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It Takes a Village

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.

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Taking the First Steps!

It’s not a short term diet. It’s a long term lifestyle change.

I did it. I took the step. The very first step ever to take my life back last Friday. With fear and trepidation, I signed up for WW. It was the first time in a long time. The last time I truly was on it, I lost so much weight. But, because of medical needs and emotional needs, my weight came back on over the year. I cried as I signed up knowing that I was where I was all those years ago and I was starting over.

On Saturday, I walked in to the studio workshop for the first time. Shaking, scared, embarrassed. I sat in my car for a moment as everyone was going in and just took a deep breath. I didn’t want to walk in. There were all these people walking in and I felt like such a failure. How could I? I took a deep breath, and did it. I walked in.

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