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When asked if she ever thought her mom or sister would become her weight-loss buddy, Jessica responded, "Never! All of our plans were centered around good food and plenty of it. The running joke at home was that my mom's breakfast of champions was two chocolate donuts and a Diet Coke. My sister had been overweight since she was a little girl, so we just believed the myth that she was 'big boned.' I had been thin until I turned 18, then started packing on the pounds like never before. I think we gave up at some point until mom was brave enough to surprise us all!"
When asked if she would recommend women turn to other women for support, Lisette says, "Absolutely. If you are as blessed as I am, there are no better people to do it with! There are no two women I trust more than my mother and sister; this has added to our already strong bond."
At SparkPeople, we don't believe anyone should go it alone. In fact, we strongly encourage members to make their goals public, find support from people in their lives, and use SparkPeople's online community to boost their chances of success. No matter what your goals may be or how they might differ, there are numerous advantages to having your mother, daughter, sister or other female family member as a weight loss or fitness buddy. As trusted loved ones, they've seen you through the good and bad. They know your strengths and weaknesses, what motivates you, and how to best support you when things get tough. When you ask your own mom or daughter—someone who already know so much about you—to be your goal buddy, she can give you a special kind of support that others might not be able to.
This Mother's Day, consider all the special women in your life you can rely on. Invite them to join in on your SparkPeople adventure—for your health and theirs! Having "real life" buddies as well as online support will only increase your chances that the lifestyle changes you're making will be permanent!