True Confessions – The Struggling Edition | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


It’s Tuesday, so that means it’s time for another round of True Confessions.  Being on the editorial calendar for this post actually couldn’t have come at a better time for me.  You see, I’ll been struggling … hard!  Not only have I fallen off the wagon, but it’s run me over a few many times in the process.

I wish I could say it’s only been for the past few days that this has been an issue, but I’d be lying.  I’ve actually been struggling for about a month.  I got off track when I went on vacation and just haven’t seemed to find my way back yet.  Even with all that, the good news is that I’ve still been going to my Weight Watchers meetings.  Yes, it’s absolutely sucked ass paying and watching the number on the scale go up every week, but I know if I weren’t going to meetings, the number would just be going up even faster.  Going to my meetings has at least kept my mind somewhat on what I should be doing.  It’s kept me on track with eating a healthy breakfast every day even if I have succumbed to the call of crap food by day’s end.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or read my personal blog, I’m sure you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately. You see, I’m the type of person that when I’m struggling, I become very reclusive.  I’m always afraid of someone finding out I’m a “fraud” and not doing well.  It think it’s just the perfectionist in me.  It’s been so bad lately that I even contemplated giving up blogging completely.

Luckily, you know how sometimes when you’re talking with friends (either in person or chattingonline), someone just always seems to say exactly when you need to hear at just the right time?  Well, that happened for me this weekend.  The awesome and amazing MizFit shared this photo of an amazing quote by Tara Hunt (taken from Inc. magazine) on her Facebook wall:

The message hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks.  It summed up perfectly all of my insecurities and doubts into a single sound-bite.  By not sharing with each other when we’re struggling, then we all feel like we’re the only ones who ever struggle.  We become slaves to our fear, doubt, self-loathing, etc.  It’s time for us to push past that and start getting REAL!

So, I’m struggling.  Do I want to keep struggling?  No!  Does this mean I’ll be perfect little Susie Weight Watcher starting this very minute?  I don’t know the answer to that question.  I do know one thing though.  I know that I need to stop isolating myself from my friends and online community when I’m struggling.  I need you guys!  I need your support, care, and (most of all) your friendship.  I can’t do this on my own.

My challenge for each of you is to also get real when you’re struggling.  If that happens to be now, let us know in the comments so we can support you.  If you aren’t struggling now, congratulations!  Keep up the awesome work.  I just ask that you keep this post in mind the next time you are facing tough times on the journey and reach out for support.

In the words of an African proverb that was popularized several years ago by Hillary Clinton, “It takes a village…”   Together, we can do this!

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