Member Comments for the Article:

How to Get the Support You Need to Succeed

Get Your Friends, Family and Fellow SparkPeople on Board


  • Even within a supportive network it's important to carve out guidelines and goals that are uniquely you. That way if friends and family are not available . . . . for whatever reason . . . . you have the ability to make progress on your own.

    My perspective comes from an experience that I had several years ago. I had a walking buddy who was far more fit than I. She pushed me in a healthy way to try harder and do more.

    When she moved, I realized that I had allowed myself to depend on her for motivation. This time my goal is to build some guidelines for myself, that will be carried forward no matter which family and friends are involved.

    Chris - 2/21/2009 6:40:23 AM
    Liz, I'm new to the sp site . Iam very excited about finding it . I need to lose 50 lbs. My husband and kids aren't that excited about my new adventure. Thanks for the article it gives me hope . - 12/30/2008 12:03:52 PM
  • Would have preferred that this article not be gender-specific in regards to the spouse. There are men with non-supportive wives.

    Also would have liked perhaps a sister article about spouse/friends who actively work against your weight loss efforts. - 10/27/2008 9:37:06 AM
    I've only been on SparkPeople for a week but I find it is great! I enjoy reading all the articles, they are super for getting info & help. This article was really helpful & I am now joining a walking group with a friend of mine! I'm a bit timid yet on SparkPeople, I have not gotten on the message board or spark team etc. but I eventually will! - 8/25/2008 11:31:26 AM
    I am completely on my own. I lose a pound but my DH finds it. I cut back my portions to reasonable sizes so my DH thinks more for him. - 7/4/2008 11:05:10 AM
  • Love the article - tried losing the weight solo and it was very slow going. Lots of obsticles and no support at home. But I am doing this for myself so I joined Lindora Weight Loss program a few weeks ago specifically for the support. I go to the clinic every day and having someone that comletely supports me and is excited about my success makes all the difference in the world. Having this site is also amazing. I have never seen anything like it. I have gotten some great tips, recipies and it is nice to know that I am not alone in my fight. We are all fighting the same battle. Good luck everyone ! - 5/30/2008 3:46:40 PM
  • 27 lbs lost and husband STILL bakes peanut butter cookies at night, (SO much worse than buying b'cuz I have to SMELL them all evening and even when I go to bed). Gr8 article for those of us with unsupportive or insensitive partners - Thank you! - 4/18/2008 12:37:15 PM
  • Great article. My children are supportive of me, because they don't want me to have heart disease, etc.. - 2/23/2008 7:40:08 AM
  • Love the article - if you have significant others or not, you must have friends that are like family!! I am married, but do not have the support and encouragement from my DH or family, so I rely soley on SP! Thanks again!

    Oh and for those of you who are complaining -- adapt the article or don't read it at all. - 2/21/2008 2:12:34 PM
  • Thank you for this article Liz!!!!
    Actually this is my second time reading it trough, before I really realized how important it was to have the correct supports in my life. It made me take a look at my goals and action plans to see if I had supports to match up with each of them. I was so motivated , I blogged on this topic, am incorporating supports into my action plan, I also posted 2 message boards, one who is your most important support and secondly, I did a challenge to add a support to areas lacking the appropriate help. I will be interested to see if anyone gets it the first time around, like I did not. I appreciate your dedication. Keep those articles on supports rolling.
    nancylee46 - 2/21/2008 5:29:32 AM

Comment Pages (4 total)

Leave a comment

  Log in to leave a comment.