Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Importance of a Weight Loss Family Circle

You may have heard of a quote by Jim Rohn: "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with."
This can be in any area of life. Including weight loss. If your family circles & friends are overweight, start adding in new friends that are losing weight and/or who have successfully lost weight.
Changing Your Patterns
On the TV show The Biggest Loser, the contestants are separated from their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. This breaks all their normal routines, patterns, habits & eating cues.
They are surrounded by a new team of people working towards the same goal. They have personal trainers and nutritionists. They have new support systems to help them develop new habits.
You can surround yourself with new groups in several ways. This can include meetings, books, personal development DVDs & CDs, memberships, Facebook groups, etc.
For example:
  • I joined Weight Watchers and attend the meetings.
  • Weight Watchers is also on Facebook and online, so I am adding these in for some more support.
  • I also have some exercise DVDs which feel like a group workout. (Some join a gym.)
  • And I read books on weight loss, health and nutrition.
Taking Control of Your Life
"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. " Jim Rohn
Other people in your life may not be working on the same goals as you. They have different plans. So to achieve your goals, you need to find like-minded people.
It is your body and you need to take care of it. It is your responsibility. You need to decide how you will be able to take care of your body when you are in your different family circles.
For example, if you attend a weekly church service that includes a lot of tempting food, decide how will you handle it before you go.
  • Some may bring their own food.
  • Some may eat before the service
  • Some may not attend the social part of the service
We have many "Family Circles" and each circle may have their own way of eating & socializing. It is your responsibility to decide if their way is the "right" way for you to reach your goals
Creating New Family Circles
We can't all be on The Biggest Loser, but we can add in new people in our lives to help us achieve our goals.
"We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment." Jim Rohn
It takes work to lose weight. It takes discipline to lose weight. Not only does it take eating less calories and exercising more, it takes adding in new supportive people with similar goals. And it takes discipline in planning and implementing eating differently than your old family circles. It takes discipline in joining new family circles and sticking with them.
I have been a member of Weight Watchers several times. I haven't stuck with it even though I had success. Maybe it is fear of success. Or maybe it is changing and committing to a new way. A new family circle.
At a recent meeting, there were several people who, like me, had quit & then rejoined. It is hard to do it on your own.
There were also several that were having better success because they joined with another person or a group.
So I think that if you are alone, connecting with the people in your new circle will help you stick with it. That is how you create the new circle. Not just attending the meetings, but connecting with others.
We all need family circles to support us in our goals. These may be different family circles for different areas of your lives. They may be different family circles at different times in your lives. As we change and grow, our family circles may change and grow also.
I think it is important to have a Weight Loss Family Circle. Different people may have different ways, the key is to find what works for you. And it is important to learn to stay focused on your goals when you are around circles with different goals. It is your responsibility, not theirs.
Bernice Templeman is an author, internet marketer and network marketer.

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