DEAR HARRIETTE: I love utilizing social media to document my weight loss. I have been posting progress photos to a few of my social media pages, but I have been getting unsupportive comments. Normally, I would know to not listen to anonymous naysayers on the internet, but these are people I know! People think I am bragging every time I post a photo. I am just happy with my body, and they can unfollow me if they so please. Yet none of them do that. Why don't those with negative energy just unfollow me? I am not asking for them to see my pictures. -- Too Many Haters, Paramus, New Jersey
DEAR TOO MANY HATERS: Social media can swing different ways, especially for people who are documenting significant success in their lives. Weight loss ranks high among the topics that can trigger odd reactions. That said, if you are finding it helpful to post your successes on social media as a way to keep you honest and steadfast, continue to post. If, however, you are feeling shaken by the commentary that is coming your way from random social media contacts and friends, you may want to consider creating a smaller group that allows a specific group of like-minded participants to share your journey. What is most important for you is to surround yourself with people who will be supportive of your journey to a healthier body.
I recommend that you share your victories and defeats. Sharing your vulnerabilities makes you real and also balances your excitement about your success with the sobering other side of when things are not so easy. This will draw true supporters.