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Happy, Healthy You – Supportive Friends

 

Happy, Healthy You – Supportive Friends

 

Lately, life can be a little scary, full of ups and downs. One thing that can help us get through these uncertain times successfully is a good support system. It can help us feel more secure and grounded when we have a really solid group of friends to count on. It doesn’t have to be a large group, but a tight inner circle of those you can trust. Support and help navigating our lives can offer just what our heart and soul craves. Personally, it hasn’t always been easy for me, especially in my younger years, to reach out for support. I was always the kind of person that was a loyal and true friend to lots of people as it was rewarding for me to be the kind of friend to help out in a pinch or lend a listening ear. Let’s just say being vulnerable and transparent has not come easily. I learned that by always helping others and not receiving support, I was in a way, keeping them at arm’s length from seeing the real me. And that is the true meaning of intimacy, trusting and showing others your true self. All of me. The good, bad and ugly.

I know for me, I seem to have different friends that I reach out to for different things. I have one friend that is a passionate personal trainer. I love to go to her to energetically brainstorm a workout program or talk about our passion for nutritious food choices. Or I have other friends that I go to for adventure. You know the ones right? They are the fearless travelers or big kids at heart, where every moment together is packed with fun. Or how about the Diva friend that is really good at self care. She pampers herself as an art form and in a guilt free way. Or how about your foodie friend where every dining experience is filled with deliciousness, decadence and precious memories. And then there is the friend you trust to turn to when your heart is in pain and you need a shoulder to cry on. (Yup, the ugly cry). The friend who cries, hugs and offers to take a shot of tequila with you.

Friends can come and go from our lives too, and we can feel the loss of our time together. In the beginning of quarantine, I had a loyal walking friend. I could count on her to show up and walk 10,000 plus steps with me, five days a week. Our walks brought joy, laughter and at times, turned into a therapy session as well. Unfortunately, due to her husband’s job loss, she had no choice but to move. Or how about a friend who is your cheerleader, helping support your healthy, weight loss goals? Maybe you’re needing some extra support to rid yourself of the quarantine 15. AZ Medical Weight Control is passionate about helping people and has successfully helped hundreds of clients navigate quarantine and shed unwanted pounds.

 

 

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