As I’ve been on this journey, I’ve thought a lot about support. It can be defined in so many different ways. Websters definition is: Verb- Bear all or part of the weight of; hold up Noun- A thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright.
Initially, I thought I could handle my weight loss on my own. I read weight loss books and turned to the internet. That didn’t go very well. I got some results and then got bored or derailed. Then I turned to places like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, an anonymous type of support. Millions of people have lost weight on those types of programs. Well, that didn’t go as planned either. They gave you the support THEY wanted to give and not the other way around Their agenda. How was that going to help ME? I joined running groups and gyms and again, the support was about THEIR program not individualized to exactly what was going to support me to reach my HEALTH goals. That may work for some, I’m sure, but wasn’t working for me. Something had to give! So, within the last year, I changed my thinking around support. Becoming more linked into what the true definition is: A thing that bears the weight of something or keeps it upright. I’m more humble now. And a little more aggressive in what support is right for me so I decided to go out and get exactly what I needed!
- I texted my girlfriend Jen EVERY DAY for my first 30 days of clean eating and exercise. Sometimes for accountability and sometimes to ask for help when I felt like I was going to stumble (Thank you JEN!).
- I made my husband Gary do a 30 day plank challenge with me. We did this every single day for 30 days. Even got him out of bed when we forgot because I wasn’t going to let one day go by without doing my plank.
- I found a work out buddy at the gym. This is big for me because I usually get in and out, with no time to waste. We challenged each other without even realizing it!
- I LOVE my reformer Pilates studio. And found support by just chit chatting with the clients before and after class.
Taking on a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy if you spent half your life becoming unhealthy. Don’t go at this thinking you can take this on by yourself. There is tons of support out there for you. FIND IT and don’t be afraid to make it tailor-made for what’s right for you.