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.

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18 thoughts on “This Isn’t Goodbye…

  1. Cynthia

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

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  2. Rhonda

    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!

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  3. debby

    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.

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  4. Pubsgal

    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!

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  5. Carol M.

    I saw these products by a company called It Cosmetics http://www.itcosmetics.com 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!!!

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  6. Anonymous

    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.~Shelley

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  7. runnin4fun

    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!

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  8. Lynn Haraldson-Bering

    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. Lynn

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