Monday, May 13, 2019


Tomorrow this blog turns 11 years old.  ELEVEN!  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd still be blogging in 2019.  There were many times when I thought I'd said all I had to say regarding losing weight, maintaining weight, exercise, and running...oh, and injuries.  But then I got the mother of all injuries - this frickin' frackin' herniated disc - and I have an entirely new subject to write about.  One that I much rather prefer to never have to write about, truth be told.

This is such an isolating injury - I've lost the ability to do many of the things that connected me with people, and I spend a lot of time alone now.  But getting an email from a reader who has gone through the same thing, and hearing from my regular commenters along with some of you who read but have never commented before?  That means so much to me and reminds me that I'm not alone in this.  Blogging has connected me with people in ways that I couldn't have fathomed back when I started this blog in 2008, and I thank you all for sticking with me.  Here's hoping that I will have more than a herniated disc to write about for year 11 - a change of subject cannot come soon enough, believe me!

Oh, Paco just reminded me that I've had more to write about over the years than diet and exercise...namely, him!  After all, this is home of Paco the wonder dog - how could I have forgotten that?
I forgib yu, mom.  After all, yu took me to norf caralina.  I lub dis place.


  1. HA! I feel the same about RA. I thought about quitting the blog but RA has given me a whole new thing to write about. The goal is to share without being self-indulgent. There are days when I want to dump it all out on the blog but I really do hold back. Even if it doesn't always seem that way. Hang in there Shelley! And Happy Anniversary!

  2. Happy Blogaversary Shelley and Paco! I know it doesn't seem like it right now but this too shall pass, and you will have other things to blog about besides your disc. Paco looks happy in the last picture so I hope that means you are having a change of scenery and enjoying North Carolina.

  3. You had already blogged for a year when I started reading you. I remember going back and reading all your archives. You've had quite the journey and it has been fun to watch. Just the other day when I was out walking my sore hamstring and thinking about your disc, I had the thought that the disc might end up getting it's own tab on your blog, the way your eye surgery did. Here's a happy and much healthier 11th year!!

  4. Well I, for one, am always here for the Paco pictures :) Congrats on 11 years! As much as I love writing, blogging consistently can be so hard to stick with so that's a pretty big milestone in my book. I'm glad to have met you through our blogs!

    And of course you're not alone, Shelley! But I understand that feeling - I think a lot of us have felt isolated by something (often outside of our control) at some point. But it'll get better, slowly but surely.

  5. What a nice picture of Paco! But that does look like a giant yard to mow :) I hope your disc improves--maybe that second injection will do the trick!

  6. Happy blogiversary! It's fun to keep blogging and see what happens that we can write about, because we never know! But I do hope that you have reason to share good news re: your back soon and have that change of subject. We want you healed!!!!

  7. 11 for me too. But I forgot my blogoversary.

    I've thought of quitting several times. Who really cares and who reads what i have to say??

    But then again i write for me and hopefully motivate motivate some old fart to start running.

    And I have met in person and virtually so many wonderful people.

    Hope you get back to running soon! I miss those Renegade running adventures.

  8. You have a huge chunk of empathy from me for isolating illnesses. The two years of my cancer battle were very lonely: forced isolation from the general public so I didn't catch OTHER kinds of sick; friends and family who couldn't handle the fear; and my occasional "I only have enough energy and pain tolerance to breathe today" episodes. The internet was a BLESSING during those long months - blogs and email and Facebook and online get-togethers and mail list subscriptions. And video conferencing for work. And telecommuting!

    We were in CS this past weekend for graduation...thought of you when we were at BB!

    I hope you get some relief VERY soon.

  9. Congrats!

    I wanted to say - I use firm Lumbar pillows, every time I sit - house, car, theater, etc.

    I also use cherry pit bags (like a rice bag, but hold heat longer and are firmer). I put one low and one high on my back, helps a lot.

    I know people who use pool noodles cut in half for the firmness.

  10. Sometimes I feel as if my blog is a wash rinse repeat sort of thing. Years upon years of similar posts...but it’s mine and thus...I continue on!!!

    Give nurse Paco a scratch on the head for me!!!

  11. Happy blogaversary. You keep on posting... we'll keep on reading. And hurting and healing right along side you.

    Paco is great. He looks happy there.

  12. Happy blog-iversary! Hope you're feeling better!

  13. Happy Blogiversary! I've been reading for years and look forward to posts on all your different topics (ok, if I'm being honest, the knitting ones, not so much, but so much yes on running, exercising, eating, traveling, home renovations, home decor, Paco! and just about anything else you post about). Wishing you a speedy recovery. xo

  14. Happy Blogaversary, Shelley!! I have been enjoying your blog for quite a while now and always look forward to whatever it is that's going on in your life. I love the rants, the product recommendations, the Renegades and their babbies, your travel stories, the kidults, yours and Jeffs fitness milestones, the Gingerbread House Throwdowns and PACO!! Injury posts are not my favorite, just because I hate to see you having to go through so much pain, but it gives us readers a chance to send you our sympathy and to learn about ways to deal with injury-related set-backs - you are a trooper! I hope for your sake that there are lots more fun things to talk about this year than that stoopid herniated disk. Keep writing please :-)

  15. Happy blogiversary! What is the official spelling for that, anyway? Here is hoping things only get better from here.


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