My Social Weight Loss Experiment

Two years ago, I was chopped down in the prime of my life by a harrowing case of…pink eye (ok, it wasn’t very harrowing. There’s no way of making pink eye sound very manly). And  for the first time in…oh…5 years or so, I went to the doctor where I weighed in at 238 lbs and, not surprisingly, had high blood pressure. My physician (whom I was meeting for the first time) was ready to put me on medication to lower it (my BP, not my weight). I refused. At 37-years old, there was no way I was going to go on BP meds without at least trying to do something else about it first. So, I lost 30 lbs in about 6 months (weighed-in at 208) and dropped a full pants size – almost two. Blood pressure dropped, too.

What miracle diet plan did I use? It’s pretty rare, you might not have heard of it before. It’s called: “Daily Exercise and a Healthy Diet”. Crazy, no?

I’ve done a fairly good job keeping the weight off the past two years, but it’s starting to creep up. This is what I weighed in at on Monday morning (after spending my Easter holiday eating way too much ham loaf):

And for those of you who don’t know what ham loaf is, think meatloaf, but with ham. It’s delicious.

Back when I started my weight loss plan, I had a goal of seeing “200” on the scale, but once I reached the “30 pounds lost” mark, my motivation sort of petered out. This January, I’m going to be…(heaven help me!)…40. I still want to see that “200” on my scale, but I’m going to need some extra help and motivation to reach it. So…I’m going to try a little experiment. Instead of hiring a personal trainer, I’m going to let the social media community I’ve developed be my trainer. The question is, can social media provide the motivation I need to reach my target weight by my 40th birthday?

This is my plan: every morning, I wake up between 6:00 – 6:30 AM. On my way downstairs to make coffee, I will stop by the bathroom scale and take an Instagram (see above) of my weight, which I will tweet out and post to my personal facebook page. I will also be posting my exercise regimen for the day once it has been completed, also by Instagram. This was my picture after riding my exercise bike last night:

For now, I’m going to avoid updating everyone on my food consumption. I’m probably providing too much info already.

My hope is that my daily check-ins will will provide me the motivation for consistency in my exercise and eating patterns, which I have been lacking lately. I’m also hoping that if enough people get used to seeing these on a regular basis, they’ll feel comfortable calling me out if I miss one or start slacking off. Between facebook and twitter, I have about 500 unique followers who will be observing my progress. That should provide me some kind of motivation!

Here goes nothing. 217.6 lbs to go!


2 responses to “My Social Weight Loss Experiment

  1. I think that is a great idea! How are you doing so far?

    I know you probably know this, but make sure you get your water in 🙂

    • One week in and it’s going pretty well. My weight fluctuates up and down so much in the course of a week that it’s a little hard to tell. But, the social aspect of it has been a great motivator! I was much more consistent in my exercising and definitely had that little voice in my head telling me, “you need to exercise or everyone is going to wonder what happened!”

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