Hey, guys! Remember when I used to write a blog about my weight loss?
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything–too long.
I’ve been asked when I would post again. I’ve been encouraged by others to resume my posts. I believe that my blogging has been an important factor in my overall weight loss,but I resisted posting, until now.
In truth, I’ve started this post a dozen or so times. There are a lot of reasons I never was able to finish. Part of it that I never felt I had anything good to post. But probably the biggest reason was that I would have to call attention to the fact that I had gained most of the weight back.
But I feel like I have reasons to post now. I have some inspiration. I’ve been putting together lists of things I want to write about. Sure, a big reason is that I’ve had some success, so that I’m not embarassed to write about my weight again. I will write about some of my disappointments over the past few months. That’s easier to do now that I’m back headed in the right direction.
Finally, even though I’ve had some success without blogging, I do believe that blogging helps with weight loss, and I’m definitely not finished losing weight. Something that I read last year has been on my mind, and was always nagging me to resume the blog.
In The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us, James Pennebaker discusses research into text analysis focusing on people’s use of primarily short words: pronouns, passive verbs, articles, and the like. In a chapter discussing how using these words can indicate the writer’s emotional state, he discusses a colleague’s research on diet blogs:
“As part of her doctoral dissertation dealing with the language of diet blogs, Cindy Chung tracked what factors led to successful weight loss across several hundred dieters in a diet blog community over several months. Many of the bloggers focused on the details of losing weight but the majority also wrote about their relationships, life experiences, and emotional issues. Many dieting experts would recommend that the best way to lose weight is to obsessively list the foods you eat, the number of calories you have taken in, and the amount of exercise you have done on a daily basis. Not true according to Chung’s research. Instead, she found the very best predictor of successful weight loss was being involved in the online social network. That is, the more comments or posts a person sent out and received, the more successful they wereat losing weight. In addition, bloggers writing about personal and emotional issues were far more successful in losing weight than those who wrote only about their foods and diets.”
So this won’t be the last thing you see from me. As I mentioned, I have several ideas for posts. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I think I’ll enjoy writing them.