My wedding is four months from today. That has nothing to do with anything I’m about to write. But there you go.
My support system has been an incredible blessing as I’ve transitioned to healthier lifestyle. An amazing fiancé and a solid group of sexy ladies have kept me pushing through and encouraged me on any goals I’ve achieved. It’s an irreplaceable thing.
Have you hit a plateau? Have you just lost the urge to go to the gym? Have you fallen into a trap of stopping at Krispie Kreme on your way to work everyday? Share it with your support system! People who love you want you to achieve your goals and want to help you in any way they can.
Accountability with a group of friends or a significant other, or your mom (thanks mom!) is a powerful tool. Be sure you have someone in that group who will be the person who lets you know when you’re slacking and pushes you to be better. There is nothing that will renew a fire in you more than a friend pointing out that you haven’t been true to yourself and your goals. And that your ass really does look fat in those jeans.
Then there is a different group of friends. You love them. They are so fun…but somehow they convince you to skip your gym session and drink four margaritas with a cheesy enchilada chaser. When you say you can’t hit happy hour because you’re really committed to a group class, you hear a chorus of “What’s one class?”
Jay-Z said it best. Jay-Z always says it best.
All the rappers be hating, off the track that I’m making
But all the hustlers they love it just to see one of us make it
Got Dirt Off Your Shoulder stuck in your head yet? You’re welcome. Your day will now be awesome.
So here’s my point. You will run into people who aren’t supportive, be it conscious or not, of your fitness goals. I’m not saying defriend them on Facebook, as well as in life. I am saying that it will take some effort to change their opinions of how you should be spending your time. Your eating habits may take a blow or two from them, and you may give into some bacon cheese fries now and again that you otherwise could have spurned.
I always try to make the most time for the supportive, positive folks in my life. It’s amazing the effect another person’s energy can have on my own! My boss always says that in this world there are energy-givers and energy-takers. So while you’re trying to align yourself with those who are building you up, I also encourage you to identify which category you currently fall into.
I’m like young Marvin in his hey.