In a word, No, but allow me to explain.
Since Weighting Game found its new home at NeverSayDiet, I’ve received a few comments from readers who feel confused or angered by the switch. For example, one poster recently wrote:
“Honestly I used to LOVE reading your blog on the old IVillage site. I realize it's the same ownership, but I don't understand the mixed messages I see here. A story titled "Losing the Baby Weight" is currently featured on the homepage of NeverSayDiet. She says her motto was, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." Seriously? How is that acceptable at all? Honestly, I am so disappointed by that. And I am thin. I am a runner. I love fitness and nutrition and wellness. But I just can't get behind the mixed messages on this site.”
This post is valid and I wanted to address it here, as well as ask for your feedback because we want to make this entire site – my blog included – the best it can possibly be.
My first thought: My personal blog is all about loving yourself as is, while still being healthy. It happens to be on a larger umbrella site that includes diet content…but NeverSayDiet is not a diet site. Our entire philosophy is that “diet” is a four-letter word to most women, and we want to be all about making small changes each day, not blindly jumping aboard fad diets. Yes, my new blog is housed within this larger site that contains weight-loss content for those readers who are interested, but for those not wanting to shed pounds, or just in need of shoring up their body image, here I am!
Regarding the specific story about Rachel C.’s post-baby weight loss, we do apologize if it seemed against the tone of our site. Clearly, I can see how her motto of “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels" could be misinterpreted. Since I brought this issue to my editors’ attention, they have taken down her quote and replaced it with a different one that better reflects her story.
In essence, Rachel C. joined Weight Watchers Flex plan, which she likes because no food is off-limits. She lost her baby weight by bringing a healthy lunch to work and food journaling. Among a few of her mottos was "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." To Rachel, being thin meant losing her baby weight and being a size 10. She really wasn't about deprivation - she took her kids to Chuck E. Cheese, went to McDonald's occasionally and was really focused on having the right about of calories so she'd be able to maintain a healthy milk supply for her baby. Her workouts included dancing with her daughter in their house and doing Wii Fit.
Our motto at NeverSayDiet is "Feel great, every day." That encompasses loving and accepting yourself as well as making healthy choices. I believe it is possible to love yourself and be happy with yourself while still wanting to get healthier, stronger, faster, leaner, anything. And because making changes can be so hard, we want to inspire people with success stories from fellow women who've been in their shoes, which is why my editors shared Rachel's story.
Weight loss and body image are such sensitive topics, it can be easy to strike a nerve without realizing it. And striking a nerve isn’t always a bad thing, as it opens the pathway for conversation and helps us understand and learn from each other. Please do leave your feelings and thoughts in the Comments section to help me/us know how we can continue to refine NeverSayDiet and make it- and my blog – absolutely fabulous and a place you want to start your day at.