If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know how much of a challenge it can be. Although I have yet to try it, I have heard that having a weight loss buddy can help you to achieve your weight goals.
Today I am talking to the creator of the Facebook group, Journey To Lose It – 2017 Weight Loss Support.
Please welcome Monica
Hi. I am 39 years old living in San Francisco. I am a flutist. I’ve been teaching students ages four through 89 in the bay area. I love sharing my knowledge with the next generations. I play a variety of concert and world Flutes. I have over 70 in my collection. Everything from silver Flutes to more exotic Flutes like Egyptian Flutes and Native American flutes. I have recorded on seven cds and I am currently working on a tutorial book I need of American flute.
I’ve struggled with my weight all my life, and this group has been great support and accountability for me as I go through this part of my journey.
Please tell the readers a little about the group.
Please tell the readers a little about your group.
Journey to Lose it was created in mid- January of 2017. It started off with just a few members, mostly family and friends who I knew were also trying to lose weight. However I knew there were many more trying to lose weight especially with the New Year, so I opened the group up to others. As of now we have 2,200 members and add about 50-100 members a day. We have members from all over the United States, UK, Australia, and really all over the world.
I love this group! I only had a few rules, one was no negativity. With that being said, I never had any problems in this group. Everyone is so supportive. It amazes me how many people will take time out of their day to give a compliment to someone they do not know. Or share a recipe and give a weight loss tip. In turn it is also a place to get support when you are having a rough time or share a success. Not everyone has a support system in their day to day life. This is a non-judgmental place anyone can turn to for support or advice from others that understand.
We have members that are losing weight in so many different ways. As what works for one person is not really the right fit for another. For me I am a vegetarian and try to follow a plant based healthy diet. For others they are doing Paleo, Whole 30, Keto, Vegan, ect. It has been really interesting for me to see and learn from so many others.
This weight did not come on over night so for many this is a very long journey and not everyone has the support in their day to day life. These Facebook groups offers that to people on a daily basis.
What inspired you to create the group?
I am a person who needs maybe more support and accountability on this personal journey of mine. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I have lost and gained the same 100 pounds so many times! This last 2016 I lost 55 lbs, and I hope to lose another 45 this year. I am fortunate this time to be able to find and afford an amazing nutritionist. She has helped me greatly, but I know not everyone has that resource. She is also the chief wellness officer at a tech company called AVA (www.eatwithava.com) and asked me to be part of
their first beta test. I was able to text in a picture of my food, and get the calories and feedback from a real person. Since I had to take a picture of all of my meals it made me much more aware of my intake. I also loved having their positive supportive comments throughout the day. Things like “great healthy meal choice, next time try the multi grain roll”. They would even give me suggestions of meals while I was out to eat. I just had to text them and say, I am at a Thai restaurant here is the menu, what should I order. It was amazing! However they are in-between beta tests, and I was missing them. They really help keep me accountable. In the meantime and even after I start again with their 2nd beta very soon, I know I can get instant support from the awesome members of my group! But really the inspiration was a personal need for myself to have another support system.
So the Facebook group was a great addition to my support and accountability. We have a fun Healthy Eating Challenge where members post pictures of their meals to stay accountable. It also gives other members ideas for things to make. It has been fun!
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What would you like the group to accomplish?
I would love for everyone to reach their health goals and to learn to be gentle on themselves during this journey. It is easy for us all to be very hard on ourselves.
Thank you Monica for taking the time to tell us of this important group.
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I’ve gained and lost thousands of pounds over the years. Good luck to all who try and succeed. I figure I’m at my set point.
I have gone up and down in my weight as well, over the years. With the good weather finally here I think I might start doing a little walking in hopes of losing a few pounds.
Great to have so much support. It is hard to do on your own. xx
It really is a hard thing to do!
I have struggled with my weight for the last 5 years. Even when I lose weight the belly fat simply refuses to go !
I’m happy you shared this post Cheryl. ♡ THANKS
Have a great day !
It seems belly fat is really hard to get rid of! I know the feeling as well.
This is such an interesting post Cheryl. I am very interested in health and fitness, and have another blog on that subject. I have sent a request to join Monica’s FB group.
Glad to hear you have sent a request to join this group. Monica seems very passionate about her group. Wishing you the best….
I smiled at her comment about gaining and losing the same 100 pounds so many times. So very true for many. Also the comment about how what works for one doesn’t always work for others. It’s a very personal journey and so great that her group recognizes and supports that. I did lifestyle coaching – as well as traditional dieting – for a bit as well and found it valuable. So much fits into that picture and space.
I agree that what works for one may not work for the other. I guess you need to try different methods and see which one gives you the best results. It sure is a personal journey as it often is more than just being overweight.
I think its a complicated and personal mix for people – so it’s figuring out what part of the mix needs addressing most (as well as all the other more universal aspects of weight loss which I think can generally apply – ie I think this pretty much holds true: eat real foods, not too much, mostly plants).
I like that they’re not specific on the means people use to lose weight. That’s nice. 🙂
I think that is good too!