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Back, but never really gone

As you may have guessed, I’m back dabbling in the blogosphere. And, as many of you have so kindly pointed out already, it’s been a very, very long time. Believe it or not, I didn’t intend to stop and even during my hiatus I regularly thought about this blog and what I was doing. But the funny thing is, if you’re not inspired and you don’t find the time to write, then you don’t.

I’m on my way back to finding inspiration. Am I there yet? I’m not sure. But I do know that I am going to make an effort to spend more time writing, because it’s therapeutic for me, and it’s something I haven’t taken time for at all recently.

Without going into gory details right now, I suppose it would be important for all of you to know that this renaissance will be a gradual one. As I mentioned yesterday, coming back to Crossfit after even a few weeks off is like reentry into the atmosphere. It’s painful and it hurts and it’s just a big change. Well, it’s kind of the same when you get back into making yourself vulnerable online. Though, if I think about it, my entire life for the past year has been a series of reentries, if you will, which was part of the reason the hiatus occurred in the first place. Major life changes, ya know? The last time I published here (before yesterday) was in February. Around that time, I met a boy and fell in love. It was a long-distance relationship, so all of my free time was sucked up. During the week I worked and did school, on the weekends we saw each other. That’s all I had time for. It was a constant struggle of learning how to make a healthy lifestyle work when I was constantly living between two cities.

Then a few months ago, we moved in together. Another big change! Loverboy got a job near me, and then I found myself navigating a no-longer-long-distance relationship, living with another person, and balancing a relationship, school, work, exercise, etc., etc., etc. A challenge indeed! A challenge I’m still working through!

Good news is, I’m still here. But I’m not the same person, certainly, and my goals and my lifestyle have changed. With that, this blog is changing.

For one, I’m not going to preach about nutrition. At least for now. If the last year or so has taught me anything, it’s that sometimes I think I know what I’m talking about, but I really don’t. I’m focusing on whole foods and healthy foods, but I’m no longer shoving anything down anyone’s throats. If I post a recipe, know it will be delicious and nutritious, and something that perhaps the vegetable hater will enjoy (Loverboy hates veg, so this is a “fun” challenge).

Also, there will be considerably less photos, at least for now. I now go to a Crossfit that does not regularly take photos, and I really like to focus on exercising over taking gym selfies, so you’ll just have to take my word for whatever over a photo. Sorry, guys!

Another thing, maybe? A new focus? A focus on being happy and healthy and knowing that these positive thoughts and words will ultimately fuel my external success and outcomes. A lot of people have also asked me where I am on my weight loss journey. Suffice it to say, I have not yet reached my 100# mark. In fact, with all the little reentries over the year, the scale tipped a little in the other direction. My emphasis is not going to be on the number of pounds being lost, but other nonscale victories as well as positive self-talk. Because that’s what I need right now.

So yes, I’m back, but in a slightly different capacity.

I hope that you can grow with me now, and bathe yourself in a positive, sparkly light, and to embark on this continuing journey, seeking happiness and health!

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About Danielle

Exuberant photographer, artist, writer, designer, wannabe chef, and Crossfitter.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Back, but never really gone

  1. Hey DK! You were missed. I’m excited that you are back and cannot wait to hear about where your journey has taken you now. I don’t know if you are aware of this, but your blog has had an impact is people’s lives. I can speak for myself, I find myself talking about you with other people, saying things like “that DK, if she could do it, I can too!”. You inspired me to also blog about my weight loss journey. You inspired me to try CrossFit and for that I am eternally grateful! I did WW for 6 months because you did WW and it worked for you (not for me, but that’s life). I like to look at your before and after pics when I feel like time is moving slow and progress is not immediate, they remind me that this takes time but change is sure to happen someday. Thank you, DK for this blog. You rock!

    Posted by project14gal | 23 January 2014, 7:47 am
  2. I love the new focus. We should talk about getting boys to eat vegetables. The other day (after like, 2 years of first fine dicing veggies into his meat and then gradually moving on from there) he ASKED for veg. REFORM! Pro tip: if you can in any way call it pizza, he will eat the veg. ;)

    Posted by howswelegant | 18 February 2014, 7:36 am
    • LOVE IT. Did you see my post on Facebook about the broccoli pesto? It was GENIUS. I feel kind of evil misleading him, though. I still haven’t told him about all the other vegetables he didn’t know he ate.

      Posted by Danielle | 20 February 2014, 2:41 pm
      • Bwahahaha I know, I really have to have my lies I’m order, because if he asks what this is, and I hesitate to say “…mashed potatoes” he KNOWS it’s something else. Lol! I will go check out the pesto!

        Posted by howswelegant | 25 February 2014, 7:23 am

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