If you’re just starting out or still learning the ropes of a fit lifestyle, the support of others is integral to your success. One way or another, you need positive reinforcement from someone else. For me, it’s mostly from an online source because I’ve decided to keep the people around me out of my journey. The decision to do that stems from the lesson learned from a previous attempt. Sometimes the good people around us aren’t good for the things we want to do and that’s fine. Not everyone’s environment is going to be conducive to getting healthy–it’s about overcoming those obstacles.
When I started out this year, I did not know anything about getting fit. I did not know anything that would be considered normal such dropping a lot of weight in the first couple of weeks. Before, I used to think that it was all of my hard work paying off and to an extent it was, but it was mostly water weight. Questions like these, and others that I won’t mention here, filled my head. As a newbie in a healthy world, it’s so easy to get lost and discouraged. There are so many small changes that occur that a doctor or health professional can’t answer for you the very second it happens. This is one of the great things about online support groups–more often than not, someone’s already experienced it and can explain something to you*.
There are times when you get so down during your lifestyle change and you have inhibitions about turning to the people around you. This is one of the times when support from those in similar circumstances is most beneficial and should be sought out. The value of a few kind words can never be underestimated. Those words could be the difference between someone giving up or continuing through the storm to come out on the other side.
My major source of support is from a website called reddit. On reddit, there are “subreddits” for every topic/interest imaginable. I visit r/loseit which is the general weight loss forum. The people on there are, for the most part, very supportive and almost always answer your questions about anything you can imagine. It does not matter how obvious or gross your questions seem to you, they will help. They also encourage you and give advice about your new lifestyle. It’s a relatively big community with many active users. On the plus size, these people are up at all hours of the day–perfect for those with weird schedules or a burning, midnight hour question.
That’s what works for me. If that’s not your cup of tea, go to any of these:
Those just a few. You could always use social media or blogs. Whatever you need, or must do to get through this journey, has to be done. Not having someone behind you should not be an excuse. If all else fails, you have me.
Until next time,
*Just because “Bob in Minneapolis” says it’s normal does not mean you shouldn’t eventually ask your doctor. Always consult a health professional regarding your health and fitness.
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