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What Attributes Make a Good Weight Loss Buddy?



 
 
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2BDYNAMIC
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1/23/13 7:31 A

Someone who gives their word ........ and sticks by it .......... emoticon



CMCOLE
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1/23/13 7:22 A

- similar goals (beliefs, way of living, or whatever you want to call it)
- similar schedule
- good communication/accountability/interaction




ASHLEYGILLE
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1/23/13 7:22 A

I agree with everyone here!

I have a friend (a former co-worker actually) who describes herself as "a compulsive eater in recovery". She's struggled with her weight in the past, but has gotten to a place where she's maintained a healthy weight for years. She watches what she eats, but focuses a lot on exercise and enjoying herself while doing it (hiking, biking, horseback riding, etc.). She's supportive and motivating, but knows when to back off and never scolds me when I opt to eat something I probably shouldn't or comments when I put on a few pounds. And when she compliments me, I know that she's being genuine. Although I weigh-in daily (as it keeps me honest), she doesn't; instead she focuses on how she feels and how her clothes fit. She's a good "weight loss buddy" and a great friend. I'm lucky to have her in my life.



BLUENOSE63
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1/23/13 7:07 A

One with similar interests but still can bring variety to the workout session
Patience and fortitude to carry out the plan when loss of momentum occurs
Positive attitude
Consistency
Truthful
Encouraging



KJFITNESSDUDE
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1/23/13 5:54 A

~Interest in you and your weightloss goal
~Having had the experience of successful weightloss themselves
~Patience and empathy for their buddy if and when they fall of the wagon
~The ability to know when to push and when to backoff
~To be able to give genuine compliments on successes (and qualify them)
~Have some technical training and/or experience with nutrition and fitness



JUSTKLH
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1/22/13 11:22 P

I think it would have to be someone who is motivating, willing to be motivated, and doesn't think they have all the answers. A real give-and-taker, otherwise the process can be completely draining.



SJM1027
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1/20/13 4:19 P

Sure!!



SNOWJESTER
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1/20/13 1:14 P

Communication. Me and my buddies check in pretty much every day via email or text. Just having a friend ask how I did every day keeps me accountable and motivated. I see a lot of posts with people asking for buddies and then I say I'll be there buddy and they never post again. Where'd they go!?



IMADOTCOMDIVA
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1/20/13 1:02 P

A good weight loss buddy would be someone who motivates me to keep keeping on. I have never had one.....

Any takers?



SJM1027
Posts: 291
1/20/13 11:36 A

I can't wait to see these answers :)



 
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