Today marks the start of week three since I embarked on this weight loss mega adventure. I'm excited for a new week full of challenges. I'm currently down 6 lbs and hoping to make that 10 lbs by the end of this week. It's going to be a challenge, but I'm determined to do it. I've found that a diet with limited carbohydrates and no wine can make for a few cranky moments. However, I can say this, having a support system in place is EXTREMELY necessary to help through these times.
All of my prior attempts at making strides to losing weight, becoming healthier , and all that other jazz, were never publicized. I always kept it to myself or a few close family or friends. I never saw the true need to tell more people, mostly out of fear or embarrassment. As crazy as it sounds, I find myself ashamed at the mere thought of telling a complete stranger that I have a poop ton of weight to lose. Why? I have no freaking idea! It's not like that person can't look at me and see, but at the same time, verbalizing the fact that I'm a chunk monster makes it too real. Sometimes living in our own oblivion is much easier. It's like ignoring the elephant in the room, so to speak.
So this attempt (and future success) is different for me. I've made it a point to get a support system in place to help me on this journey. I've enlisted the help of friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, Facebook friends, complete strangers, and so many more to help me on this journey. My children are absolutely my biggest cheerleaders. My oldest daughter asked me why I have to take pills (I was taking my cholesterol and prescription strength fish oil meds) I explained to her that mommy isn't healthy, and one main reason mommy is trying to lose weight is so she doesn't have to take the medicines anymore. She stared at me for a second, then gave me a big hug and said "I'm proud of you". I essentially have my own cheer squad! The outpouring of support I've received thus far has been amazing! I find myself excited to give updates to my support team, and it's definitely helping to keep me accountable to the promises and goals I've made for myself. I'm extremely thankful for my team of supporters helping me through the ups and downs I have had and will have, and most importantly for helping me to be the best example I can be for my kiddies.
Do you have your support system in place? Regardless of what your struggle is, support is the #1 priority. Surround yourself with people that will help bring out the best in you!