Yes, there is life after losing 46 pounds! Life certainly does not stop after reaching your goal weight. Maintenance certainly brings its own challenges to the lifetime member! As I reflected on my weight loss journey I was trying to figure out a way to keep myself motivated. In January 2010 I was inspired by the movie, Julie and Julia, which is the movie that chronicles both the life of Julia Childs and a young woman who cooked her way through Julia Child’s, The Joy of Cooking, cookbook and blogged about it. I began to think about creating my own blog. I knew I didn’t want to cook my way through all the recipes in Julia’s book because I knew I wouldn’t want to cook “regular” or “full-fat” recipes. What could I blog about, I wondered. My first thought was to cook my way through a Weight Watcher’s cookbook and blog about that. I rejected that idea, however, realizing that it might not be realistic for me to actually DO all of that and there might be a lot of wasted food involved. Then I thought about the idea to focus my blog on chronicling my weight management journey. Hence – the first version of my “Life After Losing: Third Time’s the Charm” blog was born on January 25, 2010! (You can check out the older blog entries in the archives).
So after the blog was up and running I was glad I had an outlet to share my reflections, thoughts and experiences on my life “post-losing” weight. However, I still felt called to do more. I had not written much, or really anything, about the actual year I lost the weight. That was the missing piece! This is how the idea for my book, “Losing to Gain” was born.
I have published it on a self publishing site called lulu.com and it is actually available for download and purchase for under $20! The format includes chapters that cover each month with highlights of the month, lessons learned, weight loss tracking logs and activity logs. I have included some excerpts here in case you are interested in previewing it!