I live in a country where it is frowned upon to say you go to a support group, or see a coach or therapist. That is slowly changing but it is still an attitude of doing it alone.
Part of the reason I succeeded at my weight loss was because I had the right people, the right support around me.
People who had succeeded, and could give advice on how to overcome obstacles.
Who could call me out when I was falling back into excuses and give practical suggestions which I could act upon.
It was then my choice. My reason was strong enough that I could take the advice and not dismiss it.
Not say, “Oh it was easy for them”, or “that is fine for them but I can’t do that”.
Instead I would see how I could apply it to my own life, make it my own.
If our reason is stronger than our excuses then we can succeed, easily. The problem I had was that for years my reason was not strong enough.
It was not enough to simply have this thought about being thin or even losing weight, It needed to be stronger than me wanting to stay in my comfort zone.
The status quo is safe, and my reason needed to be strong enough to take me from that safe place into a new one where I did not know what it was like to be a normal weight.
At least big, I knew how people were going to act around me, treat me. But changing, losing weight, makes people look at you differently, and that can be scary.
The reason kept me going and the support group did that, it supported me not by forcing me but by encouraging me.
If you need a weight loss support group, no matter the diet program you are on, contact me to find out about my group and see if it is right for you.
Just like a roof needs the support of the walls and foundation, succeeding in our goals requires people around us who support and encourage.