Since announcing my Weight Loss Challenge, reactions have been predictable. Most people wished me well, a few seemed to turn up their nose at it. When announcing my plan to blog about the challenge, reactions were unpredictable.
“What’s the point?” “Why would anyone want to read about you losing weight?” “Good job, whatever keeps you motivated.” “Yeah right, like you’ll keep up with that.” “Are you going to tweet your weight everyday?”
It’s interesting, because other than the motivation factor, I didn’t really think about any of these. I already knew the point of it – to lose weight. I never worried about nobody reading the blog – who cares, as long as I lose the weight? I don’t doubt that I can keep up with the writing – to twist an expression around, “Past failure is not an indication of future failure”. And tweeting my weight everyday never crossed my mind – sounds exhausting.
So what DID I think about?
I thought that I wasn’t alone. I thought that my situation, while unique, isn’t rare. I thought that I’m not the first person in history to want to lose weight, and tell others about it. I thought that if I could inspire one other person – just one – that it would be a smart move to blog about it. And I thought that if I crashed and burned, and ended up 280 pounds and 99% bodyfat, we’d all at least have something to look back upon and at laugh at.
I saw Chris Guillebeau from The Art of Non-Conformity speak and sign books last night. I’ve followed Chris’ blog for years now, slowly digesting what he shares and changing the shape of my life through it. Last night he mentioned that you don’t need experience to get started. “I did what everybody does in the beginning: I made shit up.” As long as you keep at it, you get better through default. So instead of keeping everything to yourself, why not just put it out there and see if it resonates with anybody?
I’m not blogging about fitness because it is the end-all, be-all of my life. I’m blogging about it as a start. I want to write about travel, philosophy, technology, music, culture, fun, learning, and more – fitness is where it starts. Steve Pavlina always advocates that if you want to improve yourself and you don’t know where to start, go with your health. It underlies everything in your life, and the benefits you’ll see from improving your health will touch all parts of your life. I’m lucky – I get a 2 for 1 discount here, as I get to improve my health and my writing at the same time. The absolute worst case scenario – that I gain weight and somehow become a worse writer – is so unlikely that I see this entire process as a WIN no matter what.
FYI, I’ll be doing weekly updates about my progress. I’ll likely write them over the weekend at some point, and have them go live Monday morning. I’ll be including stats of course, but I’ll be doing more than that. While I won’t be keeping a daily journal of what I eat, I’ll talk about my diet that week. I’ll talk about my motivations. I’ll talk about what hurts, and why. I’ll talk about what I want to do in the future. I’ll talk about my “philosophy” of health. I want to give my audience a chance to connect with me through building healthier lifestyles – and this is just the beginning.