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A Woo-Hoo for Supporting Each Other!!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I've been watching Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition the past couple of weeks and one thing has struck me on both of the shows. Here is this great opportunity for a morbidly obese family member to take a year and focus on getting healthy and their family members don't really get behind them to the extent that they should. Both families that have been featured the past 2 weeks have had other overweight members who should have jumped at the opportunity to take this journey with their family member but they let them go it alone. Last week, the husband seemed supportive but didn't set ground rules for the rest of the family (like the sons who were bringing fast food into the house) and he certainly could have lost a few pounds himself. And last night's episode, made me so angry with the mom who relied too much on her 25 year old who Chris was helping and almost seemed jealous of her daughter. Yes, she came around in the end but that was after 9 months.
Both of the women were successful in losing the weight but it just pointed out how much easier it would have been for them had they had the proper kind of support. But in the end, it also showed that we are alone in this journey. We have to be the ones to do the work and to find the inner motivation and desire to lose the weight and we have to do it for OURSELVES.
I think it also points out how special SP is in that it gives us all the opportunity to receive support and to give support to others who are struggling, not just with weight loss, but also with the everyday issues of life that can derail us from our goals.
I want to give a emoticon to all of those on SP who take the time to reach out and support each other on this journey to health and fitness.


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3016DEBRA 7/31/2013 5:39PM

  emoticon Having each others back is so so impo emoticon rtant!!!

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SHAMROCKY2K 7/31/2013 4:13PM

    I watched the show last year and noticed the same thing. It IS the reality. Our online support here is something we all need to use. I was probably shy of asking for help but by giving to others I have received support back.

GREAT point Ann! emoticon

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DAVENPLK 7/31/2013 3:33PM

    We are on this journey together. It is sad to see this lack of support because we want this show to model good behavior. It will help all of us work better together to solve the obesity epidemic in our country. emoticon linda emoticon

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ALIHIKES 7/31/2013 2:23PM

    You are right the support and caring of others who share healthy goals is really important! I too watch Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss, and I have been shocked at how some family members have actively undercut the weight loss attempts of a seriously obese person. Like the mom from last week who made fun of how her daughter's arms jiggled when she exercised!!

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