Friday, March 23, 2012

Do something Friday -- find a tribe

I love to talk about exercise -- very few things make me as happy as seeing someone, who wasn't sure they could accomplish something, accomplish their goal.

Young and old, I've seen lots and lots of people accomplish their first 5k, century ride, Zumba or Spin class.

I've seen people lose 300 pounds though diet and exercise (yes, lots of exercise).  I've seen them make friends, find a support network to see them through the tough times, and create a community that cares about their success.

Exercise does that.  It brings people together to do something physically uncomfortable -- and when you're all struggling under the some physical discomfort, it bonds you.  You become a tribe.

That's one of the strengths of Weight Watcher's, too.  You bond through the meeting, create a caring community.  The big difference I see between a Weight Watchers tribe and an exercising tribe (I'm sure there are many but stick with me for a minute) is that when the class or workout is finished, the physical discomfort eases.  You've accomplished something.  Nope - you have lost 12 pounds in that last hour but you did accomplish the workout you set out to do.

Success.  Small, yes, but success you can build on.

Weight comes off slowly.  People with a strong and supportive tribe are more successful than those trying to do it on their own.  Weight loss is contagious.  Making healthy choices, whether it's staying for an extra yoga class or trying a new vegetarian dish can be contagious. 

One of the most effective ways to ensure to reach your weight management goal is to find a tribe that is full of those working on a similar goal.  If you can do all that while you're moving, isn't that going to get you where you want to go faster than developing your tribe while you're sitting down?

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