Have I told you how fabulous the blog "Refuse To Regain" is? Please stop by and check it out.
Barbara's post today really hit home for me.
She talks about how it is key to surround yourself with others who are going through the same issues as you so support/ideas/etc can be shared.
She even has an analogy for us:
Everyone you know is having a great time swimming in the ocean. The only problem is that the ocean is terribly polluted.
Large blobs of chocalatey brown oil are bobbing all over the surface. People are swimming through them, swallowing bits and inhaling the fumes, yet they claim they are enjoying themselves. You see this going on and become increasingly concerned about the danger.
Suddenly, you see a beautiful island. Exhausted from the drag of the oily sea, you pull yourself up onto the shore. Like a pelican in the Gulf, you are coated in oil. You set to work on the laborious task of cleaning it all off. Finally, spent but relieved, you turn to look at the beautiful place where you've found rescue. There's only one problem: you are all alone on the island.
Almost everyone who tries to accomplish transformation feels like the odd-man out. Eating mindlessly while complaining about health and weight is a cultural norm. We are social beings and living life in another permutation ostracizes us to some degree. It becomes increasingly difficult to avoid the pressure to return to the fold.
Can you relate to this analogy? I totally can.
In my real day-to-day life (not online), I often feel like that I am the only inhabitant on my "maintenance" island.
Very rarely do I hear anyone talk about or bring up the topic of exercise or making good food choices. The usual conversations that I hear are what yummy/decadent food/drink will be consumed that day or at the upcoming weekend. Where they are going to eat out...etc. It never changes.
Am I not looking hard enough for more inhabitants on my "Maintenance" Island? Perhaps. I know that they are out there.
I am so happy that I do have all of the online support from fellow bandsters and weight watchers. I appreciate all your comments and positivity!
PS: Weigh-in day tomorrow.