I loved this, particularly the part about the “Fantasy Weight Loss Team.” I’ve been blessed with so much support – online, work, Doctor’s Wellness Center, family and friends!
Monday, March 7, 2011 at 9:55 AM
posted by Jenny Everett
Today, the Lose It! crew reveals how your friends can either make or break your hot-body success.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
* Facebook and Twitter and other sites: Websites such as the Lose It! site can automatically update your Facebook wall or Twitter page when you exercise, set a new goal, weigh in or hit a milestone (you can customize most to share only what you want to share).
* Start a personal blog: If you aren’t bashful about putting your life online, a blog can be a great way to share your weight-loss successes and struggles. You can set up a blog for free through a number of services, including Wordpress.com and Blogger.com.
* Follow your favorite blogs online: Online weight-loss forums and blogs are popular places for people to share their successes and frustrations and to get support. Poke around and find one that fits your goals and attitude toward weight loss.
Find Some Real-Life Support
Put together your “Fantasy Weight Loss Team” and draft your starting players. Maybe you have one friend who’s your Healthy Eating Buddy (you can call her and ask her what to make for dinner), another who’s your Workout Buddy (you meet a few mornings a week for a run) and third who’s your Inspiration Buddy (she’s on-call when you need to celebrate progress or pout about the lack thereof).
Drum Up Competition
Competition isn’t for everyone. But if you’re the type of person who cranks up the speed on your treadmill to keep up with the jogger on the machine beside you, or who struts to the front of the yoga class to get a better view in the mirror, let’s face it: Competition is in your blood. So why not use that competitive spirit to your advantage? Pick a workout buddy who motivates you to lift a little more, run a little longer or work a little harder. Or, if you don’t have a friend who goes to the gym, join a group class or sign up for a charity run or bike ride. Even complete strangers can get your competitive juices flowing and motivate you to go the extra mile (literally).