There is an African proverb about raising children. The proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It does. It takes parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, school teachers, pastors, Sunday School teachers, just to name a few.

But, there is another thing that takes a village: getting healthy. A lot of people want to hide the fact that they are on a diet. Many people are embarrassed that they need to go on one or are afraid they will fail and people will judge them. But, I learned a mighty lesson today. I need to break through those fears and insecurities. I need my village.

Support from near and far.

As a member of WW, you have access to a whole new world of villagers. I found out today just how strong that network is. I posted my beginning photo and was blown away by some of the comments and the support that I received. As of this writing, the post has received more than 3,400 likes and more than 700 comments of support. My self-esteem and my determination skyrocketed knowing that I had so many supporters.

But, it is not just the online supporters that have been boosting my confidence. My husband has been helping me make meals and provides constant encouragement. My mother today said she was so excited to hear what the scale said on Saturday. When we met with her this past Saturday, she wanted to ensure the restaurant chosen would allow me to stick to my plan.

I say all this because I know that when I am struggling, I will be able to succeed because I have my village near and far. I am beginning to believe that has been the missing piece in me finding success.

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