Thursday, September 9, 2010

#111 I'm Plum Babbled Out

Lately, I have felt babbled out. I have ideas, but when I sit down at the computer, I'm uninspired. Originally, as many of you know, I started writing my babbles as emails to a group of women I met with weekly. What I had discovered was some of them would fall off track [either with their diet or a project] and would come to the meeting either unprepared or with a weight gain. The emails were sent in the middle of the week to try to keep them focused and positive. Of course, the emails also helped me to stay focused and inspired me to eat healthy and exercise. I also started sharing the emails with some family members and friends who were also trying to lose "a couple of pounds". And so, the blog - Bobbiesbabbles - was born.

Over time, I started writing about other topics besides weight - like my aging body, my relationships, my husband, articles I read, exercising, recipes, and so on. My sister, who helped me design the blog, wrote a little blurb about me [can be read in the right margin of the blog site] which I've tried to keep in mind when developing a blog post. She wrote, "....As with other mentors who have provided support and direction to Bobbie, may her reflections and thoughts on the frustrating world of weight management provide motivation, laughter and insight for those of you young at heart, but aging in body". With those words in mind, I wrote my blog. However, I think it's time for a change.

CHANGE being the operative word here because I've changed. Controlling my weight and physique, although still very important to me, are not as obsessively and compulsively as important. I've figured out how to eat and exercise to maintain my present weight and if wanted, how to lose a couple of pounds. I guess at 48 years and 6 months, something finally clicked, or perhaps I just don't care that much anymore. I'm not saying that I'll ever be "normal" when it comes to food, body image and liking myself in photographs, but I'm calmer about it all. When I joined Trevose Behavior Modification 11 years ago, I walked into the meeting thinking and hoping that this "eating program" would be "the answer". Instead, I saw a woman who looked to be about eighty years old waiting for the meeting to begin. I turned to my friend joining with me and said, "shit, does it never end?". Well, Trevose was definitely the answer in helping me lose and maintain my 25 pound weight loss, and it still is the answer. I continue to go to a meeting at least 3 times a month to keep my head in the game.

And so, I will continue to write my babbles, but I'm not sure that they will always be about body image [photo: does my ass look fat?], food, diets, etc. I'm not overly political or religious, so you don't have to worry about some rant on the newest piece of trash written about some senator or my take on the Bible.

I also want to thank all of you for reading and commenting on my blog, and especially to those who have contacted me to ask, "where are you?", or to let me know, "I think I got kicked off your distribution list because I'm no longer getting your babbles".

I'll be babbling soon....

Quote of the day: "We think in generalities, but we live in details"
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947), mathematician and philosopher


Jeanie said...

I think most blogs evolve some over time. I will be interested to see where your mind and your babbles take us.

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

OK, I'll cut to the chase. I wish I had your ass and I LOVE that dress and the boots!! You get to write about any damn thing you want here because it's YOUR blog and because maintaining weight encompases every single fabric of our life, so it's all related. Sending you love, as always, from the western part of PA :)

Your Brother said...

I have to agree with Lynn. What's with that fabu blue dress? Damn, sistah!

Michael Rivers said...

I agree with Jeanie. Most blogs change over time. Or at least get new pieces to them. I think that is a lot of the fun. You never know what ideas you'll come up with. Or what will spark a new idea!

Chris H said...

I'm glad you are still babbling! ANd NO, your butt does not look fat! lol

Zahra Brown said...

I don't see my blog being the same years from now. Some post more often, some post less, and some stop posting altogether. I'd rather wait weeks or months for a quality post than everyday blah blah blah.

PS. You look AMAZING in that dress, and the dress looks amazing on you. Can we swap bodies, please? I hope my maintenance body looks great like yours.