The Future

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:

  1. I still want to write. Writing makes me happy and I enjoy it, so that’s good.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

4 thoughts on “The Future”

  1. Denise, I’m so glad that you’re at such a good place in your life. And I applaud your decision to continue to write and in so doing help others who struggle with some of the same demons that have plagued you. Remember, if you help even one person, you’ve accomplished your intent.

  2. Denise, You are so right about not many people writing about how to manage type 2 diabetes, depression, and avoiding the complications. I try, but fall short too often. Finding the courage to write about obesity is difficult for me as even curbing the number of carbohydrates has not been successful. I have been trying to loose weight for over ten years with no success. Carrying the current weight has not resulted in many of the problems experienced by others. Even my doctor has said that my weight is not hindering me. I have a goal of losing more, but a pound a month is all I have managed in the last three years. That is consuming less than 100 grams of carbohydrates per day and often less. The biggest problem is exercise, and I force myself to park far away from the door when out, walk when the weather is good and avoid it when to snow and ice becomes a barrier.

    While I enjoy writing, writing every day will end shortly.

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