Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Weekly Weigh-In: Support Groups
This week, I also wanted to weigh-in on support groups. I've been doing well with the support I've found here, as well as some IRL friends who are also working to lose weight and my very supportive family (I've been pleasantly surprised with how supportive my kids have been) and I've been losing enough each week to stay excited about staying committed to my goals. So, when an IRL friend mentioned joining a Biggest Loser group that her church was starting, I debated over whether or not I should join in.
On the one hand, I'm doing well and have a good support system. On the other hand, I've been at this for a couple of months now and it's likely that I'm nearing the point where the "honeymoon is over" and I could use an extra push. I asked my husband what he thought and, without hesitation, he said I should join. He thought the extra support and motivation could only benefit me. So, I joined.
Wow! I was so motivated after the first meeting last night! It was just what I needed. Not only was the face-to-face support really encouraging, but there were some great ideas shared between the ladies at the meeting. The best thing I learned was that there's a local gym, supported by area Parks and Recreation Department, that is only $1 each time you use it. No joining fees. No contracts. Just $1 whenever you go. My friend and I are already planning to go two or three days a week and take the strength training class and work out on the Nautilus equipment -- the one thing I've always really enjoyed about working out at a gym.
So, if you've got the opportunity to get IRL support -- whether it's an organized meeting or just a group of friends committed to getting together regularly for accountability -- I encourage you to take advantage. Support groups can be a great source of encouragement, inspiration and knowledge.
How was your weigh-in this week? Be sure to post your weigh-in results so we can cheer with you or encourage you if it's been an off week. Remember, I know we all have our weigh-ins at different times, so you can add yours anytime this week, just whenever you have your official weigh-in. You can leave your results in the comments section or post about it on your blog and link up. Just please remember to link directly to your weigh-in post so that we can all find it easy when we stop by to see how you've done.
Don't forget the "Do or Do Not Challenge." I'd love to have you join me on this sixteen week weight-loss challenge. We're only in the second week, so it's not too late to join!