I read a lot of blogs. As a mother of 2 with two full time jobs (in home child care and our internet business) and a household to run, I don't always have time to comment on each one. But I do read a lot - There are many, many in my Google reader.
When I first got into the blog world, I constantly compared myself to the other bloggers that I read. I would think, "oh my gosh....she's lost X amount of weight in X amount of months." Or I would fall into the trap of thinking, "He's worked out for 2 hours each day for 6 days out of the week - I'm never going to be able (or want) to do that - I'll fail!"
The truth is, I'm not those people. And that's ok. I am really doing my best to eliminate the word "only" when it comes to weight loss. I find myself saying, "I've *only* lost 35 pounds." Only? What the hell? That's more than my almost three-year-old daughter weighs! THAT'S A WHOLE CHILD.
This isn't a race. I'm not in a position in my life to do Biggest Loser-style 6 hour workouts. I have children and a family to take care of. I have other commitments. But 35 pounds in 7 months? I'll take that. I don't mind not being exactly like all those wonderful people I read about in the blog world. They are a fantastic inspiration to me and I'll be thankful to all of them for years to come because they're the reason I was brave enough to get off the couch and DO something for myself. But - this isn't a race. I know I'll get to where I need to be. This time - I KNOW I WILL. I may not get there as fast as others but I'm sure as hell enjoying the ride.