The Importance Of A Journeying Friend
By Meggan Larson
So it’s one week into the new year already. Where are you at? Have you been successfully sticking to your new year’s resolutions to lose the weight and stay on plan? Or have you been caving already and are now living under the weight of guilt that this year will go by without change again? One of my precious friends came to me just the other and confided in me that her weight was higher than she’d ever seen it. She and I actually lost a bunch of weight together three years ago and one of the reasons we were able to do that was…
Because we were doing it together. We got together often and would bring each other sugar-free on plan recipes we had just tried, or she’d bring me an extra smoothie to the park for our play-date with the kids. It was much easier to stay on plan when I had a good friend on the journey with me who also understood the frustration of an off-plan spouse. It can be challenging to stick to something when the temptations of your past come barreling at you in the form of chips, cookies, ice cream, etc. every evening when it’s time to relax. Simply being able to confide that to a friend who feels the same challenges can make you feel less alone on this journey.
I will add one more point, though it is certainly not a hard and fast rule. One thing you may want to consider when jumping on board with a friend is where you’re each at in your journey. If you have 75lbs to lose and they have 20lbs to lose it can actually become frustrating. I personally prefer to be at similar starting weights with the person I choose to partner up with but that may just be my personal preference. Whoever you choose to do this with be sure to encourage each other along and confess when you’re struggling. They have may the perfect word for you in that moment but unless you confide in them you won’t ever hear it.
My word for you today is persistence; not perfection. Persist even when you’ve completely messed up. Persist even when you can’t see how you’ll ever get to your goal weight. Persist because you’re worth fighting for my friend.
~ Meggan 🙂
p.s. As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!