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How Weight-Loss Blogging Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Blog Away the Pounds!

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To some, "blogging" may seem confusing or somewhat intimidating. Heck, even the word “blog” itself sounds a little sci-fi. But I’m here to tell you that blogging is actually quite easy, and it can be immensely helpful in setting and achieving your health and weight-loss goals.

First, let’s break down the word blog. “Blog” is just the contraction of “weblog.” And a weblog is just an online diary. Think of the written diary you kept in your nightstand as a kid. It’s like that, only it’s online. And your little brother is probably no longer trying to break the lock to read it. Many SparkPeople users have blogs on their SparkPages, and these blogs can either be public to all SparkPeople users or viewable by only your SparkFriends. It’s totally your choice! To learn more about setting up your own blog, check out this helpful article.

So, why and how is blogging beneficial to you? If you’re already blogging, read on to be inspired to keep blogging, and if you’ve never even read a blog (let alone written one), read on to be convinced to start one. There are five awesome reasons why you should be blogging about your healthy lifestyle journey. As a blogger myself, I can personally say that every one of these is absolutely true.

Blogging Keeps You Accountable
Unlike a simple nutrition or fitness journal that lists what you eat and when you work out, a blog can help you set and achieve goals. Whether it’s dropping 10 pounds over the course of two months or cutting junk food from your diet, a blog is an online journal about you, your life and your achievements and setbacks. And what better way to stay on track? You know your SparkFriends are reading about your progress.

Last year, I committed on my blog to running a half marathon. Believe me, when the training was tough and I didn’t want to run another mile, I remembered all of the people who were reading my blog and following my progress. I couldn’t let them down! They all believed in me, and that feeling was contagious.

Blogging Helps You Tap into Your Feelings
We all know how stress and emotions can influence what we eat and whether or not we make it to the gym. Taking the time to sit down and write about your day and your feelings can be really cathartic. It’s cliché, but many of us don’t talk about how we feel often enough. Especially if your blog is restricted to just your friends, a blog is a safe, non-judgmental place for you to go and write about your feelings.
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About The Author

Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • I just posted my 10th video blog. Kinda fun! - 5/7/2014 12:43:54 AM
  • I have a hard time trying to post messages or blogs. - 4/26/2014 9:34:51 PM
  • I don't have a blog but I keep my friends and family updated on my Facebook page. At first, it was "bitter sweet" because I lost a couple of "friends" who were annoyed by my posts. I find that Facebook helps keep me accountable and provides support. Sometimes when I felt like giving up I would look at my "success" posts/pictures and look at all the likes and comments. Those people are pushing me to succeed so I can't let them all down. Most importantly, I can't let MYSELF down.

    The two most important components for weight-loss success is dedication and support. This is your personal battle but it's good to have support when you need it! - 4/4/2014 1:21:31 PM
  • Great article! So inspiring. One of my mini-goals is to use tools such as journalling, blogging and discovery/intenti
    on statements to get really honest with myself in my desire to be fit, have energy and feel great! This article has tonnes of insight. - 2/28/2014 3:22:58 PM
  • I used to feel bummed blogging and no one even read or responded to it. Now I just do it for myself and if someone happens to see it and feels inspired than fantastic..if not then I still post it feeling fantastic! I am definitely going to start blogging more:) - 7/10/2013 2:59:29 PM
  • I love blogging on SP! I try to do a video blog everyday.

    I do have some friends who watch them all, and I truly appreciate the encouragement I get from them; but I use my vlogs do get my emotions out and organize my thoughts.

    I've found it really helps me on my journey. - 5/7/2013 9:38:53 AM
  • Hello SP family I just joined and I am looking foward to the support offered on my journey Thanks to everyone - 5/6/2013 6:17:36 PM
  • Thank you for explaining what a blog is and how to go about starting my own. I am going to start my first blog today. - 5/1/2013 7:16:17 AM
  • Wow this really gave me some insight...I'm going to utilize this for my personal gain...In a way I can share and perhaps help myself and others along the way...and vise versa :) - 1/27/2013 10:59:25 PM
  • I think I'll try this.
    - 12/4/2012 9:40:56 AM
  • I had never blogged "ANYTHING" until I joined SP in Sept. this year. When I saw "Comment on a Blog", at first I wasn't sure what I was suppose to do. I clicked on the link and that was my introduction to blogging. Thank you for sharing your story, it made me think. - 11/13/2012 4:49:09 PM
  • My thoughts on blogging have been, I'll do it because I like too, but I'm certain with all the bloggers out there... no one will care to read mine. So, this article made me think... maybe someone will read it. And, it they do, I hope it makes a difference in their life like it's making in mine. Motivating Article~~ - 9/19/2011 6:01:52 PM
  • Very helpful blogging article--will help me keep on blogging! - 9/16/2011 2:27:00 PM
  • Hee, hee, I thought, 'What if no one reads my blog?' Then, will I feel worse because no one cared to care? - 5/10/2011 8:07:36 PM
  • Hee, hee, I thought, 'What if no one reads my blog?' Then, will I feel worse because no one cared to care? - 5/10/2011 8:07:29 PM

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