I consider myself to be a very, very lucky girl. I have a wonderful support network in this little journey I’m on, and I know that not everyone does. This is why I count my blessings every single day.
Honestly, without these people, I definitely wouldn’t be having the success with WW and running that I am. Not only are they my biggest cheerleaders, they are also people I feel accountable to. Sure, they’ll still love me if I eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s in the middle of the night, and many will even empathize and share their own ice cream shame spiral tales. If I gain a pound, I won’t be off the Christmas card list, but they also push me to get back on track and LOSE that pound again!
So, in no particular order, the people who make this journey possible (and even fun!) are:
…my mom. We started doing WW together, and I definitely wouldn’t have gotten started without her. We planned menus, cooked, shopped, walked around the neighborhood, shared WIs….you name it. When I did WW the first time around, I was living on my own and eating lots of prepackaged crap, because I didn’t have anyone to cook with. If I made a big meal, it often went to waste. (My roommates weren’t doing WW). This time around, I’ve noticed such a huge difference in the way I feel and the choices I’m making, and I know I owe that to my mom. Without her, I’d have been eating microwave meals and other junk from a box, and starving the whole time. I honestly think I’ll be able to sustain my weight loss this time because I’m picking up good habits and making good choices. So, thanks mom!
…my brother. He started WW in january and has lost something like 70 pounds. And is keeping it off! (seemingly effortlessly! you punk! :p)
…my friends Kathy and Kelly, who are on their own weight loss journeys. We share recipes, talk blogs, discuss new food finds. It’s fabulous! We can do it girls!
…my family. My grandma is one of my biggest cheerleaders! Whenever I call her she asks how my running is going or how my last WI went. When I called her a few hours ago with some good news, she asked how WI went (It was supposed to be this morning). I sheepishly admitted that I hadn’t weighed in since I’d had a totally off-week, and she told me I should just weigh in and get back on track, and that I’d show a great loss next week. And she’s right. Even if I *don’t* show a great loss next week, I’ll feel better just seeing where I stand and knowing I’m back on track. But the point is, my family, and especially my grandma, supports and encourages me 110% in this, and it makes all the difference in the world. And of course everyone else in my family is fabulous as well.
…my friend Haley, who is getting married in August and has made me a bridesmaid. I totally can’t wait, and I refuse to be uncomfortable in my cute dress on the biggest day of my best friend’s life!!! So there. 😀 And she always tells me how good I look every time I see her. She’s such an ego boost!
…the Global Losers. This is a group of girls I met early on, when I first started Weight Watchers. I joined the message boards because I had used them on my first WW go-round, and loooooved them. I found such a supportive group and was hoping to find the same thing this time. Lucky for me, I did! I started posting on the Global Losers thread, since I plan to be living in England come September, and I figured it would be nice to have the support of people living abroad who know all about the trials and tribulations of trying to stay healthy while overseas. (It was a total epic fail when I was in Korea….). We moved from the message boards to emailing every day. We have challenges, daily e-mail, and all-around awesomeness, really. They are *fabulous* and I hope to meet a lot of them when I’m in England!
…all the girls and guys on the WW message boards. You all are faboosh. I get so many good tips, and butt-kickings, when I need them.
…you guys! All of you blog readers and writers!! I started this blog thinking it would be something I abandoned quickly, as I have with like, 8 other blogs (may they rest in peace…) But once I kind of got into the whole blogging thing, I totally fell in love! I love reading your blogs, your comments, and commenting on your blogs! I ❤ blogs. And I ❤ you all! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
So, tell me…who keeps you going in your WL journey?