When I started my blog over two years ago and even now, the main reason I sit here and spill my thoughts a few times a week is to keep myself accountable. A really public note-to-self, if you will. And it’s a wonderful way to document important things that I want to remember.
The first time I did WW in 2006 was before Facebook so unless I actually told someone I lost weight (or gained or maintained) in person, on the phone, via text, or in an email, then it wasn’t shared and broadcasted for the world to know. This time around, with the help of social media, I have made my weight loss journey very public. I am open about my weight and share my weigh-ins every single week, whether it’s good or bad. And again, it’s much more for me than for you.
The same goes for sharing my activity – my running times, how far I run, my core work, and more. It’s not proof to everyone that I’m doing it, it’s proof to ME that I’m doing it. I’m holding myself accountable. And when I share my training plan and share how I’m going to work out, it’s so I stick to it.
The wonderful part of all of this is when I hear feedback about how I’m doing or that I am inspiring someone. That is a huge bonus and it just inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing. A comment on my blog, or conversation on Facebook or Twitter, or an email all make my day.
A friend posted this picture on Facebook the other day when I shared how I had just run my fastest 3 miles. She took the time to comment, to tell me that I inspire her, and tagged me in this picture… It made me feel great all day long knowing that little ol’ me can inspire someone else.
Yesterday, I had a great comment on Twitter in regards to my blog post. Another moment of happiness knowing that this little blog and my thoughts inspired someone enough to tell me so.
I also received a sweet comment on yesterday’s blog post, from a friend. Even more motivation to keep doing what I’m doing.
That’s awesome! So proud of you. I know how hard it is and how hard you’ve been working at it. But like they say, you reap what you sow. Congrats!
At last Saturday’s WW meeting, our fearless leader Beverly asked me if I would speak at the next meeting (tomorrow) for their Believe It Will Work topic. They were selecting 3 people from each meeting and I am one of them. I am not a success story this time around – yet – but I am working hard to get there and she wants me to share my drive and desire to do so. One of my favorite things about the WW meetings – what I feel makes the meetings so important – is the camaraderie you find in other members. When you are trying to lose weight, struggling with it, and not sure what to do, you forget that there might be others out there in your shoes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone express a thought or feeling at the meeting and I swear it’s something I could have said. Knowing that you are not alone in this battle and that you are human helps so much. I need that meeting every week to reset my train of thought, for validation that I am doing something right, and as motivation to keep going.
By sharing my journey with others, it helps me to keep going. Thank you for following along with my journey!