I’m Going To Lose This Weight: Unqualified Advice

I'm Going To Lose This Weight: Unqualified Advice

When I decided to take the internet along with me on this weight loss journey, there were a lot of things that I feared may happen. Perhaps no one would care, maybe people would mock me for having the weight to lose to begin with, or, worst of all, it was/is possible my efforts may not be successful and I’ve now put it out on the internet for judgement. One possible thing that I didn’t consider, however, was that the comments section of each piece would turn into an endless stream of nutrition and fitness advice and that I would have to find a million different ways to say “Thank you for your thoughts, but I pay a trainer and a nutritionist a shit ton of money to give me professional advice so take your ideas and shove ‘em.”

Let me be clear: this is not a me vs. the commenters slam, because I am just as guilty of it. Whenever anyone mentions they want to lose a few pounds, I instantly become a one-woman infomercial for a low-carb/high-protein diet. When someone says they may start lifting weights, I wax poetic about my gym routines like I’m Arnold Schwarzenegger circa 1970. It’s a struggle every week when I write this column to not sound preachy about what’s working for me, so trust me, I am just as big of an offender as anyone else. Since we are all guilty of it, it begs the question: what is it about weight loss and the main issues that play into it – nutrition and fitness – that seem to bring out the advice-giver in all of us, no matter how unqualified we may be?

Of course, even though most of us are not qualified personal trainers or registered dieticians, we are all well-meaning. None of us are throwing out our thoughts on good vs. bad carbohydrates or what amount of cardio is “correct” because we are trying to fuck with someone else’s health. I don’t think, anyway – although nothing surprises me these days. Even assuming we all have the best of intentions, what we tend to forget when we are saying “this is what you should do/eat/drink” is that every single person – and every single body – is different. I’m thrilled running worked for you to get in shape and shed the pounds, but I would legitimately rather shove a hot metal kebob stick into my eye than run anywhere. Seriously, if that was the only form of cardio that existed, I’d weigh 600 pounds because I (and my knees) hate it that much. I’m also super happy that cutting out refined sugar and processed food helped you lose that weight and give you back your energy. Frankly, I’m not down for living in a world that doesn’t involve the occasional piece of pizza with a Diet Coke chaser, so that’s just not going to work for me, but thanks for sharing.

The bottom line is that what worked for you, food-wise and exercise-wise, may not work for someone else, whether it’s because of their body’s make-up or simply due to their personal preferences. So while it’s fine to share in a “hey this worked for me” way, let’s make a deal when it comes to trying to force our wellness thoughts on others, my friends. How about we agree to leave the actual diet-and-nutrition advice to the professionals? After all, my nutritionist still has student loans to pay and we wouldn’t want to put her out of work, would we?

Starting weight to Lose: 30 pounds
Week 1 Results: – 1.1 pounds
Week 2 Results: – 2.1 pounds
Week 3 Results: +0.4 pounds
Week 4 Results: – 0.2 pounds
Week 5 Results: – 0.2 pounds
Week 6 Results: – 0.1 pounds
Remaining weight to lose: 25.9 pounds

If you want to follow along with me, friend me on MyFitnessPal or FitBit !

Also, I’ll be chatting weekly about my progress with JR Hickey – Twitter
on our podcast, “Don’t Take It From Us.” New eps will be released every Wednesday, so check it out on Soundcloud below or Subscribe on iTunes!

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, documenting her love of all things cheese related, and hosting the new PGP podcast Don't Take It From Us. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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