Build your own support team


Many of us grew up with less-than-ideal levels of acceptance and encouragement. That reality generally follows us into our adult years and can play havoc with our ability to make healthy, wise choices for ourselves. Why else are we running into a life coach at every corner these days? Now that there's some accepted wisdom on how to combat the consequences of poor early conditioning—and that wisdom has become teachable—understandably women want to share the knowledge (and hope to make a living by doing so).

I'm just reading a very interesting book called “8 Minutes in the Morning for Extra Easy Weight Loss.” In it author Louis stresses the importance of asking for help—connecting with others, improving your ability to reach out—as a critical weight loss aid. Which is, of course, the idea behind Weight Watchers' group meetings and weigh-ins and so on. It's also a big factor in the 12-step approach. But in this book, he tells you how to create your own team from among people you know.

No money, no need to go out of the house to meetings (which can get pretty tough for already-overburdened working women). I got it out of the library, and I'm enjoying the really simple exercises (I've been doing aerobics for over 25 years and I won't change that) that you do first thing in the morning. It's a fresh approach to eating right and exercise. Recommend reading.

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