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Right now I am resisting the biscuit because I don't want to let my support group down. My desire to tell them that I am 2 pounds closer to my goal is greater than my desire for the baked good. Without accountability that biscuit would SO be eaten!!
A support group will fail-proof your weight loss.
Why do I need a weight loss support group?
I need a support group to hold me accountable. Just knowing someone will ask me how my weight loss is going gives me strength to work out with Jillian today.
They also help me celebrate success. For an example, watch this. I've shared my 2 pound weekly goal, well, for week one I'm down exactly 2 pounds. Woohoo!! 2 pounds down, 8 pounds to go!! (Feel free to celebrate with me on Facebook and in the comments!)
A support group encourages you through struggles and picks you up when you fail. Last night I really, really, really wanted to snack while watching t.v. I expressed that to my hubby and he encouraged me to resist temptation. Had I ignored his advice, I know he would be telling me today to forget about the past and focus on my goals.
Who should be in your weight loss support group?
A support group should only include people who:
- are honest.
- believe in you.
- will question you.
- encourage you.
- may or may not be losing weight.
Your weight loss group can include anyone. Co-workers. Doctor's office. Neighbors. Friends. Family. Blog readers. Facebook friends. Anyone you have semi-regular contact with.
My group includes my husband, friends at our home school co-op, Facebook friends on my personal page, this blog, and those who follow my blog Facebook page.
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What should I share with my weight loss support group?
You should share your get fit goals, both the overall and week-to-week goals. Then each day share your successes and failures. Worked out today? Share it so your group can cheer you on. Ate 5 chocolate chip cookies today? Share it so your group can encourage you to make better choices tomorrow.
Also, let your group know the lessons you've learned and tips you have. This Get Fit series is my way of sharing what I've learned about fitness and weight loss with you. Your way of sharing will probably be different from mine.
A weight loss support group will fail proof your journey to get fit. They won't do the hard work for you but they will help your reach your goals. I know from experience - just telling you about that biscuit has removed my desire for it!
Who's in your weight loss (or get fit) support group? Please use the comments on this blog and Facebook page as part of your group! I'd love to cheer you on!!
Read the other posts in this series: 10 Steps to Get Fit, Set Fitness Goals, Get Fit and Eat Pancakes Too!, How to Plan to Exercise.