I was blown away by the response to my blog post yesterday. It made me think about my support network and how blessed I am to be surrounded by people who are supporting my weight loss goals. My network keeps me accountable, motivates me when I'm down, cheers my successes and pushes me when I falter.
This network is all around me, both in real life and online. I'm amazed by the number of connections and resources I came up with when I sat down to think about it.
1. Of course, it's the day before Valentine's Day so I have to start with my husband. He's not thrilled with the low fat cooking and lifestyle changes I'm making, but he's supportive. He doesn't complain when I bring home low-fat milk (instead of the whole milk that he prefers) and when we talk about going out or ordering take out he always has my calorie goals in mind. In return I buy him potato chips and bologna and try not to eat it myself
2. I talk to my mother on the phone everyday. She is on this journey with me so we share tips, talk about our progress, celebrate our successes and lament our failures together. I've avoided snacking at times just so I don't feel I have to confess it to my mother!
3. My best friend is an inspiration. She has lost two dress sizes since last year and is looking amazing. She was my inspiration to get started on this journey and when we meet to eat dinner together once a week (when life permits) we also share our successes and failures and urge each other on. She is one beautiful lady!
4. The website sparkpeople.com has been a tremendous resource and the online community is helpful, encouraging and inspirational. When I posted yesterday about being the biggest girl in the gym, several people offered up their own experiences and helped me look at the experience in a whole new perspective. Each comment made my day and I am grateful for the number of people who took the time to share what they had to say. The online nutrition and fitness trackers are also great resources and I push myself to record in them every day.
5. For better or worse I have been consistent about posting my blog posts on my Facebook page. This means the people who know me in real life are reading about my journey, not just the anonymous people on Sparkpeople. This brings a whole new level of accountability to my journey. It's one thing to slack off in front of strangers, but my real life friends and family are now watching me as well. I'm surprised by the number of people who read my blog and the friends who have taken the time to comment have motivated me to keep going. Classmates that I haven't seen or talked to in years are telling me about their own struggles and taking the time to support me on my journey.
6. The Friendship Community Center in Lower Paxton Township has been amazing. Thanks to the free babysitting I can work out every day and the wellness coach has been a fantastic sounding board for my fitness and nutrition. The zumba instructor for my zumba classes is outstanding and my classmates are constantly telling me what a good job I am doing. I feel good everyday when I walk into the center.
I can't battle my demons alone and I am surrounded by support. Where do you find your support and inspiration?