Jul 142010

I recently read a BlogHer post by Renee J. Ross that got me thinking. She talks in depth about her public weight loss, the struggle, and the light at the end of the tunnel. She’s successfully lost quite a bit of weight and I applaud her.

She’s not the only one. There are countless women I could name, including Leah Segedie, Bookieboo.com founder and Mamavation Grand Mistress (that’s my title for her). The site and twitter hashtag are a source of support for moms trying to get fit and Leah is a great example. She’s lost a crazy amount of weight and uses her story to inspire others.

So where’s that leave me? Not on the winning side of the scale, but that’s a different blog post. Or maybe a chapter in my book.

And therein lies the dilema.

I started the blog the same day I started my book. I’ve wanted to write a book for an insanely long time and have had plenty of time to research the ins and outs of going about the business that comes with getting that dream off the ground. And I went in knowing that traditional publishers aren’t exactly going to do the happy dance when/if they get to reading your manuscript and find the entire thing plastered all over your blog.

So the plan from the beginning was to make the book the story of my weight loss attempt journey and the blog my mama-writer journey. I put a few snippets up here and there—little bits of the book—to give you an idea of what isn’t going on the blog, but for the most part I am doing my damnedest to make sure I don’t make my life harder whenever I get to the agent/editor/publisher portion of this little pipe dream.

Now, if this had gone another way and I had just started a blog first, gotten the attention of an agent, and had the Great Oz make all the rest of my dreams come true, too, this all may have gone a bit differently. I might be sharing more on Bookieboo. I might have gotten past the “Should I or Shouldn’t I?” and tried to win a spot in her Mamavation campaign. I may have vlogged more about my results for more accountability. I may have reached out for more support.

I maybe should have lost the weight first. And then written the book.

But then I remind myself that my goal from the beginning wasn’t to flash a number at The End and call it a day. It was to reach out, connect, and show anyone who picks up the finished product that success on the scale isn’t the only prize to be sought. Yes, it is an important goal. And one that we should continue to strive for. But the continuing to try part? Despite the craziness and obligations of motherhood? The getting up every morning after a hellacious day before and a hellacious day to come? I want moms to read my book and know that trying is a reason enough to feel good about themselves.

I know I could share more. But I really shouldn’t. And it’s not that I’m holding out. I’m just saving the juicy bits for the book.

And I can say that on my blog without blurring too many lines.

So I will.

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  6 Responses to “Holding out”

  1. Thanks, Leona! It’s human nature to compare to others, I think…and really hard as a writer. I just have to remind myself to stay focused.

  2. :D Do what you’ve been doing and keep right on trucking!

  3. Hey girl! OMG…Grand Mistress…hilarious. That’s defiantly a step up from what I do all day with my kids. I’m a chef, driver, maid, and social calendar. I like it. ;)

    • Grand Mistress is right, Leah! 170 pounds plus lost, an amazing and supportive campaign to inspire other moms…and chef, maid, and social calendar? Hell yeah…

  4. Phew! I thought you were going to talk about not blogging as much once the book was finished. Oh crap, that reminds me, I have chapters to edit. Sorry, been in complete Zombie Brain mode lately.

    • Me? Not blog? Woman, I’m trying to blog less NOW, like not every day of the week and then being surprised when I come up on a dry spell…
      But no, I will not stop, like for realz, ever. I’m too OCD. Which makes for free entertainment for you.
      (I’m waiting patiently on those chapters, lady… ;D)

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