Friday, August 22, 2008

This Isn't Goodbye...

I wrote a blog today over at ZenBagLady bidding readers a temporary farewell as I put the blog on hiatus to pursue the book proposal I've committed to writing. I must also do the same thing with Lynn's Weigh, although unlike ZBL, I'll write here once every few weeks because I don't want to lose touch with all of you. And as I said on ZBL, I'll still be posting once or twice a week at Refuse to Regain, so it's not like I'll be completely holed up in my office writing a book.

I feel like I just put my kindergartener on the bus for the first day of school. I know it's necessary to let go of some things for the greater good of another thing, but it's still sad nonetheless. I promise to stay in touch and hope you will do the same.

Below is today's blog over on ZBL:

English can be such a dull language. It’s so practical in terms of pronunciation – mostly clean and repressed – and it often relies on phrases rather than one single word to communicate an idea or action. Not like German where you get to spit and gargle when you talk, and where several words are pasted together into one word to relay meaning.

Today, though, I’m meditating on one English word that is not only fun to say, but holds great meaning for what I’m about to do to ZenBagLady. The word “hiatus” is one of those English words that creates a stop in your jaw, makes you think for a split second about how it feels coming out. Hiatus. If you look at it long enough, it begins to look like a foreign word, from some Pacific island, meaning a flower, maybe. Or a bug.

But what it really means is to take a break. And that’s what I must do. I’ve committed to writing a book proposal and I’m afraid I’ve not given it the time and energy it needs to be the best book proposal I can write. As much as I hate to do it, ZenBagLady will go into hiatus, like a mediocre sitcom, beginning today. However, I reserve the right to publish a blog on occasion, so ZBL won’t be completely gone. It’s a break. An “interruption in space,” according the dictionary.

Thank you for reading the Lady. It’s been a lot of fun writing it these last two years. I’ll still be blogging once a week over on Refuse To Regain with my friend Barbara, and I promise to return ZBL after I get this proposal written.

‘Til next time….auf Wiedersehen, my friends.


  1. I'll miss reading your blogs, they're inspiring. Good luck on your book and continued maintenance! Cynthia (Clarion Alum)

  2. I posted over at the other blog, too. Best of luck with your book deal. If I may ask, is this going to be a book about your weight loss journey? Whatever it is, sign me up for a copy. ;) I'm sure it will be just great!

  3. Lynn, I will miss you SO MUCH. You were my introduction to this whole bloggy world (via the article in People magazine!) But I am so excited that you have a book proposal in the works. I will keep checking on you here and on Refuse to Regain.

  4. Best wishes on the book! I'll miss reading your articles here, they've been very inspiring, but I'm glad you'll still be posting on Refuse to Regain.

    I'm sure you must realize this already (and don't need someone you don't know to tell you this :), but you're doing important, inspiring work. It's way too easy for those of us just starting the journey to get caught up in a negative mind-set regarding weight loss, maintenance, and fitness; to think, "what's the use...pass me that pint of ice cream, will ya?" when faced with so many news articles about diets failing and the like. It's nice to have a concrete example of a real person who is really bucking the trend: getting healthy, and staying healthy. (And who describes her process with humor and grace.) Thank you!

  5. I saw these products by a company called It Cosmetics on the Today Show so I thought I would try them. I TOTALLY look like I’ve lost 15 lbs instantly and I feel like I’m finally able to get that “in-shape” look I’ve been working so hard for in the gym. Just thought I’d share this GREAT find!!!

  6. You go girl.....I cannot wait until the book is published and ready for us all to read. Good luck to you - you inspire us all.


  7. :sniff, sniff:

    I will miss you and will check in often to catch your posts.

    Good luck with the book!

  8. Lynn, your humor and your candor have helped me more than I can say. During the many months I've been reading your blog, you've helped me become realistic about my goal weight, which had always seemed out of reach because my expectations were unrealistic. In addition, it has been enormously encouraging to "meet" someone who must eat modestly, too. I've started WW before and quit because, despite following the program religiously, my results were so disappointing. This time it took me 8 weeks to lose the first 3 pounds, and though you didn't know it, reading your blog helped me to stay on track and not give up. I thought, If Lynn can do it, then I don't have any excuses! Though I still have about 10 pounds to go, I know I'll make it. I also know that maintenance is work and always will be.

    Godspeed with your proposal. I look forward to reading your book.


  9. I have never commented before,but I have been a faithful reader of all 3 of your blogs for a year.I start with your site and then head over to your "favorites" -like roni's weigh-and catch up there.I will really miss your writings.I live in GA now,but grew up outside Pittsburgh. Your stories made me feel closer to home.Please stay in touch and keep us updated on the book!

  10. Congrats on the book deal, Lynn! You have inspired me with each post. Have a wonderful time on your next adventure!

  11. Lynn,
    Good luck on your book. I will definately get to the book store and purchase one when you are published. I will miss reading your blogs though. I have made a habit of checking your site every morning with my coffee. Thank you so much for your advice on my pursuing a book and I want you to know I have put that advice to work!

  12. Thank you so very much, everyone, for your kind support both here and in emails. I really appreciate it. The book is somewhat about weight loss, but in a broader sense. It's memoir-ish, too. Hard to describe. Heck, even I don't know exactly what will come out of my head yet and on to the screen! LOL

    But I promise to be back once in awhile. I would miss you all too much if I didn't.


  13. You have been a great inspiration to me. Thank you. You'll be missed.

  14. A book deal?! Wow that's great. I'll miss reading your blog.
    Good luck!!!

  15. awwwhhh I just found you too! Good luck with your writing!

  16. Just found ur blog,love on reading it,wish can read more in the future, isn't goodbye.hope to see your new blog soon ya.

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  17. Great blog, I loved reading it and good luck with the book.

  18. Best wishes with your book! You have been an inspiration to me and started my own weight loss journey which I am still undertaking! Thankyou so much!