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How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed

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  • As a matter of fact, I find the whole Sparkpeople entity a support "partner". I am motivated by hearing other peoples' stories, as well as receiving support from my personal friends. They are cheering me on to getting healthier. It certainly can make you hesitate before picking up something to eat that you don't need, or motivate you to take a walk. Today, as I am feeling a bit better from the Bell's palsy, I am going to walk to the movies (0.5 miles) and back. I have to claw my way back to longer walks. But I will.
  • I have no support system but find I do not need one. All my motivation comes from within me, so I support myself. Who else can you really rely on, anyway? My wife is ok with my weight loss but unconcerned - I was fat when we met, so she does not really care if I lose weight or not.
  • thank you for your article. sometimes I feel very alone in this journey my husband and my close friends are not supportive. But, I can support myself I can and will be a strong person I know spark people are in this journey too
  • i so enjoy learning!
    learning to make mysef responsible for my actions is freeing others/situations and causing me to become aware.
  • I love these articles! This article, specifically, is amazing! My boyfriend is very supportive. But as supportive as he is, it's fantastic to have the support from my fellow peers at this website that knows exactly what I am going through, so I think I'm going to take advantage of this website starting this year. I am going to take advantage of the message boards, look through different spark pages, and start posting blogs on here again...because I think having the support from all of you would extremely help me on my journey more than anything :)
  • After reading a lot of these articles, even if you don't have many people to support you for some, YOU GOT THIS and CAN DO THIS because ultimately no one can do the work and lose the weight for you but YOU. That being said, it's going to be a great day so let's get motivated and moving! I like to prepare my snacks for the day (healthy ones) ahead of time and plan my meals plus walking at least 15 min after every meal helps.That's doable to me. I like to work out to the videos on here with weights 3x a week too and really has helped keep my blood sugar under control.
    Because I have lost and gained weight so many times before, I didn't think my family cared or was being to supportive. But since I've lost over 100 pounds, they've changed their attitude and I have too. I still have a long way to go, but when I feel like I need a little more support than they are giving me, I go find it. This is day one on my small changes challenge, “Tell someone my goals”! I’m not just telling someone, I’m telling all my Facebook friends.
  • DCOOK13
    Unfortunately, I am married to a narcissist who makes everything all about him. This makes it very difficult to obtain the support that I need.
  • Read the article, while I thought in the best of all worlds the article made sense, but back to reality. No support here, no friends and no relatives. Oh well, there's still me. I can do it on my own.
  • Why are most of the articles written to assume only women read them?
  • ok. that was depressing
  • My husband is - has been - supportive for 20 + years. Friends are not the issue at all- I bring food I can eat to gatherings. Our main problemis finding a balance - which has developed is that my husbands does Atkins low carb, which is also high fat. If he had his way I would join him in this - a lot of info he has read says I would do well. My problem is that I have a hard time making the jump. For a while, I frequently prepare both his low carb meals and snacks and my heart healthy meals - keeping a busy household cooking wise. And I do end up eating some of his higher fat low carb meals on special occasions sometimes - like wedding anniversary., Thanksgiving,etc He knows this is harder for me, but is supportive. I think the main problem is more like eating out - for his needs and mine.
  • I think I finally found a friend who will support me on this this. We text back and forth about our diet and exercise. Now we have a challenge against each other.
  • I have no support other than my elderly mom. She gives me pep talks now and again and she's always excited when I tell her I've lost weight, even if it's only a pound. If all else fails, I have my therapist.
  • I am so blessed to have the support of my husband, my best friends and my Champions in the Kitchen challenge team. Because of these people I know how much that support means and I am more than willing to be part of a support team for others. I have the gift of their support and it inspires me to to help others.

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