My very first post on this blog was published on December 19, 2013. In not quite 3 years I have managed to write and publish 1000 posts. Friend J always says to me that I don’t happy dance, I happy prance. So this is most definitely a happy prance post!

I thought I would be more about personal finance, budgeting, and money. But I almost immediately found that I am not a personal finance blogger. I am a let’s-talk-about-my-life blogger. And for the most part, it’s turned out really, really well.

When I sat down and started a blog, I did not know what to expect. I figured a few of my friends would follow me. I thought may I’d find my voice, a theme, and have something intriguing to say. I know the theme thing has not happened, kind of iffy on the something intriguing to say, and voice is sort of personal and unique to me.

The best part is that I have stuck with it. I tend to stop and start with hobbies, and other than a 2 week period of not posting very early on, I have maintained my consistency with regular posting. My content might be kind of light and fluffy, but at least I get here and throw down whatever silliness is rattling around inside my head. I remark upon this fact only because I have not always been very good about sticking with things.

But that was then, this is now.

In some ways I feel like the better health quest and its components that have sort of consumed my life have become part of the focus and focal point for me. The blog does so much for me. Keeps me honest. Keeps me sane when the rest of my life has tilted on its axis. Keeps friends near and far in the loop of how I am faring in my life.

In 1000 posts I have left a job, expanded my side gig into a self-supporting operation, and taken on a dynamic part-time gig that challenges me and makes me happy.

In 1000 posts I have gained a son-in-law and I am less than a month away from gaining a daughter-in-law. While marriage my not be for everyone, I’m delighted that both my kids found someone they to love and to take that very serious step with. I truly do want my kids – all 4 of them now – to be happy.

In 1000 posts I have gotten off injectable insulin, then oral diabetes meds, dragged my A1c down well into the normal range, and become a well-controlled diabetic.

In 1000 posts I have met my superstar, uber fabulous trainer who has not only taught me how to exercise, he has caused me to fall in love with moving my body and making it better and stronger. My world is a bigger, better place since he has become part of my village and my tribe.

In 1000 posts I have found another super great guy to help advise me on my eating. RD is hundreds of miles south of me now, but he emails me regularly and hounds helps me with my eating and food choices. He too expanded my horizons and reminds me how much I value my village and my tribe.

In 1000 posts I have done some reconfiguration of my figure, lost some weight, and built some visible muscle. While I have done it under the watchful eyes of my village, I have had to do the work to make it happen.

In 1000 posts I have made new friends here and on other blogs I follow and read regularly and learned so much.

In 1000 posts I have said goodbye to old friends and mourned their absences. The blog has been an excellent outlet for me to sort out my stuff.

In 1000 posts I have mostly eliminated my brand of gym crazy.

In 1000 posts I reinvented myself with greater confidence and significantly less anxiety and fear. Negative girl will never go away completely, but I have her mostly contained.

How far will I go in the next 1000 posts? In my mind, there is no place that far and even the sky is not a limit, not really. I have no particular goals or objectives. My hopes are only loosely pinned on still being here, still writing about my life and times. Improvement is an incremental thing, no big steps forward planned or on my radar. Writing is something that enhances my life, and I hope to never become so burned out or tired of it that I take a break or walk away from it.

There is no expiration point in my future where I get a pass on being careful with my eating or an extended leave from training and practice at the gym. This is my life now. If there is a fountain of youth, if there is a way for me to move forward in life and have a long and healthy retirement with M, I cannot take the shortcuts I may want to take. I have to do the work, and I am glad to have found my happy places in the gym where I turn off all the background noise and just listen to body and process my stuff inside my head. I cannot eat the endless amounts of favorite foods, and if I am careful, if I stay the course on my better habits, I may succeed in continuing as a well-controlled diabetic. I did that. I very nearly literally worked my ass off to get this far. And within these first 1000 posts I have documented the 95% of the journey thus far.

The better health quest is important to me, and there is no end point where everything is merry and bright. And I’m okay with that. I have had so much fun, along with buckets of sweat, a few tears, and some blood along the way. My tool belt is pretty well equipped with the tools and resources to make better health continue to happen for me.

Wow! Even I cannot believe I have made it through 1000 posts. But I am so happy to be still here, still writing, still oversharing. My life, my self-contained little world, is a richly varied and wonderful place and it’s nice to download the good and the not so good as it happens.

If I paid better attention to statistics, I might be able to tell you how many views, likes, comments I have received, how many words written and published through this significant milestone. But I honestly don’t look at my stats much, and the only reason I know this is post 1000 is because sometime this month I noticed I was in the 980s and so very close. I could have saved post 1000 for my recap tomorrow, but those are significant posts to me as well and should be written and celebrated standing on their own.

So thanks for reading me, for following me, for liking and for commenting on my posts through this first 1000. May our journey continue through to the next milestone with feeling of joy and satisfaction I have right now.

12 thoughts on “This is post number 1000!

  1. Janelle – So glad I found your blog – really enjoy reading it! Wish we lived closer – I’d hire your trainer in a heartbeat!! Looking forward to the upcoming wedding! You’re going to look maaaaaaavelous, darling! 🙂 You’ve really worked hard & have turned so many things in your life around – something to be so very proud of! You also inspire/encourage your readers to better ourselves! (HUGS)! Susie

    1. Oh …. Susie, you’ve made me CRY! Granted, it’s not that difficult – kindness if a very powerful thing. But thank you so much for your kind words. Trainer J is simply an amazing person as well as a fabulous, thoughtful trainer. For someone like me to go from insanely insecure about exercise (as well as host of other issues) to far more confident and poised in and out of the gym, it says so much for my village of experts who have worked with me to make success happen. Blogging has come to mean so much to me – it’s like a lifeline that allows me to be as real and as honest as I have to be to get the negative crap holding me back out of my system. I cannot even describe how much the feedback I receive means to me, even the troll stuff that never sees the light of day works to my benefit.

      1. I went to the doctor on Monday and he confirmed what I feared. The peroneal tendon is torn. I’m supposed to rest it as much as possible but it’s hard when I have to go to work and my Fitbit says its 900 steps from my car to my desk. So I’m doing what I can and doing non impact cardio. Haven’t gotten the ball yet. I had ordered a kettle bell from Amazon but they lost it so I need to decide if I want the ball or the kettle bell and try again. Sorry this is so long! Thanks for asking.

      2. I know it’s hard, especially when Amazon loses you stuff. But I am following your blog and hoping your foot heals so you can get back to your exercise routine.

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