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When it comes to losing weight, everyone knows it isn’t easy.

However, a tool that is right at your fingertips can help.

Jennifer Deutsch said, “I couldn’t move. I would come home and sit on the couches. I would watch a lot of TV.  I would walk back and forth just to the kitchen a lot.”

At her heaviest, she weighed 186 pounds.

The 4’11” school teacher says she had reached a point where her weight had taken over her life.

Deutsch said, “There was a lot of things that I couldn’t do because I just couldn’t move to do it.”

Instead of joining a gym or finding a trainer, the 42-year-old joined a new Facebook group.

“Steps to Good Health” is an online community that provides support, advice and friendship to those on a weight loss journey.

The site gave Deutsch inspiration to get moving.

She started walking through the halls of her apartment building, up flights of stairs and on the treadmill.

She said, “Five days a week, I walk 35,000 steps. Two days a week, I walk 25,000. On Sundays, I climb 100 flights of stairs. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, I climb 25 and the rest of the week I climb 75 flights.”

All those steps have helped her lose more than 40 pounds.

While walking has been her method for weight loss, she says it’s the support from her Facebook group that has been her motivation.

Research shows any type of online support can be helpful in weight loss.

Many weight loss programs, like Weight Watchers, offer online components these days.