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My first round of FEF

Friday, July 29, 2011

I came into this round of the FEF challenge late. So I didn't have a long or detailed set of goals. I wanted to get a feel for the team and gain some rapport. But I have gained some insight that I feel is vital to my journey.

Without boring you with long winded details (of course I'm always long winded), I wanted to share that this has been a long week for my sister. Her best friend has yet again tried to make her feel bad about her weight loss journey. Note I said again. This gal lives a couple hours away and so their friendship tends to be via the phone and email for long stretches of time.

In the early days when the subject would come up, Pam would get negative comments implying that she would get bored or couldn't do this long term. So she QUIT talking about it.

So what has brought the subject back up? Well 2 weeks ago we took this gal and her roommate out to lunch. She hadn't seen us in over a year and imagine her surprise when we are over 80 pounds lighter.

I've shared this to make THIS point. Lifestyle changes are difficult. They are especially difficult IF you do not have a support system. I choose to surround myself with cheerleaders oppose to "nay sayers". There will be people on the sidelines waiting to see you fail or thinking it won't last. Ignore them.

So what have I gained from my mini experience with the Sunny Gals Team? I've added to my support system. I am getting to know ladies that I am sure that if I met in person, I would like instantly :) It's important to surround yourself folks that congratulate you......encourage you.......challenge you to be better :)

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  • SAPHRAEL
    Great reminder, Penny. I'm grateful our paths have crossed. Tell your sis I think she rocks! This is hard work and she deserves to be surrounded by people that can be proud for her, rather than a Negative Nelly.
    3448 days ago
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    There's a Sunny Gal team? I want to join! I hope I am sunny and encouraging enough! emoticon
    3449 days ago
  • SMALLERMELORIE
    I am so glad that you are a Sunny Gal too.

    Thank you for the Spark Goodie WooHoo.
    3460 days ago
  • REENSKI
    So glad you are a Sunny Gal too!
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    3460 days ago
  • MARVEEME
    We are the choices we make. Remember: Friends come into our lives for a reason, a season, and/or a lifetime. Some friends are just for a season, and it is best to bid them farewell when the relationship becomes toxic.
    3462 days ago
  • DAISYDIVA74
    Woo hoo Inspire!!! Support is so important glad to have you on our team
    3463 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Having the support system makes all of the difference. So many times I've pulled through with the help of my SP friends. Glad we're on the journey together. Looking forward to Inspire!
    3463 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5959732
    SunnyGals rock! I can't wait for the next challenge! We are going to do this!
    3464 days ago
  • AMBER281
    So true!! So glad you became a Sunny Gal. I am looking forward to getting to know more about you during the inspire challenge!!!
    3464 days ago
  • MISSROCKABILLY
    This is so true! Glad to be one of your new cheerleaders, we CAN and ARE doing this!!

    Thanks for the goodie checking in on me the other day! I really appreciate it!
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    3464 days ago
  • STAYPRESENT
    You are so right on. I'm glad you found another team to find encouraging people. You are such a sunshine person for me. Thank you.

    Love the pic.

    Terri
    3464 days ago
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