Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Weigh-in report: Missed it by that much!

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 cold
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
 It'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.

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? 


  1. In my posts I like to list the struggles and the hope of WW tools. How much sense they make, how easy they are to follow, etc. But they are a great guideline to nutrtion and exercise. They don't deal with the emotional stuff for me. I am an emotional eater. I need help in that area now too.

    Just because I am seeking help for emotional eating doesn't mean WW doesn't work. I would be worst off without tracking and attending meetings and using eTools. I have a team approach to losing weight I gather round experts in areas where I seem to be faltering so i can laern and overcome my hurdles. I ignore the power struggles of WW and between different camps of advise. Those small frictions are bound to occur. I mesh them into my system taking the most and best information to create the Potato Diva Package of WEight Loss.

    I take what I want and leave the rest. I don't get caught up in the drama of the details. I question, how important is this controversial information? And I make my decision and move on accepting all the good their program has to offer be it phychology, food guidance or exercise guidance.

    Good post by the way.

  2. The reason I like reading your blog is because your experiences are very much like mine. I couldn't think of anything more boring or disheartening than reading about a perfect weight loss journey. Its never perfect, we live ig the real world, it goes up and down and soetimes up and up and thats fine as long as it goes consistently down over the months/years.

  3. I love you most when you are your authentic self. When you tell the truth about what matters to you, whether it's silly or serious. You can see yourself and your motivations with clarity, and talk about them eloquently. I always love to read your blog and have enjoyed following you for the past 4.5 years. Plus you write really well :)

  4. So wise and true Jen. In all these years of reading your blog you have always been authentic and real :)

    It's not easy sometimes. I like being open and honest but sometimes I don't write about things because I don't get time OR I don't feel mentally tough enough to deal with the emails I know I'm going to get - it's hard enough dealing with reality reality let alone virtual reality :) I think this is why I never went down the commercial route - would hate the expectation that a blog was anything but a personal site. I think once you have large amounts of ads and free product involved (as with some of the Big Six) the expectations of the readers changes somewhat.


"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