Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Appreciation for the Fit Blogging Community

First off, I want to say sorry to all the bloggers I follow for not keeping up with their blogs the past 11 days (and counting). I am still on vacation, spending time with family during the holidays over here on the East Coast. My PC time is a bit limited, but rest assured I have not forgotten about my blog and Twitter friends. Actually, that's what this post is about, the great friends I have made since starting this blog, and the great community of supporters.

When I left for my trip this month on the 10th, I thought I was leaving behind all my Twitter and Fitblog friends and supporters.  I realized though, as early as my first flight, that I didn't leave you behind, I took you all along with me. I bet you didn't realize that you were all taking a trip to RI with me did you? :)

After the first leg of my flight, I was sitting on the plane (I was one of only 2 that stayed from the last leg) so I got to chatting with one of the Southwest flight attendants. Come to find out she is on a weight loss journey of her own and has a goal of running her first 5k this March. This of course got me talking about my journey and the great support I have received from the Fitblog community of friends I have gained over the past 9 months. I told her how great you all are and how much of a positive experience it has been getting to know all of you. I also told her that without all of you and your great support, I would not have accomplished what I have so far. She really seemed intrigued so I asked if she was on Twitter. She wasn't at the time but said she was thinking about setting up an account. Well, I don't know if she has an account yet or not ( with all the talk of you guys, I forgot to give her my Twitter name lol ), but I will say that if any of you get a follow from a Southwest flight attendant, you know who the follow suggest came from LOL.

As I was spewing off names to her like Tidbits_of_Tara, JPnagan, Brooklyn_1012, FatgirlvsWorld, Cyclingsi, ChrisPugh, Rspnsblty199 and RingAroundRinn, I realized I never left you guys. I always carry you around. I obviously could not stand there and name all my followers but I think she got the point that everyone in the Fitblog community was responsible for my success so far. I also think that she was generally interested in what I had to say. She kept the conversation going with questions about Twitter and Fitblog so that was a good sign...I think.

I also realized that I talk about this great community all the time. Every chance I get I am letting people know about all of you. So, to sum all this up I just want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who follows and supports me. Thank you to everyone who is part of this fitblogging community (whether you follow me or not LOL) and thank you to everyone who goes out of their way to support someone who is going through this fitness and weight loss journey. You may not see it right away, but please know that you all make a very big difference in someone's life. You all help make it possible for people to realize that what they want to accomplish is entirely attainable.


Also a very special thanks to Katy (twitter: Kwidrick) for creating such a wonderfully supportive community with Fitblog. Follow fitblog chats on Tuesday nights at 9pm est by clicking here: Fitblog. Or follow the #fitblog hash tag on twitter. I promise, you'll be glad you did.


  1. You are always with us, Vinny! Can't wait for the holidays to be over so we can have you all to ourselves MWAAHHAHAHAHA!

  2. Oh, and family is nice too. :)

  3. Awww Vinny this was awesome! And I think I speak for the FitBlog community in saying we have to return the thanks. You are always so sweet, supportive and fun to talk to. We are lucky to have you in our lives :)

  4. Happy Holidays, Vinny. Hope all is well with family out in Rhode Island.

    (I'm sorry.. the only thing I can think about RI is that they have lobster rolls at the McD's there.)

  5. I feel the same way and am more than happy to be a part of that group.

  6. Merry Christmas My Friend!!!!

    - The Heavy Man

  7. ee cummings said it much better than I could. While he may have written it about romantic love, I think it also applies to the love between friends:

    i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
    my heart)i am never without it (anywhere
    i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
    by only me is your doing, my darling)
    i fear
    no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet) i want
    no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
    and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
    and whatever a sun will always sing is you

    here is the deepest secret nobody knows
    (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
    and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
    higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
    and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

    i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

  8. I'm glad I got to know you throughout the year vinny! Let's make 2011 a year to remember :)

  9. Here we go Vinny, more victories await us in this new year, Happy New Year!

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