One thing that I have noticed throughout the years, is how much easier it is to lose weight when you have a friend or family member supporting you, or even actually also trying to lose weight with you. Losing weight can be a difficult process and sometimes people don’t like change. And you losing weight can mean “change.” So sometimes family and friends are not very supportive. When this happens reach out to others in your aerobics class, your weight training class, or your boot camp for support. You can create your own community to help you. On those days where your friend says, “you’re getting too skinny” even though you know you need to lose another 20 pounds, remember that it is just that friend expressing the fact that she/he is scared of the change that they are seeing in you. Don’t take it personally. Just look elsewhere for support.
When you are losing weight, it can be extremely difficult. Sometimes you have your ups and your downs. Having someone around who understands this helps to make things easier. A lot of times there really isn’t someone around to tell you what a good job you are doing or just to take notice of the changes you have made. It is important to become your own cheerleader. Remember, you are doing this for YOU not for anyone else. It can be difficult at times and frustrating to feel alone in this endeavor. So REACH out and find help where you can. There are so many places to find it now. Even online. Weight loss communities like SparkPeople.com and Weight Watchers can help in letting you know that you are not the only one in this boat. There are even sites like MeetUp.com that have groups created by people just like you to support exercise, healthy eating and weight loss and they are free! Who knows? Maybe you’ll make new friends.
And remember, you can also help others that are supporting you by telling them when you see a difference in their behaviors or weight. Let them know that you think they are doing a good job. A kind word goes a long way. After all, everyone wants to hear a “good job” every once in a while. It can mean the world to someone and may be all they need to make it to the next step. I think you know that after all….