I remember reading this advice at some point along my journey. It was an article that was expounding on the values of a good support system on the weight loss journey. At the time, believe me, I was not interested at all in a "strong support" system. I am, by nature and genetics, a loner. I am not a talker. Although I do have fun with people when in social situations and I do not shy away from them, I am very much comfortable being by myself. If my husband is away for a few days, I can honestly spend 24 hours or more without talking to anyone.
I have always considered myself a strong person, one who really did not need help from others. I think I have always been this way.
Lately, however, without my realizing it, I have started to build a very strong support system. I have people that I can talk to about my primal/paleo struggles. I have people that encourage me to try new physical challenges. I have friends I email about the mental battles. There are people I "know" on-line that have been helpful in my pursuit. I have noticed that having this support system has made the journey more palatable.
Someone asked me what motivates me to work out. I would say that surrounding myself with like minded people has definitely helped me put myself out there. I thank each and every one of them for the part they are playing in my life. I hope they all know how important they are to me.
I would encourage you all to find people in your life that will encourage you, support you, inspire you. Seek them out and surround yourself with like minded people. Take it from a lone wolf, it is amazing how much it can help.
"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." -- Winne the Pooh