Weight Loss Support - New Habits having a Positive Affect on Others

04-26-2010, 04:58 PM
Our new lifestyle is having a wonderful effect on ourselves, but in the process we are touching others lives especially those close to us.

How has your weight loss journey positively affecting others in your life?
Are they losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more?

04-26-2010, 05:10 PM
My DH has drastically cut down his soda consumption and lost 6 lbs. Huge step for him. He's also trying to cut way back on fast food. I kind of asked him to do this because I want us to set good examples for our son.

I've also inspired a friend to join WW. I don't do WW, but she saw my progress and wanted the same for herself. She said I was her inspiration. That was really meaningful to me.

I hope to eventually get my story published in a magazine as a success story so I can inspire others they way they inspired me.

04-26-2010, 05:12 PM
when I lost 35 lbs without anyone seeing me during that time then later saw the end result, I think that's when it made a big impact on my friends. Now that I'm pregnant and my weight loss is on hold, I'm on the side lines watching them (friends and those who were acting jealous of my weight loss) making some awesome changes. I'm truly happy for them. Many of these girls were in the same boat as I was...Got married gained some weight then gained extra weight after having their children. I think losing the weight I did proved it was possible to lose that weight you always wanted to lose. I tried to motivate some to do the same but I think since I was already ahead of the game they weren't as motivated till a couple girls decided to rally some together to do a group thing out of it.....it seems to be working.

04-26-2010, 05:13 PM
I'm hoping to get my younger brother to start this with me. I don't want to force him
but he needs to do a little more than just playing games all day. Even a walk with me would be lovely.

04-26-2010, 05:21 PM
Temporarily, it did affect some of my coworkers. But they recovered soon afterward & went back to their old ways.

But I'm still the person who gets taken aside privately (often in the ladies' room, while we're washing our hands & checking our hair) & asked weight loss questions. Not that they ever do what I say worked for me. But they do ask.

04-26-2010, 06:00 PM
lol saef! I get this too from time to time- and no one ever listens it seems :(

Great topic!

Since I've started my husband and sister eat so much healthier. It was GREAT last night seeing the whole family gobble down homemade burgers on wheat beans with a side of sweet potato fries, then watermelon for dessert (a treat since we rarely have watermelon). Made me feel good- specially cuz my hubby grew up as a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

04-26-2010, 06:03 PM
I have a couple of lovely friends that say they have been inspired by my 20 pound loss.They are both trying to lose and I am sure they will reach their goals, because in the past they have been successful at keeping their weight on track. I'm encouraging them whenever they bring it up.

In our group of friends, there are a couple of ladies that are overweight. I notice that no one mentions weight loss when they are present for fear of making them feel uncomfortable. We love them no matter what they weigh, but I must admit that I am concerned about their health. One is having problems with their legs and has difficulty walking. I know enough about weight loss to know that it has to be inner-motivated to work, therefore, I would never say anything her, no matter how concerned I am.

04-26-2010, 06:08 PM
I hop I can influence those closest to me in a positive way, but I'm not holding my breath.

04-26-2010, 06:33 PM
My husband loses weight when I do--about 80 pounds so far for him as well. Mostly this is because he imitates whatever I am doing. I stopped consuming sugar, then so did he. I started working out, then so did he. I make sure I get plenty of sleep, then so does he (mostly because he knows if he wants the possibility of nookie, he has to come to bed at the same time as me ;) ).

My kids are affected as well, but none of them really have a weight problem. (One is too skinny, one is just right, one is a little chubby but he'll grow out of it.) We do work on encouraging them to eat more veggies and protein, though, and to stay away from sugar--and they are somewhat receptive to that.

That's about as far as my influence really seems to extend.

04-26-2010, 06:58 PM
I make sure I get plenty of sleep, then so does he (mostly because he knows if he wants the possibility of nookie, he has to come to bed at the same time as me ;) ).

What? You mean you both have to be in the bed, awake, at the same time for something to happen!?? THAT's what we've been missing!!! /grumble

(sorry, off-topic, but a rather annoying subject)

04-26-2010, 07:42 PM
My SO is losing weight as well from reducing the amount he eats though he isn't as restrictive on what he eats. I'm hoping that the wider variety of fresh vegetables and fruit we have been buying helps him to be even healthier.

My best friend and I both have done diet modification and it does really help to have a weight loss buddy even if she is an hour and a half away!

I think it is just really encouraging to see that when we make a positive change in our life how it not only affects us but it also ripples out to other people and their positive changes ripple out to more people.

04-26-2010, 07:45 PM

:D I'm rather matter-of-fact about communicating to him about it: "Sweetie, I'm going to brush my teeth and wash my face. I expect I will be in bed in about 10 minutes. I will be asleep about 5 minutes after that, if you are not there by that point. I do hope you make it. See ya."

04-26-2010, 08:53 PM
One of my coworkers is asking about calorie counting and trying to implement it in her life. She has had a hard time losing baby weight (I'd say 3 years definitely translates into a hard time), and has been inspired by my loss of 44 pounds so far. It makes me happy that other people are thinking about their health because I'm thinking about mine. I only hope I can help her along the way. I haven't denied myself anything. I've only equipped myself with the tools to make the right choices. There are no bad foods. There is portion control.

04-26-2010, 09:24 PM
I've been a positive on my boyfriend. He's eating much healthier and also eating several meals a day instead of one HUGE one. I occasionally give him a hard time over something he's eating if it's really bad, but for the most part I leave him alone. He's started making changes on his own and I think that's even better than me nagging him! He's lost a lot of weight and he looks great!
My mom has also totally overhauled her habits. She's eating healthy and started exercising regularly. I'm so proud of both of them!

04-26-2010, 09:49 PM
Since I started working out and eating right, my mother, three sisters, my father and my grandmother are all working out and eating better. What a great support system to have that many of my family members all on track together! I don't live with my family, but hearing about my weight goals and nutrition has inspired them to clean up their own acts.

Lola Dark
04-26-2010, 10:41 PM
When I take the stairs at work I notice some people waiting for the elevator change their minds and take the stairs!

I've been leaving myself motivational messages and my husband left me one last night (see my blog for more of the story)

I started a biggest loser at work 2 months ago - I lost 7 lbs, but one of the guys lost 14 lbs!! It just ended, and everyone wants to start again May 1st. We all put money in a pot each week to play the winner ended up with 600$!!

04-26-2010, 10:54 PM
My DH has definitely embraced a healthier lifestyle since I've started my journey. He's cut out his sodas and has drastically changed his diet. He's even eating the same dinners that I'm eating. So far he's lost about 15lbs.

04-27-2010, 12:18 AM
Really interesting to see this brought up because I had a conflict with someone who I was trying to influence positively with his food intake. Like my trainer says and I know from having had a horse for four years, you can lead a horse to water, you can't make it drink.

I was pleasantly surprised though when I was out with friends and a lot of us ordered salads- it felt great!

I think a lot of people are like me in that they will be ready when they are ready to change, can't force it.

04-27-2010, 12:53 AM
Since starting out my best friend has joined the bandwagon. I'm not sure she's as strict as I am with tracking food, but we workout all the time at my gym.

04-27-2010, 01:14 AM
My boyfriend now eats "produce" where before he wouldn't. He's slowed down on soda and drinks more water and juice (which to me is a step up from soda.)

My boyfriends mom tries to cook vegetables now for her family, and make the kids eat fruit. She tries to buy more 100% juice than soda too. She tries to be more active too, she did the 5K I just ran with me. Now that I type it, it doesn't seem like much, but I can really tell. My boyfriend lost an inch or 2 in his waist and went down a shirt size (SMALLS! GRRR now I can't sleep in his shirts!!)

04-27-2010, 09:40 AM
I started because of the inspiration of someone else, so there is a huge domino effect, which is really, really cool. Think of all the people you may never know you've affected!

Like many, my husband hopped on board because of me. Now my two best girlfriends are losing weight. One has lost 25 lbs already. My brother is jumping on the healthy eating band wagon, trying to lower his cholesterol, yeah!! Our son is growing and maintaining. Can't ask for more than that! Our youngest son begged me to start packing his lunches because school lunches are crap.

So yeah...I'm pretty proud of myself and the effect I've had on others without really saying much to anyone. :D

04-27-2010, 02:25 PM
I have been visiting a friend's house for a week now who lives with her mom. When they saw my progress, they both joined Weight Watchers.