Sunday, December 14, 2014

The post about a blogging break...

Back in 2015...


  • I know I've been MIA for a bit. I've not fallen off the rails or anything. I'm 4 weeks in with no wine, fruit, nuts or sweet potato. My next weigh-in is on Wednesday. I'm still posting my food journals and weigh-ins on my Instagram and Facebook page. And I will keep doing that as I take a blogging break for the rest of the year. 
  • This is a hectic time. I'm trying to juggle work, family, training, life. And I'm also doing some soul searching. I think it's been quite evident that I have lost the blogging bug over the past 6 months or so. It's become more of a chore for me and I don't like that. I used to blog regularly without issue and with ease. Now I find myself struggling to come up with anything interesting or useful to say. My day to day life really is futile and boring. I say the same thing over and over. "Food is fuel, running is my savior." To be honest, I find myself super dull. Reading back a year ago, I was much more fun.
  • I'm also on a counselling break. Just till after the New Year. My counselor is taking some much needed time off. But she has given me some food for thought. I am still trying really hard to find "self". I've no idea who I am anymore. Who knew that 2 years in at being "normal size" would still see me struggling with my self identity and confidence? I never saw this coming. That notion that losing weight will bring you instant happiness? Not always the case unless you are emotionally ready for your life, your image, your sense of security (for me it was my extra weight) to completely change. I mean I'm never going back to how I was, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that self confidence continues to be a daily struggle.
  • Jeez, even this post is getting depressing. I'm really not in a horrible place, I just need to regroup. Regroup and re-evaluate my blog. Maybe I need a blog makeover. Maybe I need to focus more on the present and make this more a lifestyle blog as opposed to a weight-loss blog. I'm not sure where I'll go. But I'm definitely going to give it some serious thought. 
  • I will leave you a few quick updates. Hubby and I went to Fallsview Casino last weekend for an overnight. I lost $80 and won $80, so I broke even. We both bought new leather jackets because Danier was having a 50% off sale. I have NEVER spent this much on myself. But I'm not going to feel guilty. An early Christmas gift to me...and him. I love this jacket. I've always wanted a biker jacket. And it fits me like a glove. Must stay in shape for the jacket...
  • I've been discharged from physio. Plantar fasciitis is gone. Rest really does work. My lower back is messed up, but that's nothing new. Still doing yoga and Pilates so flexibility, balance and core strength should aid with all my chronic aches and pains.
  • And my eating is going well. Week four into much more mindful/strict eating. I will continue to eat this way until training for the Bay (last Sunday in March) is complete. To be honest, I like being this much in control during a very difficult time of year. Since I know everything except veggies and protein is off the table, it makes my life so much easier. And I'm a control freak so I'm really in my element right now. 
  • That's pretty much it. See? A couple weeks wrapped up in a few bullet points. Not a lot to say. I thank you all for reading and for being so supportive to me over the 3 years that I have been writing here. This blog was instrumental in helping me reach my weight-loss goals. I now have new goals and maybe it's time to move on from here. Soul searching underway!
  • Wishing you and yours a very joyous and safe holiday season. Peace, love and happiness always. I will be back in the New Year. Cheers!

Isn't she precious? Love this jacket!!!!

25 comments:

  1. "I mean I'm never going back to how I was, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit that self confidence continues to be a daily struggle."

    Leigh some people are better at hiding the fact we all have issues of confidence and self doubt. You are an open book, painfully honest at times, that's why I admire you so much.

    What you have achieved and maintained is nothing short of remarkable. From very heavily over weight, to slim and running marathons. Others say what they are going to do, you have done it. No one can ever take that away from you, you are a shining beacon to all and worthy of the highest respect.

    Good luck and health to you and yours and the compliments of the Christmas season.

    Eddie

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    1. Thanks for this Eddie...you probably know better than anyone how messed up my self esteem is:-)

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  2. You are kind of where I was after three years of consistent blogging. The "fun" kind of went out of it all and I'd said everything twice or three times.

    I must tell you how much I enjoy your twitter comments. At first I thought you were two different people. Really, your humor (which I love) does not come out in the blog a lot and who doesn't enjoy a good laugh.

    Best of luck to you in weaning yourself away from the blog. Of course, you might be renewed and come back too. Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    1. Happy holidays to you Caron! Hahahaha about Twitter...it's a forum of fun for me. Stuff I wish I could say in real life but would never have the guts to. Maybe I should be more like I am on Twitter via the blog:-)

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  3. Leigh, I understand. I really do. You gotta do, what you gotta do. I've re-followed you on Twitter...when you were posting photos of you and a big glass of wine a lot, I had to unfollow. I didn't want to be pulled back to thoughts of wine when my left kidney screams NO at me. ;)

    Enjoy your time off, re-wind, re-think how you want to take your blog, and come back and kick some ass in January (if you are ready.)

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    1. I'll be back...just gotta figure out what to write about:-)

      And I totally understand about Twitter...my account is not for everyone:-)
      No #winetime till April...

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  4. Thanks to you and your inspiration I was able to lose 60 lbs and regain my health. Will forever be grateful! I also found that when I started doing yoga regularly I made major life changes and new priorities became more apparent. Hope the same for you!

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    1. That is so awesome Lois! Congratulations!!!!
      Yoga is awesome. not just for body but for mind too.
      Health and happiness always!

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  5. I will look forward to your return in 2015. I know what you mean about blogging - I too get like that. I'm envious at your control and being able to click back into a strict eating plan so easily. I need to do this myself... Not sure about this side of Christmas but certainly in the New Year.

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    1. Thanks Lynda. Because I'm grain-free, I find it easy to reign it in when I need to. What, wait! Who said that? So not me 3.5 years ago. You'll do awesome in the New Year. It's not forever, it's just for now:-) Happiest holiday wishes:-)

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  6. Happy Holidays! I've been blogging less and sleeping more... in a good way. Here's to the next steps. I applaud you for going back to a very set food template, for finding out who the new you is in your new normal.

    Critical steps for a life changing transformation. It's more than just the weight. I'm still looking in the mirror and saying whuuuuut??? OMG, that's me looking back.

    Here's to the next steps.... Safe travels.

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    1. Thanks Karen. Just need some refreshing...and my blog is getting tired. Regroup, restructure! I'll be back in the New Year and always doing No Grains, No Gains:-) Happy holidays!

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  7. Have a wonderful holiday Leigh. and you look great in that jacket by the way!

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    1. Thank you darlin. Best holiday wishes to you and yours:-)

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    1. Nah...I'm still on Twitter you goddess:-) xx

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  9. Hey well we'll be thinking about you! It's wise of you to take a break, good job!

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    1. Thank you and warmest holiday wishes:-)

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  10. Have a great blogging break - it's good to have a break sometimes ........and to steal your words I too" wish you and yours a very joyous and safe holiday season. Peace, love and happiness always".

    Have a great Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2015.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan:-) Always appreciate your support. Health and happiness to you and yours:-)

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  11. Well, I hope you come back. I like reading about your value village finds, your training, and seeing your pictures. Hopefully it will be a good break and you'll want to return!

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    1. I will want to return. Just need some direction. Maybe I write about "whatever" instead of making it always tying into health and fitness. Much like the way you write:-) Best holiday wishes!

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  12. MERRY CHRISTMAS CHICK, have a wonderful festive season. See you in the new year.

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  13. Merry (belated) Christmas and all the best to you and yours in the New Year Leigh! Sounds like you have a big soul searching time ahead of you. Take your time and know that your blog can be whatever you want it to be :)

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  14. Well 2015 is nearly here ......sending best wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2015 to you and your family.

    All the best Jan

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