This week was my fifth weigh in since my first week back -- so I was hoping to hit my 5-pound star. 5 pounds in 5 weeks has such a nice ring to it. I am down 4.6 in 5 weeks, though. Nothing to sneeze at, but it would be better if I could lose consistently. Look at the graph above -- notice a trend? Yes, sadly, my weight loss is like a Katie Perry song:
Cause you're hot then you're coldIt's not just a fluke. The up weeks have been the weeks where I have been way over points, and the down weeks have been when I was slightly less over points. So it's a motivation issue -- I need to keep my head in the game and I'll be fine.
You're yes then you're no
You're in then you're out
You're up then you're down
You're wrong when it's right
In the latest episode of Two Fit Chicks, Shauna brought up the Marie Claire article about health bloggers and used the discussion surrounding it as a springboard to ask a good question: As bloggers, what is our responsibility to our readers? I think that my main responsibility to the people who read my blog is to tell the truth about my experiences. I don't post pictures of my food like the bloggers the article discussed (and I only read one of the supposed "big six" health bloggers), but hopefully those who do aren't feeling pressured by social expectations to post pictures of "raw spinach and rice milk" when they really enjoy the occasional cupcake. Or vice versa, suggesting they are staying slim on a diet of cookies and wine if that isn't true.
I take speaking the truth seriously. I try to give a balanced view of my up and down moments, though sometimes the comments I get when I feel down seem worried enough that I have tried to be more careful. If I write about a book or a product here, it's because I like it. I have gotten several free books that I didn't blog about because I didn't enjoy them and didn't feel it was worth passing them along.
I also try not to be Wendy Weight Watcher, suggesting that I follow the plan perfectly down to the minutest details and that anything less than that is abject failure. I have seen heated discussions on the Weight Watchers boards over points trivia (how many weekly or activity points it's acceptable to use, or what the correct way is to count multiple servings) that would make you think that our leaders were going to collect our journals and go over them with a red pen for correctness. There's one grade each week: Did the scale go up or down? If it went down, you must have done something right. If not, try something different next week. End of discussion, at least for me.
I'm sure you have all gotten those holiday newsletters from The Perfect Family, who report smugly that The Perfects had a Perfect year and their Perfect Children ("Our Christina" and "Our Dear Michael") are the stars of their Perfect and Exclusive Private School. Does anyone enjoy hearing about the Perfects? I figure if you are still reading this blog, you're here to find out what this one real person is experiencing in this very imperfect life. If I can't tell the truth here, what's the point?