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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.

Blogging Uncovers Patterns
When you're writing about your pitfalls, plateaus and positive steps, you'll start to notice trends. For example, many find that their motivation to work out wanes after a stressful day at work or that an evening with the in-laws leads to ordering dessert (or one too many cocktails). Writing about those issues and brainstorming ways to overcome them—either on your own or with the help of your readers—is a huge perk of regular blogging.

Blogging Provides Support
It's funny. Even when you think you’re having a problem or a setback that no one else can understand, I guarantee that by blogging about it, you’ll have a SparkFriend or two share a very similar story with you and how they got through the same ordeal or, at the very least, receive an outpouring of support and compassionate comments. Losing weight is a tough process, but you’re not the first or only one going through it. Visit other blogs or SparkPages that inspire you, and ask them to check out your blog, too. There is power—and support—in numbers.

I recently blogged about my experience with emotional eating and was overwhelmed with the response from readers. The comments and emails I received about it were so uplifting and encouraging—not to mention that I hopefully helped some other people in the process. Believe me, you get back what you put in when it comes to blogging.

Blogging Celebrates Your Success
Reaching your goal is great, but reaching your goal and being able to share your accomplishment with your SparkFriends or readers is even better. There’s no better reward to all of your hard work and regular blogging than sitting down to write the big post that you did it. You set a goal, and then—with the help of blogging—you reached it!

When I crossed the finish line of my half marathon, I was already excitedly thinking of what I’d write in my race day post. It was the culmination of months of running—and blogging—and I knew that my readers were psyched to hear about it. And I was psyched to share my news with the world!

The journey to a healthier life isn't one that you should start alone. Unlike journaling, which keeps your thoughts private, blogging on your SparkPage provides you with feedback, ideas, support and--maybe more importantly--accountability, from the world's largest and most active weight-loss community.

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Member Comments

  • Great article. Thanks SP!
  • I remember in college having Mrs. Volmer and she made us take the papers from each other and rewrite them so they said the same thing but in half the amount of words. I so often would like to do that with Spark articles. LOL
  • SHARIFUL2016
    very informative post.
  • I am glad I stumbled upon this article as it really helps me understand "blogging"...espe
    cially in Sparkdom. I am still amazed by what people share on a highly personal nature...that are simply thrown out into the universe for anyone to read. After reading this article I can see how releasing some of what is pent up inside probably helps them conquer some demons and helps them let go. There are others who clearly write for attention and affirmation, and sparkers quickly rally and provide support. Still others are simply writing to help them see things more clearly and benefit from the comments they receive. Annnnnnnnd people blog for a million other reasons, and it all works as long as it helps the blogger. Ironically some of the favorite blogs I have read will never be featured, yet they resonate and motivate...truly sending sparks into the universe. Thanks for the article, I love that it has me thinking!
  • Thank you, you've given me a better understanding of the importance and purposive blogging in my overall program.
  • MICHAELLEARNS
    Thanks for this blog. I always find myself siting on my desk almost the whole day. I'm your readers will find this beneficial too. http://bit.ly/hea
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  • HEALERR
    I used to weigh 228 Lbs. at 5' 7" , then I started the Hard Boiled Egg Diet on April 19 2015.
    I would do the diet one week on and one week off, and so far as of July 27 I'am at 168 Lbs. lost a total of 60 Lbs. I use spark people Nutrition for calorie count, and weight program, I would gain about 2 Lbs. on my week off and lose 7 to 8 Lbs. on my week on. I am 64 years old. And now I'm doing heavy weight training at home, to keep it off. And if I gain a few Lbs. all I have to do is go Diet for one week to Lose it . And I feel great thanks to egg diet and Spark people.
  • I blog for me but it is a public blog. I like the idea of something I say helping someone else when they are struggling. Also, the feedback I receive is helpful to me as well.
  • I have benefited so much from some other people's blogs. I have started y own and definitely see the potential, but I am also trying to locate the privacy information on Spark People site with no luck.Understandin
    g that would help me move forward with my blog.
  • I have benefited so much from some other people's blogs. I have started y own and definitely see the potential, but I am also trying to locate the privacy information on Spark People site with no luck.Understandin
    g that would help me move forward with my blog.
  • I really enjoyed reading this article! Thank you for sharing it. Blogging is something I love doing anyway, and I'm especially loving blogging along with this weight-loss journey. Thanks for the encouragement to keep blogging. I agree it adds a lot to the process and keeps me encouraged. I've sent a couple of my blogs on SP to friends who aren't trying to lose weight, and they've said the blogs encouraged them in other areas of their lives. It's a great way to build community. I get inspired every day reading SP members' blogs. Keep blogging, everyone!!!
  • I just posted my 10th video blog. Kinda fun!
  • I have a hard time trying to post messages or blogs.
  • ITSSTEVE
    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!
  • 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.

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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