Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Why I Hate Weight Loss Blogs (Including This One)

Why oh why do I hate weight loss blogs?

Let me tell you…

It’s all me-me-me. These types of blogs tend to get bogged down in day-to-day minutiae. “I ate a grapefruit half.” “I completed the second part of the third day of C25K.” “I accidentally ate a bag of corn chips.” Keeping up with your life is wearing me down, even though I can admit that I am often encouraged by the strength, determination and spirit shown by others.

They’re too rah-rah-rah. Inspirational phrases, usually accompanied by a photograph of some gene-gifted superfreak athlete scaling a 375° rocky incline, is pleasant enough, but those kind of things seldom galvanize me as much posting the results of a successful weigh-in.

Results may vary. Some of the bloggers whose stories I follow have had limited success; others have seen life-changing transformations. I can’t recognize what makes one person’s journey so ordinary and another’s so extraordinary and wonder why I often get as much out of the former as the latter.

People don't mind their own business. Readers engage, offering tough love or a gentle pat on the back. They cheer you on, pick you back up, put a smile on your face and help put a little extra fuel in your tank.

They hold me accountable. When I’m blogging and/or engaged in other’s blogs, I find my health focus is sharper and I’m generally a little more committed to the task at hand.

Those reasons – and lots of others – are why I love weight loss blogs.


  1. Welcome back, Jack! Ha, I am so lame, I couldn't wait to say that. Anyway. My blog can't be a traditional weight loss blog because my mother-in-law reads it, and comments to me about what I eat, In Real Life. Plus, if I were to write about every single time I ate something I shouldn't, or re-started my New Way Of Life, or as they used to say, Diet, it would get old fast. BTW, I restarted today:) Again.


  2. Ahh you got me at the end there. I actually had to scroll back up to re-read the title because I was like, "wait a minute...I thought he said he...ohhh I see."

  3. Love-hate....hahaha So true! Welcome back!!! YAY!

  4. Yay - you're back!!! I've missed you!!!

  5. Yep I have a problem with the me, me, me on my blog. I can't help it! I'm the most interesting person I know!

    Welcome back Jack!

  6. I'm all me me me. It even bores me sometimes. (But not often.)

  7. Loving the new layout! (Welcome back!!!)

  8. I'm new to your blog--slowly trolling through your least sh*tty posts and such. Glad to see you back, though!

  9. Welcome back jack, yes we love you !

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  11. You forgot to add other bloggers constantly asking to be added to your blogroll! It's good to see you are still around, I'm starting over again, but I used to really enjoy your posts.
    PS - Can I get on your blogroll?

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