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Eat. Live. Be. for a Better 2011. My Support System.

Posted Jan 10 2011 2:22pm
I've linked up with Joanne at Eats Well With Others which is one of my most favorite blogs.  Her dishes are both healthy and delicious with some decadent sweets thrown in every now and then.  In a recent post she blogged about a group that will be starting up Eat.Live.Be. for a Better 2011  where each Monday we will post about a particular healthy theme, what the weeks goals are and how we did last week with reaching that goal. 

This weeks theme is all about my support system so here's who they are in no particular order....

1. My mom.  We talk every day and she is my sounding board for ideas and my support for when I want to vent.  She is one of my three best friends.  I can share my goals of being healthy and losing that last five pounds and she listens tirelessly.  After I had my daughter she went back to the Weight Watcher meetings to support me even though she was already a lifetime member.  Somehow when life gets me stressed she can talk me down.....each and every time.   In fact, just this morning she patiently listened about my tough morning.  Our dog Madison is in surgery having a tumor removed, my daughter spilled a smoothie all down the cabinets and under the dish washer (at this point we were running really late),  I got us into the car and before I strapped her in she said "Mommy I poopy".  After finally dropping her off I called my mom crying but by the time I was at work I was calm enough to walk in to work and face my day.

2. My Hubby, Chris.  He is another person I consider to be one of my best friends.  He is always there when I need him to listen about my day.  This year we will have been married ten years.  I still can't believe it!  He is an amazing father and husband and so helpful around the house.  We love eating good dinners and listening to live music together.  I need him just as much as my mom in regards to venting and support.   He has no problems doing all the daddy duties on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings when I have power yoga.  And he supports me with blogging, tasting new recipes and joining my CSA.  What more could I ask for?!

3. My friend Justine.  I don't have any siblings but she is the closest thing.  We have so much in common and she is my voice of reason.  Both of us love cooking and working out, have small children and are really close with our families.  We work at the same company and have the same circle of friends.  When things get crazy in life I can run anything by her and ask her if, in fact, I'm crazy or if it's everyone else and she'll tell me straight.  We discuss the trials and tribulations of being full time working moms that have health and fitness as a top priority. 
She was the first one I told today, in fact, that I made it to the gym in the rain during my lunch break and realized forgot my sneakers!  I grabbed my work out clothes and socks and snuck upstairs to do my workout on the elliptical.  She understands how I feel when I decline to do a business lunch in order to get to the gym because she does the same thing when most other people can't believe I work out at lunch and actually work up a sweat (don't worry there are showers there). 
4. All of you!  Blogging is how I get so excited about testing new recipes, trying new veggies and taking food photos.  I love sharing my experiences with my blogging friends and hearing what yours are and learning new things.  Just today I learned an idea from Michelle at Find your Balance about dealing with sugar cravings after the holidays.   I have pages marked, recipes saved and lists created of all the inspiring recipes that other bloggers have posted.  My only problem is there are so many recipes and so little time. 
5. Weight Watchers.  There are so many things I love about it.  I'm most definitely not a spokes person but I am not afraid to sing its praises.  What other "diet" can you eat Christmas cookies, tiramisu, roast, Lindor truffles, sweet potato pie, pizza at 2AM and STILL loose weight.  I came to the realization I'll never be an intuitive eater because my intuition tells me to eat more than my body needs.  It's so easy to use it to track on line and plan my meals.  Additionally, there is a new program where fruit is zero points which makes it so much easier for me to stick to.  When I feel like I'm backsliding there are meetings I can go to where everyone can share ideas and learn new developments. 
Who is the support system in your life? 
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