In the years since I’m Not the New Me came out, I’ve received emails from readers who looked up Poundy.com, which now leads to this site. A few, having mistaken the book for fiction, were surprised to discover that I was real. Others have been curious about what’s happened since the book—a fair question, since most of the events in the book took place from summer 2000 to late 2002; the book was published in 2005.
The day after INTNM came out I met Chris, who bought a copy and learned way too much about me in our first month together. A year later we moved into our current apartment near Albany Park in Chicago. If you’ve read my 2011 book, The Wilder Life, you know who he is. Our wedding was in the fall of 2011.
My mother passed away in early 2007, a year and a half after she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was so supportive of the book and of my writing and I hope that one day I can write more about who she really was; my books have provided only glimpses. I miss her every day.
More than a decade after I began writing online, many of the people I met through what we called “the online journaling community” are still friends—some are close. Not all of us keep regular blogs anymore, but we stay in touch on social media, and we still have gatherings and reunions.
It took a few years, but I gained the weight back. I still occasionally write about weight and body image, but it’s not a major topic in my work anymore. Privately, sometimes I struggle with it and sometimes I don’t. Maybe I’ll have more to say sometime, and if I do, I’ll be happy to share it.
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