When I started to blog, close to 12 years ago, my life was very different. Even in the last year, things have changed a lot for me, in so many lovely ways.
- The need to lose weight is no longer a constant companion – I lost just under 100 pounds and am happy (most days!) with the way I feel in my body
- My diabetes is well controlled
- I have achieved a balance that works well for me between saying yes to social activities and taking time for myself
- I am taking classes for a certification in Digital Marketing, something I have been interested in for some time and would like to explore professionally in the future
The good news about these changes is that I am so much happier now – not every minute of every day, but more often than not – and I enjoy my life tremendously.
For this blog, the changes in my life have led me to think about whether writing here is still something I want to do. As I mentioned earlier, I weigh all of my commitments carefully to make sure that I don’t overwhelm myself – even with things that would be fun – and this blog used to be a major commitment of time for me.
In thinking through things, I’ve come to a few conclusions:
- I still want to write. Writing makes me happy and I enjoy it, so that’s good.
- I don’t want to write about my personal life anymore – it’s pretty boring at this point anyway but more than that, it just doesn’t feel like a good use of my time.
- The story of how I went from a morbidly obese, seriously depressed couch potato with out of control Type 2 diabetes to where I am now is interesting to a lot of people who don’t know me in real life.
- I don’t see a lot of people writing about how to manage Type 2 diabetes, depression, and obesity – I can bring a fresh perspective to the online discussions about these topics.
So, I’ll be writing here regularly from now on, with a focus on how to manage chronic diseases and live a healthy life. My initial goal is to post at least once a week for a month and see how that works with the rest of my life.
I am grateful beyond measure for the support many of you have shown me as I’ve struggled to make sense of my life; I hope you’ll still find something worthwhile in what I choose to write in the future. If you’re interested in more of the personal side of things, you can always follow me on Instagram, where I share lots of goofy things that happen to me during the day.