Weight-loss Challenge: 'Buddy up' for ongoing support

Jan. 31, 2012 at 1:00 AM ET

Although my “25,000 Pound Weight-Loss Challenge” officially ends today, your personal journey may be just beginning.

As you move forward, having a solid support network in place will be critical to staying the course.  Your system could include a supportive family, co-workers or friends you can “buddy up” with at the gym, or a therapist who helps you probe your relationship with food. Also consider joining a weight loss community, either in-person or online. You can dramatically increase your chances of success by surrounding yourself with encouraging individuals who help you troubleshoot challenges, celebrate milestones, reinforce good habits, and stay motivated for the long haul. Best of luck as you continue losing and working towards your goal!

To enhance your weight-loss efforts, check out Joy’s delicious, easy-to-follow meal plan that’s perfectly formulated to maximize results.

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