Sunday, December 14, 2008

Joining the Ranks of a Largely Defeated Army, or: How I Learned to Stop Doubting and Love Myself

Above are screenshots of three of the hundreds of weight loss related blogs I've viewed in the last 2 days. And those three have something significant in common with 95% of those blogs: they didn't last long. At all. The majority have been under 10 posts total, and then...nothing. Years pass.

I feel for all those would-be bloggers because, like most people that have struggled with their weight, or the larger concept of trying to create long-lasting, positive change in their lives, I have been there. I've launched a thousand "brand new days". New plans, new strategy's, new beginnings, new classes, books, groups, living situations, diets, lifestyles, routines, etc, etc, etc.

It never gets any easier; failing at a new approach, which is hard because it's so much fun at the start. I once heard the nature of man described aptly as something to the effect of "Great at creation, poor at maintainence".

But, when it comes to human nature, another common theme is perseverence. So, in the interest of attempting to persevere, I am following in the footsteps of both those who failed and left their blog like a virutal ghost town, and those who triumphed. I am starting a blog to track what I plan to be a journey of weight loss and overall success in a life previously marked by failure.

Good luck to me, and to serve the double purpose of serving as a self-motivating final statement of this post, and a potential piece of advice to those who pass by here in the future if I too abandon my post: Never Give Up.


  1. I have a few recommendations that you can follow that have lasted years. No one does it perfectly though.
    I hope you do too. You kicked ass before and can triumph again! I know it! And I hope you stand back up when you fall.

    Can I say that I really believe in moderation and balance? The "fast track" to weight loss usually does not last long... I know this from all the times before.

    If you have any questions let me know.


    May I recommend that you make it part of your daily routine to post until you make it a habit. I PROMISE THAT IT HELPS.

  3. I would like to invite you to check out a diet blog I administer. It's an ALL MALE blog coming upon its 2nd anniversary.

  4. It looks like you have been keeping up with it since this post. I know how hard it is. I had vowed to change so many times only to revert back to my old ways. I believe that I finally found a path that works for me. I look forward to joining you on your journey. We can all be successful with a little help from our friends.