Friday, March 5, 2010

To My Fellow Blog Stalkers

On Wednesday, I had a woman come up to me and begin our conversation by confessing that she is a blog stalker. She said that she LOVED my blog, but she had not yet commented on anything. She promised that she would so hopefully this draws her out a bit and gives her the courage to go ahead and leave me a comment.

After talking with her this got me thinking about how many other potential “blog stalkers” I have out there. Are you really out there? If you are, I want you to know that you are not alone! I know exactly how it feels, when you don’t know someone, but you find yourself checking on their blog anyway. I have several people that I knew in college whose blogs I stalk just because I like to read what they write.

I much like you have never had the courage to comment on their blogs. Maybe I should? In the past I don’t want to leave a comment, because I don’t want people to know that I have been stalking them! I think people would appreciate that I read their blog, because I know I am thankful to those of you who read mine.

I want all of you to know that this is a comment friendly zone. I’m not going to hang a sign this



because that just seems to desperate. Instead I am going to remind and encourage you to leave me comments and fed back. I know that I am not the only with a story to tell and I would love to hear yours. So come out of the shadows and into the light. Leave your blog stalking ways beind and start talking to me!

43 comments:

TeamRB said...

Ha. It is funny because I told you I have been stalking, then I hadn't read for a few days. Imagine my surprise when I saw this post :) I will try to be a better commenter.(I think that should be a word) I do enjoy reading your blog. Partly because I do not make my way down your way very often and it is nice to get to know you a little better through your blog! I love reading what you have to say and the encouraging words and great recipes! Feel free to check out my blog: af-teamrb.blogspot.com I would love to chat with you in person some time about food, health, running, life, etc...
Thanks again!
Rebekah

The Newsham's said...

I was so excited this morning when I checked my email and saw that I had received my first comment!! Thank you!! You are not the first person to tell me that you read my blog, but don’t comment on anything so I just had to talk about it. Thank you for your blog address as well. It is nice to have a way to get to know people who don’t live really close to me. I love talking and chatting about pretty much anything so just let me know when your free and we can try to get together sometime. I hope you have a great week!

God Bless,
Jennifer

Mrs. O said...

Jennifer,

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I am starting WW for the umpteenth time. I'm excited and motivated but also worried. I don't want to try and fail again. It truly almost kept me from starting. What do you think made you stick with changing your lifestyle to a healthy one and not quit. I feel like I'm reading into thin air to try to grasp something that isn't there...the elusive "it" to help me stick with this to goal.

Hope to hear from you soon!
Mrs. O
http://itsmylifeandmyjourney.blogspot.com

The Newsham's said...

Hi Mrs. O

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I admire your bravery. I know how hard that can be to try and restart the program again.

I was told by my doctor, at age 24, that I was pre-diabetic and I had high blood pressure. That helped me to realize that I had to change how I was living. I did not want to end up on medication for the rest of my life.

You might write down some reasons why you are starting WW again. That way when you reach a point in your weight loss when you are discouraged and want to give up, you can refer back to how you felt in the beginning. It truly is a day by day, moment by moment struggle to make the right choices for myself.

I look forward to hearing great things about your weight loss!

Jennifer

Nichole said...

Congrats on the positive changes you have been making.
~Blessings

Living a Changed Life said...

Thank you Nichole!

mrsmarkdave said...

I'm so glad I ran into your blog on a week-end. Especially a 3 day weekend. I will be following you from now on and will be catching up (I saw you on MckMama's forum).
I have struggled with my weight since probably about 3rd grade. so, as long as I can remember. I joined WW in April for the 14th time since Oct of 2002 and the 16th time in my lifetime). I lost 52 pounds the first time. I got sick of the "restriction" so I took a break and gained it all back in about 9 months or so. (usually I tell people I gained it back in 5 minutes which is what it seemed like)
The last two weeks I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO STOP EATING and I'm going crazy. I FINALLY was disciplined today (only with the strength of the Lord) but one day at a time.

Living a Changed Life said...

MrsMarkDave - I am so glad to meet you! I believe that weight loss is a life long struggle and you can only do it with the Lord's strength. Congrats on being disciplined today!! I look forward to getting to know you better in the blogging world!

Mim said...

What an inspiration! I found your blog through the blogfrog community. Thank you for joining mine!

I am about 210lbs right now and would like to be about 150....

You have inspired me! Thanks.

Living a Changed Life said...

Mim - You're welcome! It is so nice to meet you!

Shug said...

Shug Sez.....It's late at night but I just came across your blog. First of all, thanks for stopping by to visit me. I am excited to have you follow me through blog frog....
I want to come back tomorrow when I'm not so exhausted and read about everything and your great success story....Stop back in and visit me again....Looking forward to it..

Blessings

Living a Changed Life said...

Shug Sez - Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to have you come back. I am looking forward to checking out more of your blog as well.

RAnnDom said...

Hi Jennifer!
Thanks for following me on BlogFrog!

I just wanted to congratulate you on your amazing accomplishment - you look fantastic! Looking forward to getting to know you via your blog :)

Ann (ranndomized)

Living a Changed Life said...

Ann - Thank you! It's so great to have you following my blog too!

Amy D said...

This is my first visit to your site, but it's funny what you say about stalkers who don't comment. I, like you, want to know my readers! I love to write, but I crave conversation!

So, with that out of the way....

WOW! I am amazed by your life's transformation! You are amazing and you are beautiful! :-)

And.... I am not a stalker. LOL. I comment on most EVERYTHING!

Living a Changed Life said...

Amy - That's for your comment! I love conversation too! Thank you for your kind words. It is so nice to meet you!

Dita said...

Hello Nichole,
Am not stalker,I like leaving comment too but let me introduce my self,My name is Dita.I am visiting your blog here and enjoy reading your posts- I haven't check them all tho but will try on my next visit.
I am happy for you that you are sucsessfuly lost your weight and this blog will inspire many who have weight problem.

Living a Changed Life said...

Hi Dita! I'm Jennifer. Glad to read that you are not a stalker. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

Sandy at Cookies and Cream Craft said...

Hi Jen, I've just read your blog for the first time. I love it. I'm a Christian and a WW too. I think you found me first on Blog Frog, actually. I don't know how people are finding me there, but I'm getting a few followers now. How long have you been blogging? And congratulations on your weight loss!! I'm new to blogging just this year, and it did take some getting use to to write a comment. Now I'm trying to get use to writing a post for my own blog. I do want it to be personal and witty, etc :) I'll get there. And I'll get there with the weight loss too. I've gained everything back plus more in the last couple of years. But I've got my head around it now and am begging to lose. I'll be 50 next year, so want to be at goal for that celebration! So I'll be checking in on you. I've signed up to your feed too. I'll need lots of your inspiration. By the way, I grew up in Oregon, but now live in Australia. Are you on FB too, Jen? Have a great week. Bless ya heaps. Sandy

Living a Changed Life said...

Hi Sandy! I have been blogging for about 3 years. But I started my weight loss blog less than a year ago. I can't wait to hear how your weight loss goes! I know that you can do it, because you did it once before!! I am on Twitter @changedjen

Tina c said...

Hi jennifer, or do you prefer Jen?I just wanted you to know that I had to delete my account and re enter everything because my blog was not working. You had become a follower of me and didn't want you to think that I just disappeared. So obviously I'm back and up and running. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. I will come back soon. Please if you are still interested you can follow me again. Come visit my blog.

I will be back to share more. I am getting very tired right now. I crashed a couple nights ago from being so exhausted and I'm recooperating so I've been going to bed early. I need to be at work at 7 am and then come home cs I work a split day. I'm usually doing stuff here at home and then I go back to work until 6.

God Bless and I'll talk to you soon!

BTW: How would I get my Blog name next to the saying Author of?

have Blessed evening.

Sis in Christ

Tina c.

Living a Changed Life said...

Hi Tina! Either Jennifer or Jen is great. Glad to hear that your blog is back up and running now. I can't wait to come by and check out your blog. I hope that you were able to get some rest.

For the author saying, you just have to move it up closer to your title in the design section on blogger.

cathy said...

jennifer,
you look super fantastic!
i havent had time to read your blog yet how you lost the weight. i need to lose 50-60 pounds. ugh.
but you are such an encouragement to me.
and thank you for following me.
im new to the blog world.
still trying to figure out how things work.
God bless you have a great day!
~cathy~

Living a Changed Life said...

Cathy - Thank you! I hope that you become a frequent visitor. Welcome! I can't wait to get to know you here in the blogging world!

Tina said...

Hi Jen, I'm back again. My blog is up and running. Boy us new bloggers, it takes us forever to learn how to do things. But I'm slowly learning.

I am planning on Blogging about my weight loss. I actually lost 100lbs in a year. I also have aproblem with weight and I had gotten up to 300lbs! ugghhh!

I just wanted to stop in and say hello. I'm sorry I seem to always be in a rush. Hopefully it will stop soon. I just don't want you to think that I forgot you.

I'm really looking forward to getting to know you. Thanks for your inspiration!

Come stop by my Blog! I wrote a poem today. I write as the Lord leads me! I'm hoping to start blogging more.

http;//godshealingtears.blogspot.com

Talk to you soon my Friend!

In christ's Love
Tina

Living a Changed Life said...

Hi Tina! I am so glad that you stopped by my blog again. Congrats on your weight loss! I can't wait to read more about that on your blog. I look forward to getting to know you better too! Have a great week!

Vanessa R said...

Hi Jennifer,
Wow, I'm here on your blog today for the first time. And yes, I usually do comment on my first time reading someone's blog. :)

I really have to say, WOW, your transformation is amazing! All the Glory to God, Praise him for what he has done in your life.
I really am inspired with your story. I have been struggling with my weight ever since I gave birth almost 7 years ago. I do goto the gym, but I admit I don't always give 100%. Okay, I'll be honest, I barely give 50% of what I got.

~Vanessa

Living a Changed Life said...

Vanessa - Thanks for leaving me a comment! Thanks for your encouragement. I love being able to help people reach their weight loss goals. I am not an expert, but I enjoy sharing what I have learned throughout my journey.

Sarah - Fat Little Legs said...

Hi ... Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you were able to snag the Weight Watchers mag at 3.99/year. Great job on your weight loss, and being a fellow lifetime member!

Living a Changed Life said...

Sarah - Hi! Yes. Thanks for stopping by. It is always nice to meet another Weight Watchers lifetime member!

JanRealtor said...

Great blog, Jennifer. I'm glad I found it! Lots of very good information. Thanks, Jan.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Jennifer. Found you by way of Pinterest. Love your recipes, hints and your total blog! Your Christian attitude and beliefs are so refreshing, too.

Kathy J said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I'm a Christian too and I've been so discouraged about my weight lately. I'm very familiar with weight watchers and acheived lifetime membership years ago but now that I've hit menopause age I'm really struggling with being unable to seem to drop the pounds. I've been debating whether to get back to weight watchers and just this morning I decided to "DO IT" and I just needed a jump start by not having to put a lot into creating a meal plan for this next week. I googled menu plan for weight watchers and yours came up. I had no idea that you were a Christian too but I can't help but think God connected me with your site! Anyway I've saved it to really delve into and draw from your encouragement God Bless You for being there and taking the time to create this for us!

Julie Michele said...

Wow! I found your blog from a recipe posted on Pinterest... I didn't even notice your transformation until I finished making the cake. I thought, "who is that other woman pictured here?" AND it was you!!! Congratulations on your weight loss, I can't wait to read your story :) :)

Anonymous said...

Recently the Lord has convicted me of my idolatry of food, that I truly have a heart issue. We are to do everything unto the glory of God, and I wasn't in this. By the Lord convicting me, I had to repent, I had to turn from my sin and trust in Him. Christ has already changed my life...but He was now beginning a whole new chapter again!
I started June 21st of this year doing WW...I write everything down in a journal. I also started going to the YMCA. I go everyday now and do their cycling class and their BodyPump (weight training) class.
I am so blessed and encouraged to know that I have another sister in Christ, you, that has already gone through this process and is living it! The Lord is so good to us, and He has truly used you in my life as a great encouragement!
Thank you sweet dear sister!
Truly,
Steph

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your website! Just started this "Pinterest thing" and found your website through it. Love it.
Congrats on your accomplishments!

Anonymous said...

God bless you and your beautiful family. God wants yo to take care of yorself the same way yo would a very precious and fragile gift and it sounds like yo already are doing that be good to yourself and know that God loves you on your fat and skinny days because he can see right to yor soul and its beauty!

Candace Reed said...

Hello, I am in the process of making a big change in my life. Your blog put my timeline in prospective. I am trying to eat clean, mainly fruits and veggies, meat only twice a week, no bread, cut way down on dairy and processed food. I have MS and for myself and my health I need to make the change. Nothing happens overnight and making life changes will effect the rest of your life. Most important we have The Lord to hold us up and give us strength. I don't know how people who don't have Christ in their life make it. I couldn't. Thank you for sharing your blog and love of Jesus!

Melissa Phillips said...

I recently made the easy berry cobbler recipe you posted and it was very good. Only thing is when it was done it was a little soupy and I followed the directions exactly, any suggestions?

JanRealtor said...

Maybe a little corn starch?

Hope Jeffcoat said...

So my friend Robyn and I started our weight loss journey in January and we started a blog together. I'd love for you to check it out. I love your recipes. We post recipes on Tuesdays and I would love to use some of yours.
Congrats on your journey! So inspiring!!!
Check out our blog www.momsgonnaloseit.blogspot.com

Véro L said...

Hello I'm Véronique from France.
Bravo for your success!
I imagine how you feel....
In 2008, april to october, I loose 17 kg with WW...and as you say Never back again !!
During 3 years I went to each weekly meeting...the only way for me to change my way of life.
Now I make nordic walking...
WW is the best!

Maddy Grace said...

I started WW in late August and I lost 10 lbs then lost inspiration during a plateau. I stumbled across your blog while looking for crockpot recipes. haha. Thanks for posting your story. I really appreciate it and it's a big help on my journey. I have a blog (I'm terrible about actually blogging). Please feel free to keep in touch. maddygracegetsfit.blogspot.com

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