Friday, July 12, 2013

The Importance of Support for Successful Weight Loss {#ShakleeBlogger}

While the past five months as a part of the Shaklee 180™ blogger program have taught me a great deal about myself, my willpower (or lack of it) and what can be accomplished when I put my mind to it, they have also shown me the importance of all of the factors of weight loss.

Just as you're much less likely to lose any pounds if you fill your cupboards with cookies and brownies, you're also not setting yourself up for success if you have no support.

We all know that watching what you eat and getting regular exercise is key, but ignoring the importance of dealing with emotions and the ups and downs that we all go through on a daily basis (and the effect that they will have on our weight loss) is going to make it immensely more difficult to ultimately reach your goal.

exercising with weights

So, where do we turn when it comes to finding just the right emotional support?

1. Family and Friends

The most obvious place to look, those that are close to you are often the first that we turn to when looking for encouragement (just make sure that the people that you are going to for help truly have your best interest in mind).

Being able to share your feelings, frustrations, excitement, irritations, grievances and more through the milestones and setbacks can make a world of difference when it comes to support and keeping the weight loss process in perspective.

2. Your Online Family and Friends

The fact that you're reading this means that you're a part of the digital world and, if you're anything like me, you have a whole slew of friends that you communicate with regularly... just not face to face. But that doesn't mean that you can't pull up an email, start a chat or hop into a message board and find person after person that can give you advice and support.

In fact, being a part of a group or groups of people that are going through the same ups and downs that you are can be one of the most helpful ways to keep your emotions in check. I love seeing what is going on with the other Shaklee 180™ bloggers and knowing that they truly understand my struggles and my joys!

3. Doctors

Of course you always want to check with your health professional before starting a weight loss program, but they can also be of assistance throughout your journey as well.

Whether you find that your excess weight may be a symptom of another problem or your doctor refers you to a dietician who can help you over the hurdles of figuring out what foods you should be eating (as well as those to avoid), your doctor is there to look out for your best interests.

What it comes down to is that no matter who you turn to, finding emotional support can truly help be a motivating factor to continue working towards a healthier you. Weight loss is hard, don't try to tackle it alone!

scale with tape measure
Starting weight: Ugh.
Week 1: -5 lbs
Week 4: -10.2 lbs
Week 8: -12 lbs
Week 11: -13 lbs
Week 15: -13.5 lbs
Week 19: -11.8 lbs (aw, dang it!)

I'm trying to say goodbye to my Before and say hello to my After with Shaklee 180™. If you'd like to find out more about the program, connect with them on their website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

You can also find out more about all of Shaklee's incredible products for healthy nutrition, home and beauty by connecting with Shaklee Corporation on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating in the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. My opinions are my own. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.

People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.


Unknown said...

Congratulations on your weight loss! It looks like you are having fantastic results! I find it so more difficult to lose weight as I get older. Now I really have to watch what I eat and exercise.

Unknown said...

Congrats on your weight loss! You should feel proud! I agree, having support can definitely help you lose weight. Its great that there are programs like Shaklee out there!

Unknown said...

I am glad to hear about your weight lose. It is very important for your health to keep your weight down. Keep up the great work.

Unknown said...

Great job. having weightloss buddies online helps me,stay on track.

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