We live in an information abundant era, where there is access to all sorts of ways to lose the extra kilos. Almost daily we hear about new facts and information relating to nutrition, exercise and weight loss success. And yet even after more than two decades of training people and applying all this data, I am stilling learning new things. And one of the greatest learnings of all has been from you guys. My 12WBTers!
Our 12WBT Member Zone is a forum where participants can voice their successes and their disappointments. I have been constantly amazed at the level of support members give each other, and even more amazed by the positive effect the support has on the outcomes of others. Members have achieved better than expected weight loss results because the support of their peers gives them a vital ingredient in successful weight management – which is consistency. It allows them the time to form new eating and lifestyle habits, which replace the bad ones. If exercise, nutrition and lifestyle are three key ingredients for keeping yourself in shape, then without a doubt, you guys have shown that support from others is the fourth.
Now, I’m not suggesting that support from others is a guarantee for weight loss success. But, what it does is help us if we get off track, and it can also be a source of reinforcement for our self-beliefs when we need it most!
So, if you are embarking on a mission to improve your exercise and eating habits, tell your friends and family when you kick-off! Share out loud your ongoing successes and your failures and start to surround yourself with a support network. True friends will always prop you up with some well-timed encouragement and will remind you why you’re on this journey in the first place. Likewise, if someone you know is trying to lose weight and get fit, then make sure you are truly there for them, during both the ups and downs of their journey.
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