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.