When you’re trying to lose weight, even a little extra help can go a long way. And that is exactly the case with Roni Noone – a blogger who went on to lose 70 pounds, all the while documenting her journey on the web.
And what started out as just a personal form of accountability has grown into a robust community of 200,000 followers at JustRoni.com.
The best part?
Now, 5 years later, Roni has lost all the weight and continues to keep it off. What’s more is that she’s inspiring thousands of others to do the same. How gratifying indeed: reaching your goals AND making a difference to others’ lives. Good for you Roni!
Now, if you’re trying to lose weight there are a few great takeaways from this:
For one, the principle of commitment and consistency goes a long way towards helping you reach your goals. Originally described by ASU professor Robert Cialdini, it states that, “If people commit, orally or in writing, to an idea or goal, they are more likely to honor that commitment because of establishing that idea or goal as being congruent with their self image”.
That’s exactly what Roni did. She committed – in writing – and remained consistent with her actions. But she took it a step further. By making her business public (really public!) she made herself accountable to the world – not just herself. I can imagine that helped her a great deal as well.
And finally, the fact that others started jumping on the bandwagon made it that much easier to continue striving towards the ultimate goal. Again, what can be more gratifying than helping others overcome the challenge you once faced?
Now, while you don’t necessarily have to start a blog to boost your weight loss efforts (although it wouldn’t hurt) you can still use all of the principles Roni did. Here’s how:
- Commit to a goal (i.e. “I want to lose 30 pounds by X date”).
- Next, write this goal down on paper and outline the exact steps you plan on taking to get there. Be as descriptive as possible: will you diet? What program? Exercise? When and how much? Everything needs to be mapped out. Finally, set milestones for yourself. What’s your progress after 1 month, 2 months, etc…? Are you on track or do you have to go back and change things a bit?
- Make yourself accountable to someone else (e.g. a family member, friend, etc.). Furthermore, let them know that you expect them to be critical if you stray off the right path. It has to be constructive criticism, however, not aimless and hurtful. So make sure you choose this person wisely.
And that’s basically it. It’s a very simple technique, but as you’ve witnessed in Roni’s case, it can go a long way towards helping you reach your goals. So take advantage of it because you’re going to need all the help you can get.