About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Solving the Weight Loss Problem

I sat down this morning with the intent of writing a post about my new weight loss goals.  As I began to write (see my first sentence below) I was suddenly inspired to go in a different direction and what you see below is the result.  I hope you enjoy:

It’s funny, when most people start a blog about diet and exercise they put their goals in the very first posting.  If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ve probably figured out that I prefer to not be like most people.  I told myself when I first started this blog that I wasn’t going to just parrot what everyone else posts on a weight loss blog.  Sure there are some commonalities that we all want to discuss, but what I hope you get from me is a different perspective from everything else you’ve read out there. 

There are so many of us that are struggling with our weight; it’s clear that this is not a problem that’s easy to solve even though it seems like it should be.  I’m an engineer, and one thing I’ve learned in my career is that when I can’t solve a problem, quite often it’s because I made an assumption early on that led me down a wrong path.  We make those assumptions when we fail to look at different perspectives.  If you look at the blogs I follow, you notice that a lot of them have totally different views on how to lose weight.  I choose to follow them BECAUSE they are different from me.  I want to see different points of views because every once in a while you pick up one little nugget of information that moves you forward on your weight loss journey.  If there is one thing I’ve learned through my struggles, it’s that this problem with weight loss is so difficult because we are all unique and different things work for different people.  Dare to think differently as you create your own path and you might find a few of those little nuggets that help to craft your success.

So how do you solve the weight loss problem? 
  1. Arm yourself with knowledge
  2. Don’t be afraid of different points of view
  3. Carve out your own path
  4. Don’t Give Up!

In 2010 I started this blog with the intent on increasing my accountability.  After all my failed attempts at losing weight, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try something different.  While I was writing I was truly enjoying myself and I was punching out some articles that you don’t see everywhere (check out “Will you be happy after you lose weight”, “What’s your eating personality”, and “You don't have to starve to lose weight”).  I have a lot more to offer and look forward to continuing this journey with all of you.  I hope you all learn as much from me as I do from you, and please feel free to leave me a comment if you do pick up one of those little nuggets from my blog.  Stay Strong!


  1. I agree. Losing weight has to be an individual thing. There are many paths that lead to weight loss & as individuals we have to find out what works for us. That's why in my blog I try to point out that I'm on a "learning" journey here. Losing this amount of weight is a new thing to me, so I can't claim to be an expert, but hopefully by the end I will be. I'll be an expert of ME and only me, and hopefully that will help someone out in the end.

  2. I saw my old WW Leader from years ago at a gas station last week. She was fat. She had lost a lot of weight and was the WW Leader in my small town. She gave it up as it was too much work and she constantly needed to travel to the City 2 hours for regular meetings with the organisation etc and she also said they were always pressuring her to get more people to go to WW. She was armed with knowledge about food and eating and portion size but that knowledge didn't help her. It was about not putting it into practice. That has often been my problem I have lots of knowledge but
    don't put it into practice. And as for the differing opinions are you ever so right because people can get rather ugly when they don't agree.You write great posts that make me think!!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You're so right ... there are many different ways to lose weight and we all have our own journeys to travel. I learn from so many other people as I walk through all of us. Never easy but all the work is worth it.

  4. Hey there, thanks for reading & commenting on my blog. Enjoying reading through yours as well and so much of it makes sense. Shall pop in often and have a read!