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CherryPie99
12-05-2011, 02:40 PM
I was contacted today by the local newspaper. They want to do a story on me and my weight loss. I'm not sure if I want to do it. Most of friends think it's great and say that I can be inspirational to a lot of people heading into the new year.

I am nervous for 2 reasons - one, I don't want to be seen as an attention whore. And two - I tend to put myself down for having been so fat in the first place, rather then thinking how "impressive" my weight loss have been.

What do you guys think?


Ksquared
12-05-2011, 02:45 PM
I say do it! I would do it. I know I have inspired alot of my friends on Facebook to lose weight. It's a struggle and a challenge and alot of people don't know where to begin. I started a year ago with asking for a Treadmill for Christmas.

Also, think of it as a great way to point people Somewhere that they can get support. Maybe ask the board owner if you can plug 3fc! We are all here because we needed support, why not show more people where they can begin!

InsideMe
12-05-2011, 02:47 PM
I think it's WONDERFUL!!!!! You have done an AMAZING job and you deserve recognition for it. Just put yourself back in your shoes when you weighed your highest and how would you feel if you opened up the newspaper and saw a lady's story of how she lost 189lbs??? Would you see hope and inspiration for yourself that you could do it. That is an amazing opportunity to give that gift to someone else. You are not an attention whore, not at all. You deserve to be a role model for all those that are struggling, accept your amazing accomplishments, you can do this humbly with gratitude. To do it with ego is a different story but your not like that since your questioning it. Do it from your heart and what your heart tells you to do. Kudos girl you totally inspire so many people here, the more your story gets out the more people you will touch xoxo


sacha
12-05-2011, 02:47 PM
I love reading these stories. I don't see it being an attention whore at all - you worked so freaking hard for something (189lbs lost!?!?) and there is no shame in being proud of that. It's an amazing achievement.

When you were first starting your journey, how would you have felt about reading this article? (if it was someone else at your starting height/weight)? Inspired? Or would you have thought they were an attention whore of some kind? Nobody whose opinion is worth any value would see you as having any kind of shame for your starting weight. I can only see inspiration. Not just for those who were overweight but those who have "impossible" hurdles.

Maybe you will change just one person's life... that's still one life. If they are someone at almost 400lbs, maybe you do more than just change it, maybe even save it?

Almost 200lbs, that is really an amazing feat. Maybe you see your stats so often you forget how impressive they truly are.

Good luck with whatever decision you make.

PreciousMissy
12-05-2011, 02:51 PM
I think it's a great idea! You'd show people that it's not easy or instant as many of the diet products claim, but that it's worth it. It irks me when I heard ads say that people don't have to change their current lifestyle and the pounds will just melt away. Their current lifestyle is what got them where they are now and if they don't change then it will just be a vicious cycle.

Look at it from the other side, what would you have thought if you read a story on a woman who had lost 189lb when you were starting your journey. Would you have been inspired to know someone had been where you were, or would you have thought of them as someone who was just seeking attention?

MariaMaria
12-05-2011, 02:57 PM
I don't see it as attention whoring at all. It's a newspaper, not a blog-- it's not as if you sent out a PR blurb that they're just republishing as "news."

Are you comfortable with the whole thing? (To be clear, (a) I would not be; but (b) that doesn't mean I think that everyone would or reasonably should agree with me; it's personal.)

MusicalAstronaut
12-05-2011, 03:04 PM
I think you should do it! If you're comfortable with people seeing your old pictures and just being in the spotlight in general, it could help other people who are trying to lose weight. :) My local paper does this and I LOVE reading every week about someone who's lost weight. It gives me hope, and sometimes it gives me helpful advice. :P

jayohwhy
12-05-2011, 03:07 PM
i say do it!

you will probably be inspiring someone!

dragonwoman64
12-05-2011, 03:08 PM
definitely! Hope you post the link so we can read it. Congratulations on an amazing weight loss!

ArtyKay
12-05-2011, 03:09 PM
You should totally do it! If you're comfortable, that is.

I think I would feel uncomfortable too, but like MariaMaria, its personal. I'm very shy...

I think it would be really brave and great if you went through with it. You really would be/ARE an inspiration.

sontaikle
12-05-2011, 03:22 PM
Stories inspire people. My best friend's weight loss inspired me to get my butt moving.

I would go for it. If you inspire even one person then I think it's worth it :)

Moondance
12-05-2011, 03:29 PM
Maybe you can see this as an opportunity to declare to the "world" your success and comittment to keep the weight off...as an accountability thing.

Attention :censored:? Absolutely not!

Inspiring? Oh yes!

Out of your comfort zone? Possibly...but in my book that's just another reason to go for it. You may be surprised at the things it brings about.

Let us know what you decide!

free1
12-05-2011, 03:31 PM
I would do it in a heartbeat. When I started, I would have LOVED to see someone in the paper who was able to achieve what I didn't think was possible (and still don't sometimes). You've conquered the big hurdle not let it mean something even greater....

Ashley777
12-05-2011, 03:41 PM
You should so do it, you will not be an attention whore at all but an inspiration to others who don't think they can do it.
Congratulations awesome job!

Mimzzy
12-05-2011, 04:27 PM
I think you should do it! In fact it was one of my friends recent weight loss that gave me the motivation to start doing it for me. Her story gave me hope and if she could do it then so could I!

I think what you have done it something to be proud of! You took your health by the horns and ran with it and look how far you have come, simply amazing! :D Go for it

Esofia
12-05-2011, 04:48 PM
I wouldn't, it could go horribly wrong. You're giving the journalist a huge amount of power, and they could print a deeply unflattering, indeed inaccurate article. Even if the article is relatively nice, people are often nasty about anyone who is or has been fat, and you could find that you get people who know you being unpleasant. My former neighbours hurtled into the headlines in the summer, and it was a really nasty experience that nearly wrecked their marriage (well, that was when I last heard from them - they may have decided on divorce by now).

The BBC put out a request for LGBT parents to be in a documentary recently, and I mentioned it to a friend of mine who is a queer parent. She laughed and said that they always struggle to find people willing to do this, because word has got out that any request like this will always be looking for the nuttiest people they can find in order to make interesting news, and most people hear via the community that it's a really bad idea to get involved.

Ariannag
12-05-2011, 04:49 PM
I say do it! it really is sensational to hear you lost so much weight! congratulations! let the world know YOU DID IT.

Misti in Seattle
12-05-2011, 05:25 PM
I certainly think you should do it if you WANT to; it's a huge accomplishment and not an attention grabber. You earned it.

However, I would not do it. And interestingly, I am not at all shy and would not hesitate at all for the publicity. But if/when I ever get down to a nice weight there is no way on this earth that I would ever publicize a "before" picture. I hate the way I look and it's bad enough that people see it now. I sure would not "advertise" it in any way if it was gone.

But it's a personal decision... if you like the idea, go for it. But Esofia has some VERY good points too. You have no idea whether this will be flattering at all or if they will sensationalize it to make your "before" the worst it can be. I would guess likely the latter. You are taking a big chance. Just consider those things and be ready to take the risk if you decide to do it.

JayEll
12-05-2011, 05:27 PM
I'd say NO, don't do it. Do you really want to be known as "that really fat woman who lost all that weight"? It's way more attention than I'd want.

Also--and I am not saying that this would happen to you!--I regained a lot of my weight, and while I got a lot of compliments while I was losing, no one said anything when I started regaining--but I knew that they noticed. How could they not?

Do you really want your whole town (at least the paper readers) to be watching you?

Please don't go on the basis of how many votes the choices get. Decide on your own what you're comfortable with.

Jay

Jojo381972
12-05-2011, 05:42 PM
I'd agree with all the people that posted, 'do it' on this thread.

I think it can motivate people to get started and lose weight.
You earned the right to tell your story. Congrats on the huge weight loss accomplishment by the way! :)

I'm sure your heart will tell you what the right decision is for you.

Misti in Seattle
12-05-2011, 07:19 PM
I'd say NO, don't do it. Do you really want to be known as "that really fat woman who lost all that weight"? It's way more attention than I'd want.

Also--and I am not saying that this would happen to you!--I regained a lot of my weight, and while I got a lot of compliments while I was losing, no one said anything when I started regaining--but I knew that they noticed. How could they not?

Do you really want your whole town (at least the paper readers) to be watching you?

Please don't go on the basis of how many votes the choices get. Decide on your own what you're comfortable with.

Jay

Well said... I agree completely!

Justwant2Bhealthy
12-05-2011, 09:13 PM
You know, at first I thought -- gee, that might be an inspiring story for many people, but then I remembered a lady I know that did that very thing in our local newspaper a while back. I think becuz I knew her since she was young, and I knew how much she had struggled with her weight (esp during her teens), I was so proud of her accomplishement, and happy for her.

BUT, about a year or so later, I ran into her and couldn't help but notice that she had gained most, if not all the weight back. Although I didn't let on, I felt so bad for her -- becuz being a former yo-yoer myself, I knew how bad I felt when I regained again and again.

Now, they did do a nice article on her though, but all I could think about was how she must feel now that the whole town knows that she has gained it all back; and I haven't seen her out & about as much as before either ...

... just something to consider. Would I do it: NO, but then it's a personal choice that only you can make ... :hug:

BTW ~ how long have you been maintaining for? I might take that into consideration in the decision.