Like a crisp, white shirt attracts coffee stains, a person starting a new diet or exercise program attracts “resistance.”
I don’t mean the good kind – the kind of resistance your weights give you as you lift them.
I’m talking about those one or two people in your life that say things like:
- You’re already skinny, you don’t need to diet or exercise!
- You’ve been good for (insert number) weeks! You deserve to treat yourself!
- Now that you’re spending so much time working out, you don’t have any time for (insert activity) anymore! (My personal favorite, eye-rolling statement to hear.)
I’m positive that these individuals don’t truly mean to be unsupportive. They probably don’t even know that some of those statements can actually discourage you on your new fitness journey. Especially the first two, which sound like compliments (and are complimentary).
Who doesn’t want to be told they’re skinny? Or that they deserve a treat?
But it’s hard enough sticking to your new routine and eating plan without having “treats” dangled in front of you.
So what do you do when you’re met with the unintended human resistance? Politely ignore it and go about your business. Because the only voice you need to listen to on your fitness journey is the one inside saying, “You totally got this!”
You’re building healthy habits for yourself and as your new habits take root, those well-meaning “unsupporters” will slowly fall into the habit of cheering you on.
You totally got this!
Are you on Facebook? Did you know that The Writer’s Fitness Plan has a group there? You’re welcome to join! We’re all at different levels of fitness; everybody goes at their own pace. We share workouts, recipes, tips, tricks and above all, we support each other! It’s a closed group (for privacy) but all are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/groups/writersfitnessplan/
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