The short answer to the question is that you really just have to ask - people are willing to help but you have to tell people that you want to get healthy. When I started Weight Watchers I did it with my best friend. Instantly I had my own support system between my husband and my friend. I also got to know the people in my meeting group to rely on them for assistance. I also started reading healthy living blogs and following healthy living bloggers on Twitter to get even more inspiration. It's been an amazing feeling knowing that I have people world wide to support me.
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Jen McElroy - Sharecare Transformer, answered
Paula Greer, Midwifery Nursing, answered
I transformed my life 2 years ago on the DR OZ show after I faced the truth tube. I was 4 foot 10 inches and 216 pounds with a waist size of 45 inches. My blood pressure was 165/110 and I had become prediabetic as well. I decided I could no longer take good care of my patients if I didn’t take care of myself. I learned to put myself first when it came to nutrition, stress management and sleep. To do this I had to have a lot of help. I had a great e-coach who read my daily food and exercise diary and made suggestions along the way. I picked several diet buddies to share recipes, grocery shopping tips, snack ideas and exercise hints along the way. As I began to get healthier I had more and more patients and coworkers ask me how I did it. I started by telling them that anyone could do it with the book YOU ON A DIET and a pedometer. That was what they gave me to follow when I left the DR OZ show and I got the diet and the steps down pat but that was not enough. It didn't handle the emotional component of weight loss. There were times I was too tired to exercise but my e-coach was a true enforcer who accepted no excuses. There were times I felt isolated as there were some coworkers who were jealous over my success. This drove me to start a program with the YOUdocs called the Real Age Wellness Series. I was able to teach and coach others as my e-coach had coached me. This gave me the encouragement I needed to keep going and not feel isolated from those around me who couldn't face their own health issues so my success made them uncomfortable. I was able to get help from my spouse as well. We learned to grocery shop and cook together and make it fun. We made dining out and vacationing healthy a challenge and made it work. Through all of this the message was strong and clear. No man is an island and we all need help. Find a helpful family member, diet buddy or support group. Rearrange your life to surround yourself with good role models and mentors. Celebrate your successes.