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.