TIP 4 – GO TO SUPPORT GROUPS
Yes, support groups are cheesy, kind of uncomfortable and not the way you want to spend a weekday evening. Many are filled with topics that are pretty obvious. Eat this, don’t eat that. But some of them are really good. Topics like, ‘Sex After Weight Loss Surgery,’ ‘Surviving The Holidays,’ and other great subjects are discussed.
Maybe you’ll learn something and maybe you won’t. The key to Support Groups is finding a friend in the same situation as you. Exchange numbers and start texting each other on a regular basis to check-in. This is your Accountability Partner. Both of you should get Fitbits and create a group so you can see who has taken more steps each day. Create a contest within your support group.
An Accountability Partner is very valuable to your success. Your family is a great support network and they need to be involved and aware of the struggles you’re likely to face. But they can’t fully understand what you are going through like someone else in the same situation. Text on a regular basis. Trust me. You need a friend.
I should mention, any reputable weight loss program offers support groups on a monthly basis. And you should start going before you actually have surgery. Start learning, seeing the progress others have made. Make friends, find your Accountability Partner.