While friends and family may congratulate and encourage your healthy endeavors, you may also encounter resistance. Most people want to be supportive but if your changes directly affect them, they may not follow through. If going to the gym interferes with what others have come to expect in terms of availability, support may be fleeting. It may be difficult but if you anticipate resistance, you may be able to mitigate it.
Getting up early and working out before everyone else is awake. having dinner cooking in the crock pot while you squeeze in a walk. Taking a family bike ride to the park and playing, instead of sitting and watching are all ways to pursue activity without feeling like you have to choose between your health and your family.
Sneaking healthy options into your kitchen is another strategy to confront resistance. We all take reusable water bottles everywhere we go. I serve a fruit or a vegetable (sometimes both) with every meal. We allow our daughter 3 things she can have on the "do not eat" list. If it is not on the list, she must eat it. Amusingly, zucchini and mushrooms are currently on the list but I use a food processor and include both in spaghetti sauce!
Occasionally though you may, as I have, encounter more negative resistance. I have been criticized for being a health nut, being too stringent in my dietary choices, etc. If you know me, you know I have a very moderate 80/20 approach to most things. When I am faced with negativity, I choose to take the high road, though I have reminded naysayers that I don't criticize their choices, nor force my habits on them.
The most important thing to remember is that you are forming habits that will have a lasting impact on your health. . Peer pressure happens, even as adults. Some may feel pressured by the changes to follow your lead and may not like it. Many more will be supportive. The way you feel will be the ultimate reward for your effort helping and help keep resistance at bay.
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