Whenever someone enters into a plan to change their life, support from family and friends is necessary no matter what that life change is. Not that it can’t be done without support, but support makes any transition easier. When changing how you eat, your weight, and things related to your body, so often we do not support one another like we probably should. Transitioning your body is a difficult feat to accomplish, and we all need positive feedback when doing it. Sometimes what happens when someone is in the process of losing weight, people tend to make that person feel bad about it. I believe this is unintentional, but nonetheless, people begin to question whether or not they are doing the right thing. People make comments like: “Why do you want to lose weight being skinny is unattractive” or “You look better with some weight on you” or “How much more weight are you going to lose?” When you try to explain to those individuals that you are doing what is best for you because you are concerned about your health or your recent visit to the doctor has you concerned about losing a few pounds, sometimes we are not supportive of that person’s goal to have good health and wellness. Another issue to contend with is when a person is in the process of losing weight and there is a family gathering where food will be insurmountable. Sometimes the family looks at the person who is on a weight loss plan like they have two heads when they don’t want to indulge in the regular family staples like Cousin Myrtle’s hog maws and chitlins, Grandma Gert’s world famous mac and cheese, or Aunt Mimi’s nationally renowned baked ham! Not to mention Momma Jean’s seven-layer cake! It’s true that sometimes those foods are difficult to get away from because the family can put pressure on their family member to indulge in that which they are trying to abstain from. They say things like, “Oh, chile don’t be silly. You can have some of this food. We’ve been eating like this for decades.” Some people do not see weight loss as a positive because it’s an indication of change. Everyone has to make decisions for themselves that are beneficial. Why not support someone who is on a journey to good health and wellness? It is important to do so because saying positive kind words will benefit the person who is on the journey, and one day you might be in a position where a kind word is necessary for you. God has given you the temple you have for a reason. Let the time you have on earth be good and joyful and with a minimum amount of pain if it can be helped. You’ve got one life to live. Live it to the fullest. Do everything you can to make sure that you are living a health and active life. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.
Live, laugh, love, and pray.
God Bless You with Good Health and Wellness,
Antoinette Shar’ron Johnson
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