HOT OFF THE Freshly PRESSed! Who’s your blog daddy now?
November 3, 2010

(The two-day rise and fall of a blogger who was promoted to Freshly Pressed)

Dear Readers,

Prior to last week, I did not have the luxury of addressing my audience as readers; family and close friends hardly count as readers (sorry mom). However, since being Freshly Pressed, things are a little different now. Strangers from all parts of the world are tuning in to read my posts. How is that for pressure?

Before recounting the few short days of “living it up” on the home page of WordPress, there will be a few brief apologies: First, for being off topic. Those of you tuning in to get a slice of the ugly truth about fitness and nutrition, you will have to wait until next week. Second, for the use of first person as I will not be straying away from the word “I”, which one blogger called me out for over usage.

As a night worker, my day begins in the afternoon. My routine rarely varies: check the cell phone for texts to see what time to meet my gym buddy, then check the emails along with the usually depressingly low hit count on my blog (while secretly wondering why nobody loves me). It was just like any other afternoon; I sat down at the dinning room table, flipped open the Mac and strategically placed my cappuccino far enough to the side to avoid accidental spills.

The next few minutes were quite surreal and somewhat emotional. Mouth wide open, speechless, I just stared at the screen. My brain could not make sense of what my eyes were seeing; a large blue bar towering up the page, rising high enough to almost eliminate all other traffic recorded on previous days. My eyes were then immediately drawn to the little red circle beside my comments tab, notifying me of many pending comments.

I quickly realized that there could be only one plausible explanation for this drastic spike in traffic. Sure enough, right there on the WordPress home page was a clipping of my blog post under Freshly Pressed. It was reconfirmed when I checked my Gmail account and found an email from Erica Johnson Editorial Producer at WordPress, telling me my blog post had been promoted.

What a fun wave to ride while it lasted! Exactly what a down in the mouth blogger needed. Although the traffic wave quickly subsided, a much smaller but steady stream of traffic continues to trickle in; happily, there will always be proof that I was Freshly Pressed, thanks to the hundreds of comments and screen shot that proves it.

I am very grateful to everyone for your generous comments, many took the time to leave well thought out remarks. I plan to reply personally to every comment, so please be patient. Others offered helpful constructive criticism, as brought out earlier, which no doubt has revealed a few of my writing weaknesses. Thank you WordPress, for such a well-designed platform for bloggers to state their opinions and network with other bloggers. Finally yet most importantly, thank you Erica Johnson Editorial Producer for stumbling upon my post.

Please stay tuned for more posts… practical ways to be happy, healthy and fit.

Signed Stewy

*Photos provided by WordPress


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Who am I? Average….
February 3, 2010

Soon enough in life I realized that whatever I endeavored to do I found myself to be average. You can go through life and compare yourself to others and actually think you’re quite talented, then someone else comes along and does it better. But in all fairness, you also find out that you’re not the worst around.

Looking back, I truly thought deep down inside, that others were just simply born better at losing weight and staying fit. They had “IT” and I didn’t. I was starting to think I was stuck in this body because I wasn’t born with “IT” and I just didn’t have what “IT” took. But don’t let yourself fall into that trap! Humans in general are very similar. So most likely you fall into the same category as me: not the worst and not the best! AVERAGE!

That’s right, there are no more excuses now, because I’m an average guy, with an average lifestyle, average education, average income, average metabolism, average self-control, average energy, average body type and average height. I think you get the point now! I really believe I represent YOU, or who YOU can be if you just focus more on what goes into your body and on ways you can expend excess energy presently being stored in your body as fat.


My Mission
January 20, 2010

I will be relating my experience, as I have progressively become more fit and healthy over the past 8 years. I will also include great tips and useful information from friends and additional sources, for which I will provide references if they are directly quoted. I wish to convey the most helpful and practical information I have come across, the same information I swear and live by day to day.

I hope to keep a straightforward format, in order for you to get as much information as you need as quickly as possible in hope of giving you the courage to begin implementing these suggestions into your daily life. Ultimately I hope I can spark your fire of motivation which is fundamental if you want to begin and continue to succeed.

My main focus is going to be on what you can do starting now to change your life around. For others who are already on their way to a healthier and happier life this will serve as encouragement and help you stick with your new habits. For most of my readers who are trying to bring balance to their shocking eating habits, you will quickly see how you don’t need extra human strength or heroic willpower. A balanced diet or lifestyle is typically made up of acquiring and applying the right knowledge, which enables you to make smart choices. That’s primarily what it all boils down to, making the right choices! If you CHOOSE to put the right things in your body, your BODY is going to love YOU and YOU are going to love your BODY!


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