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Are You Choosing Your Friends Wisely?

Monday, November 11, 2013


Choose your friends wisely. Didn't your folks ever tell you that? Well, there's a reason this is such a prevalent saying. It's important!

The people we surround ourselves with can have a tremendous impact on our decisions, our attitudes and even our achievements in life. I began to realize this a few years ago. I had always known that negative people bring you down, positive people lift you up, yada, yada, yada. But I never really knew the tremendous difference I would realize once I made a conscious decision to surround myself with like-minded individuals. Here is a quote that might make you smile with delight or cringe with angst:
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
-Jim Rohn

Think about it. Are you smiling? Is that good news? If you have people in your life that are admirable in your eyes. That embody the kind of attitudes, achievements and life that you respect, you're in great shape. To be an average of those five people is a wonderful thing. But if you're not smiling… you may want to do a bit of house-cleaning where the "circle of friends" is concerned.

Now before we say "Take a Hike" to our immediate family, in-laws or certain co-workers, consider that this is an AVERAGE. Different people serve different purposes in our lives. We can't choose some of our family, neighbors or coworkers. To that end, we must just classify those folks in the role they serve and keep in mind that we might not want to discuss topics with them that would lead to negative results. That said, we DO have complete choice in who our friends are. We can choose them wisely because our friends with whom we spend significant time are usually a choice. Again, you are an AVERAGE of the folks you spend time with. Some are by choice, some are not. So be sure the ones you can choose are of the highest caliber to raise that average of what you'd like to be. I have a few good girlfriends who wake up an hour early just to walk a few blocks with me. It isn't much of a calorie burn but what we get from this 45 minutes of chatting and laughing is worth more for my health than any gym could offer. I have a few others that I don't get to see very often but our uplifting texts, emails and Facebook check-ins are more than worth the price of my expensive smart phone.

I know what some of you are saying: But what if I don't have many like-minded individuals in my community. But you do! Some of the most positive people in my life, some of my mentors even, are in my virtual world. Our communities have expanded beyond the physical realm. We are a global, virtual society now and there are more positive, like-minded individuals out there than you can imagine. If you happen to be a gun enthusiast, and you are reading this on the Firearms Insider web page, you're part of a like-minded community already. How involved you are with other folks in this community, how much time you spend 'with them' is entirely up to you. I say this with absolute confidence because this is the community that has played a big part of my journey to a positive healthy life. My little corner of FRN is the Fat2Fit HQ podcast. Many of us are firearms friendly and health-concious or at least health-curious. The popularity of the site is largely due to the fact that we are not experts and we don't pretend to be. We are actually asking our listening community to help us keep up motivation and momentum through several mediums which I'll list below. We have folks from the most avid health nuts to the folks who are off the wagon more than on and everyone in between. Sure, we bring on experts a few times a month so that we can learn from their research and experience. But the most important thing that many of us have realized is that the key to reaching our short term or long term goals has more to do with the support we get from each other than anything. For me, it is about motivation, not perfection. It is about making small changes that I can live with and maintain an enjoyable lifestyle. Well, positive reinforcement from my physical friends and my virtual friends makes that road so much more doable. Not just doable, it's fun.

This principle doesn't only apply to health goals. We know that we can be strong advocates for change if we are in a group and organized. The passion of an individual can be a powerful thing. But the passion of a like-minded group is exponentially more powerful. What are your strong beliefs? Where are the communities you can plug into to help further your cause? They are just a google search away.

This isn't to say that we don't have real life groups to reinforce our values. Many cities have groups that are welcoming wether you want to connect with other stay-at-home moms or learn Spanish in a free, conversational dinner setting. These "meet ups" have gained popularity because they leverage the best of the virtual world and your physical world. To find out if there are meet ups in your area, visit www.meetup. com and you will see that there might be lots of like-minded, real world, folks around you who also want to connect in groups. If there isn't one that suits your interests, the site lets you create one.

But again, if all else fails, there are usually a virtual communities out there to bring you the right types of dialogue and influences that you are seeking. I'd invite you to join me in one of my favorite virtual hangouts:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
s_individual.asp?gid=60713
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/forums/show/
51771-fat2fithq
If you own a Fitbit: http://www.fitbit.com/group/22BHX3
www.meetup.com

Now if you're still with me perhaps you want to take a minute to reflect on your own circle of influences. The ones you can't change- just take all the good you can from them and compartmentalize the rest of their views and input in an imaginary file you can label "Agree to Disagree." The ones you can choose, evaluate what they are bringing to your life. And then ask yourself the very, very important question: Have I chosen wisely?

  


Mud Run and Crazy Girlfriend Power

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I am so grateful for the influence of others. I have always been influenced by what others say and do. Much as I try to fight it. The difference now is that I choose which folks to hang around so that it works FOR me as opposed to against me.
I am doing a mud run in 3 weeks. A big one, Tough Mudder. I've done it before and it is no cake walk. I can't compete with some of the elite athletes that show up for these things but to my delight, I have learned that this is a total non-issue.
I am doing this run with a great friend of mine, Caroline. She is terrified. As she should be. But that is just part of the fun. The run is 10-12 miles and yes, there are some very scary obstacles. But each one just represents and opportunity for us to challenge ourselves. Or not. It is our choice with each one we come upon.
I am just so glad that I am influenced positively by Caroline. Her willingness to do this with me, despite some serious reservations, shows real grit and a healthy attitude.
I recommend some kind of run or race with your buddies. Your most positive, crazy, goal-oriented buddies.
Here is the show we did on Youtube if you want to inspire someone who thinks they can't do something like Tough Mudder.
They totally can!! youtu.be/qJSimhdG9UQ

  
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SALVAC 9/16/2013 9:36AM

    Thanks for the comments you guys. Hey, we did Gritty Goddess last year and, sure, you can say that it is a cake walk but it really doesn't have to be. Think of it like this: Someone can do the entire Tough Mudder course and walk around EVERY obstacle. (No one can force you to do anything and I walked around plenty of them last time.) Now with Gritty Goddess, the obstacles were not as scary (some WERE for me) but I saw people really pushing themselves to the limits there. Those "intro" obstacle runs are still 3 miles with challenges all along the way. You just go into it as intensely as you want to. So don't sell yourself short. That Dirty Girl can kick your butt plenty if you take it like a beast.
I have to say that for me, though, the day of the run (Tough Mudder, Gritty Goddess, Dirty Girl, Warrior Dash...) is more about having fun than anything. I will see what I can do and I will just celebrate that I signed up and showed up. It is much more about the several weeks or months before the run. The fact that I was out at 5:30 this morning walking a few miles to be sure I can even finish it!
SO ROCK ON FRIENDS!! I salute you and all your health efforts! We are all awesome!!!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/15/2013 11:22PM

    Wow! That's some serious mud running. Have a blast, both of you!!

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GRACEANNE46 9/15/2013 10:41PM

    I am impressed. I think that I would like to train for a Dirty Girl next year. That will be tough enough for me.

Good luck to both of you!
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TXPATRIOT 9/15/2013 10:09PM

    Doing Dirty Girl in a few weeks, but that is a cake walk compared to what you're doing.

Have fun!



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What worked for me.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I love that I can read a blogpost I wrote a year and a half ago and see right where I was going wrong. I have come full circle in the last 18 months. My last blogpost had me lacing up my tennis shoes and re-committing to restricting my calories after a year of low carb. SO funny because I now know the VERY significant difference between low-carb-processed food and REAL FOOD with less processed carbs. I get plenty of carbs from my veggies and limited fruit but I also get all the nutrients that come from those foods. And I still watch my overall carb intake but I make sure they are not empty carbs. I am eating clean and it is helping me stay lean! It is still a struggle as I enjoy a cheat meal now and again. I like the tracking feature here on Sparkpeople because it helps me with that self-experiementation. What works for me may be a bit different than what works for you. But tracking and and learning what my body needs has helped me lose those 10 lbs I talked about last year and keep it off for over 12 months.

  
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HAWAIIANMAMMA 6/3/2013 12:28PM

    Yes, everyone's body is different and responds differently. I'm glad you've found a tracking app that works for you, and even better that it's here on SparkPeople! Keep up the hard work!

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MOMMA2SKI 5/29/2013 9:08AM

    the insight from reading old blogs are the primary reason i still blog... lol
much luck to you!
~Jill

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SCENIC_ROUTE 5/28/2013 6:59PM

    I love reading old blogs and seeing the journey that brought me to today. You are an inspiration. Tough mudder??? wow... And the individuality in this community is what makes Spark People such a great place. We all have the common goal of getting healthy but each one of us does it in a slightly different way. :D
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Goin Old School & lacing up the running shoes!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Can't believe an entire year has passed & I have not made ANY progress toward my weight loss goal. I could care less about the weight... It's the fat I want to get rid of! But of course there is a relation between the scale read out & my size. So 10 lbs would just about do the trick. Then I could fit into the things filling my closet that mock me every morning. But i cant say that 2011 didnt produce some positives for me. I wanted a healthy lifestyle change & That has happened. Less empty calories, LOTS more veggies through green smoothies & more sleep. But now I am 4 weeks from hubby's Christmas party & the dress is still waaaay too snug. I am putting a short term goal of 10 lbs in 4 weeks. Doable & healthy rate of weightloss. But If I've learned anything this year it is that it requires old school busting my but & calorie restriction to see results. Maybe not for everyone but a year of low carb, no carb, carb-cycling, vegan, detox etc. has proven to me that I need to start old school. I started calorie tracking again 2 days ago. Walked 2 miles this morning & will start running again this week. It will be tough but I will enjoy the holidays SO much more if I fit into my holiday dress!!

  


Goin Old School & lacing up the running shoes!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Can't believe an entire year has passed & I have not made ANY progress toward my weight loss goal. I could care less about the weight... It's the fat I want to get rid of! But of course there is a relation between the scale read out & my size. So 10 lbs would just about do the trick. Then I could fit into the things filling my closet that mock me every morning. But i cant say that 2011 didnt produce some positives for me. I wanted a healthy lifestyle change & That has happened. Less empty calories, LOTS more veggies through green smoothies & more sleep. But now I am 4 weeks from hubby's Christmas party & the dress is still waaaay too snug. I am putting a short term goal of 10 lbs in 4 weeks. Doable & healthy rate of weightloss. But If I've learned anything this year it is that it requires old school busting my but & calorie restriction to see results. Maybe not for everyone but a year of low carb, no carb, carb-cycling, vegan, detox etc. has proven to me that I need to start old school. I started calorie tracking again 2 days ago. Walked 2 miles this morning & will start running again this week. It will be tough but I will enjoy the holidays SO much more if I fit into my holiday dress!!

  


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