Monday, August 26, 2013

Going Behind the Scenes of my Weight Loss Journey (A Guest Post by Jess)

I was asked many months ago to do a guest blog post on this here website and I didn't think it was going to go quite like it will in the next few paragraphs.

For those of you that don't know me my name is Jess Perreca and I usually go by in the social media world as TooBIG. You can catch me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, & my blog.

I've been an avid blogger for quite some time now (since 2002) and it has ranged from anything from late night blog posts to weight loss.

I have battled my weight since I was a kid. Always finding it a trouble to lose weight. However it has been just recently that I believe I have stumbled on the cause of my obesity problems. (more on this later)

I've been on many diets and some have worked. I take that back all have worked. However for a diet to work I think it would mean that I would be skinny right? Nope the complete opposite.

You see, in my reality of weight loss, I have come to be known as the one who abandons it as soon as he gets a little bit of success.

What do i mean by this. I have lost many pounds on many different diets. Never once was it the diets fault for my failures. I only have myself to blame.

I have learned to abandon them just as soon as my mind tells me I have made some progress. This I believe comes from when i was a kid.

When I was about 8 or 9 I was already 100lbs overweight looking for something. I found in the local newspaper an article from a local guy that had lost over 500lbs himself. Being picked on in school about my weight I would read this article to find that he was going to be starting a program to mentor and help obese kids.

I begged and pleaded with my parents to sign me up and they did. Everything was great. He provided us with the guidance we needed. He provided us with someone that we didn't have to explain ourselves too because he understood. I was losing weight and the kids at school were noticing. I was really on my way.
This was only short lived because this gentleman would let his success get to his head with book deals and radio gigs and everyone wanting a piece of the story he didn't have any time left for us. Just when I was succeeding, he up and quit on us. He abandon me and the others.

It's funny now when I look back at all this I come full circle to now. I come to the point where I realize I have become this person. I have become the one that wants the story, wants the big-time weight loss. Wants the success. More importantly I have become the ones who abandons.

Anytime I have ever come to face success I let it go and I let it go quickly. So you ask? Why are you guest

Simple, It's been a long time since I posted on my own site and I have since taking a different direction when my weight loss and blogging altogether.

I have decided that in my efforts of trying to show case my weight loss to the world I forget about all that is important. This has led me to many failed attempts and nothing to show for it.

From this point forward I will be very limited in my announcing my weight loss journey.

I still blog, I still stay involved in Social Media Limelight. However it'll be for many different reasons than that of weight loss.

I've gained so many friends from being in the weight loss community and many I know that I can lean on from time to time. This time in my life this is just something that I need to do.

I will be back and I'm really not leaving but the times of me comparing myself to everyone else to try and lose xxx amount of pounds is not going to happen any longer.

So the title is now the present I'm taking the behind scenes approach and when I feel like I'm ready and have moved on from the abandon process I'll be back and at that point I'll be back to really contribute and know that at that time I can really help others.

Thank you so much for your time.

DubyaWife's Take:  What a great post after my break and return to the blogging world.  It's very easy to get mixed up in the "weight loss community" and essentially become a sell out.  But that depends on what is important to the person.  For Jess, he's aware enough to know what needs to be the focus in his life.  I had the great opportunity of meeting Jess at Fitbloggin some years back and am glad he's in my circle of friends.  Thanks Jess! 


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  5. Jeniya said, fabulous guest blog Perreca and also great journey of weight loss. I have read out your blog from where I have got lots of encouragement for reducing weight because I am suffering a lot about weight loss like you and hope that your blog will help me a lot to reduce my weight. So best of luck and will see more blog from you in near future.

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