I recently put both myself and my blog on a diet, and the results have been very good.
Let me talk first about the ‘Hugh Diet’, the one I am on. On 5th January, I started to cut down on the size of my food portions for every meal. I stopped eating between meals and for five days a week I would not eat anything after we’d eaten dinner. I cut my alcohol intake but I still enjoyed a glass of wine some evenings. I have a huge amount of chocolate from Christmas in the cupboard but I haven’t stopped eating it. I’ll have a little, usually in place of a dessert at weekends. When ever I get a sugar craving I’ll have a small square of chocolate to help take the craving away, although never eat more than two squares in a single day. Had there been sugar patches available, would I have used them? No!
What my diet has allowed me to do is to eat what ever I like, only in much smaller portions. I’ve never been able to understand why anybody would put themselves through hell by choosing a diet which does not allow them to eat the things they enjoy eating. Isn’t part of life about being able to enjoy yourself? When you enjoy yourself isn’t that when you experience happiness? When you put yourself through hell or do something you don’t want to do, isn’t the happiness chased away by whatever it is you are putting yourself through? By allowing myself to eat what I want to eat (only in smaller portions), I’ve remained happy and ensured that I enjoy life.
I do little if any exercise, apart from walking our dog, Toby. However, my diet also included me going out on walks more often. Whereas some days I would not walk Toby at all because John, my partner, was walking him, I now also join them on at least one of their walks. My days of being in front of a computer screen for over six hours a day have long left my life.
Getting on the weighing scales this morning, I was delighted to see that my diet has helped me loose seven pounds (3.175 kgs). Had I gone to the gym I know I probably would have ended up loosing much more weight, but I do not like going to the gym and, unlike my diet, why do something that I do not want to do? I want to spend my time doing what I enjoy doing and, no, that does not include doing housework, because that has to be done (I know a few of you would disagree with me). I feel healthier, sleep better, and the back pain which I regularly suffered from seems to have disappeared.
So what about the diet I put my blog on? Well, that ended after three days and, like the “Hugh Diet”, I’ve had great results. I now have far more time to read posts and to write. Yes, I read blog posts everyday. Yes, I leave comments every day and, yes, I press the ‘like’ button at least once a day. I retweet a lot, I interact with the blogs I follow, I become part of their blogging community, I meet new bloggers on blogs I follow, my viewing figures have gone up, and the number of followers my blog has, has also gone up.
At first I lost a few followers because of what I was making my blog do on its diet. I had a few negative comments about how cruel I was being to my blog. I was told that I shouldn’t be meddling in something which I knew nothing about, and I was even told that within a month my blog would no longer exist. Well, here I am a month later, more followers than I’ve ever had, and still getting so much enjoyment out of blogging. What I’ve learnt from putting my blog on a diet is that I no longer let it rule my life. If it becomes too big it will turn into a monster, and that monster may just chase me away after causing me a lot of stress and to cause my blog to burnout.
I’ve also learnt to cut down on the number of posts I was publishing and have come to the perfect balance of posting twice, maybe three times, a week. I admire anyone who posts more than once a day and I follow many bloggers who do just that but, for me, I’ve now found my perfect publishing balance.
Many of you contacted me after reading my earlier post ‘Why I put my blog on a diet’, and told me that you were thinking of putting your blog on a diet. How did you do? Did the diet work for your blog? Is blogging sometimes still stressful, or is it all fun again after putting your blog on a diet?
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