Congratulations! You are through the middle of March and you have still kept your New Year’s resolution like a champ! You have even lost a few pounds already, but now you are thinking, how are you supposed to keep it off long-term?
One of the absolute key factors in maintenance success is identifying who’s on your team and who is not. Jim Rohn, who was a famous American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker, quoted, “You are the average of the 5 closest people that you spend most of your time with.” So are these 5 people on your team or not? Let’s start listing those individuals who are on your team and those who are not.
Did your mom and/or dad always criticize you on your weight ever since you were a little kid? Do your friends often invite you out to eat and tell you “life’s too short” and you should have a piece of cake instead? Does your family members tell you to stop dieting only because they say you are just going to gain the weight back? As you can see, these people can be quite harmful to your weight problem and can potentially keep you from succeeding.
On the other hand, is your best friend so excited that you finally decided to do something about your weight and offered to walk with you everyday after work? Did your husband decide to start cooking, even though he doesn’t, just to make sure you can stay on track? Did your coworker opt-out of the potluck at work too so that you could have a buddy for support?
Remember sometimes it’s not you that’s the problem, but it’s the people you surround yourself with. To remedy the situation, just start spending even more time with the people who you decided are on your team. They will be your strongest cheering section, but most importantly, they will also be there for you in the long run and help you even if you slip up later on. And just be aware that, although you love those family and friends even though they often sabotage you, you have a better understanding of how to handle them and to not let them throw you off like they have been doing all these years.
Share this post with your friends and let’s start recruiting the right people to be on your team!