Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging. What do I really want to do with my blog? What do I want to write about? What kind of blogger am I?

One thing I come back to is that whole “category” thing – I’m a lifestyle blogger, but I usually say I blog about beauty and weight loss. Except that if I’m going to say that I blog about weight loss it would be kind of nice if I actually lost some weight.

Last night was my biweekly weigh in with my trainer. We know one thing my trainer is particularly good at is giving motivational speeches.

This week his advice went something like this: “You’re spending too much time taking selfies and blogging. Stop with the selfies and start using that time to work on your goals” (I may have paraphrased that just slightly). Oh hi, Jason.

Look at that, a no-makeup, crazy hair selfie. I’ll bring my nice progress pictures back next month but since I’ve put basically no effort into my weight loss this month (illness aside) and last month wasn’t much better it only makes sense to phone it on my pictures as well. Here’s the honest truth:

And before you can get on me about bad angles and lighting, have some more truth:

January 3, 2014 – 252 pounds
April 9, 2014 – 255 pounds
Total – +3 pounds

Those 3 pounds feel so much bigger than 3 pounds because I was down to 246 at one point. I’m also 17.5 pounds away from where I had hoped to be by the end of this month so there’s that. I set a goal for myself to lose and keep off 30 pounds this year so I have to get to work.

It’s easy for me to fall into a place of “if I really wanted this as badly as I say I do I would just do the necessary work and start seeing some results…I must not really want it if I’m not willing to work for it.” While there’s definitely a component of truth to that, I don’t know if it’s fair. Given my “all or nothing” perfectionist tendencies it’s a bit too close to beating myself up.

Like I said on Tuesday, I lack consistency in my habits more than anything else. Going through short-term motivation sprees where I do everything right just won’t cut it. Obviously developing consistent behaviors is going to take time, but it’s what I’m going to focus on. Maybe I do need to go as far as making a sticker chart so I can see my chances to improve, I don’t know.

What I do know is that I have the chance to make changes. I have the tools I need, access to the information I need, and certainly the time. I’m not really using all my time taking selfies and blogging (obviously) but I have made it to season 4 of Breaking Bad already so clearly I can redirect some of that time without compromising anything. Right now I’m the only thing standing in my way so I need to stop letting myself down and start succeeding!

Edited 4/21 because my trainer is not a jackass and I made him sound like one. The conversation you see here is now a much more accurate depiction of our last conversation. The original wording can be seen in the comments below along with my response. I wasn’t considerate or thoughtful when I was writing this post and I’m embarrassed I didn’t do a better job.  


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The Weekly Check In That Wasn’t

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