Hello Everyone. I am a guest writer today for Amber who is on vacation. Can I just take a minute to say how much her blog and personal tweets and comments have meant to me, as I go along on this journey of weight loss and ultimately better health. There is a wealth of information on her site and some of the other blogger sites that we all follow. I encourage you to check them out and check in often. Leave a comment, get involved and be known. You won't regret it, no matter what point you are in your weight loss efforts. I am honored that she asked me to be a guest writer.
Let's face it, we all need support on this journey. The Belly Fat Cure is easy to follow, and it works if you work at it. But there are times that are tough, times that we don't lose and times that we just plain screw up and eat what we shouldn't. These are the critical moments that you need to check in with someone. Blogs from real people who have followed the plan and lost weight, can offer critical support and advice. These are the people who have made mistakes, figured things out and succeeded. You will get valuable input and ideas. I try to check in with my fellow bloggers at least a few times a week, if not daily. I'm a beginning blogger, but blogging really helps me get me thoughts out and get feedback from others.
Social media sites like Facebook also have Belly Fat Cure pages that are chock full of advice, recipes and insight from others following the plan. I have found in my moments of distress, these cyber friends have been critical in giving me an encouraging word, or pat on the back on the back. I feel connected to them, and while I am ultimately trying to lose weight for myself, I find I want to get that pat on the back, or encouraging word from them too. Checking in makes me accountable. It will make you accountable too, and I really believe it will make all the difference in your success
Most importantly, when I screw up, and that seems to happen more often than I would like, they all give me a pep talk and I get right back on track. That may make all the difference this time as I try to reach my goal. I don't beat myself up so much and realize this is a journey with ups and downs. Journey is the key word here. You will have ups and downs, good days and bad, but it's a process. It's our lifelong process! You either keep on the path or go back to where you were. No one wants to pick the latter choice. When I'm down, I check in with my friends, and before you know it, my mood has changed and I'm back on track. I try not to let one bad day snowball into a bad week or a bad month.
So whatever point you are on this journey, I encourage you to find someone to connect with, either through a blog, facebook or someone in your life. Make sure it's a person who lifts you up and encourages you onward towards your goal. Someone who has good intentions and wishes you the best. I am sure you will see what a difference this can make. We all need a little help from our friends!
Thought for the day: "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” - Helen Keller
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