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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Fitness with the Fam!

I’ve noticed that a good amount of the participants in this challenge are actively involved with having a family. They are in relationships with people who require constant attention, must be cleaned and cooked for, and should always have time devoted to them and their needs.

Little do those family members know, they are also your new workout buddies!

family exercise

Why not try adding a little familial love to your workout sessions. I’ve compiled a list of links that provide some good ideas on how to incorporate your loved ones into your healthy lifestyle:

http://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/10-ways-to-exercise-as-a-family/?page=2

http://www.ahaparenting.com/_blog/Parenting_Blog/post/15_Easy_Exercise_Ideas_Parents_Babies_Kids_Children/

http://livehealthy.chron.com/fun-exercises-spouse-3553.html

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/5-best-family-fitness-activities.htm

http://www.momtastic.com/uncategorized/161685-get-the-family-moving-exercise-for-the-whole-family/

http://www.everydayhealth.com/kids-health/exercise-ideas-for-family-fitness.aspx

What do you like doing with your family to keep everyone fit and healthy? Or do you prefer to workout solo?