* Note: I am a paying member of the Half Size Me Community and a Patreon Supporter, too. I'm making this recommendation as a happy customer. My opinions are my own.
Support: My 2 cents: One of the required critical steps in long term weight management is support. Dr. Barbara Berkeley, MD wrote about it in Refusing to Regain (see chapter twelve) Weight Maintenance Juniors, Seniors, and Mentors are discussed.
Overcoming 40 years of binge eating and at times morbid obesity (age 6-46) is something that requires many tools. One bite and I can be eating off the rails and killing myself slowly. One meal, one day. Food sobriety is no joke and is a matter of life or death for me. I'll have to deal with this every day for the rest of my life. I can't opt out.
One the most important tools in my weight maintenance tool box is support from other people. BOTH getting support and giving support in long term weight maintenance. Keeps your head in the game, either way.
Here are my top reasons why I would recommend the Half Size Me Community and the Weight Maintainers. It's $15 per month and well worth the money, in my opinion.
Heather Robinson's Half Size Me Community is one stop shopping for a low price. Great Value. As I get older, I would rather pay a small amount for great value than have something free and not so supportive.
Here's what works for me in the Half Sized Me Community:
1. Good Moderation. There are no Spamers or Haterz because it is not tolerated.
2. Growing number of Weight Maintainers who are long term (2+ years into it).
3. Acceptance of Abstaining from sugars and grains, I'm accepted, Paleo-ish, Low Carb is accepted.
4. Private subgroups for many topics that are related
5. Monthly weight maintenance live calls where we can ask each other questions, live!!
6. Weekly, live calls where we can interact with all the group members or listen to topics.
7. Ability to interact with maintainers on the West Coast and Pac Rim time zones.
8. Access to people who are deep into weight maintenance.
9. Structured, predictable schedules.
10. Good tech support, if needed.
Here's what didn't work in the past in other groups. Not that they were bad over all, but Heather's Community is more one stop shopping for a low price. Great value.
1. Moderation of online support forums were not adequate or non-existent or worse, cult like!
2. Not interacting with more people who were 2+ years into weight maintenance, In the past I had two other weight maintenance attempts ( after a 60 pound loss and a 25 pounds loss).
Interacting with others 2+ years out with Honesty, clarity, and other people who seek to do the hard work are key. In the past, I sought head pats and sugar coating = weight regain.
3. Ah, abstaining. I don't eat sugars or grains. Food sobriety is key. Although many maintenance group members are moderate food eaters, some are abstainers, low carbers, Paleo, Primal, Vegan, etc. Wide variety of food templates, as required by a wide variety of genotypes, cultures, ages, life experiences.
I am tolerated as being me in this group. In other groups, I would get told "Everything in moderation or you will binge, eat a cupcake you are in maintenance". Telling that to a food addict in recovery is like telling an alcoholic to drink light beer instead of Jack Daniels. Harmful and painful all around.
4. The small break out groups are awesome. I'm sure the long term weight maintainers who are men do not want to hear about hot flashes and menopause. Vegans may not want to read much about a Paleo food template. etc. There are small break out groups on any topics or you can start one. The nice thing is that because it comes via a well curated, moderated group, the people you interact with are vetted.
5. Oh, the live weight maintenance calls are great. And they are recorded, too
6. The weekly meetings have different topics but are timely and relate to real time struggles from other members or question answering. Heather does a great job at staying on topic while answering questions.
7. I know I can hop on in the evening or on my commute home (vanpool as a rider, not driver) and seek support or read about the topics. I know others out there are doing the same work I am. Keeps me from my own pitty parties many times.
8. I took advice from weight re-gainers A LOT in the past. Being honest and only seeking advice from active weight maintainers- in real life and online was super key to my own weight maintenance this time around.
Put it into other (non emotional terms) If I had been learning personal finance, I would not seek advice to someone who just recovered from bankruptcy, I'd seek advice from someone 2-5 years down their financial recovery road who was not just scraping by, but who had full, document-able recovery. But not a newbie. I need expert advice.
9. The meetings start on time.
10. Heather's husband is a great tech person, so if you are having difficulty, then it is readily solved.
Below is an ad for the forums. For my readers, what support do you seek? What has worked, what has not? Have you found great value in paying even a small price for something that has basic enhancements but improves the experience?