My friends, family, boyfriend, Twitter, Facebook and Blogging all have something in common. Whether directly or indirectly, they are my support system for my healthy lifestyle and my weight loss goals.
My friends, family, and boyfriend are always there for me, regardless of what goals I have, as long as they see that my goals are making me happy and healthy, they will always be behind me. They support me through love. I can talk to them about anything pretty much at anytime and even if they aren’t on the same path as me, they will always do their best to provide positive reinforcement and constructive criticism.
Twitter is an instant support group made up of people that have the same goals as I do. Pretty much any time of day I can find someone to talk to when I’m seeking advice, encouragement, to be talked down from eating too much chocolate, or just someone to share a recent trial or success with. Do you want to follow me? Go ahead, let me know who you are and I’ll follow you back @merbearmn! People on Twitter that find they have a lot in common and can provide support for each other often will form groups that can be followed by a hashtag, for example I follow the hashtag #f2fpack, which means Fat to Fit Pack. We post questions, exercise reports, encouragement, non scale victories, our blogs, and challenges to each other followed by this hashtag! Feel free to join in! I’ve even met people who are now in the "friends" category, always a bonus!
Facebook…we all pretty much know how it works. The part of Facebook that is my support group are just that, support groups that have been created by people who have goals in common. One group I’m a member of is private and secret so the girls in the group can be candid about our weight loss journeys and not worry that its going to be posted publicly on Facebook. Another group I’m a member of is the same one that follows the #f2fpack hashtag! We are called #f2fpack on Facebook and we support each other by posting interesting articles, asking questions, challenging each other, organizing meetups and even signing up for races together! If you’d like to join tweet me or post a reply and I’ll get you invited via one of our admins, we are a closed group because we don’t want just anybody in the group, we want people that are there to gain support and be supportive of people on their weight loss and healthy lifestyle journeys.
Blogging is also important to me for support. First of all it supports my mental health by allowing me to just get out there what is on my mind and it keeps a record of how I’ve been doing, so I can look back and reflect or even learn from past. The other reason I like blogging is because bloggers come together as an online and sometimes in person community that has common interests. Through my blog, I have found other blogs (via comments) and been able to meet other bloggers that are local to me in person. I like to contribute support to and receive support from the blogging community. I love getting comments, but I also know that you guys are out there reading even if you’re not commenting because I can see who’s subscribed and who’s clicking! So thank you dear readers!
I wanted to write this post because I wanted to share how important to success having a support system can be and to share with you all different places and ways to find a support system. Utilize them all or as many as you can! Having people that surround you that are your #1 cheerleaders and/or can identify with your journey can be comforting and motivating.
Love my friends, family, boyfriend, tweeple, Facebook friends and my readers!