Here is a requested post topic.... making it work even when those around you are not completely supportive.
weight is hard. It takes a lot of hard work, motivation, dedication,
patience...yeah...it's not just hard. It is CRAZY HARD! I mean, the
basic premise is simple. Eat right, exercise. Bam! But that is easier
said than done, and the people surrounding you can make or break your
spirit when it comes to your journey.
Whether it's a
friend, a family member, or a spouse - the way people react to your
journey and what they are willing to do (or not do) to help you along
the way is very important. Unfortunately, some friends are not
understanding. Sometimes, spouses are not willing to make any changes
themselves to support you in yours. And you can't change what other
people do, only they can. Instead, you are going to have to change how
you choose to react to their lack of support.
are a ton of situations and circumstances where a friend/family member
might show a lack of support or confidence in you, and I could blog for
hours going over a fraction of them. But really. What it comes down to
is that you have to accept that X person is not going to make it easier
for you, but you will continue on anyhow. You have to make the choice to
ignore them or prove them wrong. Accept that it will be harder than it
would be if X person wasn't doing X, or would just start doing X...but
know that succeeding anyhow will make reaching your goal, that much
Losing weight is about NOT GIVING UP. If you
are truly ready and wanting to get healthy, you need to be willing to
make the sacrifices necessary. Everyone's struggles are different, and
for some people, one of those struggles is bound to be a lack of
support. Just think of it as any other roadblock that you need to
overcome in your journey, and remain positive that you CAN overcome it!
It is all about the outlook you choose to keep. Nobody can make you feel
a certain way. You have the power to react the way you want to react.
last thing - if you find that you have little to no support in your
personal or day to day life, you can at least seek support online. There
are thousands of online support websites, blogs (like this one),
Facebook groups and pages - seek out ones that speak to you and start
interacting and following. Let THAT be your support system. It's not as
ideal as real-life support, but it certainly can be incredibly helpful.