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The psychology of "being better" :)


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Had a really great workout last night... it does feel good to be back on track. I'd ideally like to be working out in the mornings again, but for now, evenings seem to be easier for me. If I get cast in this show, that'll likely have to change - but I won't know that for a while yet.

Tonight, I have plans to get together with one of my friends to work out. This is the same friend who quit alcohol during Lent, and I quit with him in a move of solidarity. I'm happy to report that he hasn't had a problem since... and he's about thirty pounds lighter, too. He's adopted a "flexitarian" diet and has quit red meat altogether... and he's quit smoking, too. His chronic back issues are starting to improve - a bonus which he never thought would happen. Last time I saw him, he took out his phone and excitedly showed me a picture of himself from last October - and said, "Look! Look at that sad, fat guy! Where'd HE go??" He then told me I am an inspiration to him - which, frankly, felt very weird, seeing as I've fattened up and chunked out over the past seven months or so and have been feeling truly craptastic about myself. And now, he's excited about working out with me.

I say none of this to toot my own horn, because I am so not like that. However, it was nice to hear... and in a weird way, it's motivating me to be better, too.

Interesting how the company we keep has an influence on our lifestyle, isn't it?

Proverbs 27:17 says that "Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another." Even ancient knowledge holds, it seems, that it's important to seek out the friendships of good, likeminded people who have a vested interest in mutual improvement of self, of one another, and of community.

My aforementioned friend is assuming that role for me, as I did for him. And that's a pretty great thing.

And Sparkpeople's great for that, too. I mean, how many of us here have made connections with people whom we've found inspiring and uplifting? And how many of us have reached out to others to build them up? Sometimes, we don't always get the right support from those we physically interact with every day, so we've turned to online support from people across the globe. What an amazing time we live in!

Iron sharpens iron, folks. That's why we're here. And that's why it's important to seek out likeminded individuals with whom we can create networks and friendships, and interact with them on a daily basis so that we can keep each other going. This is not about accountability; this is about just BEING there for each other... about rallying around each other... like I did for my friend, and like he's now doing for me.

So - thanks, you guys, for being there for me. And I promise I will be there for you, too, ready with a "woo hoo" or a hug... or a boot to your ass, if you really need it. :)



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ROCKMAN6797 6/18/2013 6:50PM

    It does feel good to hear that you have motivated another person to be better. I love when I am told this as it fuels me to reach deeper and be a better person. You are a shining example of what one can accomplish even living a busy lifestyle. It can be done!

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CODEMAULER 6/18/2013 12:40PM

    I like how the plan is coming together! Motivation is in all sorts of places, and keeping an eye out is key to finding it.

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