You are not alone, girlfriend! You are already connected to a group of women who are just like you. Women who want to exercise more and eat less. Everyone who reads this blog can relate! Women crave connection, so let’s connect! Facebook here we come!
I remember being a young Mom of 2 little kids; everyone else’s needs were a priority. My post baby weight stayed. Exercise consisted of walking around the block with a toddler, at her speed. My food choices weren’t too bad but my portion sizes were way too large for a petite lady. I’m 5 feet tall. I felt alone with my struggles and too proud to let anyone know.
You each have a unique story to share. I’d love for us to be able to get to know each other: to cheer for each other on the days we feel confident, when making healthy choices seems easy; to encourage other on the days we fail miserably and want to quit again; to come along side each other when the temptations are strong and stress sends us to the fridge for comfort. We can offer each other support: that doesn’t condemn but speaks hope to your heart and mind; that encourages you and empowers you to keep trying; that helps you keep taking little steps and making little changes. Every little step makes a difference!
I did some research about support groups. The Mayo Clinic states that support groups bring people together who are facing similar issues or who have a common interest. The benefits all sound good:
Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
Getting practical advice and information
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10,12; “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up…Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
I started a closed Facebook group called Dixie’s Mountain Climbing Team. It’s a place for us to chat about our day-to-day struggles and successes. It is my hope and prayer that we will become a team of women. Women, who challenge, support, encourage and pray for each other as we climb the mountain of health and well-being. Women who can hold each other accountable as we report on our 4 little steps to health.
TODAY’S little STEP: Go to Facebook and if we are already friends, send me a message and ask to be added to the group. The group is called Dixie’s Mountain Climbing Team and it is a closed group. If we are not friends on Facebook you can search for me. There are some other Dixie Elliotts so look for my pink coat in Dixie Elliott profiles, and when you click on it you should see those familiar pink shoes! Or you can leave a comment with your contact information.
We don’t need any more information; what we need are access to God’s power, incremental steps to practice the good things we already know, and connection with other women. We also need accountability!