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The importance of social support through my journey...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

For a while, I have been thinking about how important social connections are to my journey. I'm finding that reaching out to others is one of the pieces that has been missing from the puzzle. I always thought it had to be a lone effort, but now I'm realizing that it really doesn't have to be. I have been trying very diligently the last 6 months to remain in some sort of contact with someone else who shares similar goals. I've been checking in daily with at least one person who's on a similar journey. I was using chat apps on my phone to discuss weight loss related issues. I've been sending a screen shot of the food I've tracked, almost daily, to my sister and one friend. Both of these ladies help and encourage me, and I hope I'm helping them in return. Committing to not only log my food for myself, but sharing it with someone else, seems to have some magic to it. I'm finding that it keeps me even that much more accountable and keeps me even more focused on trying to improve the next day. And, I'm back on sparkpages and message boards this past month or so...haven't been on much the last year or two. I'm trying to add friends on here and trying to comment to peoples pages as much as I can each day. I was doing this somewhat before, but this time, I've been doing it with much fuller force. I even have a friend, who I can call at any time, and say whatever I want, even cry on her voicemail if necessary - I have no shame in it either, I just cry and cry and then after I'm done leaving the voicemail, I'm like, "Ok, what can I do RIGHT NOW to move past this?" I've really recognized that social support is so important through my journey. I realized I don't have to do this alone, and I won't. It's so nice to be back on the social support system on spark, too. I'm subscribing to blogs left and right, anything to keep me connected.

I hope I can inspire others on here, too. I see people who have "SparkPeople Motivator" trophies on their page. I want one of those!!! :)

Spark on sparkers!

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    You are getting there, bit by bit!

    Regarding Spark People Motivator, your fellow Sparkers are the ones who choose that designation and one way to do that is to make blog posts.

    This is actually my second time on Spark People and I decided I would do it differently than my first, including coming out of my shell and actually participating in a few teams that are close to my heart. I also decided a couple months in to blog about "weight loss things that motivated, inspired, or were positive, or highlights of my journey. Fast forward almost three years and voila!

    Social support is a huge part of SP. There's a shorthand we share because we know the struggle. We know what it's like. So in a way it's easier to get to the heart and nitty gritty of our journeys.

    Weight loss is the loneliest thing we can do because we are the only ones who can lose weight for ourselves. In other words, the only one who can lose my weight for me is me.

    One of my favorite Spark sayings is, "You can't always see where you are going, but a SparkFriend walking the journey with you may see what you can't."

    So glad you've decided to CONTINUE your journey to being the healthiest you can be!

    I wish you much success.

    2073 days ago
    That's great! I've found the support and motivation on SparkPeople to be one of the biggest things that's helped me get through it all so far. Glad you're finding the same and that you have IRL support systems!
    2073 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Sounds like a plan to me!! Encouragement and support do mean a lot!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2074 days ago
  • EABL81
    Nice to see you back, Laura-Lynn!
    2074 days ago
    Isn't it interesting how the world of Spark unfolds?I am still trying to figure things just look at the dam* friend feed and simplify life considerably. Oh and learn. How awesome that you landed on my page, I am delighted to add you as a bud. After reading your comment to me annnnnd your page, I am pretty sure we might be related! Wishing you all the best, don't be a stranger!
    2074 days ago
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