Change is good. We can all agree on that, right? Change fuels progress and growth and leads to good things. Change can turn your life around, like it did mine. Had I not started making changes, I never would have gone from this…
That right there is a visual representation of the 166 pounds that I’ve lost and kept off, and it’s all because I had the courage to embrace change.
Now it’s time to embrace change and start a new chapter for Keep It Up, David. It’s been almost two years since I’ve started this website, and it’s been an extraordinary two years. This website has given me the opportunity to connect with so many fantastic people all across the planet, and it’s given me a platform to share a big part of my life in a way that’s meaningful and, hopefully, helpful. I know for a fact that this website has been helpful for me. It’s been a lifeline that has kept me accountable and on-track. I don’t know where I’d be had I never started Keep It Up, David, and I don’t wanna think about it, because this website is a part of me. A big part of me:
It can easily demand 8-10 hours of my time per week. I’ve published nearly 650 posts. I’ve written somewhere around 400,000 words (at least!). And you’ve stopped by to read those words nearly a quarter of a million times. All I can say to that is HOLY FUCKING SHIT. And thank you.
But my life is changing, and that’s a good thing. I re-entered the workforce this summer, and that’s been going really well, and it’s also kept me very busy. I’m making sure I continue to take care of myself, through mindful eating and exercise, and that takes time, too. Ultimately, I’m finding that my days are getting packed, and something’s gotta give.
Don’t worry – I’m not ending Keep It Up, David. I intend to keep it up in my real life, and as long as I’m doing that, I will keep it up online. This blog is way too integral to my health and wellness to just give up.
But I can’t continue publishing 5-6 posts a week, which has been the norm for the entire life of this blog.
So I’m proud to announce that moving forward, Keep It Up, David will continue as a weekly blog. My new goal is to publish a new post every Monday morning. I already know that there will be times I bend my new plan and publish more than that – like when my twice-monthly weigh-ins fall mid-week, as it will this week, but I’m excited to see how this works.
You can expect some other changes as well. I’d like to find ways to better organize all the information that’s already on here. I’ve gotten multiple requests to compile all my recipes on one page, so that’s one project I’m going to start working on. I plan on updating the ‘My Story So Far…’ page, because that’s barely been touched since Day 1 of this blog. If you have any other suggestions, let’s hear ’em!
I also want to add that when I think about the stats I mentioned earlier – specifically, the nearly quarter-million page views I’ve amassed – my knees go a little week. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again and again: I started this blog mainly as a tool to help me stay the course in a difficult and challenging process. But every time I see those statistics, or read your comments and emails, I feel dumbstruck. I feel honored that so many of you choose to include my words as a part of your day. I feel humbled that you turn to me when you need a little inspiration. Some of you have reached out and shared that this blog has helped you lose 20 or 50 or even 100 pounds, and those confessions literally bring a tear to my eye. I am so privileged to have such a loyal and supportive group of readers all across the world, and I don’t take that lightly.
It’s my hope that you’ll stick around for this new chapter of Keep It Up, David. I look forward to continuing to share my world, and I can’t wait to keep learning from all of you.
A final note – I’m now one week away from my big open water swim. Today, I had what may be my last training session in the pool, where I swam 2,500 yards without stopping. That’s 100 lengths of the pool, and about 15 more lengths than what I’ll be swimming in the ocean. I did another 800 yards before calling it a day. I’m feeling better about the event than I was last weekend, but I’m still a little nervous. And that was before an 18-foot great white shark was sighted on Thursday right where I’ll be swimming. I’ve worked too hard to let some dumb shark scare me off!
Keep it up, David!