I think this is goodbye.

I hate it when blogs don’t have a farewell post, and I’ve been putting it off because I didn’t want to admit that it was over.

But it is. And, I’m happy to report, it’s not over because I gave up. It’s over because it served its purpose. I got the motivation I needed and the help from fellow bloggers and commenters that I needed in order to not only stick with this, but to feel damn good about myself while I did it.

I hit my first goal weight. I was going to wait until the after christmas sales to pick up a new wardrobe, but when you can slide your pants off without unbuttoning them, you know it’s time to get some new pants. Belts were making the pants bunch and twist awkwardly, and my shirts are starting to look like I borrowed them from my larger older sister because I was too lazy to do my own laundry.

I totally do my own laundry.

So obviously, this situation couldn’t remain.

New clothes were purchased. Old clothes are boxed up with a hastily scrawled “Break Glass In Case of Fatness” across the top.

I’m pretty much where I wanted to be. Will I get thinner? Probably – I’m not DONE. Nobody’s ever done, as anyone who has ever lost a lot of weight and then regained it can attest. I’m still exercising and I’m still eating right.

Granted, I’m allowing myself an extra cookie here and there, and not feeling quite as guilty about it being apple crisp season.

I’m letting my body decide where it wants to settle. My maintenance will be my life – I’d better be happy with how I eat and how I live for it.

I’m pleased. And proud, but mostly pleased. Not because pride is an evil emotion, but because I know that I couldn’t have done it alone. Can I be proud of you guys, just as much as myself?

I don’t know if I would or wouldn’t have stuck with it if you guys hadn’t been here. I’d like to think I wouldn’t have given up, that it would have just been harder.

But could haves and might haves don’t matter. The truth of the matter is that this is the BEST blogging community I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of. I felt geniuinely welcomed and helped – everyone really cared and understood my situation, everyone gave fabulous advice and shared wonderful stories.

But I don’t need this blog anymore. I think. Probably.

I know how to do this – when I started the blog, I had only very limited knowledge of how I should go about this.

In the end, the solution was to not take it quite so seriously. I never officially “started” my diet, I just got some good cookbooks (the quick and easy south beach diet book and the 15 minute low carb meals book) and started experimenting, trying one new recipe a week. I wanted to build a solid foundation of meals that I liked.

Before I knew it, these new meals dominated my diet – they tasted SO much better than hamburger helper, rice-a-roni, and macaroni and cheese.

The food was an easy swap. The exercise never has been easy for me, and I don’t think it’ll ever become easy. You guys helped me through my knee troubles, giving me great suggestions, and (more importantly) all the support I could ever have hoped for.

So thank you. Every single one of you. Thank you to the people who commented here, and to the people who linked to other blogs who linked to other blogs and somehow managed to point me to an incredible wealth of information.

You guys rock.

But although the Dieting Ninja is dead, I am not. The internet being who and what it is, I don’t want to post my email address here, so if you are interested in knowing the ninja behind the mask, comment here with a valid email address in the form field and I will very happily email you with my new blog address.

If you’ve linked to Dieting Ninja, feel free to remove your links – from this moment forward, with the exception of comments to this post, this blog is dead.

She served her purpose and I will celebrate her death Irish Wake style, with much reminiscing and jubilation.

The Ninja is dead! Long live the Ninja!


6 Responses to “Adieu?”

  1. Congrats! You seem like you’re in a good place. And I’d love to get your new blog address.

  2. Now is the start of your new life ;)
    Would love to be able to keep in touch!!

  3. Congrats!! If you do start another blog, put another post up here just to let us know so we can follow you there! :)

  4. Well, it’s been a pleasure my dear. E-mail Erin and I at and we’ll keep up. :)

  5. what was the decision? new blog? ID LOVE THE ADDY TOO!

  6. I don’t know if you’ll ever check this again, but I’ve been AWOL for a while so just saw this post. Would love your new blog addy if that’s what you’re up to.

    mandytannenbaum at hotmail dot com.


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