Thank you.

My heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all of you who commented about Chloe. Even though you probably wouldn’t recognize me on the street if you saw me in person, you have taken the time to post your thoughts. I really appreciate that.
Today was weird, I kept thinking I was hearing Chloe meow, or I would check around my feet to make sure I wasn’t going to trip on her. That is going to take some getting used to.

I write this blog for a few reasons. The main one is accountability for myself. Even if no one read this blog, at least I would be putting down thoughts and actions on paper (pixels??) as a reference for me. It has been a long journey, and one that has not ended – and really won’t ever end, as maintenance itself is a journey.

I also understand that other people read this blog for ideas or inspiration or even commiseration. Sometimes that feels like a big responsibility! And you know, it really helps me to stay on track. I don’t think I will ever feel complacent, as I know all too well how easy it is to gain back the weight.
And while I do tough love myself and others, I don’t ever want anyone to think that I feel superior or that anyone else is a failure.

Things are not always easy, I’m not always radiant (although John would probably argue with that a little 😀 ). Letting people know that struggles are okay and a normal part of life. They don’t have to get in the way of your weight loss, and you certainly are not a bad ‘dieter’ if you do struggle at times. At some point, even the most successful maintainer is going to have a difficult period – I triple guarantee it. However, you do have a choice to make, and you can always make an excuse. Those who make the least amount of excuses are the most successful. It’s all about attitude.

I am thinking about making this blog official with its own .com and organizing stuff so that it might be more helpful to others. Maybe in my spare time (!!!!!!!!!)

Well, sorry for the rambling.

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11 thoughts on “Thank you.

  1. Caitlin

    You should totally get a .com 🙂

    Sorry about Chloe, guess I didn’t read the first blog about it.

    Your blog is very inspiring, especially for starting dieters like me ):

  2. Herbalife Las Vegas

    Accountability is huge. I am trying to learn how to write my own blog and that is the biggest reason. I need some accountability.
    Maintenance for me is a journey also. You are not alone.
    I love reading your blogs.
    Emmett

  3. Herbalife Las Vegas

    Accountability is huge. I am trying to learn how to write my own blog and that is the biggest reason. I need some accountability.
    Maintenance for me is a journey also. You are not alone.
    I love reading your blogs.
    Emmett

  4. jo

    I appreciated this post very much. I just read a post yesterday by a popular blogger that really rubbed me wrong. It wasn’t the message, it was the fact that someone who was struggling was singled out.

    I hope you do get a . com. I should take the time to read your back posts. You really do have a radiance–you are respectful of others and know what a struggle this journey is.

  5. Ashley

    Long time reader, first time commenter (sp?) – I love reading your blog! It’s one of the reasons I started me own 🙂 You inspire me and definately make my day a little shinier. Keep up the good work!

  6. debby

    This was not a ramble at all Lori. Good thoughts. Which is what I can count on you for. You are one of the ‘real deal.’ The few that really get it and are making the permanent changes in your life to make this last. The fact that you share your struggles just makes it even better. If you never struggled, I think I would despair.

  7. jen

    Oh I am soooo sorry!

    I couldn't initially post about this because I have many animals and they are all getting old.

    last year in January we had a cat that got really sick and we had to put him down. He fell sick very quickly and it was very sudden. There are times that I still hear him!

    I hope you remember Chloe forever! she will be in your heart and you will hear her for some time to come! I hope that soon you find comfort in this!

    <3jen

  8. SeaShore

    Yours is the first blog I started reading, and inspired me to start my own. Your transformation is inspiring.

  9. ptg

    Blogging is definitely accountability, and I find that when I do blog, and I do hope others read what I write, the fact is it is something I do for me. So it’s your blog and you can do what you want with it. But IMO, a .com would be really cool. :o)

    And you are definitely an inspiration to so many of us – as you can tell from up above!

    new blog at destinationathlete.wordpress.com, BTW. I’m moving (again). :o)

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