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How to Tell Others About Your Weight-Loss Goals

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  • I'm a loner by nature. I usually DO keep things to myself rather than seek out support from others. This time, however, with 80+ lbs. to lose, I let my co-workers and family know (and also discovered SparkPeople.) I must admit that it's helped! Logging into SparkPeople and communicating with other members has helped me be more accountable. I was also pleasantly surprised at just HOW supportive my colleagues have been. The other week, the teacher's aide came around with a box of chocolate treats that she offered to the counselors sitting in the hallway outside my office. She started to offer me one, but a staff member stopped her saying "No; you know Mrs. L. won't eat that; she's sticking to her plan!"
  • Wish I'd had this letter to send to my parents years ago.....
  • One thing I would add. Don't push me to eat more or foods I do not choose.
  • If your family isn't being emotionally supportive, writing a letter isn't going to make any difference. I wish this article had more practical advice for dealing with family members who are against you losing weight. It's really hard to deal with! Gathering the weird, ignorant family around and delivering an impassioned speech is only going to get me laughed at, and provide another opportunity to belittle me! It's better to learn to motivate yourself, and moderate your food intake yourself, no matter what others say.
  • good morning my name is pinkonyx on my journey i hd the sleeve i went from 282.4 to 173.6 i began in 2014 and im stalled my goal is 150 or less i need a baratric menu plan help help
  • REDBIRD7933
  • I really like this article! Getting loved ones on board is really awesome- not necessary, but awesome.

    My husband has been super supportive on my journey and he's told me so many times that he's proud of my commitment to following through on my goals. My daughter tells everyone that I work out at the gym, and it's really validating to see other people happy for me also.

    What worked for me is that I asked my husband to help me when I need a push- like on nights where I don't really feeeeeeel like working out, he'll say "why's that?" and if I can justify it to myself (rest day, feeling blah, etcetc) then that's it. But most of the time I don't have an actual reason and I head to the gym. He also helps on the other side when I NEED to take a rest day and just really want to work out.

    There are some people I regret telling about my weightloss goals, they just don't understand? But it's easy enough to redirect conversations and ignore it.
  • If you require this level of approval/validation, you'll never be very successful at anything you try to do.
    Fundamental concept: develop internal resources, tell people "NO" (regularly and with impunity), and most importantly, stop caring so much about what everyone else thinks.
  • I am happy to share my weight loss programs and will share at every opportunity.I had lost a LOT of weight from 320 down to 130 for 18 years and was still a size 4-6 . Everyone wanted to know if I had surgery or found the magic pill.Since I am a senior. Last year I had 4 surgeries in 4 weeks and this winter another.Steroids and other medication played havoc with my weight and I blew up to 178.0 so back to basics for me. I follow Low carb the Atkins way. It is not for everyone but has been the only plan that worked for me. Just this past week I lost 6.4 pounds and I am not hungry.THERE IS a PLAN for everyone and they ALL WORK as long as you stay on it. Find one that works for you and fits your life style. You HAVE to be able to be happy while living on any plan. It is not about losing. That is easy. It is about maintaining the loss :)
  • I have a housemate who thinks about and wants food constantly. I have to cook for the housemate. She claims to be hard of hearing, but if I "tip toe" in the kitchen to make myself something nutritious to eat, she asks, "What are you doing?" "What are you making?" "Can I have some?" "Will you make me some?" Instead of "her" fending for herself foodwise, I end of having to make her a mammoth of food. I do not want to be around all of the food she expects. How do I tell her to fix her own food in a way that she won't say I "hurt" her feelings? Am I making sense? Thank you!
  • ETHELMERZ
    Best to keep it to yourself. Seriously! Avoid useless comments.
  • Super lame article. I don't feel like it is something to make sure to shove in everyone's face. And I guarantee they don't want to hear t either. What's better than watching someone lose weight? Watching them gain it all back.
  • I'll share my goals & plans on Spark but that's about it. Friends & family would be um....less than supportive. I envy people for whom this article would help. I'm just thankful online resources are here for an online support group!

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