On The Road To A Smaller Me (and a Mea Culpa)

I’ll get the mea culpa out of the way first. Last year when I attended RWA Nationals in Orlando, Twitter was all the rave. I had an account but wasn’t a fan. However, everyone around me was tweeting non-stop, which I found incredibly annoying. Why couldn’t they just enjoy themselves and take a moment to update their Twitter stream or Facebook status when they got a break?


As one who did not get to attend this year, my opinion has changed quite a bit. Not completely, as I still think it’s rude when you’re having a conversation with someone, attempting to look them in the eye, and they’re looking down at their phone. But I so appreciate all the participants who Tweeted speeches, workshops, spotlights, and the awards in real time.


It was nearly as good as being there without the travel and expense. And without the laughter, camaraderie, and buzzing atmosphere, but bits of that came through as well. So THANK YOU to all who took the time to let us live vicariously through you. I will not be such a spoil sport next year when I (hopefully!) get to attend again. I might even do some Tweeting of my own.


Now to the smaller me. The Romance Biggest Winner project is officially underway. As of today I will eat better, get myself moving, and support my teammates as much as possible. I’ve bought a scale, fruit, and salad mix. Anyone who knows me knows these things would normally never be on any shopping list of mine.


I cannot say I’m on a diet. This is something I want to maintain going forward so calling it a diet will mean going back OFF the diet when it’s over and that would be disaster. What I have to do is learn to cut back on the amounts and up the exercise. I’m not going to cut out pasta all together, or try to get used to skim milk and wheat puffs. I know I’d never keep that up. But I don’t have to buy cookie dough (unless I actually have a reason to make cookies), channel surf for three hours like a brainless zombie (while my “middle spread” gets bigger), or go back for seconds when I know I’ve had enough.


The project runs for the next six months and if you’d like to follow along, check out the blog for frequent updates. Ashley March is the mastermind behind it and from the looks of things, she’s going to be working like crazy to keep this thing organized. For that alone, I can forgive her for the spreadsheet from hell.

9 thoughts on “On The Road To A Smaller Me (and a Mea Culpa)”

  1. Deb Marlowe says:

    Hooray for the start of RBW, Terri! Here’s to a healthier start for all of us.
    Now I’ve got to go find you on Twitter. 🙂

  2. Terri Osburn says:

    Hey there, Deb! Thanks for stopping by. I can’t believe I wasn’t following you already.
    We’re all in this together, right? We can do this! Can’t wait to see how everyone looks at the end. I know I’m looking forward to just feeling better.

  3. Sabrina says:

    I’m in this too – just as my alter-ego blogger self. I’m 8 pds. from my goal weight so I’m one of those “last 10 pds people” who some might hate, but it’s those last 10 pds that are the hardest to budge.

  4. Terri Osburn says:

    I admit, I sent Maureen an emailing asking what in the world you were doing in the project. You’re so tiny! But I can see getting to that last 10 and getting stuck. Besides, you’re too sweet for us to hate you. 🙂

  5. Terri, I love Twitter, and I’m really glad I got to see people’s tweets since it did make me feel part of the whole event. Still, I’m not sure I would be tweeting if I were attending the event — it sounds like a lot of work!
    Congrats on getting started on the healthy lifestyle. 🙂 I’ll be cheering you the whole way.

  6. Terri Osburn says:

    Mark your calendar, Donna. I just had an apple! That rarely happens. 🙂
    I found out this weekend I do have Twitter on my phone. But like you, I’m not sure I’d tweet at conference either. I can barely remember to take pictures.

  7. Is the spreadsheet giving you trouble?
    I still have to overcome my base fear of twitter…sigh. I just know I’ll get sucked in and I don’t have time to get sucked in!
    Scape…7 pounds…so a hair over a pound a month? 😉
    She’s sweet, but I still want to slap her…

  8. Terri Osburn says:

    I work with spreadsheets all day. They do not give me trouble. It’s WHAT THIS SPREADSHEET TRACKS that makes it the SS of doom. You can’t HIDE from this spreadsheet.

  9. Ah…yeah, but I love that it does the work…

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