Firstly, I want to apologise to the lovely ladies who left comments on my last post (which was over 6 weeks ago - where does the time go to ???????????), who kept on coming back to check up on me and couldn't see their comments. They hadn't been published because apparently there is a setting that says I need to publish them if they are over so many days since the blog post was published (need to change that quick smart !!)
Secondly, I was tagged by Lydia C Lee over at Where The Wild Things Were to write about'Why I Write' which I did change to 'Why I Blog' mainly because I don't really see myself as a writer - in fact I know that I have no imagination to write anything other than the truth !!!
Why Do I Write What I Write ?
I started blogging back in the day when blogs weren't even cool to have a blog in April 2005. I 'met' some lovely ladies and we were, generally, all on a weight loss journey. Then FB came along and some moved to FB, some stopped blogging and I had a break.
Then I started blogging again and, again, it was a weight loss blog. Then it turned into a healthy living blog. Then it turned into a running blog. Then it turned into a coping with menopause blog. Of late it's been a very quiet blog. I have signed up with Operation Move for their 'Learn to Run' program - not because I can't run because I used to run and run, a lot. But I need the motivation to get running again. For too long I have had a lot of excuses but August will see me say goodbye to my baby and I need something to take my mind off her leaving.
The MAIN reason that I write what I write is that I hope that I will be able to help others, even just one person, to know that they are not alone in whatever challenges they are facing. I have faced weight challenges time after time - the ups and downs of losing and gaining weight. I have faced running challenges. I was absolutely ecstatic to read on FB that when I was running, I inspired someone else to run and she now runs marathons - that really blew my mind ! I have faced health challenges - and anyone who has been or is going through menopause - will know exactly what I am talking about - so if I can share my story and it helps someone else, my writing has accomplished what I set out to do.
How Does My Writing Differ From Others ?
Well, I definitely don't fall into the category of 'Mummy Bloggers' - and I loathe that term but don't know what else to call them. I am waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay older than most of them. I don't share recipes or any type of craft. I guess this is more just a way for me to document what I have achieved - or not - depending on what stage I'm at. I suppose there are a few of us 'oldies' (and I use that term in the nicest possible way now that I am getting up there !!!!) who really just blog about life.
What Am I Working On ?
Well, other than this particular post, nothing !! I don't plan my blog posts. Most times I have no idea what I am going to blog about - it's a case of, 'OK - I've got 20mins - what can I write about' - especially when I am not really focusing on anything in particular in my life. Currently I am doing the I Quit Sugar program and feeling heaps better for it although I have had the odd slip up and haven't followed their menu plan exactly. I have enjoyed some of the food I have tried but I haven't tried every single dish on the menu plan. And, from August, I will be working on my exercise / running so hopefully I will get some posts out of that.
I am going to ask for a watch that will track my pace, distance etc for my birthday next week - not sure whether I will be asking too late because my birthday present may already have been bought. Oh well, it will then be a case of driving around to work out distances. The one challenging thing in this program is going to be the hills - where we used to live, it was flat - like absolutely no hills other than the little bridges over the canals flat - where we now live, it is hilly - like every where you turn, there's another hill. Am I ready for that - I don't know - we'll see next month when I start !
And now, to pass this on to two other amazing bloggers - I nominate Jules from The Bumpiest Path. I can't even remember how I 'met' Jules but she is one amazing lady who, not only looks after her own children, but fosters children and recently started to foster Baby Bella who was only 5 days old. She is selfless in her actions and, you can see, that she would do anything for 'her' children. They are truly blessed to have her looking after them. I nominate Chris from Diet Coke Rocks who is in the same age category as me and blogs about her family and her sewing - she sews the most amazing quilts and blankets and pretty much anything that can be made with fabric and a sewing machine.
This is going to be a double link up post - with Sarah from Creating Contentment for Thankful Thursday and with Ann from Help ! I'm Stuck for Things I Know - basically because this post covers both !!! I am thankful for being tagged by Lydia - it was the prod I needed to get blogging and it's what I know about why I blog !!!
Have the best weekend !!! I have a weekend full of pulling weeks to look forward to - yay .............. not !!!
TFTD : What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead - Nelson Mandela