Lynn's blog, saw that she'd once been my then-current size, and not only was inspired to give dieting one last chance, but also document my journey (to fit!).
But along with the good, comes the bad. There's the internet, and then there's the THINternet. Because anyone can put anything online, it's easy to come across all kinds of misinformation and misrepresentation - pretend experts are plentiful on the thinternet. Eat this! You'll lose weight. Don't eat that! You'll lose weight. Everything seems magnified when you read it online. People espouse a particular way of dieting (which is fine, no one thing works for everyone) and suddenly it becomes a cult-like movement of zombies chanting "join us" in a scary monotone. Or exercise - again, people will push their agenda as the only way to get fit, when in fact there are many options for a healthy workout.
On the thinternet, because it's so easy to create an inspirational poster, anybody can make something up, post it on Pinterest, and voila - somehow it becomes fact. Check out this craziness:
I'm a grown woman who can see through this nonsense, but what about the younger generation? I was anorexic in high school, and can tell you that had the thinternet been around back then, I probably would have gone off the deep end even worse than I did. It seems harder and harder to cut through the garbage that's online, and I wonder if the good can still outweigh the bad when it comes to finding diet and exercise help online.
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy,
former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We
formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing
people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the
first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you'd like
us to address!