Want to See the Scale Move? Make Some New Friends

By Tina Haupert

I just lately chatted with Health‘s affiliate weight-loss editor, Shaun Chavis, about how my food regimen and health weblog helped me discover a neighborhood of health-focused ladies. These ladies have change into expensive mates despite the fact that, till just lately, I’d by no means met lots of them in individual.

Last weekend, with the assistance of 5 like-minded bloggers, I hosted a Healthy Living Summit in Boston. Seeing a roomful of 125 individuals—most of them readers, fellow bloggers, and digital mates—jogged my memory that interacting with a neighborhood was one of many keys to discovering my Feel Great Weight. Blogging has been an avenue to attach with others and help my wholesome dwelling habits. Now I really feel accountable not solely to myself, however to my readers, who will name me out on skipping too many exercises or consuming too many cheeseburgers.

Have you hit a weight-loss plateau? Are you brief on motivation? Here are 4 the explanation why a weight-loss weblog could allow you to discover your Feel Great Weight.

Endless help
When I first began losing a few pounds, my help community did not prolong previous my household and closest mates. Feeling like I used to be the one one making an attempt to stay a more healthy life made it powerful to say no to dessert. When I began my weblog, I discovered a gaggle of people that perceive what I’m going by and who can relate once I fall off the wagon. All of those digital strangers help each other by feedback, emails, images, and hyperlinks.

There are tons of weight-loss blogs on the market, so nearly everybody can discover one written by somebody who’s scuffling with the identical points that you simply is perhaps scuffling with too. The dimension of the blogger help community is limitless, so the extra effort I put into my weblog, the extra help I obtain.

Extra accountability
For me, one of many hardest elements about monitoring my energy was being sincere, which is an important a part of losing a few pounds. But on my weblog, I’m writing to actual individuals—not simply myself. Even if I’m somewhat embarrassed, I inform my readers how I really feel once I slip up at a pal’s celebration by consuming three cupcakes, and the way I cope with skipping a whole week of exercises. It’s not that I by no means slip up—I’ve simply realized to carry myself accountable. Plus, my readers are at all times keen to chime in with wholesome ideas—or a kick within the butt once I get off monitor! And I’ve seen that running a blog usually retains me on my healthiest habits. It’s embarrassing to report an entire day of meals with out together with a single vegetable!

A reminder of how far you have come
Weight loss (and even upkeep) consists of many ups and downs, so it is simple to neglect your successes. After I had been running a blog for a number of months, it was motivating to look again at my earliest entries. I had solely misplaced a few kilos, however I did not wish to take as a right the progress I had made “off” the size. For occasion, I’d been incorporating extra contemporary produce, complete grains, and “real” meals, and I had a better time saying no to less-than-nutritious meals like a greasy ballpark sausage or a 3rd pint of beer. I additionally did not wish to neglect that just a few months in the past, I had by no means run greater than 5 miles in a row. Having my weblog provides me the means to doc and evaluate my successes, particularly at instances once I want them probably the most.

Healthy Living Summit attendees collect for breakfast on Boston Common.

Your flip to assist
I began my weblog as a result of I wanted assist wanting good in my skinny denims. I did not intend to assist anybody else—I simply needed to maintain myself on monitor. However, my readers quickly realized that I had efficiently overcome a problem they nonetheless battle with. Now, my weblog is greater than only a meals journal—I attempt to handle the emotional elements of consuming, exercising, and dealing towards a cheerful weight. Hearing ideas helped me discover my FGW, so now it is my flip to assist—plus I would like these ideas for once I often fall off the wagon!

If you are not prepared to start out running a blog simply but, there are many different methods to reap the advantages of a neighborhood. Sign up for Health‘s free Feel Great Weight neighborhood, the place I commonly share ideas alongside different Health editors and readers. Or begin following meals bloggers you admire, and take part within the feedback part. Even one thing as low-tech as discovering a wholesome consuming buddy at work might help. In truth, collectively these ladies misplaced a mixed whole of 200 kilos!

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