Ever since my before & after was part of Yahoo!’s Real Weight-Loss Stories I’ve been inundated with emails.
As Id anticipated lots of people wrote seeking advice with regards to their personal transformation goals.
To my surprise, however, a vast number of the messages addressed an entirely different issue.
Many of the men and women reached out to thank me for helping them to feel better or encouraged (their words) about their own weight-loss stories.
Emails such as this one from Renee**:
I was overjoyed to see your weight-loss story profiled on Yahoo! I, too, only had a little weight to lose (25 pounds) and have kept my weight off for five years. When friends talk about losing weight and I chime in with my experience they brush me off. It seems in this Biggest Loser era weight-loss is no longer impressive if it isn’t a hundred pounds or more.
Or this message on Facebook from John**:
I saw your story on Yahoo! this morning and can relate to everything you shared about being consistent and doing something everyday. I was happy your story was picked. I lost 20 pounds ten years ago and have never been able to find where I fit in the weight-loss world. I didn’t lose half my bodyweight, but the fat-loss was (and is) a tremendous effort.
These emails got me thinking
and not merely because after reading a bunch I boarded a four hour flight back to Austin & subsequently wondering what *you* thought?
Do you find you’re motivated, inspired and more likely to seek advice from someone who’s lost a great amount of weight because of the tremendous focus & perseverance we all know is involved?
Do you give more weight to suggestions offered by ‘biggest loser’ types & tend to dismiss —or penalize as one woman suggested—fitness professionals whove never gained/subsequently lost half!their!bodyweight?
To be honest I’m not yet sure what I think (translation: I’ll be meeting you to chat in the comments below).
I’ll admit to being awed by the visual impact (& accompanying numbers) of before/after photos of people who’ve successfully transformed their shape ——but for me that’s as far as it goes.
After the initial WOW! whom I turn to for tips & advice all depends on what they are saying.
What are your thoughts?
Please to hit us all up in the comments.
**messages were printed with permission but edited for brevity.