Life is funny isn’t it? I have been thinking about this blog for months – in fact years, to be exact it’s been since 2010! Sixteen years after the very first blog was ever written by a guy named Justin Hall, damn him! Really…blogs have been around that long? Authoring seven health and fitness books didn’t pose an issue, I wonder why writing this blog has caused me such torture? Surfing the net for hours and starring at glossy, glamorous exposes of food, fashion, fitness, mommy hood, dating, travel – they all were pushing me deeper and deeper into a trance of not writing… not doing anything. I googled how to start a blog and it said choose a platform, I had that. Design your blog, check. Select the best plugins, what the hell are those? That’s when I started to panic. Write compelling content. ARGH!!!! Please make it stop.
My “platform” is health and fitness, always has been. I dabbled in teaching people how to eat better by setting up healthy food choices at the top of the week, I called it Sunday Set-Up™. ( by people I mean celebrities – FYI that’s another blog idea, Kathy) Nonetheless, spending all my time looking at these successful blogs and what the authors were accomplishing with them, I found myself more and more frustrated. I kept myself distracted while digging in my junk drawers, my closet, my garage, having yard sales doing anything that would divert me from writing this blog. Is that writer’s block? Why do I even have to write a blog? My husband gave me a straight answer, if you want your business to continue to grow you have to write content. You must be open and learn how this content is being put out there and it is imperative that you are consistent. The world of broadcast and print media has changed. You need to get on board with the new trend of social media. Then he dropped the mic with this, “You have had an incredible career with books, videos, personal training celebrities, TV shows, spokesperson positions and your list goes on and on so just because you turned 50, started menopause and your body fell apart doesn’t mean you can’t still help people”. Hmmm… that was three years ago and as much as I hate to admit it he was right. I just needed to get going.
So that’s what happened? SHIT happened! (sorry for the swear word) I got old, parts stopped working, my body changed, spent most days in pain and I was just pissed off. I guess that is why I haven’t been able to write. When your body has been your career and suddenly you don’t even recognize what is below your neck – oh wait neck included, what’s below your chin, let’s just say things have been a little rough and definitely tough.
With this blog I am going to take you back a handful of years to let you see where I have been, but before I do that the photos below will show you where I am today. By the way, no one except my close friends and family have seen these pics. They were taken right after surgery and during my recovery.