Friday, May 10, 2013
Being overweight sucks. Nothing fits right, you don't like the way you look, your doctor is always telling you to lose weight, people make fat jokes or give you THAT look...but you don't say anything. When I was heavy, I tended to ignore that fact or make a joke out of it. I would call myself a "big girl". I would say "I could use to lose". But rarely did I ever say I was fat and needed help.
Our weight is something that we tend to be very quiet about, but it's like any addiction: we can only improve when we admit there's a problem and seek help. I got help from my dentist and the lady who became my health coach. That motivated me to start this journey - and led me to losing 80 pounds.
The other thing is: losing weight and becoming healthier isn't meant to be something we do in secret, all by ourselves, out of everyone's prying eyes. Having a health coach, a fitness buddy, a spouse, a friend, a sibling be there to support us is HUGE. I was most successful on Weight Watchers when I did it with a dear college friend and team mate. We checked in on each other, made sure we were doing OK, and otherwise encouraged each other to keep going. The moment that she graduated and we moved our separate ways, I found myself having a harder and harder time staying on top of it. Eventually, I gave up.
Now, I have a health coach. She's been a great support, particularly early in my program. I check in with her and let her know how I'm doing.
I also rely on my sister. We talk honestly about our weight and how to be healthy and make healthier choices.
And of course, there's all the wonderful SparkFriends I've been blessed to meet! You guys give me support and encouragement, help me continue to live healthily and happily! The SparkCommunity has been wonderful to me and I'm sooooo glad that I joined.
While YOU are the one responsible for your health, it doesn't mean that you have to withdraw from everyone else and go it alone. Asking for help and accountability is OK and definitely needed! When you are dying to eat a package of Keebler cookies, call up your friend and talk about it. When you are angry, get together with your fitness buddy and work your bums out. When you are looking for healthier alternatives to junky foods, turn to your health coach or doctor or someone to give you inspiration. But don't think you have to go it alone.
Thank you to the SparkDiet for the inspiration for this post.