On Writing a Weight Loss Blog

September 8, 2007 · 5 comments

I’m writing this both as a reminder to me and as a suggestion for those of you with your own blogs.  The interesting thing about writing a blog about weight loss is that there is always something to write about.  Whether it’s the food that I should or should not be eating, the exercise I am or am not getting or just the thought process I am going through on any particular topic around this journey, there is always something going on.

I would like to not have to think about what I am eating and how I am exercising but I already know what happens when I take that approach.  And the final result was not good.  I am starting to understand now when people say you shouldn’t think about this as a diet - you should think about it as a lifestyle change.  It really is, it’s all about making good decisions at all times, understanding the consequences of your actions and doing something about it.

As I am visiting other weight loss blogs I most enjoy the ones where the author shares what is going on in their head, both when things work well (celebrate those victories!) and when they don’t.  Because what I am finding is that all of us are struggling with many of these same issues and therefor we can learn from each other.  So while I do read some blogs where the author essentially writes out a list of what they ate, what exercise they did and maybe offers some tips and tricks, the ones of real value to me are the ones where people expose their inner self and really open up about what they are feeling. 

I’m looking for dumb little stuff like what I wrote about in Conquering a Small Section of the Mental Mountain.  This is the kind of thing we deal with every day.  Recognize it and write about it.  I guarantee it will help you and I think it will help your readers as well.  As I come across examples of what I mean I’ll try to make an effort to link to them here. 

So much of this is in the mind, lets take a peek inside of there and see what we can learn.

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Israel September 8, 2007 at 2:40 pm

pretty good point. i will look for these types of blog posts more often too. although i like knowing everything people go through, that way i can relate and adapt.

john September 8, 2007 at 7:56 pm

“The interesting thing about writing a blog about weight loss is that there is always something to write about.”

Sometimes I am amazed that I haven’t run out of anything to say. I even had to start a second blog.

Holli Jo September 8, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Wow, I’m impressed with your blog. You are so right about the weight loss journey being a lifestyle change and not a ‘diet.’

I also agree with you that the most interesting weight loss blogs are the ones where the writer opens up. I’ve seen a lot of blogs that offer tips for losing weight, but these ‘tips’ don’t even scratch the surface of what it takes to change your life.

I have a personal development blog where I discuss, among other things, nutrition and fitness. I hope to be able to provide useful information and not just flippantly give out weight-loss tips.

Thanks for this post!

john September 8, 2007 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for the feedback all.

John, I subscribe to totaltransformation which I assume is your second blog after fatbloggers? Or do you have another one? (ed. - whoops, I got my John’s mixed up)

Holli Jo - subscribed!

Lady Rose September 9, 2007 at 4:32 am

I feel it only fair to have a warning sign on the door that leads to my brain - you never know what you’ll find lurking in here hehehe

But it’s so true - I truly enjoy sharing and reading the thoughts of others too. I’ve been blogging now for over a year and up to week 71 of dieting - and still have lots to blog about it :)

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