Making The Complicated Simple

Team Spirit, December 2006You’ve made up your mind this time to stick to your plan for good. You have everything lined up, your food is planned ahead of time, your workout  is scheduled  for the week, and you are really excited about the progress you’ve made so far.

In the middle of all your excitements you get the occasional naysayer (hopefully you don’t live with one), the constant doubter, the friend who complains about her weight yet to do nothing about it, and of course the jealous one who belittles every success no matter how big or small throughout your journey.

To deal with this toxic group you need a strong mindset paired with a strong support team. Having a great support system makes a big difference because you are whom you hang out with. The people you surround yourself with everyday, your life is more likely to look like there’s meaning: low-income, low self-esteem, complainer, losers, winners, or achievers. If you want to succeed in your healthy lifestyle, these are the people you should surround yourself with:

  1. A personal trainer (if you can afford one) who has YOUR best interest at heart. Not a personal agenda to push their business and/or services. Your personal trainer should also be a product of their product, how else would you know that what they are selling you works?
  2. An accountability partner. This person is the your go-to person when you feel like giving up, like you are not making any progress. The person you talk to sincerely about your failures. It is ideal if this person has already accomplished what you are trying to carry out. My accountability partner now is Ruby Carter Pikes, this 63-year-old fit mom keeps tabs on me worst than a GPS. But I know it is all out of love plus I get to learn from her ability. Ruby calls me to chat about my day, and urge me to be patient and stay focused.
  3. A workout partner. This person can be the one that gets you ready to exercise only because you already gave him/her your word. So by tagging along just to keep your word sometimes you end up having the best workout ever.
  4. Your family. Make it a family affair by involving your kids in your home workouts. My 3 year-old got so used to me doing cardio in the afternoon that when it’s nighttime he tells me “mommy it’s time to go to the gym” . Get your husband on board, and if he doesn’t want to eat clean YET, ask him to support you by not bringing tempting food around the house.

Your team can be bigger, the most important thing is that they know your goals, tell it to you like it is when you are whining, and continue to love you no matter what.

Your assignment on day 6 is to check your association and decide which one will be part of your fitness support team. You may have to dissociate from some people all together, have limited association with others and expand on your relationship with the rest. The group your expand on will definitely help you shine at the top.

Until next time spread the love….

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

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