Motivation Strategies

Get Others Involved in Your Goals

Don't be a Weight-Loss Loner

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Some possible ways to build a strong team by only asking one thing of each person:
  • Ask a friend to check with you once a week to see how you’re doing.
  • Ask your significant other to be there when you need to unload.
  • Ask a co-worker to keep you upbeat.
  • Ask your kids to help you find active ways to have fun.
  • Ask your brother-in-law to pass along inspirational reading and interesting health news.
  • Ask your photographer sister to take "before" and "in-progress" pictures.
Better yet, why not ask someone to join your healthy lifestyle quest? Going through and succeeding with a new program with a friend or buddy can create a bond that carries over into other areas of your life.
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Member Comments

  • In an ideal world, finding a local support system among friends & family would be great and easy. Thankfully, groups like Spark are here for those of us whose immediate circles are less than supportive to downright negative. Thanks, Spark! - 4/13/2015 12:05:24 PM
  • I am a private person and don't really want to share with co-workers or other acquaintances. My husband knows what I am trying to do, and so does a close friend. The SparkCommunity provides support in a manner that allows me the privacy and discretion that makes me comfortable, rather than insecure. - 4/7/2015 8:25:57 PM
  • JOURNEYMAN5K
    Not mentioned here is that getting others involves a level of trust. Experience has taught me that people are not to be trusted, so what do you do then? - 4/7/2015 7:54:14 PM
  • I am in sw Michigan area anyone looking for a walking buddy? I know I don't like to walk alone, but recently my husband said he would walk with me and that makes me want to walk more but he is ill and cant keep up with me now I feel bad and end up walking slower....but atleast its still walking. - 3/31/2015 2:45:10 PM
  • I don't have people here that I share with in my town on my challenges and goals, but I do share with SP friends, and close friends that can cheer me one and keep me accountable. I like that they do and the are always encouraging! :)
    Happy day. I am on my way-I walk alone when I go usually, but have an elderly friend who will be going hiking/walking with me in the next week or so! - 3/27/2015 4:01:28 PM
  • Does this article page show with a darker blue background for anyone else? This has happened a few times recently and it's more difficult for me to read than the regular white background. - 3/27/2015 11:29:38 AM
  • TRENAMARIE
    I would rather do it alone, every time I Tell my neighbor, she starts baking and bringing it over, saying its for my husband, that's like leaving a beer when an alcoholic..lol no thanks I'll do it alone - 3/27/2015 6:08:43 AM
  • I really appreciate this article and the comments of the "loners" who have worked on their weight loss journey. I thought I was a loner and my previous attempts to lose weight and be healthier has failed. Me and my two sisters are all obese and have all complained about our unhealthiness.

    Now that me and my younger sister live so close, we've been motivating each other to at least be more active. Saturday will be day 21 since we've been walking. Haven't missed a day and are clocking more miles than when we started. So although I was a loner, I'm a buddy person now! - 10/10/2013 7:35:43 PM
  • It was really hard for me, but this time I have asked my husband to help me with my weight loss. Once I broke the ice and asked for his help it has been easier to share my daily set backs and challenges with him. Of course I had to get past the truthful comment, "I have noticed you look big in those new jeans. Did you buy a bigger size?" LOL - 4/21/2012 1:04:07 PM
  • This step is one of the hardest for me because I hate being criticized. Oddly enough (duh) I have been accused of being critical of others. Another realization is that its not about losing weight or dieting - it's about changing your lifestyle permanently. In doing that, I'm finding I may change what kind of people I get along with and do things with. Even with family, I'm changing what we do together. Changing the relationships in your life is a LOT harder than just changing yourself. - 3/16/2012 12:39:17 PM
  • I too prefer to exercise on my own. I do have support from my sons and b/f along with sparkpeople and my dr. I suffer from high anxiety so having someone with me would make me unable to do anything thus not get the benefit of exercising thus not getting healthier. - 1/10/2012 4:49:24 AM
  • I also agree with many of the comments that I have just read. I like to workout on my own. I like to focus and I also like the time for doing something for myself. It is me-time. It is about the only time of day that I get that. - 10/3/2011 6:39:33 PM
  • ALEWIS0807
    I agree. I am a social butterly too, but I like to workout on my own. This way I can do what I want each day....yoga, aerobics, Kettlebells, running, etc. However, I do agree that having a buddy keeps you motivated longer.
    - 8/1/2011 1:49:21 PM
  • Count me as a weight loss loner, it works for me. I am able to concentrate on the task at hand. Like others have said before, if I feel the need for support I can always rely on SparkPeople.com. - 7/31/2011 3:26:18 PM
  • I am a very social person but surprisingly on this weight loss journey I am a loner. Which is probably why I like Spark people. I have the support of the community without the commitment. I have a couple of co-workers that want to work out together but they are early risers. I don't plan on getting up any ealier than I do already. Outside of work I don't live my life on a schedule. So planning time to workout with others is a little stressful for me. Finding Spark is a great balance for me. I get to do things my way and have a community to share my journey with on my own time. - 7/30/2011 6:48:59 PM

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