Back to the Basics

I know I haven’t written very many posts on here lately, and I just wanted to stop in and say that I have not forgotten about you guys. I am still alive and, for the most part, doing very well. The countdown to Oxford is winding down much faster than I was anticipating, and the fact that I will be boarding a plane exactly two weeks from today is something that both excites and terrifies me at the same time.

When I first started this blog I wanted to make clear that I didn’t really have a clear direction for where it was going to go. I wanted to talk about the things that mattered to me, and hopefully to you, and that could be just about anything. I started out by talking a lot about my efforts to lose weight and other topics that interested me, but pretty soon I started feeling the need to have themed posts full of witty comments and insightful thoughts that would capture my reader’s attention. While all of these things are perfectly fine, I do think that sometimes it’s okay to just get back to the basics, so that’s what this post is all about.

The reason I wasn’t really talking about my weight loss efforts for so long was because I wasn’t really losing any weight for a good chunk of this year. I was maintaining my weight by maintaining a fairly healthy diet, but the exercise slowed down almost to a dead halt with the exception of a few spurts of inspiration here and there that got me off the couch for a week or two. It wasn’t until very recently that I felt like I was getting back on track again, and if you’ve watched any of the videos that I’ve posted on here then you might know exactly what I’m talking about.

What started out as just a fun way to challenge myself and become a bit more active than I had been has turned into a community of friends working together to live healthy lives. I started the first 5 week fitness challenge on YouTube not knowing what would come of it. Now those first five weeks are over, and I get to be a part of an amazing group of people (proudly known as the Red Faced Warriors) who support each other as we go through the ups and downs of working towards becoming healthier and happier versions of ourselves.

These last couple months have been amazing, and it’s because of the amazing support systems that I have surrounding me at home and through this online community. So many things have happened this Summer because of this amazing experience and the development of these new friendships, and here are just a few of them:

  • Losing nearly 20 pounds in almost 2 months
  • Walked in my first 5K race
  • I can now turn on a camera and talk with confidence (until I start editing, of course ๐Ÿ˜› )
  • I actually started jogging

While starting to make YouTube videos has definitely taken up a huge chunk of my time these last several weeks, I wouldn’t go back and do anything different, even if I was given that chance. Because the fact is that making these videos, and more importantly connecting with other people that make videos, has really helped me to grow in ways that I never thought possible.

Now just because I’ve made nice with YouTube does not mean I’m breaking up with WordPress, I can promise you that. I think I just need to get a better feel for blogging and vlogging at the same time, and I think a big part of that might be me coming to terms with the fact that not every blog post has to be some magnificent revelation.

Sometimes it’s okay to just sit down and talk about my life and what’s going on in it at that moment. That’s the reason we blog, isn’t it? We share our stories with each other, hoping to connect with at least one other person who gets it. Well right now, my story is being written with plenty of healthy choices, stress and excitement over this amazing adventure that I’m getting ready to go on, and falling in love with a new type of storytelling. Writing is still very much a part of my story, even if it’s not quite center stage for the moment.

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