If you've been reading my blog over the past year, you may know by now that I'm a performance studies grad students and interested in the connection between weight loss and communication. Last spring I did a class project about weight loss and identity, and last fall I did a project about preparing for disaster (regaining after WL) by thinking ahead about what will happen after you meet your WL goal.
I'm now in my final semester of my grad program and am keeping with the WL theme for my final research project, so I am once again reaching out to my fellow Sparks and asking for your help. For this final project I am going to analyze WL stories through various narrative methods. As my research paper, it will be typed up, bound into book form, and kept in a room with all the other theses and research papers from the department, perhaps to be read one day by other students or scholars interested in weight loss. Depending on how it goes, I may try to get it published in a journal somewhere, but that would be farther down the road. I won't include any identifying information (name, location, etc) in the paper.
If you're still reading at this point and are interested in being part of my project, here are the qualifications:
*Participants must be 18 or older
*Participants must have lost weight
*Participants must be willing to share their personal story about losing weight
I primarily used email and SparkMail for my other projects, but for this project I would prefer to hear you tell your story. We can arrange a type to talk on Skype, SP Live (I'm going to subscribe soon), or over the phone, whichever is most convenient for you. Interviews will probably take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how much you'd like to say.
If you're interested or would like more information about my project, you can contact me through SparkMail or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also feel free to share this blog with others who may be interested. I'd like to have interviews completed by about the middle of March.