Day 12: Grow Your Weight-Loss Support Network | 30-Day Weight Loss-athon

It’s time for Day 12 of the 30-Day Weight Loss-athon.

All tasks in the 30-Day Weight Loss-athon are adapted from the 52 Weight Loss Missions program.

Read the steps first, then take 10 minutes to think about them and take action. Ready?

What You Need:

  • A desire to share support.

Step 1

As well as the people already in your life, you may want to expand your weight-loss support network.

Did you know that people who use online support to motivate each other are less likely to give up on their exercise programs?

With 52 Weight Loss Missions, you have a built-in support network via the online check-ins and Facebook Page. You can always check in at one or both of these places to get encouragement, share ideas, tell of your successes, or enjoy the camaraderie with your mission-mates.

The great thing about having a weight-loss support network is that whether you give or receive, you gain.

Others can help you by sharing their tips and ideas, encouraging you, and patting you on the back when you do well.

But when you help others, it reinforces the things you’re learning and helps you crystallize your own discoveries – so helping others helps you, too.

Step 2

So let’s get some support!

Here are some ideas for upgrading your support network:

  • Ask a friend if they’d like to be your exercise buddy
  • Ask a friend if they’d like to do a healthy cooking course with you
  • Work with a personal trainer – by yourself or in a small group
  • Work with a nutritionist or dietician
  • Join a gym or group fitness program, where you’ll meet others with similar goals
  • Join or start a walking group at work
  • Get some friends to share the 30-Day Weight Loss-athon journey with you:
    Click here to Share on Facebook or Click here to Share on Twitter, or add a badge to your blog or website.

Check in!

And you’re done!

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See you tomorrow!

Michele Connolly

Michele Connolly helps people move from procrastination to action. She believes that taking action on your priorities makes you a happier person. Michele is the founder of Get Organized Wizard and creator of tools for business, home, and personal organization. Her programs are used by tens of thousands of people worldwide.

  • my son has come on all my walks with me, starting to notice how much quicker it takes to do the same distance, have noticed I have a lot more energy this week, and I have lost another kilo on today’s weigh in, that’s 6kg since10th Jan, Thanks Michelle for getting me motivated, off for my second walk today now!

  • Being a little short sighted, I forgot about my Move More Eat Well group which is exactly about motivation and support. I whined a little and got good feedback. It’s a beautiful day, and I’m going to take a little walk.

  • I really prefer walking alone, I can go at my own pace, think my own thoughts. I found on Map My Fitness different group walks in my area, I might check those out eventually. I do like the positive feedback from here and from my nearly DIL. Thanks for all the motivation.
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  • My eldest daughter and I are going to start walking together. She’s been told by a health professional she needs to exercise more so walking together will help us both.

  • To me this is about making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. My family support me but in the end I need to do it!

  • I’ve found that my “support” isn’t much help as we all seem to have the same problem of not staying motivated for more than a few days / weeks at the most. I can only rely on myself to a point, but when I get down or not wanting to get moving – I can’t seem to find anyone to give me that little “push”. Not trying to sound like a defeatist, just honest.

  • I have 2 walking buddies and a FB friend doing this with me. I will look for someone else on FB to be accountable to because I know when I am accountable to someone I do what I need to do.

  • My daughter comes to the gym with me a lot of the time, and she also comes for walks with me when she is avaialble.
    I have a friend from church that is on Myfitnesspal and we support each other in our program and in prayer.
    I signed up in November to a fitness club and I have a special program to help me get in shape with 14 evaluations of 30 minutes with a counselor during the whole year, where he adjusts my program, mesures me and encourages me. With that program here, I even get naturopathy receipt so my membership comes out cheaper. Since I signed up at the gym on November 10, 2011 I have lost 13 pounds and about 5 3/4 inches of fat:)
    I also have my mom who is very supportive also:)

  • Sharing with my family and friends has been about as far as I’ve gone, although my posts do appear on my Facebook page. I am happily using the My Fitness Pal daily, which is an educational tool, as well as reinforcement of my goals and efforts. My goal is to lose around 1/2 pound a week, till I reach my desired weight and then to maintain it.

  • My employer strongly encourages and promotes wellness, and I have a great support system in the office I work in. I have also contacted a friend who is a dietitian to help me not to mention another friend to hold me accountable (doesn’t hurt that she is a doctor). 🙂

  • Been working on this one for quite some time and happy to say that my canasta buddies and I have all seen the benefits of helping each other through the daily struggles to get healthier. Down another 3 lbs this week.

  • ok, I’ll have to start thinking about this. I’m doing myfitnesspal.com and I have my mom, sister and sister-in-law there to encourage me. It would be good to have an exercise buddy, but then I have to do things when they can….I just don’t have a set schedule so it’s hard to commit to that. I’ll keep thinking.

  • Joined Snap. Worked with training on initial workout plan. Need to find a way to manage the nutrition side better. The app is helping tracking…..need to figure out how to get rid of the excuses for time management on improving this one. hmmmmmm

  • I have a lunch walking buddy, as well as my hubby on weekends and nights when the weather cooperates. and my sister is checking in here as well.

  • When I see my friends’ comments it keeps me motivated. I don’t feel like a brisk walk today but I’m doing it anyway!

  • My children have been a great support they take walks with me, I am also joining some groups at myfitness pal.

  • With my family and friends support, that keeps me motivated!

  • I actually like doing my exercise alone….its my private thinking and relaxing time. But as far as sharing the support, I am supporting my boyfriend through his weight loss too!

  • I joined a swim aerobics class with my counsin a few weeks ago. Since joining we got another cousin to come along. I have also shared the idea with some coworkers. One of them is joining soon as doc releases her (recent surgery) and the another in a few weeks after she finishes some college classes. I also joined caloriecount.com…. lots of support, lots of recipes, lots of exercise ideas….great site!

  • I have a couple of workout buddies at work. We take our lunch breaks and go to the little gym in our office building and do a 30 minute DVD four times a week. I also have a wonderful group of women for support in other areas on Spark People. A lot of us have been together and sharing our stories for the past six months. I feel like I have a great online family with these women.

  • I have found it’s difficult to get others to stay with it. That’s not to say I haven’t bailed before myself! But I’ve tried having a walking group, helping people train for a local 5K, etc. and haven’t had much success. But, like Shirley below, I kind of like walking alone now too. However I have a Y membership and need to go back! After this wk. my schedule will go back to “normal” and I will have to do that!

  • I have a neighbor I walk with. I also logged on to a weight loss website I use that offers blogs, I’m going to start a blog about my weight loss goals. I’m looking into a new fitness center next week and hope to connect with a personal trainer. I am going to work hard to keep reaching out to other people for support.

  • I have a FB group where I can post daily what my exercise will be/was for the day and it is also a place where I make a mistake they are there to support and encourage me to continue. I also like to write, so I decided to start a blog about my weight issues and what I am doing to overcome them. I also have a FB friend that the plan is to get together at least once a week to walk together. It will be our way of catching up and exercising.

  • I have a friend who started the 17 day diet back in Jan and she is my support system. We walk together once a week and teach together everyday. She’s great with the eating out tips and the thousand questions and frustrations I am going through.

  • humm..
    Online support with you! Check!
    However, I once started a Facebook group for friends to encourage each other, but it didn’t work! Unless we all have the REAL goal and motivation it won’t work!
    As for food, I have several cooking books, and starting this year, I picked up a book every month, wrote down name/page of recipes that go with my diet, and I make numerous of them as much as my time allows me. It is really great and I learn new recipes too!

  • I got a pedometer for my husband so he could do the step challenge with me. He’s currently unemployed and putting on some weight. We were shocked how little activity he was getting. Now we’re both trying to take more steps, walk more each day.

  • My dog is my walking partner and he’s a good motivator! Even when I get home from work and think I’m too tired to walk he will pester me until I give up and go. And I always feel so much better when we get back home! And the postive feedback I’m getting from here is helping, too! 🙂

  • I joined a gym and I’m taking zumba classes every saturday. I also have a friend who is trying to lose weight. We check in with each other on our weight loss struggles and share recipes.. I’m trying to get her to come with me to class.

  • I am already enrolled on a gym programme that has a special co-ordinator & when I’m fitter, I shall be going to a circuit class for people who need to lose weight run by the same person. I also start an 8 week walking for health course which will be with a group of other people 🙂

  • I’m on My Fitness Pal and Fitbit groups online. I’m taking a year-long class through Big Picture Classes called “Move More Eat Well”. I also blog and post my weight loss journey there. I do all my walks with my hubby. I’m in a Tai Chi class. Support and reminders everywhere I turn!

  • I was surprised to find out how much help an online support group could be. Not only reading the posts of others but checking in makes me feel more accountable.

  • Right now I have a personal trainer, nutritionist and group that I work out with to hold me accountable. I also go to the gym and attend their yoga classes. I have a good group of people to rely on 🙂

  • I just signed up for wellness coaching through our insurance. It is just another support so I know I will have a bi-weekly meeting to check in on how I am meeting the goals set.

  • My friends that joined this with me are my support group… Janice, Susan, Amber, Jessica, Dee (who else am I forgetting? Sorry). Y’all are wonderful!

  • I have 3 FB friends doing this with me, another friend who is a once-a-week walking buddy, am a member of a sports club where I swim 3x/wk, and LOVE your idea of finding a friend to do a healthy cooking coarse with me!

  • My hubby and a girlfriend are my walking partners. Due to work schedule, routine out of kilter. Must get back on track when I figure out what my ‘new normal’ will be.

  • 12 days already! This is certainly going by quickly. I have shared on Facebook for today’s mission.

  • My husband is a good support. He has agreed to walk with me once a week.

  • I have my workout and healthy eating partner in my husband!

  • Oh no! I only just found out about this 30 Day Weight Loss-athon. I’m 12 days behind. LOL!

  • My kids are my exercise buddies.

  • Getting moving!

  • I don’t have many local friends and trying to gain an online support system is really counter productive I have found. My lack of movement in my life is compounded by the fact that most of the people in my life I only talk to online. I love the internet so much I will just sit and wait for my friends to talk to me rather than do exercise. My husband is passively supportive, but he won’t talk to me about it.

    Most of my friends are part of the “fat acceptance” movement so my efforts to lose weight are deemed as being self-hating, fat-shaming, rabid acceptance of white privileged standard beauty norms. I’ve tried to approach it from a place of wanting to be stronger and more energetic and less from a place of strictly patrolling what goes into my mouth. That seems to make it easier to live with.

  • This “mission” will prove to be the most challenging so far. I live in a very rural community and have a 40 mile commute to work. I am gone for roughly 12 hours a day and by the time I get home, it’s usually the time most families spend their together time so 99% of my friends are involved in that. The other 1% are elsewhere involved (already checked this out) so this is going to be a toughie. In my rural community, there are no gyms (closest being 10 miles in the opposite direction) and quite honestly by the time I get off work the last thing I want to do is extend my commute. My husband has said he will become my walking buddy and has so far enjoyed all the adjustments to our meals I’ve made. Also, as far as starting a walking group at work…besides working next to a busy highway, my co-workers mainly work in an area that provides them all the walking they want so, even this option isn’t viable.

  • So I thought id spend an extra few minutes to write. This week has been really hectic, easter weekend was horrible dealing with my family, I was at emerg for most of the day on tuesday with head pains which is still bothering me, was gone all day wed for work, today I had a horrible dentist appt, I cant wait for this week to be over. anyway, so I haven’t done day 10 yet, cleaning the junk food out of my house, but we don’t really have a lot, I have done day 8 and 9 though, struggling with drinking more water and working out (mostly cause I’m not feeling the greatest), but I’m watching what I eat and I’m cutting food out. now heres the good news, when I went to emerge they had to weigh me and I lost 8lbs which made my day. plus this morning I tried on my old jeans and they fit, yay. I’m struggling but I’m starting to see results. I just gotta get thru this week and weekend.

  • Thanks! I go to a gym usually 2-5 times a week, 25-60 minutes. I’m still doing the elliptical machine–25 min yesterday. I have two friends who will go to the gym with me. I feel like I’m already doing a lot of the things you suggest but I’ve been on a plateau for a year. I added Max Fit, more veggies, going to bed earlier, and cut out what little junk I was eating and still nothing. I’m bouncing on a 3 lbs up and down cycle. The doc on Base said my blood work is good–thyroid, blood sugar, etc. okay. Just my triglycerides are high. He said I’m stuck because I’m 46. I do think I’m starting to have symptoms of blood sugar issues even if it doesn’t show on the tests and I’ve been trying to eliminate it from all but my once daily coffee.

  • My husband wants to start exercising so we are going to take turns using the elliptical in the evenings while we watch a show together! It will keep us accountable and be fun to do together. 🙂 He’s always so supportive of me, I’m glad to support him too!

  • This one is probably the hardest for me! I have tried to lose weght several times before and just am not at the point where I want to tell anyone besides my husband that I’m in it for the long haul and am commited to losing weight. I read all the comments on here and on facebook to encourage myself and that really helps. I need to put up my post-its frrom day 1~real motivation~back up I had taken them down cause I had a friend come over for the day. Reading those reminds my why I’m on this journey! Feel so motivated after typing this! Going to walk to the park with the kids! :o)

  • Im not sure what to do about this one. I don’t live close enough to my friends to make this work. I can’t afford trainers, gyms, or group classes. So what should I do. I’ve done an online weight loss challeng through a private group on fb before. Anyone have suggestions for me. My mom and hubs or encouraging but I want someone who isn’t related to me.

  • I already belong to a couple of facebook groups who are on the weight loss journey and it is good to share ideas with each other or if you are having a bad day they can put you back on track. I only exercise on my cross trainer because of my rheumatoid arthritis so don’t need to have an exercising buddy. Sometimes I just prefer my own company and my music, gives me some me time. My family is my other support network and this seems to be working for me at the moment.

  • Hello to everyone! I’m proud of all of you! Keep up the good work. Walking daily is a good exercise to lose weight. Having a walking buddy will keep you on track. Working out in a gym three times a week is also great. Please continue to post daily to stay accountable. Good Luck.

  • It’s difficult for me to work out friends because of my schedule. But I’m going to start walking daily to get the mail and take my kiddos with me. Round trip, it will be.8 miles! I’m also going to keep up checking in here….

  • My wonderful support is my husband, my kids (although the younger ones do not understand yet), some great friends especially Bridget who is going to be walking with me because my treadmil finally kicked the bucket tonite. Oh and I cannot forget my mom, dad and my sister who keeps me going by telling my how great I look.

  • I started going to the gym about 2 months ago with my husband. It has really helped me get back on track. Sure I could do a lot of the exercises at home, but something about going to the “Gym” motivates me. Anyway, he has been a great “cheerleader” on my journey to lose the baby pounds.

  • my partner comes on most walks, everyone at work knows what I am doing.. not sure they understand eating vegetables is normal but they ask how I am going.. group things are not my cup of tea but have online support specifically for weightloss both here and in another program I am doing.

  • A friend from church is a coach at teambeachbody.com and she has a small accountability group on Facebook that I’ve joined. Every day we need to check in and share our exercise for that day. She’s also on My Fitness Pal so she sees what I eat as well. 🙂

  • I’ve got my walking buddy already enlisted and my son and I play some Just Dance Wii for some exercise too. Our local gym has a circuit training program I think I will look into joining that today!

  • I have a health coach & support groups online. I am still leery about having an exercise buddy, because with DD’s illnesses I have trouble being consistent.

  • I just signed up for a women’s weight training class and group fitness classes at our gym. A wonderful group of women willing to help each other. I love it already!

  • My son started exercising with me but after the birth of his new baby he hasn’t been able to. I’m glad we had that time to make it a habit and now it’s easier to keep on even when alone.

  • Joining a fitness group. Hope my best friend will join me, but if not that’s not a problem. I’ll make new friends!

  • Also this group is great! I love reading everyone’s comments and draw inspiration from each of them!

  • My girlfriend and I are both doing this program. We have decided to start training together for a 5K in June.

  • I have a lovely group of women who hike, snow shoe, walk regularly. It’s wonderful to meet like minded people.

  • Doing walks with my boy which gives us some talk time. Also have an appointment with a nutritionist in 2 weeks.

  • I NEED an exercise buddy, someone to really encourage me to workout, in any way at all.

  • my wonderful daughter, is my workout partner! <3 : ).

  • 2 neighbors have mentioned walking. Lets see how persuasive I can be. 🙂

  • I’ll have to work on this idea —

  • I have my buddy!

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  • I also prefer to walk on my own; either in the suburb or at the gym. I relax and chill out with my thoughts.I like swimming too, as the rythmic lenghts relax me and bottom line I BREATHE better from exercising, especialling doing yoga; which is all part of feeling better and letting those endorphins out by exercise! I will investigate various Walks that are close by that are held for various charities etc— I enjoy the camaraderie of those; shall try and rope in my sister to join me; who is Superfit.

  • Lots of good ideas today that I have to check on, online fitness groups is a new idea, I know how useful it is making friends at your gym as it is people with the same goals as you that will help you keep focus but doing it online is a new concept for me and I wonder if it really works. Definitely worth checking out.

  • I have (finally) gotten my strength back from 3 weeks of recovering from a stomach flu and cold. I envy my children’s energy and their activities. I try to keep that same motivation when going to the gym but it seems when I get the chance to go all I’m happy for is that I got there and I set goals such as “if I can make it through 2 miles or 30 minutes on the treadmill I’m happy”.

    Maybe if I can get a gym buddy I’d be better for it.

  • This has to be the hardest challenge of all. I have 2 exercise buddies. The problem is the one that is 5 yrs old. I am going to start walking in the morning before he wakes up!

  • Hmm, will have to see what I can do. Some of my family and friends wind up doing super-negative feedback, they also struggle with healthy eating and attitudes, so I haven’t said anything to them about this new start. Having the hubby in with me certainly makes a difference, but I am one who needs a bit more support.

  • I need to get my husband some healthy cooking classes!

  • My husband, sister and brothers girlfriend are my support 🙂 It’s a lot easier with my husband also eating healthier and working out!

  • I have a walking buddy but sadly she is going away for 5 weeks.

  • I’ll ask my daughter to walk with me!

  • It´s really supportive to check in every morning. It´s motivating. I´m noticing that my evening walks are having results in different ways: more energy, better sleep, shrinking thighs – that’s motivating too. Feeling great. Thank you all!

  • I´m learning many things reading all the comments here and I love the feeling of being part of a group of active people who try to improve their lives. This is my motivation now.

  • walking my doggie is support for me!

  • I love the idea of being supportive to someone else on the excercising challenge! I know that person will be supportive to me at the same time. I’ll contact her right now, she’s my sister.