Friday, June 8, 2012

Why blog?

I’m starting a blog.  Will you follow?
There are lots of reasons why people blog.  Well I’m typically one to go off-the-cuff and be different, and not do what everyone else does.  At least I used to be, and like to think that I still am.  My husband also claims I used to be “Fun Flani” but can’t stake claim to that name any longer….I’m still fun, just not in the 21-year-old college way.  Now I’m a 30-year-old fun mom to the best little stinkers in the world.  Anyhow.  I’m getting off track. 
Why do people blog?  I could have sat here for awhile and came up with a list on my own.  I’m intuitive enough to do that.  Or at least I think I am.  (Man, do I give myself a lot of credit, or what?)  But rather, I googled it.  I “google it” a lot.  It’s faster that way.  Here’s a general list that I came up with for why people blog:
1. To Teach
2. To Direct Traffic to Their Website
3. To Help Others
4. To Change the World
5. To Stay Connected
6. To Make Money
7. To Have Fun
Let’s just go over this list quick.  Reason #1 To Teach.  I’m not blogging to teach anyone anything.  I do that 9 months out of the year and frankly don’t have much to teach anyone, unless you want to relearn 6th grade math.  And I don’t think that will gain many followers.  The only thing I might be teaching is myself a thing or two…..
Reason #2 To Direct Traffic to Their Website.  I don’t have a website or a business, so that’s not it.  Reason #3 To Help Others.  That is like teaching, and I don’t plan to help anyone other than myself.  Reason #4 To Change the World.  The only world I plan on changing is my own.  Reason #5 To Stay Connected.  This isn’t a blog about my family, my kids, or my day-to-day happenings.  Don’t get me wrong, I like to read those and *used to* do that myself (I still should).  Staying connected is not my reason.  Reason #6 To Make Money.  Don’t plan to make any money by doing this.  And Reason #7 To Have Fun.  Sure, this might be fun, but again, not my reason.
So why am I starting a blog?  For selfish reasons.  Because I need you.  I need support, and I need followers.  I need people to hold me accountable.  That’s where I turn to you.  My friends and family.  Follow if you want, ignore me if you don’t want.  Doesn’t matter to me.  Because my mindset has now changed.  No matter if you read this blog or not, I’m going to think that you do.  And thinking that I have a handful of people who are keeping track of me and what I am doing is going to be my motivation.  Motivation to get healthy.  Motivation to eat right.  Motivation to exercise.  Motivation to lose weight.  Motivation to reach a goal that I’ve been striving to accomplish for as long as I can remember.  I’m ready.  Here goes!
Stop on by every once in a while.  Leave a comment and let me know you are here every so often.  Just say “Hi” or “Nice job!” or “Keep it up” or “You can do it!”  That’s all I need.  Just to have your support.  To know that you are backing me and my choices to get healthy.  I know this will work, having your support, and holding myself accountable to you.  The last time I lost weight, it was because I was paying someone at the gym to train me, monitor what I was eating each week, and do a weekly weigh-in.  I was part of a team and we held each other accountable.  But like I said, I like to be different and off-the-cuff.  So I’m not going to pay someone this time.  I’m ready to do this in my own way – through blogging my thoughts, feelings, and progress each day, while YOU keep tabs on me, instead of some trainer at they gym.  I can do this, as long as (*I think*) I have your support! 
I’ll probably get to a point where I am comfortable telling you my weight, maybe even showing some before, during, and after pictures.  But I’m not there yet.  It took a big leap just to start this blog and ask you to follow!  Baby steps.  That’s what I have to tell myself throughout this journey.  I’m typically one who needs instant gratification, but weight loss done the right way, doesn’t typically happen in an instant.  But I will tell you my ultimate goal is to lose 60 pounds.  Ugh.  That sucks just saying it!  That would put me at a place I’ve never been before, one I think I’ve only dreamed of.  Or maybe was there in 7th grade…..But I will do it.  I CAN do it.  Baby steps.        


  1. Yahoo, Jamie! No better time than right now... :)

  2. You can do it! I am trying to exercise everyday, too. So if you and the kids ever want to go for a walk on the bike trails, send me a text. I can't run with you, but I can talk A LOT and keep your mind off the walking! Haha! Good luck!
    Ps- I know for a fact that you know way more than 6th grade math. You are an amazing teacher and an amazing person. I am rooting for you! ---Patty Hansen

    1. Thanks Patty! We'd love to join you for a walk or two anytime. I'll. Definitely be in touch.

  3. Go Flani go! Pretty sure you have never failed at something you've set out to do! Love ya, I'm jealous of your motivation! Might jump start me too! Good luck!

  4. Thank you for the extremely kind words Jen! Mwah!