I tried SO hard to record a podcast today. I really did. First, the phone rang, then the microwave repair guy showed up early (long story,) then the baby woke up early from nap. It was an absolute disaster. Laughable really.
I could record now, but it’s 9PM and with both kids in bed all I have energy for is this: Blogging with the laptop on the couch watching TV.
SO… I thought I’d pluck one and do it the old fashioned way. This question came in from Michelle…
Clearly, you had no trouble about sharing your weight loss journey, since you know, wrote a blog. But now a days social media is so prevalent. How much is over share? Like today, I made my first real post on Facebook about the journey I am on, and I almost did not post it, because it felt like I was fishing for complements. I will also admit to thinking the same thing of friends who have done the same (although it was after the like fourth post of the day of a similar nature) I feel awkward about it.
I love love love this question and I could answer it with one little quote…
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Any time I’m worried about sharing an accomplishment or an opinion I think of that quote. It reminds me there will always be people who "mind" regardless of what I say or do, so why filter?
I really think it comes down to owning your accomplishments. You can call it "bragging" but it comes from a different place. When you share your weight loss or workouts or healthy food choices it’s pride, not arrogance. Sure if you went around saying things like…
"HA! I lost 2 pounds this week and you didn’t! nanny nanny poo poo."
you’d be an arrogant braggart but if you say…
"Hey guys, proud of myself this week, I lost two pounds!"
What’s wrong with that? Who’s going to have a problems with that?
You know who will? Those that are jealous, bitter or just plain jerks.
I read the most amazing blog post a few months ago by The Feminist Breeder called The World Needs More Women Who Brag About Their Accomplishments. It’s a must read and I share her thoughts EXACTLY….
Confidence is contagious, and should be threatening to no one. Own your achievements. Love them, AND yourself.
It’s really that simple. Whether you earn a degree, get a promotion, lose a pound, run your first mile, cook a healthy dish or make a healthy choice, OWN IT.