Key #4 to Maintain a Big Weight Loss: Friends
Like the song says, “You’ve got to have friends,” especially when it comes to keeping weight off for good.
When I was studying for my personal training certifications, “Social Support,” was the the term I was taught for the power of friends, coaches, and allies to enhance long term success at weight loss, or any other area of personal development.
This is a good time to share one of the most important secrets of maintaining weight loss, or preserving any ongoing achievement:
In order to keep what you’ve got, you need to keep doing what you did to get it.
For example, in order to create financial freedom, you need to live within your earnings and grow your financial surplus. Even as you generate more income and build financial resources you still have to stay within your budget, even if that budget is bigger.
In order to maintain a big weight loss we stay true to what we did to create it.
The same challenges we face as we pursue our goals remain once we’ve achieved them.
I have been reading Mel Robbin’s book, “The High 5 Habit,” and she writes about three things that interfere with reaching a goal:
1. Your Goal Is Too Big
2. You Don’t Have A Plan.
3. You Try To Achieve It Alone.
When I was going through my fat loss transformation in 2008, I entered a transformation contest that included social support through the TT Members website. Many of us were new to weightlifting and interval training, so we would share tips for getting over soreness, sticking to our training schedules, and managing temptations to cheat on our nutrition plans.
The most important thing I discovered about social support was that helping other people stick to their goals was a powerful predictor that I would stick to mine.
We receive what we want for others, and it is definitely true that when you want to get something, you improve your odds of success by helping someone else get it too.
You can get support at a distance with Facebook groups, and you can get in person support by striking up friendships at the gym, working with a personal trainer, or taking fitness classes. Most of us already know someone who would like to get fitter, stronger, and happier. The next time one of your friends says,
“I need to get some exercise,” it’s time to team up.
Our local hospital and community college both offer low cost fitness opportunities to the public, and there is a wealth of free content on YouTube that can get you started.
Here is a link to a video demonstrating the program I’m using right now to maintain muscle while I also pursue improvement in my dancing:
I am so grateful to the people in my life who are committed to good nutrition and effective fitness training. I am delighted by my friends in their 70s and 80s who are enjoying retirement to the fullest because of the physical freedom they get from cooking, training, and having fun.
By the way, Fun is Key#5 to maintaining a big weight loss, and I look forward to sharing ways to bring more fun into your lifestyle in my next post.
Until then, Eat For Yourself, and Practice What You Love.
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