congrats on your weight loss this week! You are doing GREAT. I always make sure I weigh on my home scale the SAME TIME every Sunday to make sure it is accurate from the week before. The things we come up with to measure our weight loss! Keep up the good work!

Jim said...

You're right, it is fun/fascinating/inspiring/informative to read other blogs. Thanks for providing so many interesting links.

Katschi said...

Congratulations on the great weight loss, Cara! And Happy 100th!

I share your enthusiasm for all the bloggers you mentioned and for blogging itself.
I've gained alot of insight and strength from these people. It makes you realize that you are not alone in this and that there are many supportive people out there extending a hand of help.
I also am enjoying: & also her food diary

These are some of the new blogs I've discovered. I have a lengthy blogroll and I couldn't possibly name them all here.

Thanks for the shout out! My blog is really just my food journal & if anyone can get ideas from it that's great. It's the most fun I've ever had dieting and I truly believe that it will lead to my success. I usually don't have anything eloquent to say...I leave that to you and all the other terrific bloggers with amazing writing skills.
Happy Blogging to you too!!

spunkysuzi said...

Suzanne reporting in ;) I'm down -1.4
bringing me to 141.0 lbs!!

Karyn said...

congrats on your 100th blog! And on your success this week.

I am not sure how I ended up on your 18 week challenge...I did not know I was there! However, since I am there and I could use a bit of a push over the hump I seem to be hung up on, can I start late and make it 15 lbs in 15 weeks or whatever the number of weeks left is?

what day do you ask for weight in, or does it matter?

As for favorite blogs....I'm still discovering so many inspiring and creative people... two that I read regularly are "Escape from Obesity" and "Diet Naked" - but there are many others that I have enjoyed, as well.

Karyn said...

BTW...thank you for the kind words about my blog!

->cara said...

Donna B, did you want to join the challenge? Your blog says you've been losing great!

Hi Karyn, I think you were shanghaied into joining the challenge. :) Actually, you had joined back at the beginning but then I lost you because whenever I would click on your name by your comments, they would go no where. But I finally found you. Here's the link if you want to check out your original "join" comment:

And, yes, you can jump in any time. 15 pounds in 15 weeks sounds great! The last week is Thanksgiving, so when you lose the 15 pounds by then, you can sit down to dinner and be thankful for losing it. Or in my case, I'll be thankful for losing 100 pounds total (hopefully).

Just let me know when your weigh in day is and I'll post it next to your name in the updates I do every day, so I can know to check your blog for your WI update (in case you forget to leave it on my blog). So we can all see how you're doing and cheer you along.

Jenn said...

Thanks for listing me on the blogs you like! I'm trying to keep up the blogging. My goal is to blog at least once a week for now. I heard Jeanette on The Early Show on Friday talking about her book (I was listening in the car). Keep blogging on!