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Public Celebration vs Humiliation

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Some people thrive on what has been dubbed the "public humiliation diet".. Posting their weight and feeling agast that other people know it motivates them to keep going.


That doesn't work for me.
The more negative I am, the fewer things I accomplish (case in point - 2013 until now).

But I'm thinking of starting a trend at work for public celebration.

I want to either post a little note at my desk for either (or both) my 1% plan, or the miles I walk/run, in a chart like the one my friend made for her school-aged son.

My 1% plan:
Lose 1% of body weight, and maintain it for 1 week, before doing the next.
(At my highest this month that would be 2.63 pounds).

I don't know how well that would work, but I'm trying it. It's not the 5 pound jump from last month that is getting me - it's the 5% body fat that makes me not fit into my clothes, makes it harder to breathe, and makes me look different.

I'll post pictures when I have some. :)
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    I bet your plan will spark people at work to do the same.

    I told a co-worker how much I weighed the other day and her jaw just about hit the floor. She pegged me at about 50 pounds lighter. Um, okay. I guess I should be glad I wear the extra 50 so well! lol
    1758 days ago
  • MARIANNE9855
    I like the 1% goals- doable and nice accomplishment sometimes 5% seems to take too long - let alone 10%.

    I struggle like the others- I have never told anybody my weight- when I told my son I had lost 5%- he said " you know I can figure out how much you weigh now" stupid me- its like an advertisement- something I didn't want to do.
    I think I started being ashamed when they had physicals at school in elementary school and in gym and felt the need to yell your weight out- already underweight skinny people were the ones getting the props! emoticon
    1758 days ago
    Im with you on the celebration!! I always put a sticker on my calendar when I exercise lol. And a homemade 5lb magnet on my fridge every 5lbs lost. I love it :)
    1773 days ago

    Negativity does not work for me but I guess we are all different and that's what makes the world fun to live in !! YOU do what works for you !

    1774 days ago
    Yeah, I'm not so much into public humiliation... but I started "checking in" to the box (gym) where I workout on Facebook... and the support from my friends has been awesome!! Even if it's just a "like" it makes me feel good.. as for posting my weight.. uhhh.. yeah, not gonna happen.. LOL

    I love your 1% plan.. I'm a numbers/data kind of girl so it would appeal to me for sure... sometimes I sit down and graph all sorts of things about my journey.. the latest is an "over/under" of my daily weigh ins... it's very interesting.

    So go girl... you One Percenter!!!

    1774 days ago
    Your idea of celebration sounds fantastic.
    1774 days ago
  • MARTY728
    1774 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan! And I'm with you...positive motivation works best for me, too.
    1774 days ago
    WAY better to motivate ourselves by dangling the carrot in front rather than the crack of the whip behind! :-)

    1774 days ago
    The world is full of people who will beat us up.

    Why the hell should we do it for 'em?

    Go, Joce, go!!
    1774 days ago
    Yikes! I don't need anybody to batter my self-esteem more than I do myself. Much better to celebrate your successes!
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    1774 days ago
    I have enough shame in my own head without bringing other people into it! But I do like sharing my success. I need the encouragement, and if I can show one other hesitant person that it can be done then that's a good things too!
    1774 days ago
    One of my friends has a sticker chart for herself. She gives herself stickers every time she goes running--a different color for morning runs than afternoon runs, so she knows at a glance how often she has gotten up at 5 am to run.

    It motivates her because she says she knows people look at it--and are either impressed or think she's lazy.

    I can never imagine telling anyone what I weight. Because I am tall and athletic, I carry a lot more weight than people would guess. People clearly know I'm fat because, well, d'uh, look at me, but I think the truth would horrify people.
    1774 days ago
    Sounds like a plan!
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    1774 days ago
    Life is too short for shame-based nonsense. Wishing you great success!
    1774 days ago
    "I also found that posting my weight has helped me keep the weight off, because I don't want to gain it all back publicly."

    I'm on the fence about this. I don't even like to admit how much weight I've lost because I feel like it makes people do the math ("60 pounds? Wow, she must have been HUGE!"). But at the same time, my weight has always been my secret shame, something between only me and my doctor. I've never told my best friend, my sister, my husband, my mother. I think sharing the number could reduce the power it has over me. I still don't want to tell people my weight but maybe next time someone asks me how much I've lost, I'll say "60 pounds" with pride.
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