Where's the Love?
How to Overcome Lack of Support from Friends and Family
While it is easy to learn the ins and outs of how to lose weight, many of us are lacking the support of friends and family to stay the course. Joining communities like Calorie Count, we share our stories, triumphs, and failures with perfect strangers. Others of us have found going it alone our only option. Do not let a feeling of isolation ruin all your hard work. You can overcome a lack of support and reach your weight loss goal.
Be Your Own Best Friend
Calorie Count is like having an accountability partner 24 hours a day. By logging your food daily, and checking your Analysis, you are facing the consequences of what you eat and how you exercise, good or bad. While it may be hard to hear, “don’t eat that” from your husband, seeing a C- on the screen sends the same message without killing your mood. And because it’s not going to make anyone dread getting your phone call, log everything. By teaching yourself to be completely honest, you are learning to love yourself, flaws and all. Plus, being your own best friend comes with perks. You know what you want and how to get it. So, pat yourself on the back when you get an A for consecutive days. Be it a pedicure, or a pair of shoes, when you leave the “treats” alone, its good reason to treat yourself!
Start a Blog
Many of us believed that after announcing our intentions to lose weight, everyone would sign up to be our food monitor or exercise partner. The truth is, people will do what they feel is comfortable. You may hear words of encouragement every now and then, but if you need a phone call on Monday mornings to ask about your weekly check-in, set-up a reminder to write about it. By keeping a weekly blog you are able to look back on your weight loss journey and appreciate your progress. Plus, you give people an update on how you are doing without obligating them to respond. Your mom may forget the conversation you had yesterday, but you can keep your words, pictures and videos forever.
Don’t Be a Stranger
She comes to the gym at the same time you do every Wednesday. The least you could do is say hi. This stranger is not your sister, but she could become a friend. You clearly have at least one common interest. What’s wrong with sharing a kind smile and “how are you” with someone you see often? Ask about their workout, or share your goals if you see an opening. Either way, you have allowed yourself to practice the new, more social you that may emerge once you lose the weight.
How do you overcome lack of support from loved ones?