Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I exceeded my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
My 11 year anniversary of this blog is coming up on the 15th! I'm excited. I'll never forget September 15th, 2008 for as long as I live. It was that very night that I started this weight loss blog. I wasn't writing to gain followers, or for attention--or because I wanted a writing career or to write a book someday. My intent was purely to help me stay on track--to keep me accountable. If anyone read it or not, it didn't matter. I was writing for me. It was helping me understand myself better--I was learning, I was discovering incredible things about me--and for once, I found consistency.
For the first 200 days or so, about a dozen or so people would read on a regular basis. And that was fine. The first 200 days were some of the most powerful to me, so they served their purpose--and yet, they're some of the least read entries in the archives. Readers, comments and all of that--didn't matter. I was writing from the heart, regardless.
In fact, if you have gone back and read the archives, you can't help but notice the lack of comments and activity. This blog was a year and a half old, over 500 days in, when AOL featured it on their homepage--and that's when it started gaining readers.
This is something I try to emphasize to bloggers just starting out. Do it for you. Write from the heart. Even if you feel like not another person is reading your words, do it anyway. Because the most important person is reading every single entry, and that's you. Your writing can have the most profound impact on you, a seriously therapeutic experience, if you allow yourself to achieve a level of realness like no one is watching. Free yourself, my friend.
If you're writing your blog to gain an audience or to collect followers and comments or any other motive, it will affect what you write. Be real. Be genuine and authentic--just be yourself and let all that other stuff unfold as it will.
I can't tell you how many times someone has said to me, "I wrote my blog for a while but then I stopped because it didn't seem like anyone was reading, I felt like I was just talking to myself." And I say, exactly!!! Why stop?? Breakthroughs were coming!! Epiphanies were inevitable--if you just kept writing!
I'm very grateful for the tremendous support I gain from readers today. I'm touched and often times overwhelmed by the sincere outpouring of support. And even though some have stated how this blog has helped them in some way--I must always remember my original mission to be real and to write for me. Do I sometimes write something other than that? Of course I do. But at the end of the day--when it gets down to the nitty gritty, I'm focused on me and trying to dissect the elements contributing to my success AND the elements contributing to my stumbles along this road.
Low-cal refined sugar-free meatloaf? You bet! It’s in the oven. The whole thing for 329 cal? Yes!! Great calorie value! Can’t wait to show you! #kitchenadventures #foodplan #dailypractice pic.twitter.com/S4wZ35ylDQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 3, 2019
#dinnertime 329 cal individual meatloaf. The “secrets” to this recipe: 96% lean beef and the chopped fresh mushrooms add volume! pic.twitter.com/Aei7nJzFaG— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) September 3, 2019
View this post on Instagram#brunch Refined Flour-Free/Refined Sugar-Free Sprouted grain Ezekiel Toasts. One topped with a cheese omelet made from two whole eggs, two egg whites, and one slice Muenster cheese. One topped with 63g mashed avocado seasoned simply with salt & pepper. 399g watermelon and 114g cantaloupe. #dailypractice #foodplan #worththewait 653 cal.
View this post on Instagram#dinnertime Refined sugar-free low-cal Meatloaf prepared with 6oz 96% lean ground beef, 1 egg white, 50g finely diced red onion, 49g finely diced red pepper, 4.6oz chopped baby portobello mushrooms, 61g Red Gold refined sugar-free tomato sauce, and 17g refined sugar-free ketchup— packed tight and baked in an individual/disposable loaf pan. 329 cal for the meatloaf. With 232g simply potatoes diced potatoes prepared with approximately 3 seconds olive oil cooking spray and 160g green beans: 585 calories. What makes this meatloaf work: 96% lean ground beef and the mushrooms add crazy volume. #dailypractice #foodplan #whatilike
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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Practice, peace, and calm,
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