Monday, August 23, 2010

Tweet Your Goals

I've mentioned this before, but a great way to keep yourself accountable to your goals is to tell everyone about them. That's the reason I started this blog (waaay back in August '09); fear of public humiliation was (is) a huge motivating source, as well as the encouragement and support that I've received online. But blogging can take a lot of time and effort. For those of you who have fitness or weight loss goals but little time to devote to maintaining a full-blown blog, give Twitter a shot. Tweeting about his weight loss goals worked for Drew Magary of Deadspin, and now Brian Stelter of the New York Times is doing it with a lot of success, having lost almost 75 pounds in six months on a "Twitter Diet":
I started this Twitter feed at 270 pounds. I think I maxed out between 275 and 280. But now I’m at 220. I’d like to be under 200. -- 8:47 a.m., June 28.
Finally, I felt comfortable publishing my starting weight. “I’m embarrassed by it,” I added that day. “But now I feel comfortable, because I know I’m never going back.”
Today, I’m under the 200-pound mark, and by Sept. 3 I’ll have lost 75 pounds. I’m already thinking ahead to the fall, when I’ll have to learn how to maintain my new size. I have ordered a specially made scale that posts its results onto Twitter every week. It will confess -- or brag -- for me automatically.
In case you're interested, I think this is the scale he's talking about.

(Source: NYT, Engadget)