Find your "people" that support you

One of the keys to getting into health, starting to care for your body and burn excess fat starts with a support system. 

You are ultimately the one who decides whether or not you are going to take charge and make a change. Although, there are people who are close to you, whether it be friends and/or family, who aren't supportive of the changes you know you need to make.

These people are stuck in their ways. They are either not as confident as you to realize that they need to make a change and actually go out and do it or they are actually jealous you are making the commitment.

Our North American society is primarily unhealthy and it's very likely that there are people in your life who have adopted these unhealthy norms and don't want to change.

You need to find your "people" who support you and you need to tell those who matter that you are doing this for you because you WANT to. Remember, those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter.

Look for support groups online or join a fitness club to meet people who are looking to become healthy just like you! There are so many people out there and you will find a great support system in these people, and maybe even some new friendships!

As for the existing family/friends who bring you down, remember why you're doing this and tell them. Write an email, call or text them and let everyone know you're on a path to becoming healthy! This doesn't mean you are going to be anti-social or any less fun. You don't need to drink an entire bottle of wine to be fun. Let everyone know that you're making a lifestyle change because you were unhappy with your past lifestyle. This is where CONFIDENCE comes into play. You need to confidently tell people and be strong enough to hear criticism. But always remember: if those people are going to criticize someone for getting healthy in order to have a happier and longer life, they're just jealous they aren't doing it themselves.

Go to social situations! Go in there knowing your limit and play within it! Drink one glass of wine and plenty of water. Bring veggies and hummus to snack on if you know everyone else will be bringing unhealthy food. You don't need to eat and drink to be social and have a good time! Remember that portion sizing and control is KEY.

There are literally too many scenarios we deal with every day in order to stay on track. Here are some more ways to deal with people who undermine your healthy choices.

What do you struggle with when you're trying to stay on track in social situations or with toxic friends/family members?

Chelsey Labusch