I have been trying to lose weight practically my entire life. As an adult I struggled with terrible self image, incredibly low self esteem and no friends who knew what I was going through. And not that I would turn to them. My eating disorder was very much my personal private business that I had no interest in talking about. I didn't even want to share it with my husband, and I felt SO SO alone.
It wasn't until I decided to start writing about that I figured it out. We are all alone in this. But we are all in it together. We need other people to relate to and support us and be strong for us when we can't, and I love that. I love the people I have met along this journey. I met Ash like 5 years ago when we were planning our weddings, but we have stayed close throughout our weight loss journeys. I met most of the women I consider great friends through my blog and my journey and I am so blessed to have wonderful supportive women in my corner.
I don't just have a crap ton of buttons up over there --> for no reason. These women are my village. They have been with me the whole time and I know they will be there for the long haul. I feel better when I see their posts and their faces on my Facebook feed. I know that they are women I can relate to and I care about them, their families and their journeys.
I can't imagine trying to do this alone anymore. It really does take a village.