I'm finding it amazing that I am learning about myself every day. I had a few rough patches today but am really proud to report that I stuck to my goal of not touching any of my weekly allotted Weight Watchers points.
So far the most important thing I have learned is that pre-planning is key for me. HOWEVER.....in "real life" sometimes the unexpected comes up and we must have the mental tools to be able to deal with that. Today could have been a really bad spiral, but with the help of my #7daychip friends, I caught sight of my focus and stepped away from the ledge.
For many months of trying and failing I was searching for the "perfect" support group. My sister and I tried losing weight together (despite being 750 miles apart) but eventually that fizzled out because we were just too nice to each other and, well, my family has a way of enabling each other. I'm not complaining in the least....she is a wonderful person with a very big heart who just doesn't want to hurt my feelings.
I reached out to many of the groups on the site Cafemom. I was looking for tough love, basically, and got a lot of nothing out of that. Again, nice people, but just not what I was looking for in terms of support.
Then, out of frustration and desperation, I started this blog as a way to release my feelings rather than eating them, and I started following other similar blogs. I've got to say the support I have gained from the blogging community has been TREMENDOUS. It's people in the same boat as me encouraging the hell out of one another in a positive way. And then when I found the completely awesome motivational #7daychip group on Twitter it was PRECISELY what I'd been looking for. Today during my rough spot, I tweeted about what I was experiencing and within SECONDS people were answering me back and talking me down. I was overcome with emotion and gratitude. It was just phenomenal.