Attention Seeker, I Am Not & Thank You

As many of you know, I went what kids these days call ‘viral.’ It all happened with this post<- Click if you have no idea what I'm talking about. Well last week, I wrote a piece for the Today Show website about the experience and again am receiving quite a bit of attention for it.

Along with it comes the critics. I learned back in May not to read the comments because some people can be VERY cruel. I can’t say that I have done my best from abstaining from the comments, but I don’t let the cruel ones affect me.

I’ve learned that no one but me gets to decide how I feel about myself.

There are a few comments that just bug the heck out of me though. Those comments are the ones stating that I did this for attention or in hopes of getting free plastic surgery.

At first I was getting angry and wanted to respond to every one of those comments, shouting at the screen that they were wrong. I didn’t do this for attention, I did it because I wanted to stand up for something I believed in, that I did it to show what a body after losing a lot of weight can look like, that I did it because it is another part of my story that could potentially help others.

A lot of attention was a result, not my intention.

I took a step back and realized that the people who say those things, they only know that part of my story. They’re taking that little bit of my entire life and judging it all on that.

They don’t know that I’ve shared much of my weight loss journey with the world to be transparent and to help others in their own journeys. They don’t know that I was offered free plastic surgery (twice) and I turned it down because I’m not ready for that part of the journey (and because the one company looked shady). They don’t know how stressful and crazy my life was when everything went viral.

All they see is me in my bikini and assume that I did it for the attention.

I’m grateful for those who have taken the time to read more of my story, those who have contacted me to find out more, and for those who have been here since the beginning.

Honestly, there isn’t a real reason behind this post except to say thank you.

Thank you to you all who have taken the time to know my story and the times you have supported me, cheered me along, and have just been there to listen. It isn’t always easy to put myself out there like this, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I hope in some tiny way I have either made you think, helped inspire you to make a change, or made you feel not alone. If I have done that, then my story has done its job.

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5 Year Blogging Birthday

Happy 5th Birthday,Brooke_ Not On a

Yesterday marked 5 years since I claimed my little piece of the blogosphere.

My first entry:

Hi there!

So this is my first entry. Just testing this thing out on my blackberry. Hope it works!
Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device from U.S. Cellular

My how far I’ve come in the my blogging! Haha. Those first days (years) were all about random rambling, covering the Weight Watchers topic of the week, and complaining about my boobs shrinking. There’s still a lot of random rambling going on, but it usually has a bit of focus.

When I first decided to keep a weight loss blog, I never thought in a million years it would become what it has. I didn’t think that I would end up on the cover of a magazine (and soon to be in another), on TV, or meet Jillian Michaels.

Way more important than any that though, is the amount of people I have reached with it. That is the BIGGEST reward of it all. I have a way to reach out to people seeking advice, those who need an ear, or just a source for those who may be afraid to walk into their first Weight Watchers meeting.

None of that would have happened if I didn’t have this bit of space on the internet.

I want to thank you all for supporting me through the years. Thank you for leaving comments, retweeting, sharing on Facebook, or anyway else you have spread the word. Thank you to those who silently read as well. Which ever way you’ve shown your love these last 5 years, thank you. Without you guys I would just be talking to myself and well, that would be a bit weird. 😉

I think year 5 was one of the best thus far in Not On a Diet land, so year 6 can only be better, right?

I have quite a bit planned to bring to the table, so stay tuned to see where it all goes!

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