"Blogging about my weight made me admit I had a problem"
Natasha's weight loss story
Name: Natasha Kelly
Weight loss: 43.2 kg
Was: 109.8 kg
Now: 66.6 kg
Height: 1.77 m
How long it took: 44 weeks
How she did it: Weight Watchers Group Coaching at Riccarton, NZ, with Coach Ali Woodhouse.
Before & Now
“ I still have blah days, but a little online reflection always puts things in perspective to see just how far I’ve come. ”
What attracted me to blogging
I was really nervous when I started blogging – I still am. The fact that people anywhere can read about something so personal is frightening. I had never talked about my weight before I started blogging. What attracted me to blogging was other Weight Watchers blogs. I often read them for inspiration, especially at the beginning of my journey.
It keeps me honest
Blogging about my weight made me admit I had a problem. The important thing was that I discovered that being honest with myself helped me not only lose weight but come to terms with my habits and feelings. Instead of bottling things up, I could let it out and, amazingly, there was always someone who replied who was going through the same thing.
It's great to share highs and lows
I have no set schedule to blogging – I just do it when I need to get something off my chest, whether it’s a high or a low. My highs are definitely worth sharing and celebrating, and it’s good to put the lows out there so you aren’t stewing on it yourself.
Blogging help the blah days
My most memorable posts are the ones about wearing a bikini. There’s one from August 2012 when I shared that I wore a bikini in public for the first time … ever. That moment represented all the hard work I had done to lose weight. Then in October 2012 and August 2013 I uploaded pictures of myself in my bikini and discussed body love and acceptance. I think learning to love your body is perhaps one of the hardest things about being a woman. We expect so much from ourselves that we forget to take stock of just how amazing we really are. Blogging has helped me see that. Yes, I still have blah days, but a little online reflection always puts things in perspective to see just how far I’ve come.