In October a group formed here in our community that I was fortunate to be a part of. A sort of non-diet group. There were ten of us, we each put in $20 and drew for two competing teams. The time frame was three months. Yikes this would take us through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Not the easiest time to lose weight. There were no diets, and no rules except a weekly weigh in at the lodge.
Now I have to tell you I am allergic to the E word. The minute someone mentions ‘exercise’ I don’t want to do it. So no walks, but a trip to the mall, that isn’t exercise. I had scheduled a trip with my friend Karen who was also in the group. We went to Arizona for the month of November and stopped in Vegas on the way down. We walked over 3 miles in one day but that wasn’t exercise. Getting a picture here?
I can’t begin to describe this group. We met once a week and after weighing in visited for a bit in the lodge. I laughed so hard at some of the stories. I only really knew two of the women but almost at once we formed a rapport. There were a couple of women that were on weight watchers and of course at some point, we’d all tried most of the diets out there. We rooted for each other, and shared what was working like rice cakes. We were happy for each and for every pound anyone shed.
In the end every one of us lost weight, and have vowed to keep in touch once a month to weigh in and continue to support each other. There is power in numbers and working with like- minded people to meet challenges. I feel so much better. This experience was priceless. The team that won voted to return the money equally. We were all winners.