Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Erika is losing it—Take...73?

It happened twice. In two days. And now I can’t ignore that it’s probably a sign.

Last week, the week during which we share thanks with our family and friends, I had two instances that reminded me why I need to get back to blogging. 

First, my Weight Watchers leader told me that at another one of her meetings, members were sharing about who or what has inspired them during their weight loss journeys. One of her members sweetly mentioned my blog and said it had inspired her to begin steps toward better health.

The very next day, I went to a Zumba class. A friend was talking to another girl and introduced me. As we said hello, she said “I feel like I know you. Have we met before?” When I said I wasn’t sure, she said, “I feel like I know you like this”—and waved her hand indicating she recognized me dressed in workout clothes. I asked her if she might know me from my blog. “Yes! That’s it. I loved your blog!” she said.

Twice. In two days. And I haven’t written an entry since July. Hmm. Methinks that’s more than a simple coincidence.

Why did I stop blogging? 

Well, truth be told, I got tired of feeling like a broken record of a roller coaster. Up and down and ‘round and ‘round. Not only did *I* get tired of feeling this way, I figured you guys must be tired of reading about me feeling this way. That’s a lot of feelings. And you know what I do with my feelings? Yep, I eat them.

So here’s the thing. I feel like those two not-so-coincidences were just an affirmation of what was already in my heart. No matter how broken this record of a girl feels, I need to be talking about it.
I need to trust that my readers have often felt the same way I do and will support me, no matter what. For those who don’t, I can understand if you don’t want to continue on this journey with me. But the truth is that I could really use all of your hands to pull me out of the mud along the way.

I don’t want to make any promises of how many times a week I plan to blog, but I will tell you that I’m making a commitment to at least try to find my way back. Back to my Photo Phridays and weekly favorites. To my triumphs and fails. To my recipe trials and errors. And maybe even some wedding planning news along the way, if you don’t mind (because holy crap does THAT scare the bejeezus out of me). 

So now it’s your turn. Are you guys in?


LT said...

I'm in!! Glad to have you back E.

Amanda Harris said...

I am so excited to see my favorite things again

Mindy Belcher said...

All in!! Love reading your blog

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm in! I have been a follower since day one and miss your blog posts! - Jennie

Zion St . Laurent said...

Yay!!!! Glad you're back

Vanessa B said...

Glad you're back!! Bring it! Roller coaster, wedding plans and all!

MaryEllen38 said...

Yay! I am so glad you are back! You have been such an inspiration to me..I think you will find it helpful as you navigate all the exciting new steps you are taking in your life..

Anonymous said...

Yay!!! I have missed you and it helps to know I am not in this alone.
Blog away... I will be here.

Jennifer J

Lisa Coleman said...

I am in!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Erika! I'v missed you so much! Janet C.

Terri L'Hoste said...

I am that girl you inspired! I have never commented before but felt I should now. You are the reason I am trying to live a healthier life. I need to know that I am not the only person who feels the way I do about food and you help me so much with that. It helps to know I'm not alone so THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your ups and downs make me feel better too because that is real life and it's definitely what happens in my life. Congratulations on being an absolutely BEAUTIFUL bride both inside and out!


Anonymous said...

I am the girl you inspired to live a healthier life! I need to know that I'm not the only person who feels this way about food and you help me with that. I also need to know that it's ok to have ups and downs and you help me with that too so THANK YOU! You are going to make a BEAUTIFUL bride both inside and out! Congratulations!


Erika said...

Thank you so much, everyone. And TERRI! THANK YOU! You have no idea how much of an impact that made. I'm so grateful for YOUR inspiration.