A few weeks ago, a fellow blogger and I were talking about the effects of blogging about weight loss while trying to lose weight. From our eyes there are three types of weight loss bloggers.
- Bloggers who lose weight and then decide to blog about it.
- Bloggers who are in the middle of their quest to reach a healthy weight but haven’t reached their goal yet (me and the other blogger).
- Bloggers who are just starting their journey.
For new weight loss bloggers, encouragement can be found at every corner! “You’ve got this.” “Keep doing what you’re doing.” “I’m so proud of you!”
For those who have achieve their weight loss goals, they are often admired for achieving what so many of us want so badly! “You look great, any tips?” “How’d you lose all of your excess weight.” “What is it like to maintain your healthy weight?”
But for the bloggers who are still trying to reach their goals, not only do they get a lot of opinions from the outside world, but they’re also under a watchful eye. “You’re eating too many processed foods.” “You’re working out too much.” “You eat too many carbs.” “Have you tried paleo yet?”
As my friend and I have both been blogging for roughly 3 years and have not reached healthy weights, we wondered, is blogging good for weight loss?
In my honest opinion, not really… At first, it was incredibly motivating to have others to relate to while working towards my goals. I felt like my readers held me accountable, whether it was from their comments or just knowing that people were following me. After a few years of blogging though and not being at a healthier weight, blogging about my weight became quite discouraging. For new readers it can appear that I’ve had no weight loss success, whereas long time readers know that I’ve had some great success along the way.
While my goal these past few years has been to get back to weighing around 210, I can’t ignore all of the milestones and achievements I’ve reached along the way! I’ve run a half marathon, 15K, 10 miler, 10K, and multiple 5 milers and 5K races, I’ve played full contact professional women’s football, and I’ve become more comfortable with who I am. I am a different person than I was three years ago, and although I haven’t lost the weight I’ve wanted to lose, I am still working towards being a healthier person each and every day!
So why do I still blog about weight loss?
Because I know I’m not the only one who struggles with weight loss. I know that I’m not the only person who has been trying to lose the same 20 pounds for the past 3 years. I know I’m not the only person who has joined Weight Watchers at least 10 times and probably will join again. I blog not for the feedback, but instead to let all of those working to live a healthier life know that a.) they’re not alone b.) I’m human c.) I’m not perfect d.) I have highs and lows e.) I eat a variety of foods – whole foods, raw foods, processed foods f.) you can be successful and g.) working to live a healthy life never ends.
I personally think that blogging while trying to lose weight can be a detrimental thing WHEN the blogger starts to allow readers opinions to affect their choices and decisions. If you choose to eat processed foods, that’s ok! If you choose to eat 3 meals a day vs 6 small meals a day, that’s ok! If you decide to workout 3 times a week, be proud of what you have chosen to accomplish! Don’t let others’ opinions make you feel like you’re wrong for living your life the way you want to live it.
I think we all hope to become a success story! For those that haven’t reached their goals yet, keep working hard and don’t lose hope. I truly believe that all of the puzzle pieces (mentality, motivation, diet, and exercise) have to line up in order for the weight loss train to get rolling. If you’re a blogger, stay true to who you are, no matter the feedback! Blogging can be good for weight loss, if you allow it to be. If you’re a reader, remember that bloggers are human and are trying to figure it all out. To each his own.