I’ve been told more than once recently that I don’t look like a sorority girl, but in fact, in college, I joined a sorority. At the time, it was something I needed. I lived at home and was hopelessly shy. I had a few friends I made in class and one of them pledged. Through her, I met more of the sisters, and in the fall of my sophomore year, they invited me to join.
I was shown nothing but love from the girls I hung around most in the sorority. I always thought it we had a strong sense of Sisterhood on campus. That no matter which sister you saw, you always took a second to say hi to your sister. If I ever needed anything, I could count on that someone would help me. Sadly, even though I loved my sorority, I don’t keep in touch with a lot of them.
We were told as freshmen, that college is what you make of it. I had my sorority, made a couple of close friendships, but honestly, my goal was to graduate and get out. As a result, I didn’t make very many lasting relationships.
If you think about it, weight loss is kind of like college. “It is what you make of it.”
Some people decide to just pass through it as quickly as possible. Some may survive the “going it alone route” and some may not.
I tried going at weight loss alone. That didn’t work for me.
This time, I took a different route. I re-connected with Jessie, who became my fitness hero and got my ass into gear, she encouraged me to start a blog, which I did but didn’t keep up with it, (side note: being the geek that I am, I was on twitter way before it was cool, but only so I could follow my favorite tech geeks), then on twitter one night, I found the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, and the rest is what you read from me every day.
Our Sisterhood is almost exactly like my sorority. (Don’t throw things at me!) Only it’s better. Why? Well, in college, sororities are defined by chapters, nationals, houses, and rules as much as they are defined by their members. It can sometimes get annoying.
Here, YOU define our Sisterhood. You create the community that we have here. A community that is so very important in weight loss. Without you, we wouldn’t have the support that we all so desperately want and need to make each of our weight loss journeys successful.
Whether I am up or down or happy or sad, I can always count on one of you to pick me up or celebrate with me. No matter where we are on the internet, we always will take the time to stop and say “hi” to one another. We are such a diverse group of people. While we may not become close friends with everyone, we all have a common goal, and that’s weight loss, so that makes us sisters and brothers. That makes us a Sisterhood. A great Sisterhood.
My weight loss journey is what I’ve made of it. It is far beyond rewarding to me, and a big part of that is YOU. Without you, I know this would be even harder than what it is. It would be more of a struggle than it is. I am so lucky to have not only my non-blogging friends to support me in this journey, but also I have you to support me as well.
What about you? What are you making of your journey? And if you haven’t joined us yet, it’s never too late. Our invitation is always open.
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