Happy, Healthy You – Girl Squad
I was reading a really inspiring article on a plane last week, and I thought it was worth sharing with all of you. It was talking about creating happy space in our lives by reducing all clutter that weighs us down. It took reducing clutter to another level though, by clearing out more than our physical surroundings. It talked about how negative people, habits and thoughts can also weigh us down and rob our joy. We can choose to declutter, as it were, our relationships, friendships and careers. I immediately started thinking with gratitude about all the wonderful, supportive close friends I have in my life. I think it is during really challenging times in life that you find out who your close friends are. In fact, I was flying to visit a dear friend who has gotten me through some really tough times the last ten months. Naturally, my second thought was about how this article could possibly help us reach and maintain our weight loss goals by having a Girl Squad in place. This is what I came up with…
As far as negative people, you probably have experienced some that, knowingly or unknowingly, make our weight loss journey a little more challenging. This may require us to speak up and set some healthy boundaries with our loved ones. We can’t assume they understand our struggles with food and we may need to voice our needs. Don’t be afraid to be specific. For example, ask that certain treats or trigger foods not be brought into the house, suggesting they eat them outside of the home. Or maybe ask for help with the kids so you can get a workout in. The ones that truly love us will be happy to support us to be the best version of our self. Be realistic with your expectations and know that some friends may not be in your weight loss corner, for various reasons. You may have to find creative ways to spend time with them that won’t jeopardize your goals. To ensure your success and make sure you put yourself first, you might be able to strategize a way to enjoy time together, that won’t include food.
I was really excited because last week my friend and I were able to motivate each other to jump back into our healthy routines without delay. It was being with her all week that I realized the power of having support for my weight loss journey. I like to think of it as my Girl Squad. Weight loss really is a journey because life happens, right? We can easily revert back to emotional eating patterns during challenging moments (weeks, months) but we can get back up. Or in my friend’s case, she was newly and happily married, and enjoyed eating with her husband. One thing we were able to commiserate on is the fact that the scale didn’t come close to reflecting the number we wanted. Or we may have been inspired to get back on track by that one afternoon we spent clothes shopping. LOL. But honestly, it went a lot deeper than that. We both wanted to feel better. We were both sick and tired of being sick and tired. Can anyone relate?
Since I have been back home, we have been checking in with each other everyday, which brings me to another plus with having a Girl Squad in place. One word. Accountability. Having an accountability partner(s) to answer to is very helpful to keep you on track. Not only can you cheer each other on in the good times and celebrate your hard work/accomplishments; but you promise to honestly confess your hiccups so you can encourage each other, getting the support you need to go past your hurdle. Yes, we need support. Did you know research revealed that finding support for your weight loss efforts can mean the difference between success and failure? I know AZ Medical Weight Control is passionate about what we do and very happy to offer you the weekly support you need. Our professional team of weight loss experts provide personalized programs that guarantee results. We hope you join us on this exciting journey where you are treated not as a client but family; letting us be a part of your Girl Squad! #GirlSquad
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