Step 4: Recruit your support team


Recruit your support team

Now that you have a goal and a plan, it’s time to identify the team that will help you follow your plan and achieve your goal.

Identify who can and will help you achieve your BEST goal and support you on your journey to permanent weight loss.

Possible support team members:
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Co-workers
  • Organized/professional support groups
  • Online support

Where can I find weight loss support?

“You can’t do it all yourself. Don’t be afraid to rely on others to help you accomplish your goals.” ~Oprah Winfrey

Let them know how to help

Once you have identified your support team, let each person know specifically how they can support you and help you achieve your BEST goal.

For example:

  • Ask a co-worker if he/she will hold you accountable by asking about your weekly exercise each Monday morning at work.
  • Ask your husband/wife if he/she will pack the kids’ lunches Monday and Wednesday morning so you can spend time exercising.

Many people will want to help you but won’t know how. If you don’t let people know how they can help you, they’ll do what they think will help. This may have a negative effect. For example, a family member might think that ‘patrolling’ your eating will help you, when it will probably do the opposite. Why people might sabotage your weight loss efforts

“There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” ~George Shinn

Be your own support

Don’t forget to also be your own support on your journey to permanent weight loss. Stay positive and encourage yourself the way you would want someone else to.

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