"Just have a bit, it won't hurt!"
We know it won't hurt. But it's the principle behind that. If we gave in to every temptation then we wouldn't be where we are today.
We love our family and friends but sometimes they don't understand out fitness journey... and that's ok.
Here are my top 5 tips on how to deal with family and friends who may not understand a healthy lifestyle change.
1. Remembering your why.
You chose to make this change to your lifestyle for a reason. Whether it was to feel fit again, to fit into those jeans without cutting off your circulation or even to simply feel sexy as hell in your own skin!
Remind yourself of the feelings you get when you visualise your results. Remind yourself of WHY you are on this journey.
Social events are about having fun, but it's all temporary, until you get home and the guilt can set in. You are on a mission, remember that.
2. Not everyone has the same values.
We all have our own beliefs. At the end of the day we need to focus on what makes us feel good about ourselves. It's not selfish. You're not hurting anyone. Stay respectful to your peers and understand that not everyone will agree with everything you say and do.
3. Explain you value time together more than the food and drinks.
At the end of the day, it's about the good quality company. Lot's of cultures share their love through food, which is amazing. But if it doesn't fit into your current nurtition regime, you may have to politely explain that you are currently making a lifestyle change and are simply enjoying the great company. If you go about it in a way that shows no harm, there's no way it can cause conflict. If it does, simply take it on the chin.
4. Ensure to participate and be involved.
You don't need to isolate yourself. Pull out your best one liners and conversation starters and put yourself out there. Talk to people that you wouldn't normally and share the love!
Remember that moderation is the key.
I'm not writing this to encourage restriction, but simply to stick to your guns and if you feel you can control yourself while being mindful with your food and drink, then even better!
5. They won’t always understand (And that’s ok).
Remember that you are making these choices to feel good about yourself. At the end of the day we all want this. If people are offended by your choices (and you've gone about them in a non confronting manner), then unfortunately it's purely a reflection on the person. Maybe deep dow
n they wish they had your discipline or drive to make a change, or they have other priorities.. which is totally fine!
Keep doing your thing and keep that fire burning. If you can continue to overcome obstacles that life throws at you, then there's every reason why you'll continue to reach your milestones.