Tuesday, August 1, 2017

We All Need a Little Help

I have been wondering when it was going to be my time to say "enough is enough" this go around. It typically only takes about three weeks for me to give up and go back to my old ways. I thought I found that moment this weekend, when I ate terribly and didn't workout for three days. 

However, I caught myself this time. Thanks to my willpower and a few very good friends, I found my motivation again. After receiving great advice like "Today is a new day" and "Three days is nothing compared to your whole life," I got out and walked instead of dwelling on my failure and feeling guilty.

It's very important to have a good support system because there will come a time when you alone are not enough. It's easy to keep yourself motivated in the beginning, but once you reach your first (or fifth) plateau, are sick of exercising, or simply feel deprived, it's hard to keep the momentum. That's when your friends, family, or even strangers on the Internet come into play.

Sometimes we all just need a reminder of how great we actually are and how much progress we've made. While I started this blog as a personal diary, it quickly became something different. It became a way for me to share my successes and struggles with those close to me and those I've never even met.

With that, came great things. People started reaching out to me to tell me I was saying the things they only wish they could say, and it was refreshing for me to see that so many others felt the exact same way I did.

Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky as I am to have such great support. And if you don't, go ahead and create your own. Start a blog, write in a journal, or participate in online chat rooms or message boards. There are so many avenues where one can gain support even without ever leaving their home.

So, if you find yourself needing support or motivation, do all you can to get it. After all, we all need a little help every now and then!

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