This month us AIMer’s (Lori, Lynn, Shelley, Cammy, and myself) are talking about support during weight loss maintenance. Is it really necessary? Is it the same as the support needed during weight loss?
To be honest, I had not given this a lot of thought. When the topic was suggested, my mind still went to the support I had during weight loss. I have said many times on this blog that I feel that “in person” support during weight loss is the best. Its so important to have that accountability and encouragement on a regular basis while you are attempting something as difficult and potentially life-changing as losing weight.
But did I need this same kind of support after I lost the weight and was just trying to keep it off? I would say, yes, definitely, I did need a LOT of support, but I had to look for it in different places.
I will be forever grateful to People Magazine. They put a little tiny box at the bottom of the page of their “Half Their Size” issue directing me to Lynn’s blog. I think I started reading her blog just as she was getting to maintenance. That was my introduction to the world of blogs.
The world of blogs, and the internets in general–they can be something of a two-edged sword. Because there are a lot of different ways to lose weight and then maintain that weight loss, and boy oh boy are people ever opinionated about “their way is the only way.” I have found that even though I don’t believe everything I read, I am highly influenced by it, and that has sometimes caused a bit of angst and confusion. I don’t think I’m alone in being influenced by repeatedly hearing “this is the right way.” After all, isn’t that the point of advertising–to convince you that their way or product is THE ONE THING you need to make your life perfect?
I have read lots of blogs. I watch you-tube videos by doctors who are 100% sure that they know the key to the only way to lose weight and keep it off. In the end, I had to decide what would work for me. Now I mostly read blogs by people who are of a similar mindset. I’m not being close-minded, mind you. Just a little self-protective.
You know, I’ve sat and thought. And in my whole sphere of people that I interact with in person, I can’t think of a single person whose “life with food” is similar to mine. By that I mean, someone who was previously “morbidly obese,” who loves good food, and who is trying to eat extremely healthy AND delicious food at every meal every day, AND still maintain a large weight loss. So that’s the trouble with finding support in maintenance. There’s just not a lot of it out there to be found. I have to go back to saying that the internet and the blog world provide the most and the best support for me. I have found support in surprising places when I’ve just been “surfing the net.” I have made some true friends, and have been lucky enough to meet some of my blog friends in person, which I think helps to cement that friendship. And I have been able to reach out to them at different times when I needed support.
I hope that by sharing honestly about my journey I might provide a bit of support for some of you. For more support, be sure to check out my AIM friends: