Monday, February 7, 2011

Community: Weight Loss Support Group

I'm not a very political person. I usually have my yard sign out, vote for my party, and sometimes even volunteer at the polling site... but when I do I take pray that no one asks me a question because I'm usually completely uninformed. Hmmm, maybe I should work on that. So, when I decided to start this weight loss support group, I had it in my head that it was sort of a Grassroots movement- and honestly, I didn't really even know what that meant until I just googled it to make sure I was using the right term:

"A grassroots movement (often referenced in the context of a political movement) is one driven by the politics of a community. The term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it are natural and spontaneous, highlighting the differences between this and a movement that is orchestrated by traditional power structures. Grassroots movements are often at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local party, which can lead to helping the national party."

It even went on to say that Grassroots movements organize and lobby through different procedures including: hosting house meetings or parties, mobilizing letter-writing, phone-calling, and emailing campaigns, and using online social networks to organize virtual communities. I'd say I actually had it right.

I Am Modern has allowed to me take this idea and run with it, and I have received tremendous support. It's amazing what the power of print and press allows someone to do. I'm learning more and more that despite what we might often think, there are great people in this world that offer support without even thinking twice.

Someone recently asked me why I was doing this group, and what I would was getting out of it? Sometimes, I wonder that myself because between the weather, schedule conflicts, and hassle of it all- I question what I'm getting myself into... But the answer is quite simple. I've joined every Weight Watchers meeting in this County- literally. I've done anything and everything to lose weight, and I'm stuck in a rut. Not to get all sappy and emotional, but if this group helps me lose as little as five pounds, I've succeeded. There is not a day that goes by that my weight doesn't bother me, and for those of you that have never experienced weight struggles, it can actually be painful, frustrating, and stressful. I can't wait to meet other ladies in my situation and gain support. I can't wait to meet other ladies that are in my situation and cheer for them. And I can't wait to see where this takes us.

Within the last two weeks, I have been able to round up a "Biggest Loser" prize package from local donors... I'll share more at the first meeting, but I'd like to give a shout out to:

Hair Port Salon and Day Spa
Avie Med Spa
Misguided Angels and
Cavalheri Photography.

And for the record, I will be in on this competition... Let this movement begin!

Due to scheduling issues, the kick-off meeting will be held February 17th, 2011 at 7:30pm. It’s not too late to join in!

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