Weight Loss can be a Team EffortBuild Your Own Support System
-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
So there I was, cruising along on the exercise bike (as I often am) and thinking (as I often do). I was thinking about the positive, sometimes amazing changes I’ve made in my life thanks to fitness.
I was just about to congratulate myself when I realized I should have been grateful. I should have been thanking the people around me that made this possible: My Team!!
Why would anyone want to lose weight – or pursue any goal – alone? Every dieter should have a Weight Loss Team of people pulling for you, using their strengths to make up for your trouble areas. Think of what people have been able to accomplish when part of a team. Teams wrote the Constitution, built the Empire State Building and landed on the moon – all impossible if attempted alone.
You can build a Weight Loss Team the same way you build a basketball, baseball or soccer team. Essentially, you fill different positions with people that are good at each position. That way, nobody has to do everything. They simply fill a specific role.
My team is a cast of diverse characters and that’s what makes it so fun. When they’re involved, sometimes I forget how hard I’m working. Many of them don’t even know they’re on my team, but they’re valuable just the same.
Here are some great Team members to have:
- Motivator – someone good at picking you up when you fall down and re-energizing you
- Positive Thinker – someone good at always looking at the bright side
- Goal Guardian – someone good at keeping you focused on your goal and on track
- Exercise Buddy – someone good at making workout time fun and social
- Listener – someone good at being an outlet when you need to vent or talk about problems
- Informer – someone good at circulating health and fitness info, ideas and opportunities
- The Bizarre One – someone good at finding fun, interesting and crazy ways to stay active