Life Update & Weigh-in

Hi there folks,

I know I’ve been a little AWOL over the past few days, and even though I hate the whole thing where bloggers apologize for not posting, I’m going to apologize anyway. I don’t have the self-inflated sense of ego to think that your lives have been worse for the wear without a daily dose of me (oh, who am I kidding? Of course I do. Bahahaha.), but I also am a big fan of consistency. In fact, it’s my #1 tip that I give to new bloggers who are trying to grow their traffic: post on a consistent schedule. I usually do pretty well sticking to my once-a-day, Monday-through-Friday posting schedule, but obviously the past couple of weeks have been just a little bit more hectic than usual. Oh wellps.

But because you know I love having excuses for, er, everything, lemme ‘splain. Wait. There is no time. Let me sum up. Work has been ridiculously busy since September marked the end of the federal fiscal year. Which basically meant there was suddenly a crapton of stuff for me to actually, uh, do. And I’m still riding that wave. Outside of work, I’ve also been spending a lot of time on my book, which has cut into a lot of my other normal extracurriculars. Like taking photos of my food. Heh.

Shockingly (not really), writing a novel is proving much more difficult than I’d have thought. Legitimately shockingly, however, I’m almost done with the writing part! I’d say that I’m about 87% (yes, I’m being that specific) of the way there, story-wise. And considering I only really started buckling down at the end of June, I think that’s pretty good progress. Sure, things definitely slowed down when my life exploded, but I’m back on a roll now.

Of course, writing is actually the easy part of all this. After I’m done comes all the hard stuff. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m planning on self-publishing which means I’ll be handling all of the revisions, copyediting, formatting, design, publishing, and marketing myself. Well, with the help of a few lovely and talented people that happen to like me (for now). All that said, I’m actually feeling pretty good at making the December release date I originally had planned on. I’m not dead-set on it — it’ll happen when it happens — but as long as I can continue with the momentum that I have right now, I think I could make it! And then you can all buy my book as a Christmas present to me. 🙂

In other good news, I got my car back yesterday from the shop. It’s unfortunately not really jump-for-joy good news, however, because even though my car LOOKS good, it still doesn’t FEEL quite the same. Call it the psychosomatic echoes of the accident(s). I’m sure I’ll get over it in time though, and at least in the meantime I have access to a push-button start and Sirius XM again.

In less good news, I’m still not 100% recovered from the car accidents. I still feel a lot of discomfort in my shoulder and neck area, which I’m sure isn’t helped by the fact that I sit in front of a computer for 8 hours at work, and then sit with a laptop in my lap once I get home. But I am getting better, so that’s something! It’s usually worst in the morning (maybe I also have been sleeping weird), and then lessens throughout the day. It’s been almost a month since the accident, so I’m not terribly pleased that it’s taking so long for me to get back to normal. That said, I am happy that I’m at least making progress.

Okay, now I believe I owe you guys a weigh-in. You’ve probably already picked up on the fact that I’m only posting my weigh-ins every two weeks. There are a few reasons for this, but it’s mostly because I found doing them weekly to be simultaneously tedious and discouraging. I’m trying to embrace a holistic approach to my health, not JUST define it by a number on the scale, but that’s hard for me because for most of my life, I’ve been overly focused on that number. But, while I don’t want to OVERemphasize my weight, at the same time it is still an indicator of how I’m doing and whether or not I’m staying on track.

ANYWAY. I talk too much. Let’s see the results:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 202.8 lbs
This Weigh-in: 201.5 lbs
Difference: -1.3 lbs

Another strong pound down! I’ll take it. I know that one pound every two weeks isn’t exactly record-breaking weight loss, but as long as I’m continuing in a downward trend I can honestly say I’m happy. Weight loss always seems like it has more longevity when it comes off slowly, and all the yo-yoing I was doing before — 3 pounds down, 2 pounds up, 2 pounds down, 1 pound up — was really not doing me ANY motivational favors. That’s pretty much the reason I can’t weigh myself daily. All the up-and-down is just too frustrating, and takes too much of a toll on my self-worth. So, anyway, long, overly wordy story short: I’m pleased.

And with that, I bid you adieu!

Edited to add: I just posted a couple of sample chapters from my book over on my writing blog! Feel free to check ’em out. 🙂


  1. Woo- lots going on! Wrapping up the book is going to be SO exciting! I have a good friend that writes young adult fiction books and has been going through revisions and stuff with her publisher forever!
    Congrats on the weight loss 🙂 xoxo

  2. I like your approach to weigh-ins. I usually do them once a week, but sometimes it stretches out to two. I tend to get discouraged if I’ve only lost a pound, so I’m jealous of your positive attitude! As you said, any step downward on the scale is a good step, no matter how small. Glad you’re recovering from your accidents!

  3. Taylorsays:

    Good luck with finishing the rest of your book! What an awesome accomplishment.
    I’ve read many different things that say to weigh yourself everyday if you’re trying to lose weight because it keeps you in check. As a person that has gone through countless years of struggling with things like weight loss and body image and going through counseling as a result, I find the concept of weighing everyday to be potentially harmful. Our weight fluctuates so much on a day-to-day basis that it seems like weighing everyday would do more harm to one’s motivation more than anything…but maybe that’s just me. Basically, I think weighing every 2 weeks is a great idea! Whatever works best for you and can help you not focus so much on the number itself.

  4. Glad you’re back in blogging action and I’m doubly glad to hear things are getting better after all stress from the past few weeks.

    And congrats on the book process! One of my summer goals was to have two formulated chapters of my book (non-fiction). Yeah, let’s not talk about whether or not THAT happened.

    FYI: I’ve worked in almost every department of self-publishing for the past 3 years (and at the world’s largest self-publishing company). I would be MORE than happy to offer any advice I can to ensure you have a positive experience (so many people do NOT). Especially when it comes to marketing … and the whole production process. It can be a nightmare if you’re no informed about what you’re getting yourself into from the very beginning.

  5. Good luck with the book writing! I’m sure the book will be fantastic, you have a great writing style.

  6. I have a hard time not apologizing too even though I also feel like my readers are definitely not hanging on my every word, haha. But I’m super excited to read your book!! And congratulations on being down another pound, that’s awesome.

  7. Progress is progress whether it’s in your book, getting your car back or dropping the poundage. YAY for life getting back into a positive cycle 🙂

  8. another successful entry! I like your conversational tone 🙂 it makes reading long entries go by in a breeze.

    Good luck with your book. Being a new reader, I’m not sure what it’s about yet so I might have to bop over to your writing blog and check it out 🙂

  9. I hope I’m your talented super awesome friend who can review the book!!

  10. Oooh! Exciting!! I can’t wait to read it Gretchen! Blog less if you need to, get the book done! 🙂

  11. You are writing a book! That is amazing! I’m sorry that you still aren’t feeling 100% but I can’t get past the fact that you are writing a book. is there anything you can’t do?! 🙂

  12. Busy, busy! Enjoy the few free moments you have, we’ll all still be here happy to read your posts even if it’s a little more inconsistent 🙂 Can’t wait to read your book! Maybeee I’ll get Ryan to read it with me [his second book since high school hahaha]!!!

  13. Well I have definitely missed you! Congrats on your weigh-in, I hear you about work, and keep going on your book-SOOO awesome!!!

  14. Well done on the weight loss 🙂

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