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Weight Loss can be a Team Effort

Build Your Own Support System

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So there I was, cruising along on the exercise bike (as I often am) and thinking (as I often do). I was thinking about the positive, sometimes amazing changes I’ve made in my life thanks to fitness.

I was just about to congratulate myself when I realized I should have been grateful. I should have been thanking the people around me that made this possible: My Team!!

Why would anyone want to lose weight – or pursue any goal – alone? Every dieter should have a Weight Loss Team of people pulling for you, using their strengths to make up for your trouble areas. Think of what people have been able to accomplish when part of a team. Teams wrote the Constitution, built the Empire State Building and landed on the moon – all impossible if attempted alone.

You can build a Weight Loss Team the same way you build a basketball, baseball or soccer team. Essentially, you fill different positions with people that are good at each position. That way, nobody has to do everything. They simply fill a specific role.

My team is a cast of diverse characters and that’s what makes it so fun. When they’re involved, sometimes I forget how hard I’m working. Many of them don’t even know they’re on my team, but they’re valuable just the same.

Here are some great Team members to have:
  • Motivator – someone good at picking you up when you fall down and re-energizing you
  • Positive Thinker – someone good at always looking at the bright side
  • Goal Guardian – someone good at keeping you focused on your goal and on track
  • Exercise Buddy – someone good at making workout time fun and social
  • Listener – someone good at being an outlet when you need to vent or talk about problems
  • Informer – someone good at circulating health and fitness info, ideas and opportunities
  • The Bizarre One – someone good at finding fun, interesting and crazy ways to stay active
So if you’re struggling, if you’re having trouble staying on target, if you’re feeling frustrated, it might be time to start forming that Weight Loss Team of your own. Get them involved! Uniforms are optional.
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  • Team work… I agree, generally speaking. Most people do better when encouraged by others or when they work with others for a common goal. However, This weight loss thing is a rather personal thing. I actually enjoy encouraging others… if I can, but the rah rah go dude stuff… just isn’t motivating for me. Worse, the second I go out and tell someone… a friend or relative… that I am working on weight loss, or getting in shape, it’s demotivates for me: really. I am experiencing some success, but it works better as a private thing… thus, I am phitzopater, not ________ ¬¬__________. Seems to work better, at least for now. And so, I tell no one, work on it by myself, do the spark thing whole hog… Although the friend thing, well…. - 5/23/2014 3:23:10 PM
  • TOWERROUNDER
    I agree so much with this. The only way I shifted the pounds was when I did it with another person. I have never ever been able to achieve the same weightloss by my self.

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    oss.org - 10/1/2012 1:54:34 PM
  • LOVE, love, love the idea of getting a "team" and assigning roles. Another thought is to ask one "team" member to just listen, etc. Great article! - 9/24/2012 1:36:16 PM
  • Great ideas! I have never been successful without a supportive environment. I really believe that environment is everything! Your ideas take my thoughts even farther! Build a specific environment where everyone has a special function to perform for the whole...kind of like cells working together for the good of the body as a whole!

    Margie - 6/27/2012 3:57:57 PM
  • Hi:) So I'm new to sparkpeople and I agree I think its so much easier to lose weight when you have support and make it a tteam effort!! The only problem is I have no idea what I'm doing on here?? How do I meet new people?? How do I get more involved?? What are the points all about?? I'm lost!!! Please if anyone can help Id appreciate it!! Thanks!!! - 5/8/2012 10:30:48 PM
  • KYLEFIT
    sounds like a good idea
    - 5/8/2012 10:08:40 PM
  • I have been overweight my entire life. (I was the only kindergartener that wore a training bra; true story.) I've always had the mentality that I needed to lose weight but I've always diluted myself into thinking that 'no one else noticed' I needed to lose weight. So, since no one else noticed, I could struggle & fail & maybe lose weight on my own & then surprise them once I was skinny!....The only person I surprised was myself once I realized how big of a load of crap that thinking was. Since the beginning of the year I've been actively trying to lose weight with proper diet & exercise. And, I've always included my immediate family, but I've included my Facebook family since the beginning as well. I've even started including my co-workers on my journey. The point is, you HAVE to include other people along this journey or you'll fizzle out. Keeping all of these people abreast of my progress keeps me accountable BIG TIME! - 5/8/2012 4:29:34 PM
  • I did this at my job. Many of my coworker have been working on their weight over the past year by themselves. When I really started I asked everyone to join a biggest loser contest. We have been able to support and movative each with our weight loss.

    - 5/8/2012 4:17:17 PM
  • I start my own spark team and the people that been supporting me the most joined. Now I have all of them and their positive ideas on the feed. It is very inspiring! We are small, but we are active and supportive of each other. If you like to walk and need support please join us at team Pink! - 5/8/2012 2:43:11 AM
  • Ha ha, I think I'm the bizarre one. Love the article; I'm finding that teamwork definitely beats going it alone. - 4/25/2011 10:04:32 AM
  • I enjoyed this article. I laughed when I saw the bizzarre one - then I thought that's me! I'm always dreaming up fun ways to exercise. - 2/2/2011 6:23:46 PM
  • Thanks for another great article. Hadn't thought of the positions aspect, but that is very accurate and useful. Getting my team restaffed! We'll be able to defend against all adversaries! - 1/12/2011 9:05:39 AM
  • Thank you for this... You put things clearly into perspective!

    And all of it is so true :)

    Deb - 1/8/2011 12:43:23 PM
  • Very cool way to look at how community and friends offer support. I the types of people described in the artile could apply to a variety of circumstances in addition to weight loss. - 12/2/2010 10:21:04 AM
  • hi there LOLAMOM2 - I only want your constructive critics, not the totally negative ones! Sometimes it takes a critic to give me the jolt needed. Like the Dragons, on the UK show Dragons Den. - 11/11/2010 8:04:19 AM

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