Finally. The ubiquitous 7 links post.

When I write a post that gets a lot of views and a lot of heartfelt comments both here and on Facebook, it seems difficult to top it. Not necessarily “top”, but write something that is as worthy and inspirational. Yesterday’s post, A Former Fat Girl’s Long Awaited Day, is one of those. EVERYTHING I post is important to me. It means something to me. So while it may not get a lot of traffic or even one comment, I’m proud that it came from me and that I put it out there. These are the two requirements for myself right now–Be Honest & Inspire.

I don’t sugar coat. I have been known to say, “If you want something sugar-coated, have a donut.” I am honest {sometimes to a fault, but I have been aiming to be more diplomatic with my responses} and bold. I say what I have to say and mean it. This blog is not fiction; I’m no good at creating stories. I write about my true life experiences, thoughts, feelings. And with that, I also aim to inspire. If I didn’t want to help anyone else out there, I would just write in my own paper diary at home and never share it. I’ve been through some crazy rough stuff in the past few years on this healthy living journey of mine and if I can help anyone through his or hers, it’d mean the world to me.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” ~Mohammed Ali

I’ve never had a late rent check yet and don’t plan on starting now. 🙂

With all of that said, thank you again, and now let me get to the subject of today’s post: The 7 Links. This was going around all over bloggerville a little bit ago but I wanted to do mine when the hoopla of it died down a bit. Also, I have some new readers lately so this would be a great way to get to know me! At this point, I’m not going to tag anyone to do it, but if you’re out there and you want to and you haven’t yet, go for it–it’s great to look back at your previous posts and reflect. But thank you to Michelle and Holly for tagging me!

Most Beautiful
If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother. I wrote this on the 2nd anniversary of my mother’s death. She was the most beautiful person I knew. All I can say is the world is a different, different place when your mother is no longer here. But I have my own personal angel now and she watches out for me everyday.

Most Popular

Jennifer Hudson Caught Drinking Beer in Saxapahaw? While it only got a few comments, this post BY FAR recieved the most views I’ve ever had in over two years of blogging. It was crazy. The clicks on it just kept climbing!! What was funny was that I was doing a Wordless Wednesday so I hardly wrote anything, just posted a lot of pics. I was like, go figure, this is what gets views?? Haha….

Most Controversial

I don’t get treadmill haters. I don’t believe I’ve written anything super controversial yet. I’ve had some things floating in my head but I could probably start a fight or lose readers if I did, lol! Again, I’m WORKING on the diplomacy thing; I haven’t mastered it yet. So maybe I’ll write those posts one day–depends on my mood. 😉 But for now this one has to do. I LOATHE when people use the term “dreadmill.” Like, want to spit nails loathe. I love my treadmill and it helped me get to where I am now. There’s no way I’d dread anything like that!

Most Helpful

Getting Phatter and Phatter Every Day. This is a post from way back in September 2009. I didn’t really even have a theme for my blog yet and I hadn’t really set out on my healthy living journey. And it may not have helped anyone else out there, but it did help ME.  I like to think that being called Precious by my teacher made me jump into weight loss action, but it was actually the event that I speak about in this post.

A Post Whose Success Surprised Me

I Need to Get This Off My Chest. This was a rant. I’m surprised that anyone would listen to me pour my heart out about the culmination of my frustrations over the last two years of my life–but they did. And they gave me amazing feedback. Y’all are just awesome!

A Post I Didn’t Feel Got the Attention It Deserved

I’m Not Creepy. I Just Need a Picture for My Blog. Excuse me for saying it, but this was hard to pick just one! I don’t mean to sound like I’m awesome or anything, but I wrote a lot of kick ass posts that should have had more attention than they did. I was going back and looking and thought, “This post was great. That post was hilarious. You mean out of ALL the people that viewed it that day, no one had ANYTHING to say?!” We all need pictures for our blogs. Surely someone would have agreed with me on this. Or something. Anything. I just don’t get the non-commenters either. Why be a voyeur? Say something even if it’s constructive criticism. Let me know I’m not just talking to myself.  Sheesh!

The Post I’m Most Proud Of
Before and After Pictures…OMG. and Hot Yoga & Letting Go. I know it says “post” singular but these both mean a lot to me. When I set out on my weight loss journey, I wasn’t really sure how it would go. I was depressed, hateful towards myself and flat out angry. I had a huge mountain in front of me and didn’t know if I could really do it. To look back at that before picture–it gets me everytime. It’s hard not to get teary-eyed when I see it. But I’m SO proud of myself for keeping up with it and having kept going. It was so worth it! The other post is one I’m very proud of too. It took me a lot to get to a point in my life {and dropping the hateful self-abusive attitude} where I could try something new and let go of old baggage.

So that’s it. Those are my 7 links. Hopefully you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about me and why I am the way I am! I enjoyed sharing with you! Is there anything you’d like to share? Are you on your own healthy living journey?

Comments 6

  • Love it! I am one of your new readers (hello!) and this does help me to get to “know” you better.

    I can relate to you on so many levels, except for the fact that you’re a Steelers fan, and I am a Bengals fan. I grew up in Cincinnati and even went to college with Ben Roethlisberger. Guess we’ll have some AFC North debates this season, huh? 🙂

    • Hi new reader Michelle! 🙂 Thanks for visiting! You went to school with MY Ben?!! Lucky girl! I have a wee little obsession for him. Yes, we’ll have some good debates, but I can always appreciate another diehard NFL girl!!!

  • Cherie, thanks for the stroll down memory lane. I love your blog. It’s meaningful, heartfelt, informative and hilarious–maybe not all at once, but it’s nice to read one of your new posts and not quite be sure what you’ll talk about or what angle you’ll take. Keep on your weight loss journey–being mistaken for Jennifer Hudson isn’t such a bad thing.

  • I enjoyed the stroll down memory lane also. 🙂 (And some posts I hadn’t read previously because I didn’t know you had a blog then, lol.) Your post about your mother truly was beautiful. And your before and after pictures get me every time. You have come so far!!! And I know you’re on a journey for life! 😀

    • Thanks!!! Yeah, I had the blog since summer 2009 but took a break for a long time and just started back this May. 🙂