Am I really a blogger?!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I've never thought of myself as a 'blogger'.  I always thought you would need to have a Major in English to be a blogger, after all I only just passed School Certificate English which won't shock any of you as my punctuation is not the best, I'm not really bothered, I am much better at talking than writing ;)

So here I am still blogging away several years later, a lot of blogs start up but don't stay, a lot of time goes in to blogging, trying to think about what readers want to hear.  My blog just evolved out of my quest for weight loss and health.  Back in 2008 there were only about 5 other Primal blogs so I felt quite alone starting this style of eating, especially in New Zealand, we are so slow to catch up with the rest of the world.

I never thought this blog would become as popular as it is, I have readers from all over the world...United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Slovenia and many more. I get 500+ hits daily so I’m pretty blown away by this.

This blog has kept me accountable for my weight loss journey, it's been about my rants, recipes, the frustrations I've had and the victories I have made, all of my readers have made me feel like I wasn't alone in this process and less crazy about it all.

Being extremely overweight is something I don't wish upon anyone, I can't even really describe how awful it made me feel but the one thing that most overweight people tend to have in common is feeling alone and like nothing is ever going to change.

When I made that decision to lose weight and blog about it, I felt like I could really do this, people I'd never even met started emailing and commenting on my progress.  When I had fails my readers lifted my spirits and kept me trucking along.

I don't quite know if I would have been as successful at not only losing the weight but keeping it off if it wasn't for my blog.  You all keep me real, keep me accountable and I love feeling like I'm a part of a life changing movement that is going on in the world of Primal and Paleo.  People are starting to realise that the conventional wisdom crap we've all been fed is just lies and there's more to losing weight than just calories in calories out.

I love to reflect, to remember where I came from.  Keep my feet on the ground and real about where I am today.  I've been on this journey for almost 4 years and it's just blows my mind with the support that is out there now for those of you wanting to lose weight and improve your health.

Sometimes I wish there had of been more help when I started but in someways I'm pretty proud of myself that I have helped so many others who desperately needed and still need that motivation, if I can motivate those around me I feel like in some small way I'm doing my bit.

This Friday evening I'm going to be doing my first public talk about Primal, I'm very nervous as I'm not a big fan of speaking in public (who the hell is) but because I'm so passionate about this subject it's something I just have to do, I really want to help others change their lives.

The work I put into my blog, my Facebook page and now the 'mini seminars' is all to help those out there that need it, it's unpaid work but I love it and will keep doing it to help people.

There's still a fat girl inside of me, I'm so empathetic, I understand the shame and sadness that surrounds this issue, I'll never forget where I've come from and how hard I have to work to stay on track.

I hope that I can continue to inspire, motivate and challenge you all out there, if you think losing a large amount of weight is impossible think again, it's amazing how the body can shrink.

Thank you to all of my readers for helping shape my journey and keep me accountable, I'm so grateful to you all x


  1. Yes you are a blogger!! It is people like you who should blog. People with a real story to tell. I have blogged since 2003 but back then it was when I was (trying to) lose weight on weight watchers. My whole focus has now changed to try to motivate and help others - kind of like you I'd say!! Keep doing what you are doing because you are showing that not only can you lose weight this way, you can keep it off and live the lifestyle.

    1. Thank you Lynda! It's great being able to help others change their lifestyles isn't it. You do such a fantastic job blogging also and it's so great to see another NZ'er doing it :) By the way you are looking fantastic!!!

  2. You are a blogger and a very good one at that. I recently discovered your blog a few days ago. I'm 48 years old and live in South Louisiana. There are not too many paleo eaters here so you inspire me. You are making me feel like I can do this. Thanks for all of the food ideas and recipes. The before and after pictures. You are beautiful and I have a feeling you will reach more and more people every day. Good luck on this journey and I wish you much success.

    1. Wow thank you so much DebbieTibbs! I love hearing from my readers and I'm so pleased you found my blog and you're finding it inspiring :)

  3. Your account is one of my favorites. Not suprised that you are branching out to an even more challenging venue. Thanks for all the hard work you do !

    1. So nice to hear and thank you so much!!! Your very welcome :)

  4. Just found you here in Ohio USA. I'm just starting out and you are a real inspiration! Thank you for all the information and advice you help us out with. I look forward to what you put out in the future and the journey that lies ahead.

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Zach, thanks for the feedback! I hope that you find the info and advice helpful :)


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