Losing weight, getting fit and improving your health is tough business.
Firstly, you’ve got to fight your way through the fads, the endless information and all of the conflicting advice.
Then you have to find a plan that fits you, one that works, and on top of that you need to find the motivation to carry it through and keep it up.
So, lets say you’ve ticked off the above, you’re getting on well and everything is all good.
Nobody can stop you right?
Well we all hope this is the case but unfortunately along the way you may encounter a few barriers…in this case other people.
Not just random people either.
It could be a colleague, a friend, a family member or even your partner.
These people don’t quite understand your goal, what you want to achieve and why.
They say things like….
“Live a little”,
“Why are you eating that?”
“Come on, just have one? Don’t be boring!”
“You’re not drinking? Why not?”
“You exercise a lot don’t you?”
“I couldn’t do that. I don’t see the point.”
These people become potential barriers in your quest for weight loss. They make you question yourself. They make you feel bad. They make you feel different. They make you feel silly. They make you feel boring. They even make you feel left out and isolated.
Now these people may not even realise they’re doing it, and in most cases they probably don’t mean any harm.
However, this doesn’t stop the fact that they could be deterring you or hampering your progress.
Is it really anybody’s right to question what somebody else is doing and why?
Is it any of their business? (The only time it should become their business is if they have concerns about some bodies health and well-being).
And why does wanting to lose weight, be fit and healthy provoke such strong reactions from others?
The last point there is worth thinking about.
So if you’re reading this and you’re on your very own weight loss journey, stay strong. Focus on your goal and your reasons. Brush off questions and unwanted attention. It can be hard and it can feel lonely, but nobody else should have a bearing on your success. Having a buddy who’s on the same journey as you can also be a great support.
If you’re reading this and you realise you may be the person, friend, colleague or partner who’s paying more attention to somebody else’s lunch, personal life and hobbies than your own, maybe ask yourself why. And maybe ask yourself how you’d feel if people constantly questioned and scrutinised you and how you lived your life.
The weight loss journey is often tough. It can be confusing, misleading and even lonely at times. So instead of making it harder for each other why don’t we unite? Why don’t we encourage, praise and congratulate someone for wanting to improve their health and lifestyle? You may not even agree with what somebody is doing, but are you in a position to question or potentially slow down their progress?……..
Who knows, one day you may need to rely on their help and support.