Losing Weight – Social Media Style

Like many of you, I’ve made a few new years resolutions.

But, unlike most of you (as well as myself in the past), I’ll keep mine.

Enter, dear friends, the power of losing weight – social media style.

It’s a three point plan:

Point 1 – Go In With A Clear (Proven) Strategy. I’m going Slow Carb ala Tim Ferriss and The Four Hour Body.

Tim Ferriss And Paul Colligan

It’s quite the book, quite the diet, quite the way of looking at life. Not only does the slow card diet make a lot of sense (and don’t worry, I’ve done some initial testing on myself already) but he writes of (when making changes) to making it conscious, a game, competitive, and small and effective. Here is my take on these four things:

Conscious – Everything I eat in this 7 week journey will be posted at this Posterous Blog called “What I’m Eating.

A Game – Here’s my game with you. Every time I forget to post a meal (or anything I eat), I’ll produce a YouTube video on the Internet Marketing topic of your choice. Any videos you’d like to see (again, they’ll only be made if I miss a posting)?

Competitive – Here’s where it gets personal for me. I’ve set up an account at StickK.com where I am tracking the intimate details with some dear friends who are keeping me accountable. I’ve pledged $50 for every week that I don’t meet my goals to be spent on the charity of choice as chosen by this group. Got a group you’d like to see get my money? Vote on it below? Of course, I have no intention of paying out a dime but competition keeps these things alive.

Small and effective – I’m going for 7 weeks this round. Why seven weeks? It’s a clear small goal. Also, at the end of these seven weeks is Brendon Burchard’s Expert’s Academy Event where I’ll be sharing the stage with some incredible people – including Brendon and Dr. Wayne Dyer. I want to look as good as I can and be as healthy as possible for the event. Motivation is never bad.

Point 2 – Have Clear Goals. 21 pounds. 3 pounds a week. Nuff said. WIthout clear goals, things don’t happen – weight loss or otherwise.

Point 3 – Track Everything (Socially If Possible). Although my StickK specifics are closed to the general public (and only accessible to a close inner circle of friends), the food photojournal is wide open and, of course, the choice of charity and topics for trainings if I miss anything is all yours.

I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that I’m a bit hesitant to hit the Publish button on this post but, once she’s out there, there is no going back. The pain of looking bad, producing a bunch of videos for free and paying out money to a charity I don’t really agree with should certainly focus me in a way I’ve never been before.

And social media is keeping me honest. Between the public declaration here on this blog, the food photoblog and the StickK account, there’s no going back.

How cool is that?

Thoughts?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • paulcolligan

    How is Stickk working for you? We're find it to be “another social network” to join and are probably going to move things to a private Facebook group. Thoughts?

  • paulcolligan

    Me and some local Portland men have created a closed/private Facebook group for administering justice when we don't meet our public commitments. Make your public commitment, declare your referee, tell us how “justice” will be administered and we just might ask you to join 😉

  • paulcolligan

    Did you start?

  • http://www.dodgeneonsrt4.com Neon SRT4

    Great Post. You have done a great post. Thanks Man.

  • yogiwan

    The reason I continue to follow your posts are that you walk your talk. Using the power of social media as the monitor and incentive to maintain personal objectives is showing the power of what you teach. From this I have no doubts that you will reach your objectives (you usually do) and in the process will bring many others along with you.

    Very creative! I will be looking for the lapse in posting just in case . . .

  • SweetLifeSR

    I am only on week one and am looking for inspiration and motivation. I can't believe how much I relied on sugar to get me through the day. Feel better and sleep better after 5 days. Thanks for posting food diary and your public declaration. I helps to know I am not alone in the fight.

  • ramakrishna

    I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that I’m a bit hesitant to hit the Publish button on this post but, once she’s out there, there is no going back. The pain of looking bad, producing a bunch of videos for free and paying out money to a charity I don’t really agree with should certainly focus me in a way I’ve never been before.

  • paulcolligan

    well, there have been 3 so far (but i've been able to lose 3 a week for the first 2 weeks at least), so I do owe 3 videos. should get those out this week.

  • paulcolligan

    glad i could help. and, no, you're not alone.

  • paulcolligan

    that's what i said.

  • http://twitter.com/Ols_Hill Ola Hill

    I'm always rooting for you Paul!! You've totally inspired me to read 4HB. I was skeptical at first and frankly thought (well, still think) Tim was a little bit crazy but if you can do it, so can I. And using posterous is “Pure Genius”!! Make the pictures good cos I'll be using them for inspiration. Good luck!!

  • paulcolligan

    Thanks Ola!

  • Gina

    Hope it is all going well for you Paul! I am on week 3 and so far so good. Never ate so many darn beans in my life but can do anything with the cheat days. Hope you'll be at the Traffic Geyser event in March so we can high-five each other. I was on my way to being a puffy pilates instructor spending too much time in front of the computer – glad I've flipped the switch. Keep it up – you are not alone!

  • paulcolligan

    Will be at the event – and looking forward to the high-five.

  • Yvonne

    You might like my I AM ECStatic method to personalize your plan. Listen at
    http://wildfire.gigya.com I have lost 175lbs over the time and am now publicly
    pledging to lose 50 more in a year.

  • Anonymous

    Great job.

  • http://www.thesilentseller.com Rob Metras

    Finding it most rewarding. Lowered by blood sugar scores markdly. Already in a month 12 lbs have vanished. Thanks for the tip Paul

  • Anonymous

    Wow – good job! What specifically are you doing?