There’s something really powerful about having someone to relate to when you’re trying to lose weight. Whether it’s someone who has already reached their weight loss goals or someone who is embarking upon the journey, I think it’s incredibly important to have people to talk to.
The struggles that come with weight loss can be really hard for some people to understand. “Just eat less and exercise more”, they say, but we all know that there’s a little more to it … our mentality.
Last weekend I was sharing with a friend how difficult weight loss had become this past year because I knew exactly what I needed to do, but was struggling to execute and get my mind behind it. Being able to talk to my friend about what I went through, what I struggled with, and what I’ll need to change in order to lose weight was so incredibly helpful! My friend knew exactly what I was going through and gave me some great advice for how to move forward. Knowing that I have friends and people in my life who are facing similar challenges helps me to know that I’m not alone and also motivates me to find a way for us to be successful.
Being pregnant has given me a lot of time to think about my weight loss goals after the baby arrives and it has made me realize how important it is to not only have your head in the game but also to have people to relate to when you’re trying to lose weight.
I think it’s important to have people in your life who have already reached their goal weight, whether they’re bloggers, Weight Watchers leaders, or people in your daily life. Being able to look up to these individuals, to understand what it took for them to reach their goals, and to have someone to talk to will give you the support you need.
Equally important is to know people who are also working on losing weight while you are. To know someone who is in the thick of change and can relate to the challenges will help you through the difficult times and will also give you someone to support as well. Having someone to empathize with can help you to keep your head in the game instead of feeling like you’re the only one who is going through these changes.
Overall, I think it’s important to have people in your life who will create goals with you, be a part of the journey, and push you when you’re having a hard time living out the healthy lifestyle needed to live a happy and healthy life. While I still have at least 6 months before getting back on the weight loss train, thinking about the journey and my goals post pregnancy has been really motivating!
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