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1/26/16 10:26 A

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I feel that online friends are more helpful because I can be completely honest and so can they. Having lived in small towns for most of my life the rumor mill can be brutal. I don't want people gossiping about how big I am and what I am doing for weight loss. So, if I go online I can be rather anonymous and really go for it and make a change in me.

Last week I joined a walking group. It really pushed me to go faster than I have been. I feel I need to work on my balance and that will help me walk faster too.

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1/11/16 9:32 P

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I reap benefits from both. My online family is on the same page as me. My real life family and friends may be trying to be supportive, but they are on their own page and it doesn't give me what I need at times. I am dragging a couple friends into a 5K with me, but no one tracks food like me or even uses Sparkpeople. I try and give advice to some, but they only hear what they want to.

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1/11/16 1:56 P

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I agree with both.

I have found that my real life support system just isn't as motivated as I am. Or they aren't as dedicated. There is value in having someone physically counting on me to show up for an exercise session!

My online support system is much more diverse than I can get in real life. There is such a bigger "pool" of successful people to learn from, and pick their brains.

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1/11/16 8:06 A

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I think a little of both. It is hard to do it alone online but I don't get enough motivation just from my husband or family and friends. I feel people online have some of the same issues I have compared to my personal people around me.

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1/10/16 11:33 P

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My husband is very supportive. He will help me shop and prepare foods that fit into my tracker and although he isn't eating like I am or exercising, he'll go for walks with me and he'll take care of dinner or the kids, etc., so I can find time to exercise.

With that being said, I find that the support online is better. The reason I feel that way is because the folks on Spark are interested in calorie counting, nutrition information, exercise programs, etc. I feel that my Spark friends do not get tired of hearing about my weight loss journey and I don't get tired of hearing about theirs because I'm constantly learning and trying new things because I get ideas from others.

Both forms of support are useful, but when I'm not on Spark and interacting with people who have similar goals, I don't do as well.

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1/10/16 11:27 P

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Do you find easier to be motivated by people in your life or just as satisfying by individuals online?

I was on here years ago and found some tips, but always thought I needed in person help more. Obviously that never happened and I'm back to find more tips for a permanent lasting weight-loss journey.

I'm just curious if people here have support in their daily lives "in-person", online, both or neither.

I can do this (for me), if I set my body, heart, mind and soul in the right direction...
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