The importance of social support through my journey...
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
For a while, I have been thinking about how important social connections are to my journey. I'm finding that reaching out to others is one of the pieces that has been missing from the puzzle. I always thought it had to be a lone effort, but now I'm realizing that it really doesn't have to be. I have been trying very diligently the last 6 months to remain in some sort of contact with someone else who shares similar goals. I've been checking in daily with at least one person who's on a similar journey. I was using chat apps on my phone to discuss weight loss related issues. I've been sending a screen shot of the food I've tracked, almost daily, to my sister and one friend. Both of these ladies help and encourage me, and I hope I'm helping them in return. Committing to not only log my food for myself, but sharing it with someone else, seems to have some magic to it. I'm finding that it keeps me even that much more accountable and keeps me even more focused on trying to improve the next day. And, I'm back on sparkpages and message boards this past month or so...haven't been on much the last year or two. I'm trying to add friends on here and trying to comment to peoples pages as much as I can each day. I was doing this somewhat before, but this time, I've been doing it with much fuller force. I even have a friend, who I can call at any time, and say whatever I want, even cry on her voicemail if necessary - I have no shame in it either, I just cry and cry and then after I'm done leaving the voicemail, I'm like, "Ok, what can I do RIGHT NOW to move past this?" I've really recognized that social support is so important through my journey. I realized I don't have to do this alone, and I won't. It's so nice to be back on the social support system on spark, too. I'm subscribing to blogs left and right, anything to keep me connected.
I hope I can inspire others on here, too. I see people who have "SparkPeople Motivator" trophies on their page. I want one of those!!! :)
Spark on sparkers!