I love the opportunity to reflect on the year as it comes to a close and this whole week will be dedicated to that endeavor. I started this process last year on my blog and wrote about my favorite blog posts in 2008 as well as the things I’ve learned. This year I’m separating those titles and will write about what I learned this year later in the week.
This year choosing my favorite blog posts has been more challenging than last year. Around the middle of the year I hit my blogging stride as well as my healthy living one, and I’ve written a lot of great posts since then, I think. This blog has helped me tremendously as I’ve continued to work out things in my own mind that will translate into a better, healthier life for myself. I’ve appreciated the fact that I’ve gained a few readers this year (THANKS!) but honestly just writing for myself has been the best benefit of all. So today I’m going to share my favorite blog posts from this year. If you missed any, check them out.
So for now, here are my favorite posts I wrote this year. Enjoy!
January: My History With Emotional Eating
A while back I made the decision to deal with my emotional eating issues, and one of the posts I used to do that was a report of my history with emotional eating. Writing about when and why I did it really helped me clarify some things which helped me go about fixing them. So if you care to read it, you can check out my history with emotional eating.
February: 10 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Exercise
I wrote a list (I love making lists!) of great ways to motivate yourself when you don’t really want to exercise. I really like this list because I use it when I don’t totally feel like working out (it happens).
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time you might know that I have a pretty healthy self-esteem and love for my body. In March I was included in a Glamour.com article about ways women learned to love their bodies. I talked about negatively comparing your body to others and why I won’t do it. Dare to not compare your body!
I set down the law about what I won’t be doing to lose weight (starving, diet pills, expensive plans, quick weight loss). And you know what? I haven’t done those thing nor will I do them anytime soon. I totally recommend taking time to figure out what you will and won’t do. Setting boundaries for yourself is always a good idea.
Last season I watched all episodes of The Biggest Loser. Even though I don’t always agree with the methods on the show, I garnered quite a few lessons about life and healthy living including: true change lies within, weight holds people back, you are worth it, there is nothing you can’t do, you shouldn’t doubt yourself, let your body do the work, if you don’t want to change, you won’t, and don’t ever give up. The season had some amazing stories and great lessons.
June: Be Yourself No Matter What
I wrote this post about someone else, but I needed to hear it myself. It is an important lesson to learn that many people never do: be yourself no matter what! Or as MizFit would say, be unapologetically yourself. ;) That is something I have definitely been working on for a while and I think I’ve got it pretty much down.
July: No More Waiting For Life To Begin
Want to live a pretty amazing life? Apparently all you need to do is put that thought out there. Once I decided to start living and stop waiting for things to happen in my life, some amazing things happened. This post in July was the beginning of some really good things for me, that led to me to feel like myself again and take some chances and have new experiences.
After a lot of though about weight and how it affects our own self perception, I realized the fat voice that tells us we aren’t good enough is just all in our head. Weight doesn’t have to define you… you can shut down the negative voice that is just in your head.
September: Hi, I’m Comfortable
One of the things I learned while I was at Green Mountain is that I have a healthy self-esteem that many women don’t have because of their weight. Despite my size or supposed flaws, I am very comfortable in my skin and happy with my body and what it can do. This was the experience where I learned this about myself.
October: Exposed: Why I Love My Body
In October I participated in what has now become a little movement in positive body image. I took off my clothes and publicly expressed what I liked about my body, which was a nerve wracking experience for someone who is rather modest in the way I dress and act. But I loved doing it and the response to the post.
November: Final Assessment and Reflections on Green Mountain
This post, with a video, was my final check in at Green Mountain at Fox Run. I lost some weight and learned a few things while I was working there that I really appreciate. I also ended up looking pretty good while I was there, if I do say so myself. This post looks back at my goals, what I did, and my plans.
December: Tolerating Hunger For Weight Loss
This was one of my favorite posts because it is something that no one likes to think about, but something that is soooooo important for normal eating and healthy weight loss. Learning what real physical hunger is is important and a necessary element
There you have it! Some of my favorite posts from this past year. I have a ton of other faves, especially my 500th post. I know it isn’t many, compared to other blogs, but I was proud to get to that number and proud of the fact that I’m dedicated to this journey!