The Weight Loss Forums - Special Thanks

March 14, 2008 · 4 comments

About a month ago I decided to start my own weight loss forums. When I announced them I did so with the best of intentions. I hadn’t found another forum I felt at home at so I figured, why not start my own? Literally within a couple days of running the forum I had one possible answer. It can be a lot of work! I didn’t realize it at the time but I was already teetering at the brink of being overwhelmed and the forums simply put me over the edge. Within a week of starting them I was ignoring my blog (the entire blogosphere for that matter) and my new forums.

Really bad timing for a depression. Launch a new product, and then whammo!

I can’t recall ever feeling this way before, but I was literally afraid every day of going to look at the forums I had abandoned so soon. And so I didn’t. Weeks went by and never once did I stop in to at least see what was going on. I just couldn’t do it. I was totally overwhelmed and I wasn’t about to take a look at that train wreck.

After I picked myself up yesterday with my post 9 Tips For Kick-Starting Your Dormant Weight Loss Blog I logged into my weight loss forums for the first time and was really surprised and happy to see that there was a lot of great stories and interactions that had been taking place without me. And with no prompting from me, three of my readers really stepped it up and participated more than everyone, really acting as unofficial moderators in my stead.

I was prepared yesterday to shut the forums down. However, reading the stories and seeing the effort of these three made me realize this is something worth continuing. It’s a work in progress to be sure, but I am committed to making it work.

So I would like to publicly thank Jan, from Just a Mom, That’s More Than Enough, Andrew, from Andrew is getting fit and Cammy from The Tippy Toe Diet.

These three truly embody the spirit of the weight loss blogger community, and I truly thank them for their help.

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AndrewE March 15, 2008 at 1:36 am

John, your blog was my inspiration to start my own. I can’t tell you how much it has helped me on my own weight loss and fitness journey. So I feel I owe you a debt of gratitude myself.

I figured you were having a bit of trouble on your journey but I never doubted you would come back. We all struggle and sometimes we fall but in the end we can make it to our goals.

I have been quite humbled by the strong sense of community and support amongst the weight loss bloggers as well.

Cammy March 15, 2008 at 7:47 am

Ah, you’re a sweetie! It’s been fun to meet new people, especially those who are taking those first steps toward healthier lives. So far it seems to be a nice mix of folks who are at different phases of the journey, and that’s also enjoyable. I really appreciate your time and efforts in getting everything set up.

justoofat March 15, 2008 at 8:52 pm

I’ve only been blogging about my own struggle to lose weight for a short time, but I’ve found the “weight loss community” that you mentioned here to be an incredible resource. That said, I’m happy to have stumbled upon your blog. I’ll be back.


Daniel March 16, 2008 at 4:28 am

John, good work with the forum. I was wondering where you had been too, now it’s all clear.

Just on my way to sign up to the forum.

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