Getting Others on Board

Both of my parents are overweight. My brother has horrible eating habits. My boyfriend does not exercise. My friends would rather eat cake than carrots.

All around me it seems that the people I care about do not want the same thing as me. I’m not trying to coerce them into joining me on a weight loss excursion, but I would like them to take into account how difficult it is for me to be with people who are not only not participating in my activities, but whose actions go directly against my healthier lifestyle.

But how to tell your mother that even if you don’t eat seconds, it doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate her cooking?

How to tell your father that if you’d rather run on the treadmill in the morning than go out for donuts, you still love spending time with him?

To tell your brother that a whole bag of chips does not equate to a serving size seems an impossible task.

Telling your boyfriend that going for a walk is jus as nice as video games would be a struggle.

I have some ground work to lay down over the next few weeks while I’m back at home during winter break. And I think it’s about time that I set up a support system for myself so that my setting is actually working for me rather than against me.

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4 thoughts on “Getting Others on Board

  1. I can imagine how tough that must be. I’m fortunate that my family has always been really health conscious. I struggle a bit with my in-laws though. They all work out loads but they are BIG eaters/feeders. A week with them is like a railway train ploughing through all your good intentions.

  2. I can relate to you in some ways 🙂
    Here is some advice that has helped me in many ways and hopefully can help you as well. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9, I became weak for the weak..I became all things to all men, so that I might win them.

    Translation?
    Say you were climbing Mt. Everest, and you had a guide there with you..Would you rather the guide be at the top of the mountain yelling at you with a blowhorn telling you what to do and how to do it, or would you rather the guide be by your side the entire climb so that they can show you exactly where to place your hands and feet to make the climb successfully?

    I say all of this to encourage you to not avoid time with them, even if it can be somewhat toxic to your goals!

    Have 1 serving and tell your mom it was soo good but you’re just too full!

    Maybe go with your dad and get a egg biscuit or a blueberry muffin instead of a donut, showing him a healthy choice.

    Your brother..haha good luck there.

    And your boyfriend, make it something competitive and whoever wins, get a walk or video games.

    What I’m saying, is once they begin seeing a change in your energy and health, they might grab on to it as well! Continue to be by their side, and let them see your journey, instead of stepping away and telling them about it. Does that make sense?

    Its very difficult, trust me, I know, but it helps in time!!

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