Last month, I signed up to this forum called 3 Fat Chicks. I came across this website when I was massively researching about weight loss tips and tricks. I’ve started, succeeded and failed at many diets or weight loss regimens my whole life. At many points in my life, I have put fitness and weight loss at varied degrees of importance. The last time was 12 years ago when I wanted to prove to myself I could. Back then I was only overweight 20 pounds. Now, I still have 25 pounds to go before reaching normal weight.
The group has many separate subgroups where you can read what others wrote or you can post yourself. I’ve introduced myself in the Introductions page, I’ve posted on the Weight Loss Support page as well as other pages. Being a part of this group helped me realized that I was not alone in need help with losing weight. Yes, I know that there is a problem with obesity now. That doesn’t mean that everyone is trying to cut down and drop weight. Reading about other people’s experiences made me realize that it is hard, and everyone is having a hard time trying to get to their goal weight. You read about what other people are doing that are helping them on their journey and those that aren’t helpful. You get to see how long it takes to lose X amount of weight.
Oftentimes, I get easily discouraged when it feels like the number on the scale isn’t dropping. That’s most likely the time, I give up and start going back to bad eating habits. What’s the point? I put in all this work, but the weight isn’t coming off. On this forum, you read about other people experiencing the same thing. Other members encourage and give support and you end up doing the same because you can relate to how they feel and what they are going through.
Sometimes, the hardest is being honest with those closest to us. I couldn’t tell my weight to my friends for the longest time since I was deathly embarrassed that I had allowed myself to go completely. In the forum, I wasn’t afraid of being judged about my highest weight. I could freely write how I felt about the whole weight loss process, how I felt, and how I just hate to work out but I just have to push myself. The group is there for us to share our good days and bad days.
I end up checking the forum every few days to read about new joiners and new topics. I update other members my weight loss progress and encourage others to power through. I join challenges, set goals and mini goals, try new recipes to help make the whole journey more interesting. In the same way we seek support from our family and friends for many things, a weight loss support group will make it easier to achieve our goal of a healthy lifestyle.