When I first started my weight loss journey, I started applying a very simple principle without realizing it. It has been put many different ways by many people, but simply put it is this:
“You become most like the people you spend your time with”
After I joined Weight Watchers every week I would go to a meeting with other people who had big dreams, people who had lost some weight, and people who were living success stories. I slowly started to realize that the more time I spent in these meetings, the more success I had and when I missed them I felt pretty derailed. Just being around people who care about their success and your success changes how hard you’re willing to work.
I don’t still attend the meetings but I absolutely love Weight Watchers for everything they have done for me, especially getting me started on this principle. I din’t realize it then, but it was the first stop on a long journey to embracing this wonderful idea. You see a little bit further down the road, when I became a group-exercise instructor, I began to use this exact principle to keep me motivated to stay happy and healthy!
I absolutely love teach people, Turbo Kick, INSANITY, PiYo, you name it and I love to teach it! I finally realized the reason I love it so much is that for a sweat soaked hour I’m in a room with people who are trying to be their best. Some may have lost weight, some never had to and are just their for an awesome workout, and other are just starting, but they all care about their health and having a great time getting in shape. I want to be like THAT! I want to be someone who cares about health and fitness, who inspires people, who pushes past the hard work and during class I’m in a room with people just like that.
If you’ve ever been a part of a group, a club, or even a Facebook group that you are actively involved in, what’s the reason? It’s more than likely because you like the people, you like the atmosphere, and you like the activity! The more time you spend with those people, the more you find common interests, form bonds and make new friends – because your in a group of people who are what you want to be!
For those of you who are searching for an environment full of people that care, go to your local gym and try a group-exercise class. You get a dimension of accountability because – trust me – the instructors remember who you are and when you miss. But you also get to immerse yourself in a health world full of people who are.
You may disagree with me, but I would venture to say that the fitness industry is full of some of the most positive, uplifting, and wonderful people who care about YOU.
So my #1 Tip for people trying to get more active, get in a group exercise class or find a running group – find a group of people most like what you want to be and join it!
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Until Next Time,