By sharing my success during the first few weeks, I discovered how amazing it feels to be congratulated! Before I spoke up, my friends noticed a difference in me but didn't say anything for fear of embarassing me. By letting them know I enjoy talking about it, I opened the door to their praise!
I don't share all the details of my weight loss with everyone, only the friends I know will support and motivate me through my journey. I can't imagine doing this without them!
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Create, save and share momentos of the journey: pictures, blog entries, charts, etc... From time to time, look back on them and savor your successes and progress. Look forward to being able to record, save and share future successes.
My sister has started a 'locked group' on Facebook where several of us (family and friends) are sharing our successes and efforts with one another. We post helpful workout videos that we find on the internet and all weigh in together, sharing how much we've lost or whatever other little achievements we've made. It's great! And it's private so only we can see it.
I know that if I stay involved in a nutritional/fitness program, keeps me motivated because there are others in my shoes. I have been involved in the Y-Change I program at my local YMCA since October; it was the best decision I ever made. I love going to seminar each week and sharing my successes and my failures. It is also nice to be able to workout with a group of people because we motivate each other. 306
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