Happy First Birthday, BGG2WL! | A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss

Happy First Birthday, BGG2WL!

Mmm... birthday pizza!

Mmm... birthday pizza! (Yes, the recipe is coming!)

That’s right – this weekend marked the one year birthday of A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss!

Break out the birthday ca– er…. granola? :)

A year makes such a big difference. I cannot measure how helpful this site has been to others, but I know how beneficial it has been for me to write for this site. In a year, my understanding of my relationship with food has changed so drastically. In a year, I lost over a hundred pounds. In a year, I’ve done more conversing about health than I’d really like on any given day… but in a year, every single conversation has made a difference in my life.

In a year, I’ve been able to understand the pathos that keeps women like me from understanding their bodies. I’ve learned that it’s not even about keeping me from understanding…. it’s simply about having access to the resources that help one understand. And even though, for some, its as simple as owning a laptop and hitting up your local free wi-fi spot… there are many of us who can’t even do that.

In a year, I’ve been able to learn about women like me, and the problem with our typical relationship to food. I’ve learned what circumstances can cause the kind of unhealthy relationship that causes health problems and the very diseases that cause our weight gain. And even though we “should know” and we “should notice,” its evident that we do not. Not only do we not “notice,” but we live in an environment where we’re offended if our friends “notice” and actually “speak on it.” Having said that, I’ve learned that instead of chiding people for not “knowing,” the time is better spent doing what we can to make sure that we all learn.

Needless to say, all this talking about health and wellness – as someone who merely does a lot of reading and researching and living – has helped me build a site that has grown by leaps and bounds in only its first year… and I can assure you, it’s going to get better. There are people who have supported #bgg2wl since day ONE, and I feel like I’ve truly bonded with many of you even though we’ve never met. There are the people who occasionally pop up with a question or two about food, and I do my best to answer (or find an answer for you) as best as I can, in hopes that I can help one more person.  There are my friends who read the site in secret – you may not want to tell me you read it, but I hear you quoting things from this site when you talk about food, man! I don’t need to call you out on it then and there, because it’s not about me at all, any more… it’s just about the knowledge people can glean from it.

Really, the site isn’t about me anymore. It’s so much more about what the site can do for our community, and I recognize that. That’s why I have both a doctor and a psychologist coming on board, writing columns on specific issues in our community and how we can tackle them together. How we can rebuild ourselves and, in turn, rebuild our communities. How we can help each other. And I’m doing everything I can to keep the information on this site available for free.

The site is getting a comprehensive make-over with lots more amazing additions, so keep your eyes peeled. If you come here regularly, thank you for your support and helping us (because this is your site, too) grow by one more person in one year’s time. If you’ve just recently discovered #bgg2wl, then by all means welcome! Get acquainted with that contact form, and send over any questions you have!

As I’ve written before, a lot can happen in a year. Look at this site – look at me as testament to that. And to think, it all started with a crazy idea one day. Cheers to you, and here’s hoping we can spend another year together healthy and happy!

…and I’ve got a 30-day clean eating challenge coming up – complete with two weeks of preparation and every trick in the book to make it happen, and LOTS of giveaways in the process! Get ready! If you thought year 1 was awesome? Year two is going to be the most amazing ride you’ve ever experienced! Tell a friend, tell a loved one… tell somebody, tell everyone! Happy birthday, BGG2WL!

Let’s hear it!

PS: To those of you who keep e-mailing and asking how you can donate to the site, feel free to use the button below. :)


The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She now lives in New York with her family, and is working on her 4th, 5th and 6th certificates.

9 Comments

  1. Andrea Plaid

    July 19, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Hey Erika! You’ve been an amazing inspiration and resource to me on my weight-loss journey, even when we disagree on Twitter!;-) Thank you for this site, and I can’t wait to see the make-over!

    P.S. I think it’s only appropriate that BGG2WL should celebrate such an occasion with Jeffrey Donovan serving the birthday granola…with a strategically placed apron.:-D

  2. Tekira Simon

    July 19, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Happy Birthday to BGGWL!! I recently ran across the site 2 months ago, and have used many of the resources provided. In two months I have lost 30lbs, and I will continue to use the site for new ideas to help me through my journey of a 100lb weight loss.

  3. Ladi Ohm

    July 19, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Congrats! While I’m fairly new to the site, it has really become a great source of information and support as I attempt to eat better, live a healthier life, and encourage my family to do the same.

    Thanks Erika, keep up the amazing work! I look forward to the make-over, and more great posts for years to come!

  4. Rita

    July 19, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Yay! Happy 1st birthday 2 BGG2WL, its been a wonderful ride and I’m psyched to enter another year with my BGG2WL family. Erika, you’ve encouraged and educated me through this site in more ways then I could ever count. My body, my health and I are eternally grateful to you, keep up the awesome job you do!

  5. Madame: The Journey

    July 19, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Congrats Soror Erika!

    I’ve been taken by your site, your ideologies and straight ‘realness’, since discovering it late last year. I enjoy telling friends, co-workers, family and even MY readers about the essence of BGG2WL. As, I am adamant in my belief (fueling personal outreach endeavors), that sparking these (contagious) flames of enlightenment and enthusiasm about health, are what our communities require! Specifically lead by (I’m biased of course, lol), people of color and those who have lived/are living the challenges of making a healthy lifestyle, an authentic way of life.

    Keep up the amazing work, your efforts are of the utmost inspiration. I’m truly anticipating what’s next in store, for BGG2WL! ~ Paula

  6. 1beautifullymade

    October 9, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Happy Birthday,

    I love your site and what you are doing for woman like myself. I will continue to spread the word and I cant wait till the day that I am in a position to donate. You are so real and your sincerity jumps right out of the computer to me!

  7. Vee

    March 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    I’m late but happy belated birthday to BBG2W!!

  8. Vee

    March 20, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    By the way that birthday pizza looks great. May I get the recipe?

  9. Angie

    August 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Happy belated birthday BBG2WL!! I’m only a couple of years late. I was recently introduced to this blog, and I can’t stay away from it. Thanks for all that you do. Great job!

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