I am learning that I have a very large community of support all around me. I have always known I have family and friends but what has really become apparent to me lately is my community through my fitness and healthier lifestyle.
My community consists of; family and friends, work colleagues, weight watchers, bloggers and my running and yoga communities.
I have talked a lot through out my journey about my amazing friends and family, so I feel no need to brag much more but I will say I appreciate their unwavering support along the way. You all know who you are, from family, workout buddies, friends from a far – Thank you!
My Weight Watchers community is mostly via social media but I do have friends that are on Weight Watchers and at some point have asked me to be their weigh in buddy. Some do come and go, which I completely understand because I know how hard it is to be committed to this forever, but I must say I am so happy and feel very fortunate to those that check in with me every Friday. I look forward to our chats via text or Facebook to check in on each other, provide support to each other and sometimes just be a sounded board on those tough weigh ins. I am happy to be there for them and so grateful to have them for myself when I am feeling frustrated. I will be there for those that need to step away until they feel ready, it took me years to finally be ready. Through twitter I have met (virtually) Sarah a local Weight Watchers leader. One day at Royal Roads I approached a WW leader as she was putting her sign out for a WW morning meeting. I just wanted to make small talk regarding Weight Watchers. I approached her and as she looked up she said “You’re Robynne Devine” it turns out she follows my blog and recognized me right away, it was Sarah (from twitter). That was a pretty cool moment for me! I hope to join her one day for a meeting and talk to other WW’rs about my journey.
The blog community is fairly new to me but I must say, I am loving the interactions as a result of my blogging. I had no idea how many people were keeping an eye on me until I was leaving the gym at Royal Roads the other day and I had a lady who works on the grounds come up and congratulate me on my weight loss and my most recent run. I was so surprised but it felt awesome that she followed my blog and that she had approached me about it. And, like that wasn’t enough, this beautiful lady tracked me down at my office shortly after that to give me a bouquet of flowers from the gardens to acknowledge my “new me” and efforts that I have put into myself. This really hit home for me, I hope she realizes how awesome she made me feel that day!
With me now becoming a “Yogi” I am also developing a community at Moksha Yoga Westshore. I am getting to know all the instructors and some of the fellow yogis. I absolutely love this new community, they are all so friendly, easy to talk to and constantly trying to help better my practice. This place is my sanctuary, it’s where I go – maybe a bit stressed with the day to day’s of life when I arrive, but I always leave feeling nothing but peace and utter stillness from within. LOVE IT!
My running community, like my yoga community, are the newest for me. I joined a run clinic at Frontrunners Westshore and I can’t believe how awesome everyone is there, always friendly and always willing to help with my running goals. I recently signed up for my first half marathon which will take place this fall. One of the run leaders Christy, has already offered to help me train this summer. I will be taking the next clinic through Frontrunners Westshore to help with succeeding with my goals. The best thing about a run clinic is that you are constantly improving but you don’t feel overwhelmed by the increased intervals. Spending time with people with the same interests and goals is so rewarding as well.
It’s with all of this, as I sit here, I have realized my lifestyle change has created this entire new community for me. Moving to Victoria was tough, I am a small town girl and I always felt like I didn’t belong here. It turns out I just wasn’t comfortable with myself, it’s not that they weren’t comfortable with me, which is what I had concluded to previously.
Not only is my life full of great things with even more to come, but I have so many great people within my community to share it with.
“The Joy is in the Journey” 161 lbs down with 43 lbs to go… But who’s counting 🙂