Monday, August 30, 2010

Virtual weight loss "meeting"

One thing that feels like it's been missing from my weight-loss efforts is some accountability and group support. The thing I miss about Weight Watchers is that feeling of not doing this alone.  I know that this blog allows me to post some things and get feedback, but I tend not to post unless things are going relatively well.

I was thinking about the idea of a virtual weight-loss "meeting" today and wanted to see if anyone was interested.  It would work similarly to those blog memes where you answer a bunch of questions. There would be no tagging, though.  People would choose to participate or not  participate.  To participate, answer the questions here on your own blog, then post a link to the "leader's" blog.  To make things simple, I w

as thinking that the meeting should take place on the same day every week, and since every diet starts on Monday, why not today?  If you choose to respond, post a link to your blog entry in the comments. Try to post an encouraging comment to at least one other blogger in the comments list.  Also, let me know if you would like to be our virtual leader and choose the questions and post the first entry next week. I will select someone randomly from the people who want to lead. This is just an experiment, but I'm curious to see what happens.

  1. What is going well for you right now?  I have been pretty consistent with my exercise and incorporating strength training.
  2. Where do you need to improve? I have been finding myself more and more attracted to snack foods and less interested in cooking.
  3. What new recipe do you want to try this week? This Mixed-Grain Cereal with Chai Spice.
  4. What was your favorite new food find or recipe from last week? Eggplant Caviar.
  5. What is your general weight trend right now?  Unfortunately, there is a slight upward trend that has lasted for the last few weeks.
  6. How do you feel about your weight loss efforts? Frustrated, stuck, and worried.
  7. What is your weight loss goal for next week? Just to lose one solid pound instead of creeping up again.
  8. What two weight-loss behavior goals do you plan to give 100% to this week? Exercising every day and logging everything I eat right away.
  9. What do you fear most about trying to get group support? Unsolicited advice or comparisons, fake-cheerful comments.
  10. What can other people give you that would be truly helpful? A sense that I'm not going it alone.
 I will be curious to see how many people participate. If you want to play along, copy these questions and paste them into a blog post in which you answer them for yourself.  Then come back and post a link to your post in the comments.  If you think you might want to be the leader and pick the questions next week (you can keep any of the ones here or come up with a whole new list), let me know in the comments. Also try to reply to a couple of other people's virtual meeting posts.


  1. Great idea! For half your questions, my answer could have been 'ditto'. I've posted my answers over at my blog.

  2. I'd think I'd like to jump into the virtual weight loss meeting too. Structured weekly reflection is always a good thing :) I'll pop over to my blog right now to start answering the questions for this week. Not sure I'm up for leader status though...

  3. What a great idea!

  4. I don't have a blog of my own, but I do know of a VERY good virtual meeting spot. She even holds weekly meetings on the net (she was a former Weight Watcher leader, wrote a book called Finally Thin, and now has a online subscriber service). It is fantastic, I get more out of her web meetings (members can chat on the side of the webcast). Check it out, called The cost is $14.95 per month for access to all her site offers, recipes, blogs, past archived web cast meetings. It's great.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07