Humans are social creatures and we shouldn’t have to lose weight alone, work alone, or be alone.
Taking a break from being alone.
It’s been an incredible 5 days. I left last Wednesday to attend a blogging conference in Portland, Oregon. It had been years since I’ve been to a conference, and I was looking forward to it while at the same time, part of me was dreading it just a little bit.
Yet, the social part was what I was looking forward to most. Confused yet? You see, it’s the one time, the one time where there are hundreds of people who understand what you do and why you are doing it. There are hundreds of people who share similar struggles and can offer invaluable insight on what might work better.
Conferences can be a great tool because writing is a solitary job, and it’s a wonderful reminder that there are other people out there juggling the same balls you are. It’s beautiful.
It’s similar to weight loss. Losing weight, whether it be 20 pounds or 200 pounds is often a solitary battle. Getting other people on board is a challenge in of itself. Trying to make people understand the struggle of constantly choosing healthy options is an uphill fight. Losing weight often becomes a solo mission and after time it can get disheartening.
Finding people on the same journey is paramount.
- If you belong to a gym, see if they offer any nutrition classes.
- Does your place of employment offer any weight loss challenges?
- Join a gym if it possible to include in the budget, preferably one that offers set classes. It’s much easier to meet people and interact with others in a group setting!
- If a gym isn’t in the budget, there are still other options. Check out meet up, a great site to search for local meet ups that fit your interest. There are fitness, book club, dancing, walking, hiking and so many more choices out there. It’s definitely worth a peek!
- Find a Facebook group to join. You can look for a specific diet such as Paleo, low carb, or you can look for certain fitness activity groups to join. Just do a search and peruse what groups and pages are brought up.
There are options out there to find people with similar goals and hopes. Having online groups is a great start, people to connect with, but in the long run, getting a chance to physically interact with people who share the same journey is priceless.
Of course, meeting all of these people this weekend, I think I took one picture. One. Single. Picture. I’m not surprised, I was more worried about making a fool out of myself, tripping and falling, or spilling food everywhere. You know, the important things.
Regardless, the conference was a success. I met some amazing women, pulled a few key nuggets of information to help guide me further towards my goals, and have come home motivated. I know there are hundreds of people working alongside me pushing towards their goals while juggling so many other life factors. I’m definitely not alone, and neither are you!