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.
Article created on: 9/8/2009
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