Act As If All The World Were Watching

Last week you may have noticed that I skipped Fatty Friday. The last time I skipped a weekly weight loss post, it was because I was afraid of admitting a weight gain and I needed a break from the transparency that I have created with Fatty Friday. This time it wasn’t because of a weight gain, but rather because Howard and I just didn’t go weigh in. It was a financial thing and we just couldn’t make it happen. This week I’m back to full transparency and ugh…I gained. There, I said it…

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” ~Thomas Jefferson

After several months of these posts, sometimes I just run out of things to say and I’ve been trying to come up with tips and advice to keep others motivated. I’ve talked about avoiding a weight loss plateau, admitted my shame and guilt over being obese, and even talked a little about how to celebrate weight loss. This week was my birthday and I had told you all that I would eat “good” so I could treat myself on my birthday. Well, the fact is, I didn’t. I knew that we weren’t going to be weighing in last Thursday and there was a thought that we might not be able to weigh in yesterday, so we ate…again. I continue to self sabotage when “nobody is watching”. But the fact of the matter is that I’m not doing this weight loss thing for others. I’m doing this for me, my boy, my family, and my health. I need to use Jefferson’s advice above and do this thing like everyone is watching. Because you are watching! You are reminding me when I don’t post for Fatty Friday. You are looking for my updates. You are cheering me on and lifting me up (Thank you, Mari!). So, here it is…

I gained 3.8 lbs in the past two weeks.

I’m not going to apologize or get down on myself. For a change, I’m not even going to make any promises or goals or hopes for this upcoming week. I’m just going to follow my plan to the best of my ability, starting right now, and if I fail, that’s all on me. I know you’re watching and you can scold me if you feel the need. You can cheer me on, lift me up, give me advice, scold me, whatever you need to do to light a fire under my butt. I’m listening, just like you are listening to me. I’m learning every step of the way. Someday, I will succeed and feel better about myself. Someday, this Fatty Friday will be Fit Friday or Fat-No-More Friday or something like that.

There it is – plain and simple – I’m getting back up once again… Here we go!

How was your week?


  1. Mari says:

    In my opinion, you are succeeding as long as you don’t give up! Keep on keeping on. I’m glad you’re not apologizing or getting down on yourself.
    And sometimes, we do better by not making promises. It’s refreshing to just do what we’re going to do. So, keep on keeping on, my friend 🙂

    • janet says:

      Thank you, Mari, I’m keepin’ on!

      BTW, I would love to know what you think of my new site design. What changes would you like to see (if any)?

      • Mari says:

        Uh – you’re going to find out here how VERY UN-observant I am. I didn’t even notice 🙁 And that’s because I am REALLY REALLY REALLY unobservant. There was a hotel in my town that has been here my whole life. They tore it down. I have no idea how long it took for me to notice even though I had driven by multiple times. (It was long enough that they tore it down and left zero evidence that anything has even been there.)
        That being said, I like it. I’ve always loved the pink and blue (and please don’t tell me that’s supposed to be purple. I would die. My mom used to have a purple car. It was purple. I KNOW it was. But EVERYONE ELSE said it was blue.
        What I would like to see: A “contact me” tab. I wanted to email you a couple of times rather than leaving a public comment. But, maybe you don’t want to be contacted outside of the public comments. And, that’s ok 🙂

  2. Erika E says:

    I admire you for posting about your personal journey. I hope you feel good about yourself whether you have a good week or not.

    • janet says:

      When I’m eating right, I feel great and I’m proud of myself for at least trying! Thank you!

  3. howard says:

    You truly inspire me along our journey baby! I love you!

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