|May 2011, high carb compared to Jan 2016 low carb, 4 years weight maintenance|
Request: Please! 1000X times, please, update your social media descriptions. Life is dynamic, and cyclic. For those of us traveling the inerwebz, it's important to get an accurate photo and description of your current focus.
Why #1 : There are no weight loss or weight maintenance social media standards. In my opinion, maybe there should be some best practice guidelines. No amount of time will change your weight loss story and history, truth.
But time, age, and health does change maintainer status and weight loss status.
A. No shame, no blame, just be current and accurate.
B. Weight loss has an end. Weight maintenance does not until you meet your maker. Truth!
C. Weight maintenance at 2+ years out is significant and varied in approach by person, genetics, environment, coping skills, habit changes.
Why #2 The <2 year maintainers and those transitioning from loss to early maintenance need examples of what habits, steps, food that the long term maintainers are using.
Questions I ask myself when arriving to a site:
Is this information current?
Is the blogger being honest?
Is there a learning mindset or a victim mindset?
Are the photos photoshopped?
Is this a commercial blog selling any product, even if it's your own book, vitamin, plan?
Has the person changed focus or re-branded or abandoned their blog since the blog was created?
Did the person have remove foods to maintain or lose weight?
Examples might be go grain or sugar free, Paleo, Primal, or Vegetarian, is the plan clear?
When the blogger does moderate, does that mean a few off plan foods eaten sometimes?
If the blogger is eating moderately, do eating every food under the sun, including entertainment eating?
Are there lots of junk food photos or processed foods?
Is the person actively gaining weight, stable or still losing?
Is the person still binge eating?
Is the person close in age to me- or +/- 10 years,
For women is the blogger in or approaching menopause?
Are there other health problems solved? Hashimoto's, Auto-Immune Protocol, PCOS?
Why #3, Deeper Why: My time is limited. I need to both focus my reading time and if I might, just maybe grab a take away message from a persons' story, I would like current, accurate info.
Hey, I'm a 40 year yo-yo dieter. I get it. I've regained hundreds of times. Heck, I regained 5-6 pounds this year. I don't hide it. Just state the facts. My updated profile reflects my status changes. If you saw me in real life, you'd get what my photos reflect.
Weight Loss & Weight Maintenance Blogging- Karen's Suggested best practices
There are no real standards for weight loss or weight maintainers, so feel free to add constructive suggestions to mine. There may be many more best practices.
1 Update the status of the blog. Minimum Quarterly, 4 times a year, or semi annually- 2 times per year: even if you are no longer maintaining. Put some time frames around your loss and maintenance times. Own your history, but be current and own your present, too.
I recently updated these profiles: Blogger, twitter, 2 Instagram accounts, Facebook, and google +. I'm not keeping 70+ pounds off, I'm keeping 65 of 70 pounds off. Truth!
2. Put dates on any photos. Make sure the photos are clear and represent your current message. List age or age range, health issues you blog about, length of time, weight lost, or time since you solved an health issue. How tall are you?
3. Tell us about what is working, what didn't work, what you've learned, key take aways.
N=1 (self experimentation) is key. We all have different environments and food templates but we also have common practices and habits.
2. Re-brand if your focus has changed. No longer weight loss or weight maintenance blogging? If your circumstance has changed, that's okay. Life changes, your focus changes, That's supposed to happen. It's okay for life to happen. The alternative is bleak. No personal growth is not awesome. Hopefully the bloggers are conveying what they love.
4. Go private or suspend your blog if you need to do that. Or by invite only. Make a decision from a place of strength for good boundaries! There is a thing as too much information. You could be quoted on the front of the NY Times tomorrow morning from a comment on a blog post. Careful what you write. Somethings are better for smaller groups.
Providing information related to your story is a skill that can be learned. Good boundary setting for yourself and your information sharing is key, in my opinion. Sometimes sharing your goals and methods is not helpful. That's okay. You can learn good boundary setting as an adult.
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