The Influence of Those Around Us
Friday, August 23, 2013
Today's coaching session asked me to think about the friends around me and how they influence my weight loss program.
Since I travel for a living, I don't really have any friends around me in a traditional sense. However, I do communicate with a few of my friends on Facebook daily and I can say that they are an inspiration to me. I have a friend who is currently trying to loose weight and prepare for a mud run in a few months. She has a personal trainer and gets up before dawn in order to work out each day. So she is very motivational and inspirational for me. Even though we are not right next to each other working out, I know that she's out there pushing herself to get healthy, just like I am, right at those same moments. I also have the people that I connect with on Spark People and they are a big motivational, positive influence as well.
The person who is closest to me, both physically and emotionally, happens to be my husband. While he's not the best at eating healthy and encouraging me to eat healthy at all times, he has been working on offering me less sweets and more foods that could be viewed as somewhat healthy. He's at least trying to read labels now before he buys me stuff. I will give my hubby major points for encouraging me in my daily fitness. I wake him every morning at 5am as I get out of bed, brush my teeth and get prepared for my workout. We basically live in a studio style room, so it's impossible not to disturb him; yet, he doesn't complain. He has gone the extra mile to try to make my workout space as user friendly as possible. And on those days when I can't get my "planned" workout in, he tries to find time and ways to supplement my program so that I'm not going without. And since he does all this for me, I get some really good quality workouts in that basically enable me to splurge now and then on those not so healthy sweets he offers me. :)
Both my husband and I have quit smoking and for now, I know that I shouldn't push him any further. That was a huge step for him. He didn't want to quit. He really enjoyed smoking, but he quit for me; because I wanted to quit and he knew it would be difficult for me to remain a non-smoker if he continued. So after some more time passes, I will try to get him more involved with my fitness. I'm slowly incorporating healthier foods into our dinners and his desserts.