Friday, June 17, 2011


Next week, I am doing a presentation for my bariatric support group about blogging to help you be successful with weight loss surgery. The presentation is entitled “Losing It by Writing It” and I am going to keep it pretty general – there are band, bypass, and sleeve patients there.

I have a quick question. Why do you blog and in what ways do you find it has helped you be successful? I know what MY answer is and I’m going to talk about it, but I also wanted to get some other perspectives and have some fun quotes for the presentation. If you’re so inclined, please either answer in a comment or post it on your own blog.

Thank you. :-)


Justawallflower said...

I feel for me, I can be myself without fear of judgement in my blog. At home I have great support. Everyone supports me in my weightloss journey. But they don't fully understand all I am going though. To blog and be amongst others that really KNOW what I am going through, and whom I don't have to sugarcoat things for, it makes a big difference. Don't know if that helps you or not, but there ya go!

Catherine55 said...

I started blogging because I got so much from the blogs I'd read. Things I love about blogging that keep me doing it are:

- the incredible amount of support and encouragement I get from this great community of bandster bloggers;

- it was the perfect place for me to talk endlessly about band stuff and my feelings about weight loss and the changes I was going through(so that I wouldn't wear out all the non-banded people in my life talking about it)!

- it keeps me honest and accountable for my progress;

- it's created a fantastic record of the past 2 years and 8 months. I can see exactly what my progress was, track my fills, look at progress photos, and even see how I was feeling at every point during this process. My blog has become the best diary I've ever had.

I also love the blog for bringing so many people into my life, people who have become real "off-line" friends.

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

I would say Catherine hit all the main points. I would add that if I have a question or concern, I can put it out there and the response is amazing. I have made some wonderful friends through blogging and have been able to see real successes, so when I'm feeling like I can't do it, I go read some of my "go to" blogs for inspiration!

Cat said...

I blog mostly because I feel that just lurking would be selfish of me. I blog because I WANT to hear about what all of you are going through. I don't feel it's fair of me to take all your wisdom and knowledge and not try my best to participate in the community and support and cheer for others too. I find that by blogging I can quickly reach a bunch of people if I have a question or need advice. It's been the biggest help of my journey. Even more than my Dr. office.

Stephanie said...

Blogging for me introduced me to so many women I would never met on my own and it is through THEIR learning experiences that I realized that we are ALL different, but similar in so many ways. I found people I could talk to who understood what I was going through, could offer me opinions and ideas that no one else in my immediate circle of family or friends could even begin to understand or comprehend. Plus, recently, knowing that I am able to help others and inspire others to succeed, as others before me helped me on my journey, is a great feeling and keeps me motivated to be a continued success!

Anonymous said...

I am newly banded, but I started my blog to meet other people that are going through or that have already went through the same thing. I have support from the people that matter in my life, but it is so helpful to talk to others that are living it.

I am hoping my blog will keep me motivated and accountable in a way. I am new to all this, but I think it is working. :)

I have already met some fantastic people and look forward to meeting more!

Lap Band Gal said...

ditto what Catherine said :)

Beth Ann said...

I started blogging because it was a safe way for me to express my feelings and fears while getting feedback from those who have been in my shoes before. I kept blogging because I made friends that I can't imagine being without on a daily basis. Plus, it keeps me focused on the task at hand. :)

Good luck!!!

mirihawk said...

I've just started a lapband blog. And just got a lapband, so I suppose that works. I know it will help me to look back on my journey and stay motivated, and I hope that it will help or amuse others as well.

mirihawk said...

I really need to add that over the past week or so as I am recuperating from my own surgery, I confess I have read your blog from the beginning. I blundered across your blog at the entry about your surgery and I just kept reading forward, not even realizing how long ago your surgery was. And it was extremely helpful to read and see the changes in your over the time of your blogging.
Thank you.